Leonard Nimoy

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Leonard Nimoy

Born

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Birth Name

Leonard Simon Nimoy

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Frank Force, Leonard Nemoy
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Leonard Simon Nimoy, born to Russian Jewish immigrants - began his long career in acting at the age of 8, by appearing in various plays at the local community theatre in his hometown of Boston, MA. He continued to appear in amateur productions until the age of 18,…more

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  • Trivia

    • Got the part of Mr. Spock on Star Trek after Martin Landau turned it down. And when Landau left his role on Mission Impossible, he replaced him.

    • Leonard reprised his role as Spock in the Star Trek feature film.

    • Leonard alongside Luke Wilson presented the Future c Award to the cast and creators of the television show Heroes at the TV Land Awards.

    • Nimoy along with fellow co-star George Takei, were interviewed on the Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart concering a C-SPAN clip of Congressman David Wu speaking to the House of Representatives. Daily Show: Faux Klingons 1-17-2007.

    • Leonard hosted the History Channel documentary Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier on Feb. 19, 2007.

    • Hosted the Nickelodeon children's channel television program, Standby...Lights! Camera! Action! (1982).

    • Nimoy was featured in the 12 hour Symphony Space's Free Stravinsky Marathon along side fellow actor Richard Thomas in the music-theater piece of Histoire du soldat (3-06-2006).

    • Nimoy hosted "Our 20th Century" which is a streaming video anthology series produced for broadband and wireless internet syndication. It is a series of five minute programs that features the top news stories from the years 1930 to 1975, covering world news, sports, entertainment, fashion, technology, and the humorous side of the news.

    • Leonard starred in The Outer Limits episode "I, Robot." In which he played a nosy newspaper reporter who's on the trail of a hot story.

    • Spock's character caused concern for NBC. They thought his character was "too satanic" and wanted him to lose the ears. But Spock's character soon proved to be the most popular character on the show.

    • In 2002, he published a controversial monograph entitled "Shekhina," on the manifestation on earth of God's female aspect, according to mystical Judaism. The book consists of black and white pictures of obese naked women and has caused some up roar among the Jewish community. The project took him 8 years to complete.

    • Leonard was in the intro of the William Shatner Roast on Comedy Central insulting and arguing with Bill over the phone. (8-20-06)

    • Nimoy decided to become an actor when he saw Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame as a child. Laughton made young Nimoy cry and made him want to perform like that by having that kind of emotional impact on strangers.

    • Nimoy is the spokesperson of the Internet web search engine Netword.com who hired him based on his In Search Of and Star Trek fame.

    • Narrated a program performed by the National Symphony Orchestra at at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Virginia. The program consisted of NASA images of space flashed behind the orchestra of many NASA projects and missions, including the Mars Exploration Rovers and the Hubble Space Telescope (July 7, 2006).

    • Was 10 years old when he performed for Jewish audiences during World War II to promote war bonds.

    • When Richard Widmark left, Nimoy became the Friday night host for "The Mutual Radio Theater" on Mutual Radio (1980).

    • Nimoy leant his voice to the introduction at the Mugar Omni Theater at the Museum of Science in Boston.

    • Leonard has narrated IMAX films. His first film was The New England Time Capsule (1989) for the IMAX theater in his hometown of Boston, MA.
      Other films include Titanica (1995), and Destiny in Space (2001).

    • In Los Angeles, the newly renovated Griffith Observatory's lecture hall has been named the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon in his honor (April 2006).

    • In 1991, Nimoy Co-hosted along with William Shatner the TV compilation tribute, "The Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special".

    • In 2001, Nimoy appeared in conversation with William Shatner in the video/DVD "Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime", in which they discuss their friendship, the years working together on "Star Trek: The Orginal Series". Is a filmed conversation in Nimoy's backyard in which the actors (Shatner and Nimoy), who are personality opposities became the closest of friends, they discuss the unlikely bond that formed from working together over the years, dispite Nimoy's alcoholism and the resentment the both have encountered from some of their fellow TOS castmembers.

    • Leonard was very offended by Gene Roddenberry showing blooper reels from the Original Star Trek during conventions in the 1970s, saying that it was improper to show them as they were a "very private part of the actors' creative process."

    • His character was the only Star Trek character to be featured exclusively in a game related to Trek, with "Mr. Spock's Three-Dimensional Chess," manufactured in plastic by Lincoln Enterprises in the 1970s, and in metal with chrome/gold-plated tiers supporting glass boards/pewter chess pieces by both the Franklin Mint and The Hamilton Collection in the late 1980s - early 1990s.

    • A new dance piece based on Leonard Nimoy's "Shekhina" photographs was given a world premiere performance by the Elisa Monte dance company on Feb 10th 2004 at the Joyce Theatre in New York.

