Although Leonard Nimoy went on to do other things in the entertainment business, he is best known for playing Spock on the famous television series, Star Trek. While his character had pointed ears and showed no emotion, in real life Nimoy was a loving, caring man. According to his granddaughter, Dani, he passed away earlier today at the age of 83.
Everyone who knew Nimoy in real life considered him an extraordinary person. Sadly, he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease last year, which is what finally took his life.
As Spock, Nimoy was a half-alien and half-human creature who worked as the chief science officer for the Starship Enterprise. His character was on the nerdy side yet he was viewed by other people on the ship as being “cool”. His most noted message throughout the series was “Live long and prosper”, advice he followed in his own personal life.
In Star Trek, Spock was second in command to Captain James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner. While Kirk’s personality was fiery, Spock’s was laid-back. Together, the two personalities were the perfect balance and complement.
Spock was always optimistic, cool-headed, logical, and had a unique view of what humanity should be in the future. Outside of television, Nimoy was many things to include a director, singer, poet, and photographer. Interestingly, 10 years after Star Trek ended, it was Nimoy who brought new life into the brand by starring in several hit movies.
The original Star Trek series came to an end in 1969 but just three years later, Nimoy starred in Mission: Impossible, a new adventure series. In addition, he was the host of “In Search Of…”, a television show that probed into mysteries and was on the Fox series “Fringe” as Dr. William Bell. Nimoy also had credits as a movie director for “Three Men and a Baby”, among others.
As stated by George Takei, who joined Nimoy on the Starship Enterprise as Sulu, “extraordinary” is word often overused but for his friend, it fit. He was incredibly talented but also a good, all-around human being.
Nimoy was also technologically savvy, spending time tweeting to fans. In his last tweet posted just a week ago, he posted “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.” He then signed off with LLAP, “Live Long and Prosper”.
Shatner also posted a message after learning of Nimoy’s death saying that he loved him like a brother and that everyone will miss his unrivaled talent, humor, and capacity to love. Expressions of love and support have been tweeted and posted all day, not only from family members and loyal fans but also from people with NASA.