Leonard Nimoy, actor, director, writer, muscian, and photographer passed away at the age of 83. Mr. Nimoy was a fan favorite at Dragon Con and will truly be missed.
Nimoy began his career as a child actor and later attended a local drama school in Massachusetts. He later moved to Los Angeles and made his first (uncredited) film appearance in 1951. The next year Nimoy played the title role in Kid Monk Baroni.
He appeared in a variety of films and TV series over the next ten years, always playing small roles. His earnings were so meager that he had to deliver newspapers to pay the bills.
During this time Nimoy was drafted into the US Army and married his first wife, Sandy. He lived at Fort McPherson for 18 months. While in Georgia, Nimoy starred as Stanley in the Atlanta Theater Guild's production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
Mr. Nimoy returned to California in 1955 and worked as a soda jerk, movie usher, and cab driver while contining to pursue his acting career.
In 1964 he payed the villain in an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., where he worked with William Shatner for the first time.
Around the same time, Gene Roddenberry was pitching his idea for Star Trek to US TV networks. Nimoy was approached to play the ship's science officer, Mr. Spock. Nimoy had also been offered a role in the TV soap opera, Peyton Place, but wisely chose Star Trek. Nimoy spoke the first lines in the pilot, "Check the circuit!"
The plot was considered too intellectual and slow, but was liked enough to commission a second pilot.
Spock was the only original character kept for the second pilot, which was deemed good enough to warrant commissioning a series, which ran from 1966 - 1969. Nimoy created the Vulcan salute he is so known for, based on his childhood memories of Jewish Priests giving the blessing.
Nimoy earned three Emmy Award nominations and TV Guide named Mr. Spock as one of the 50 greatest TV characters.
After the series was dropped in 1969, Nimoy went on to star in the TV series Mission: Impossible, hosted the documentary series In Search of..., narrated Civilization IV, as well as made several well-received stage appearances.
In 1973, Nimoy voiced the character in Star Trek: The Animated Series.
In 1975 he published the first volume of his autobiography, I Am Not Spock, which was written from the viewpoint of sharing his existence with the character, Spock. He published the second volume, I Am Spock, in 1995, deciding to embrace the character of Spock in the end.
In 1979 brought Mr. Spock back to the bridge of the Enterprise in the first feature film in the franchise, Star Trek: The Motion Picture. and went on to star in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). Nimoy directed two of the films, The Search for Spock and The Voyage Home, as well as contributed to the screenplays.
He also made two appearances in character when the franchise returned to television in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Nimoy directed a number of other films including Three Men and a Baby. He also hosted a children's educational show for five years, did occasional voice work on animated feature films, narrated numerous documentaries, and voiced several video games.
Leonard Nimoy was also an accomplished photographer. His work has been exhibited at the R. Michelson Galleries and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
Nimoy also released five albums of musical vocal recordings. The first two albums were science fiction themed songs where Nimoy sang as Mr. Spock. The other three albums consisted of popular folk songs of the era.
Nimoy continued to appear in numerous TV shows throughout his later years of his career as well as movies. His most notable role later in life was Dr. William Bell in the TV series Fringe.
Nimoy also played Spock Prime in the film Star Trek (2009) and had a cameo in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), which was his final film appearance.
Leonard Nimoy was a great man whose amazing career spanned decades. He last joined Dragon Con fans in 2009 where he left a huge impression on all attendees fortunate enough to meet him and received Dragon Con's highest honor, the Julie Award, presented to him by his longtime friend William Shatner.
Thank you Mr. Nimoy for your body of work and love of your fans. We will miss you!