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  posted on 2/27/2015 at 12:57 PM
Source: http://www.nytimes.com

Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.

His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mr. Nimoy announced that he had the disease last year, attributing it to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.

His artistic pursuits — poetry, photography and music in addition to acting — ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: “Live long and prosper” (from the Vulcan “Dif-tor heh smusma”).

Mr. Nimoy, who was teaching Method acting at his own studio when he was cast in the original “Star Trek” television series in the mid-1960s, relished playing outsiders, and he developed what he later admitted was a mystical identification with Spock, the lone alien on the starship’s bridge.

Yet he also acknowledged ambivalence about being tethered to the character, expressing it most plainly in the titles of two autobiographies: “I Am Not Spock,” published in 1977, and “I Am Spock,” published in 1995.

In the first, he wrote, “In Spock, I finally found the best of both worlds: to be widely accepted in public approval and yet be able to continue to play the insulated alien through the Vulcan character.”

“Star Trek,” which had its premiere on NBC on Sept. 8, 1966, made Mr. Nimoy a star. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the franchise, called him “the conscience of ‘Star Trek’ ” — an often earnest, sometimes campy show that employed the distant future (as well as some primitive special effects by today’s standards) to take on social issues of the 1960s.

His stardom would endure. Though the series was canceled after three seasons because of low ratings, a cultlike following — the conference-holding, costume-wearing Trekkies, or Trekkers (the designation Mr. Nimoy preferred) — coalesced soon after “Star Trek” went into syndication.

The fans’ devotion only deepened when “Star Trek” was spun off into an animated show, various new series and an uneven parade of movies starring much of the original television cast, including — besides Mr. Nimoy — William Shatner (as Capt. James T. Kirk), DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), George Takei (the helmsman, Sulu), James Doohan (the chief engineer, Scott), Nichelle Nichols (the chief communications officer, Uhura) and Walter Koenig (the navigator, Chekov).

When the director J. J. Abrams revived the “Star Trek” film franchise in 2009, with an all-new cast — including Zachary Quinto as Spock — he included a cameo part for Mr. Nimoy, as an older version of the same character. Mr. Nimoy also appeared in the 2013 follow-up, “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
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His zeal to entertain and enlighten reached beyond “Star Trek” and crossed genres. He had a starring role in the dramatic television series “Mission: Impossible” and frequently performed onstage, notably as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof.” His poetry was voluminous, and he published books of his photography.

He also directed movies, including two from the “Star Trek” franchise, and television shows. And he made records, singing pop songs as well as original songs about “Star Trek,” and gave spoken-word performances — to the delight of his fans and the bewilderment of critics.

But all that was subsidiary to Mr. Spock, the most complex member of the Enterprise crew, who was both one of the gang and a creature apart engaged at times in a lonely struggle with his warring racial halves.

In one of his most memorable “Star Trek” performances, Mr. Nimoy tried to follow in the tradition of two actors he admired, Charles Laughton and Boris Karloff, who each played a monstrous character — Quasimodo and the Frankenstein monster — who is transformed by love.

In Episode 24, which was first shown on March 2, 1967, Mr. Spock is indeed transformed. Under the influence of aphrodisiacal spores he discovers on the planet Omicron Ceti III, he lets free his human side and announces his love for Leila Kalomi (Jill Ireland), a woman he had once known on Earth. In this episode, Mr. Nimoy brought to Spock’s metamorphosis not only warmth, compassion and playfulness, but also a rarefied concept of alienation.

“I am what I am, Leila,” Mr. Spock declared. “And if there are self-made purgatories, then we all have to live in them. Mine can be no worse than someone else’s.”

Born in Boston on March 26, 1931, Leonard Simon Nimoy was the second son of Max and Dora Nimoy, Ukrainian immigrants and Orthodox Jews. His father worked as a barber.

From the age of 8, Leonard acted in local productions, winning parts at a community college, where he performed through his high school years. In 1949, after taking a summer course at Boston College, he traveled to Hollywood, though it wasn’t until 1951 that he landed small parts in two movies, “Queen for a Day” and “Rhubarb.”

He continued to be cast in little-known movies, although he did presciently play an alien invader in a cult serial called “Zombies of the Stratosphere,” and in 1961 he had a minor role on an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” His first starring movie role came in 1952 with “Kid Monk Baroni,” in which he played a disfigured Italian street-gang leader who becomes a boxer.