    • Leonard wrote and published the following volumes of poetry and photographs:
      You and I in 1973
      Will I Think of You in 1974
      We Are All Children Searching for Love in 1977
      Come Be with Me in 1978
      These Words Are for You in 1981
      Warmed by Love in 1983
      A Lifetime of Love: Poems on the Passages of Life in 2001

    • Has narrated "Chanukah in Story and Song" for public radio listeners. "Chanukah in Story and Song" brings together Ladino songs (Spanish Jews), Yiddish melodies (Eastern Europe) and modern Israeli tunes for the Chanukah season.

    • With his long, sculpted features, subdued yet saturnine expression and intelligent manner, Nimoy has most often been cast as cerebral types (Spock), though his intense, incisive manner also makes him an apt villain (Mission: Impossible).

    • Tiring of playing Spock in features, Nimoy asked to be killed off in the second film and only consented to a "revival" for "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)" if he were allowed to direct.

    • Toured in musicals shows such as, "My Fair Lady" and "Fiddler on the Roof" (as Tevye), and as Theo van Gogh in a one-man drama he wrote himself, "Vincent".

    • Nimoy's rich, somber voice and interest in science and environmental issues also made him much in demand as a narrator of such TV documentaries as "The Coral Jungle (1976)", "Snakes: Eden's Deadly Charmers" (1988), and "Adventures in Space" (1989).

    • He made the following albums:
      Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space (1967)
      The Way I Feel (1968)
      The Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy (1969)
      The Touch of Leonard Nimoy (1969)
      The New World of Leonard Nimoy (1970)

    • Produced and acted in the 1991 TV movie Never Forget, and served as executive producer of the 1995 UPN network series Deadly Games.

    • Made his first Broadway appearance in 1973's Full Circle.

    • Specialized in the plays of Jean Genet, appearing in both the stage and film productions of The Balcony and Deathwatch only for a short while.

    • In 1956, he became a regular at the Ziv TV studios, in Hollywood, playing villains in programs like Highway Patrol and Sea Hunt.

    • After studying drama at Boston College and Antioch College, he took acting lessons from Jeff Corey at the Pasadena Playhouse. Nimoy also earned a master's degree in education from Antioch University, which presented him with an honorary Ph.D. of humane letters for his work in Holocaust remembrance.

    • Directed the Broadway-bound play, "The Apple Doesn't Fall" which is a comedy written by Trish Vradenburg.

    • Declined to participate in the movie Star Trek: Generations (ST7) because the role was little more than a walk-on role. Along side the short appreances from Bill Shatner (Kirk), Walter Koenig (Chekov), and James Doohan (Scott) in the beginning of the movie.

    • Apart from his work on the big screen and stage, Nimoy served as host of the cable TV show Ancient Mysteries, and has also served as host of Jewish Short Stories from Eastern Europe and Beyond, a series on National Public Radio.

    • Nimoy and John de Lancie (Alien Voice co-owners),have performed their Spock VS Q at many sci-fi conventions around the world. They have recorded their most recent production titled, Spock VS Q The Sequel avaliable on the Alien Voices website.

    • Leonard Nimoy, John de Lancie and Nat Segaloff have performed live their "First Men in the Moon, The Lost World" and their "Halloween Trilogy" for Sci-Fi Channel.

    • Some of Alien Voices work include: H.G. Well's "The Time Machine", Jules Verne's "Journey To The Center of the Earth" and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World."

    • In 1996, Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie and Nat Segaloff teamed up to create Alien Voices, Inc. Alien Voices is a company of Star Trek actors who come together to perform dramatizations of the great Science Fiction Classics. Alien Voices is the premiere acting company in Science Fiction today.

    • Nimoy's film debut was in the movie, "Queen for a Day," in 1951. It was a theatrical film based on the popular television series of the early fifties. Next he did "Rhubarb," where he played one of the baseball players whose team is inherited by a cat.

    • Nimoy's first meeting with Gene Roddenberry occured when he guest starred in an episode of "The Lieutenant". Roddenberry was a producer of that show. He was quite impressed with Nimoy's guest apperance and vowed to cast the saturnine, mellow-voiced actor as an extraterrestrial if ever given the chance.

    • For the movie Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952) his salary was $500.

    • For the show "Star Trek"(1966) his salary was $1,250/episode (first season).

    • Nimoy also devised the Vulcan Salute consisting of a raised hand, palm forward with the fingers parted between the middle and ring finger. It is said to be based on the traditional kohanic blessing, which is performed with both hands, thumb to thumb in this position. a position thought to represent the Hebrew letter shin (ù). (This letter is often used as a symbol of God in Judaism, as it is an abbreviation for God's name Shaddai. This usage is seen, for example, on every mezuzah.) Nimoy may also have derived the accompanying spoken blessing, "Live long and prosper" from this source, as the last phrase of the blessing is "May the Lord be forbearing unto you and give you peace" (Numbers 6:24-26).

