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‘Star Trek’ Legend Leonard Nimoy Passes Away

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Legendary sci-fi actor Leonard Nimoy, once referred to by Gene Roddenberry as “the conscience of ‘Star Trek’,” has passed this morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83.

According to The New York Times, the actor’s wife Susan Bay Nimoy attributed his death to end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy, who had been rushed to the hospital late last week with severe chest pains, revealed last year he suffered from COPD, developed from years of smoking decades ago.

A director, poet, singer and photographer, Nimoy is of course best remembered for playing Spock on the 1966-1969 series “Star Trek,” a role he’d reprise on “Star Trek: The Animated Series,” two episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and eight movies, including J.J. Abrams’ 2009 franchise reboot and its 2013 sequel.

However, Nimoy’s acting career was by no means restricted to one genre. Before “Star Trek” he, like most actors of the era, had minor roles on Westerns like “Gunsmoke,” “Wagon Train” and “Bonanza,” and afterward, he landed a starring role on “Mission: Impossible.” Later, he famously hosted “In Search of …”

In recent years, long after the original cast seemed to have bid farewell to the Enterprise in the 1991 film “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country,” Nimoy like his former co-stars William Shatner and George Takei underwent a career resurgence. In addition to his appearances as Spock in the most recent “Star Trek” films, Nimoy had a recurring role on the sci-drama “Fringe,” and voiced Sentinel Prime in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.”

Comments

  • Jim

    I miss him already.

  • dregj

    to the genesis planet with him

  • Jason

    He was also great in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE. He’ll be dearly missed.

  • Jesús Mendieta

    Rest in peace, Mr. Nimoy. May your soul tread where no man has gone before.

  • the_Hold_Steady

    He and Shatner were friends in real life. I truly hope that Shatner gives the “Of my friend, I can say only this…” speech as a eulogy.

  • thanos0145

    V … RIP Mr. Nimoy.

  • Vizator

    Spock, Galvatron and so much more. Thank you Mr. Nimoy.

  • Maxwell

    I’m shocked. And very sad. Nimoy has been a part of my geek life as long as I can remember. RIP Mr. Nimoy and thank you for so much. Condolences to his family.

  • Masshuu il Malacandra

    Passing beyond the veil……………………..be at peace.

  • Diego

    How sad, Nimoy was a class act.

  • http://ambaryerno.wordpress.com ambaryerno

    If there was any doubt whether Shatner good actually act, let it be dispelled by Wrath of Khan. That single, devastated “No.” when Spock died is exactly what I’m feeling right now.

  • BeastieRunner

    “I have been, and always shall be, your friend. Live long and prosper.”

    RIP Leonard Nimoy

  • Hypestyles

    salute! live long and prosper!

  • penguintruth

    R.I.P., Leonard Nimoy. He lived long (but not long enough!) and prospered.

  • tg1982

    R.I.P. Mr. Nimoy.

  • demoncat_4

    the world is now a little darker. sympathy to his friends and family not to mention all treker’s . though if nothing else he is now proably partying with deforest and james dohan up in heaven.

  • Redwagon

    RIP. LLAP. Can we get a group of (comic) artists to do some tribute art pieces celebrating Nimoy’s life and acting career, and his friendships with other ST actors? (And post them up here on CBR, or elsewhere?) I love those kinds of pieces–I find them very celebratory and touching, powerful, effective tributes.

  • Tommy Rankin

    RIP Mr. Spock.

  • Tommy Rankin

    I bet it’s more than likely that we’ll get something related to Nimoy in the next TLIID. Or that’s what I’m hoping at least.