Mr. Nimoy served in the Army for two years, rising to sergeant and spending 18 months at Fort McPherson in Georgia, where he presided over shows for the Army’s Special Services branch. He also directed and starred as Stanley in the Atlanta Theater Guild’s production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” before receiving his final discharge in November 1955.

He then returned to California, where he worked as a soda jerk, movie usher and cabdriver while studying acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. He achieved wide visibility in the late 1950s and early 1960s on television shows like “Wagon Train,” “Rawhide” and “Perry Mason.” Then came “Star Trek.”

Mr. Nimoy returned to college in his 40s and earned a master’s degree in Spanish from Antioch University Austin, an affiliate of Antioch College in Ohio, in 1978. Antioch College later awarded Mr. Nimoy an honorary doctorate.

Mr. Nimoy directed two of the Star Trek movies, “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (1984) and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1986), which he helped write. In 1991, the same year that he resurrected Mr. Spock on two episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Mr. Nimoy was also the executive producer and a writer of the movie “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.”

He then directed the hugely successful comedy “Three Men and a Baby” (1987), a far cry from his science-fiction work, and appeared in made-for-television movies. He received an Emmy nomination for the 1982 movie “A Woman Called Golda,” in which he portrayed the husband of Golda Meir, the prime minister of Israel, who was played by Ingrid Bergman. It was the fourth Emmy nomination of his career — the other three were for his “Star Trek” work — although he never won.

Mr. Nimoy’s marriage to the actress Sandi Zober ended in divorce. Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Adam and Julie Nimoy; a stepson, Aaron Bay Schuck; and six grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and an older brother, Melvin.

Though his speaking voice was among his chief assets as an actor, the critical consensus was that his music was mortifying. Mr. Nimoy, however, was undaunted, and his fans seemed to enjoy the camp of his covers of songs like “If I Had a Hammer.” (His first album was called “Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space.”)

From 1995 to 2003, Mr. Nimoy narrated the “Ancient Mysteries” series on the History Channel. He also appeared in commercials, including two with Mr. Shatner for Priceline.com. He provided the voice for animated characters in “Transformers: The Movie,” in 1986, and “The Pagemaster,” in 1994.

In 2001 he voiced the king of Atlantis in the Disney animated movie “Atlantis: The Lost Empire,” and in 2005 he furnished voice-overs for the computer game Civilization IV. More recently, he had a recurring role on the science-fiction series “Fringe” and was heard, as the voice of Spock, in an episode of the hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.”

Mr. Nimoy was an active supporter of the arts as well. The Thalia, a venerable movie theater on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, now a multi-use hall that is part of Symphony Space, was renamed the Leonard Nimoy Thalia in 2002.

He also found his voice as a writer. Besides his autobiographies, he published “A Lifetime of Love: Poems on the Passages of Life” in 2002. Typical of Mr. Nimoy’s simple free verse are these lines: “In my heart/Is the seed of the tree/Which will be me.”

In later years, he rediscovered his Jewish heritage, and in 1991 he produced and starred in “Never Forget,” a television movie based on the story of a Holocaust survivor who sued a neo-Nazi organization of Holocaust deniers.

In 2002, having illustrated his books of poetry with his photographs, Mr. Nimoy published “Shekhina,” a book devoted to photography with a Jewish theme, that of the feminine aspect of God. His black-and-white photographs of nude and seminude women struck some Orthodox Jewish leaders as heretical, but Mr. Nimoy asserted that his work was consistent with the teaching of the kabbalah.

His religious upbringing also influenced the characterization of Spock. The character’s split-fingered salute, he often explained, had been his idea: He based it on the kohanic blessing, a manual approximation of the Hebrew letter shin, which is the first letter in Shaddai, one of the Hebrew names for God.

“To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior,” Mr. Nimoy wrote years after the original series ended.

But that wasn’t such a bad thing, he discovered. “Given the choice,” he wrote, “if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock.”

Daniel E. Slotnik and Peter Keepnews contributed reporting.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/arts/television/leonard-nimoy-spock-of-st ar-trek-dies-at-83.html?_r=0

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  posted on 2/27/2015 at 01:57 PM

RIP Spock.

Nothing beats the original series. THe writing was really top notch and made one think because of the lack of technology in the area of special effects.