    • Nimoy provided narration for the English-language version of the Sega Dreamcast video game Seaman.

    • Leonard has appeared in several Priceline.com TV commercials along side William Shatner, his former Star Trek co-star.

    • During the run of the show "Mission Impossible" (1969-1971), he fell ill with a stomach ulcer. He was treated and recovered and to this day the symptoms have not recurred.

    • Nimoy's performance on Star Trek earned him three Emmy nominations.

    • Leonard Nimoy's portrayal of the intense, rational and emotionally suppressed Vulcan, Spock, on Star Trek has left an imprint on popular culture. First airing in 1966, Nimoy's character became an icon over the years as the popular television show branched off into syndication and later onto the big screen as a series of six feature films. Now on the 40th anniversary of Star Trek, Nimoy talks about his role in the history of Star Trek, its origins and how a new genre for television and movies was created.

    • Nimoy also became a successful movie director for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the most successful of the Star Trek films to date. Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek's creator, referred to Nimoy as "the conscience of Star Trek."

    • Is right handed.

    • Suffers from tinnitus (ringing in the ears), along with "Star Trek" co-star William Shatner. Nimoy's right ear and Shatner's left ear are affected. Their hearing was apparently damaged during the filming of the episode "Arena" when they were both close to a special effects explosion.

    • Third cousin of anime voice over actor Jeff Nimoy (Trigun, Rave Master).

    • Is an accomplished photographer and started at 13. He specializes in black and white images, and has given exhibitions of his works.
      His photos depict the Naturalism style of the human body mainly of females.

    • He was raised in a Boston tenement.

    • Leonard appeared in a TV commercial for Aleve during the Super Bowl in 2006.

    • Leonard was a voice actor/narrator for the game Civilization IV. You'll hear his voice at the beginning of all new games and every time you research a new technology.

    • Leonard was born only four days after his Star Trek (1966) co-star William Shatner.

    • Leonard was the only actor to appear in both pilots of the original Star Trek (1966) series.

    • When Richard Widmark left, Leonard became the Friday night host for The Mutual Radio Theater on Mutual Radio (1980).

    • Leonard has played two characters whose boss is named 'Jim': Captain James T. 'Jim' Kirk in Star Trek (1966) and Jim Phelps in Mission: Impossible (1966).

    • Leonard's father had a barbershop in Boston, where one of the more popular haircuts given was the "Spock cut."

    • Leonard released his poetry book Warmed By Love in 1983.

    • Leonard is the creator of the Primortals comic book series.

    • Leonard released his book: Vincent in 1995. (It's on Vincent Van Gogh)

    • In 1993, Leonard recorded William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy Read Four Science Fiction Classics featuring stories by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Henry Kuttner, and Robert A. Heinlein.

    • In 1977, Leonard played Martin Dysart in the play Equus, on the New York stage.

    • In 1991, Leonard starred in and produced the film, Never Forget, for the Turner Network, which deals with a true case of a Holocaust survivor suing a neo-Nazi organization who claimed the extermination of Jews in World War II was a myth.

    • In 1971, Leonard starred in Fiddler on the Roof, and then third billing in Catlow, the same year.

    • Leonard also made five narrative albums in the 1970s, including readings from War of the Worlds and The Martian Chronicles.

    • In 1967, Leonard released his first record album, based on the Star Trek character of 'Mr. Spock.' It was called Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock's Music from Outer Space, the album produced a hit single, "Visit to a Sad Planet." The single topped #121 on the Billboard Singles Chart.

    • Leonard's first starring film role was in 1952 as Kid Monk Baroni, a youth with a deformed face who becomes a champion boxer.

    • Leonard ran a drama studio in North Hollywood for three years and taught for a year at Synanon.

    • Leonard worked as a soda jerk, movie usher and cab driver to pay the bills while he studied acting.

    • While in the Army, Leonard spent 18 months serving in Georgia, at Ft. McPhearson. He also wrote, narrated and emceed GI shows for the Army's Special Services branch.

    • Leonard's first stage appearance was in Hansel and Gretel at the age of 8.

    • Leonard directed the 1984 Bangles video: "Going Down To Liverpool," also appeared in the video as the taxicab driver.

    • Leonard was William Shatner's Best Man at his third wedding to Nerine Kidd.

    • Opened exotic pet shop in 1970 after StarTrek's cancellation

    • Leonard has two children, Adam and Julie. Both were by first wife Sandra Zober.

