Saturday, February 28, 2015

RIP, Leonard Nimoy

Beloved Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy died yesterday.  He was 83.

Nimoy succumbed to his bout with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which was attributed to his years of smoking, a habit he quit thirty years ago.

The son of Ukrainian immigrants, Nimoy would develop a love of stage and screen acting and also pursued other artistic endeavors like poetry, photography, directing, and making music, but it was his signature role as Mr. Spock on the sci-fi favorite Star Trek that would endear him to legions of fans.

Nimoy had a significant amount of input into the development of Spock (the Vulcan salute, the nerve pinch, the phrase "live long and prosper," all Nimoy), bringing a lot of himself to the character.  Mr. Spock, and by extension Nimoy, was the first cool dork in pop culture.  If there is a center of the current massive explosion in Nerd Culture, that center would be Mr. Spock, and by extension, Mr. Nimoy.

Leonard Nimoy, by all accounts, was a thoughtful, compassionate human being (he fought to get co-star Nichelle Nichols equal pay to her male counterparts on Star Trek), who was always kind and gracious towards his fans and supportive of other artists.  It's sad he's gone, but he lived long and he prospered, and I'm glad he shared it with us.
Rest in Peace, Leonard.

Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952)
Them! (1954)

Star Trek (1966-69)
Mission: Impossible (1969-71)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

Some Nimoy quotes:  "I believe in goodness, mercy, and charity.  I believe in casting bread upon the waters."

"I think it's my adventure, my trip, my journey, and I guess my attitude is, let the chips fall where they may."

Nimoy's final tweet:

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