The later series of star trek spin offs were pretty lame where someone says we need to "hook up the positron nebulizer and all is well " which meant showing alot of flashy special effects which were pretty much a crutch to make up for the lack of good story telling.

Some people really dug the newer series but i preferred the originals. Same thing with the twilight zone. Very creative writing.

 

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  posted on 2/27/2015 at 03:24 PM
R.I.P Dr. Spock.

 

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  posted on 2/27/2015 at 06:47 PM
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R.I.P Dr. Spock.


Mr. Spock. Dr. Spock died in 1998.

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  posted on 2/28/2015 at 01:19 AM
He did indeed Live long and prospered. Sending all that positive karma on others worked for him.

He as a fun guy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGF5ROpjRAU

Or perhaps Proud Mary?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFUaHWAJ9_4&list=PLBA07872FC3E18506& ;index=6



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  posted on 2/28/2015 at 10:11 AM
Somewhere I saw a photo of Leonard Nimoy with Jimi and one of The Experience.
 

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  posted on 2/28/2015 at 10:41 AM
RIP

I really liked him as William Bell in Fringe.


 

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  posted on 2/28/2015 at 11:10 AM
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Somewhere I saw a photo of Leonard Nimoy with Jimi and one of The Experience.


From http://seattlemusicfr33ks.blogspot.com/:



One night in the late 1960's in Cleveland, Ohio two star's of perhaps another universe many many light years away united and connected! A young Seattle man famous for his guitar skills who always had an infatuation with space travel and superheroes, & anything Sci*Fi related since his days of a young boy growing up in Seattle with his little brother Leon where he gave himself his own nick name of "Buster" after Super Hero "Buster Crabbe" is at a restaurant with friends after a sold out performance and he catches wind that Leonard Nimoy a.k.a. Mr. Spock from the Super Hit television series "Star Trek" was dining in one of the private rooms at the same joint! A giddy Jimi Hendrix who when off stage was very very shy and reserved proceeded to ask the waitress if she could somehow introduce him to Mr. Spock!

As the night progressed rumor has it that Leonard Nimoy was just as giddy as he learned of Hendrix's request to be introduced to him!

So the two bigger than life stars agreed to meet at Planet Hollywood if the near future as they both were Beverly Hills Residents & their 2nd meeting of the minds was at the set of "Star Trek". Nimoy had invited Mr. Jimi to the set to hang out and watch some of the filming of the show and when Mr. Spock had some downtime and wasn't needed during filming he asked Mr. Jimi if he would do him a favor! Mr. Jimi responded yes without even knowing what this favor was and it turned out it was for a guitar lesson! So Jimi when he didn't have his guitar in his hands had a pretty close number two passion that never really gets talked about much and it was picture taking! So armed with his camera this day he snaps this pic of Mr. Spock/Leonard Nimoy in a backstage actors green room as he is giving Nimoy a personal guitar lesson!!!



 

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  posted on 2/28/2015 at 03:49 PM
That's really cool. Such a huge influence on me in my younger days. LLAP.

 

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  posted on 2/28/2015 at 03:50 PM
Very nice pic of Mr Nimoy and Jimi!

 

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I saw my first Star Trek episode in 1971, two years after it had finished its network run on NBC and after it started running in syndication.

From the start, I was hooked.

I was a huge fan of aviation, the US Space Program, and Science Fiction at the time, and this show really resonated with me as I could see that even with its occasional flaws, it was truly an earnest attempt to present serious Sci-Fi concepts on Television, which up until then, had been pretty much seen by serious Sci-Fi fans as a bug eyed monster medium with the possible exceptions of The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone.

Leonard Nimoy had a lot to do with Star Trek: TOS becoming a success, perhaps even more so than William Shatner as the iconic James T Kirk. In the hands of a lessor actor, Spock may have become nothing more than a mere mascot to Kirk, a gimmick with silly ears to be exploited by the Network suits to garner ratings, or worse, as cosmic comedic relief.

But Nimoy took hold of the character from the start and masterfully portrayed Spock as a man without a country, neither truly Vulcan nor truly human, and that sense of intense isolation and alienation was always there, just below the surface, even when Spock was at his most scientifically brilliant and eminently logical. Spock encapsulated subtly but tangibly that intense sense of loneliness that we all have felt as human beings when we have been excluded, marginalized, ridiculed, or ignored. And we were able to relate to that and we responded to it.