    • Leonard has been married twice. His first wife was Sandra Zober (1954 - 1987 - divorced), and his second/current wife is actress Susan Bay (1988 - present).

    • Leonard's surname, Nimoy, means "an outsider who can't speak Russian" in Russian.

    • Leonard is of Russian Jewish ancestry.

    • Leonard it the father of director Adam Nimoy.

    • In his immediate post-Star Trek years, Leonard wrote a biography titled, I Am Not Spock, hoping to distance himself from the character. He followed up years later, embracing his past, with a book titled, I Am Spock.

    • Leonard has appeared in episodes of five different television series with William Shatner: The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Star Trek, Star Trek: The Animated Series, T.J. Hooker and Futurama.

    • Leonard is an avid writer of poetry.

    • Leonard is a vegetarian.

    • Leonard received an Honorable Discharge in the rank of Sergeant when he left the military.

    • Leonard stated at a 1993 convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that he has contracted out his signature, and can only sign items the company he has a contact with authorizes, and therefore does not sign for fans, otherwise he could be sued for breach of contract.

    • Leonard is approximately 6'1" (1.85 m) tall.

    • Leonard is one of only 31 actors or actresses to have worked on both the original Star Trek (up to and including Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) and then in at least one of the spin-offs.

    • The "Vulcan nerve pinch" concept in Star Trek was invented by Leonard when he and the show's writers were trying to figure out how an unarmed Spock could overpower an adversary without resorting to violence.

  • Quotes

    • Leonard: (on acting) The door is not completely closed. Obviously, I said a couple of years ago that I was retiring and here I am talking about a performance that I just gave. There are certain special situations that come along that can intrigue me. This one did. It's nice to get off the couch and throw the clothes on and a little makeup and go back to work every once in a while. I still enjoy it.

    • Leonard (At Comic-Con refering to Trek 11): This is really going to be a great movie, and I don't say things like that lightly.

    • Leonard: (To Sixpage.com about his choice of obese photographic subjects)
      They are interested in fat liberation. Their self-esteem is strong. They will tell you that too many people suffer because the body they live in is not the body you find in the fashion magazines.

    • Leonard Nimoy: The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have.

    • Leonard Nimoy: (on Enterprise) I haven't seen much of it. I think they're very talented people.

    • Leonard: (To the Washington Post, on 'Shekhina') It's a photographic essay on the subject of the Shekhina, which is the feminine presence of God, the feminine aspect of divinity. This is not some figure that is a foggy mist in a cloud somewhere. I have depicted her as being a flesh-and-blood woman.

    • Leonard:(On Star Trek to Tv Guide) For the writers, Star Trek was a terrific opportunity to use the future as a metaphor for the upheaval of the '60s, but people were predicting I'd never work again.

    • Leonard:(To Jam Movies about possible involvement in Trek 11) The head of production at Paramount called my agency to tell them about this project, and they are aware of [William Shanter]'s and my contribution to the franchise, and they'd like us to know they might want some involvement. It was all very, very general. They might possibly want Bill and I to set up the story as a flashback. But that's just conjecture on my part.

    • Leonard Nimoy: (on what he does in his pass time) My wife and I are very active in the art community in Los Angeles and in New York. My wife is a Trustee at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and we spend a lot of time in galleries and museums.

    • Leonard Nimoy: (on what past cast members he stays in contact with) I'm very much in touch with Bill Shatner. He and I and Nichelle Nichols and Jimmy Doohan were together at the TV Land Awards, Star Trek was presented with an award and we accepted for Star Trek

    • Leonard Nimoy: (on working with Gene Roddenberry) He was a very complicated man and a great visionary

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Truly fascinating as Spock.

    10
    I would have never watched Star Trek - The Original Series if it wasn't for Leonard Nimoy. He brought so much charisma to the character of Spock that he made even the most boring episodes of Star Trek - TOS watchable. I've never seen any of his other shows because I cannot picture him as anyone other than the 'fascinating' Vulcan Spock. There will never be a Star Trek character that will be as awe inspiring as Spock. And it's all thanks to Leonard Nimoy. I can't imagine a Star Trek world without him and it was great to see him in the new Star Trek movie. Hope he's in the next one too. Live long and prosper.moreless
  • Actor Best Known From Star Trek's Spock

    10
    I think Leonard Nimoy is a great actor.His Best Work Is definently Star Trek. (Live Long and Prosper) He Is Definintly My Favorite actor He is way Underestimated in My opinion And he should have been more Famouse. I think That he did a wonderful Job Portraying Spock from star Trek TOS and TAS.He did do a good Job in Misson impossible and other shows That he guest starred in. I _ T H I N K_ H E_ IS_T_H_E B_E ST A T O R I N S T A R T R E K!!!!!! nO AND IF'S OR BUTS ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !moreless
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