Ironically, this alien being was forced to conceal some of the most powerful negative human emotions that we are able to experience as well as some of the most positive. His level of respect and love that he obviously felt for Kirk and McCoy could never be fully expressed as long as he maintained his identification as a Vulcan. It was a constant inner battle that you could feel in Spock whenever he was on screen.

And that is the best testament that I can give to Leonard Nimoy's superlative acting ability. In our eyes, Spock the character truly became Spock the man. And as such, we empathized with his constant inner struggle, and we truly cared about him. And we wanted nothing more than for him to someday find that same level of happiness that we spend most of our lives trying to find for ourselves.

I only hope that Mr. Nimoy fully understood, among his many other accomplishments, just what an incredible accomplishment his interpretation of Spock truly was, and just how important and endearing the character of Spock has become to so many people around the World.

RIP Leonard Nimoy

RIP Spock

May you both find happiness and peace


 

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  posted on 2/28/2015 at 04:03 PM
It is not logical to feel emotional because of a natural conclusion to a life well lived.
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  posted on 2/28/2015 at 04:39 PM
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It is not logical to feel emotional because of a natural conclusion to a life well lived.
LLP.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2015 at 11:09 AM
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It is not logical to feel emotional because of a natural conclusion to a life well lived.
LLP.


Bones would have, and so do all of us.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2015 at 11:28 AM
One could make a case that Leonard Nimoy (via Spock) and Gene Roddenberry (as the primary creator/writer) furthered the advent of technology at a quicker pace. They certainly sparked imaginations and creativity in a lot of youngsters of the day. Their work and influence helped to get a lot of those "what if?" kids off the couch and into classrooms and laboratories. That I'm posting this on an internet of personal computers could have at least some bearing on their work and influence.

 

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Somewhere I saw a photo of Leonard Nimoy with Jimi and one of The Experience.


From http://seattlemusicfr33ks.blogspot.com/:



One night in the late 1960's in Cleveland, Ohio two star's of perhaps another universe many many light years away united and connected! A young Seattle man famous for his guitar skills who always had an infatuation with space travel and superheroes, & anything Sci*Fi related since his days of a young boy growing up in Seattle with his little brother Leon where he gave himself his own nick name of "Buster" after Super Hero "Buster Crabbe" is at a restaurant with friends after a sold out performance and he catches wind that Leonard Nimoy a.k.a. Mr. Spock from the Super Hit television series "Star Trek" was dining in one of the private rooms at the same joint! A giddy Jimi Hendrix who when off stage was very very shy and reserved proceeded to ask the waitress if she could somehow introduce him to Mr. Spock!

As the night progressed rumor has it that Leonard Nimoy was just as giddy as he learned of Hendrix's request to be introduced to him!

So the two bigger than life stars agreed to meet at Planet Hollywood if the near future as they both were Beverly Hills Residents & their 2nd meeting of the minds was at the set of "Star Trek". Nimoy had invited Mr. Jimi to the set to hang out and watch some of the filming of the show and when Mr. Spock had some downtime and wasn't needed during filming he asked Mr. Jimi if he would do him a favor! Mr. Jimi responded yes without even knowing what this favor was and it turned out it was for a guitar lesson! So Jimi when he didn't have his guitar in his hands had a pretty close number two passion that never really gets talked about much and it was picture taking! So armed with his camera this day he snaps this pic of Mr. Spock/Leonard Nimoy in a backstage actors green room as he is giving Nimoy a personal guitar lesson!!!






If true, that's an interesting story!

Although, I have to say, that blog you linked has the worst layout I can ever recall seeing online. The background looks atrocious and the text is set up so badly I found it unreadable.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2015 at 02:08 PM
Rock on Spock!! cool story of Hendrix & him. what a riot that musta been, especially if...

in that pic of them both, to the left of Nimoy, is it Noel Redding and Eric Idle as well?

ATLiens honor Nimoy with Billboards

http://www.starpulse.com/news/Jason_Gallagher/2015/03/02/atlanta-fans-honor -leonard-nimoy-with-

Beam me up Jimi:

Rainy Day, Dream Away > 1983 (A Mermaid I Should Turn to Be) > Moon Turn the Tides... Gently Gently Away > Still Raining, Still Dreaming!!!

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