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Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015) was the actor who is best known for playing Spock on Star Trek: The Original Series. He was so much remembered for this role, and little else, that he went on to write an autobiography called I Am Not Spock, a reference to the fact that he didn't like being typecast and taken less seriously as an actor. The title led to a lot of confusion by fans, who assumed he resented Spock as a role, obliging him to write a second book entitled I Am Spock.

Beginning with Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, he started up a low key directing career that included Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Three Men And A Baby. As well, his distinctive voice has lead to several roles in animation and video games.

He also recorded several albums in the late 1960s. Surprisingly, he isn't as bad as you would think — or at least, not as campy as Shatner. Your Mileage May Vary: Nimoy appeared on many of the Golden Throats collections issued by Rhino. The earlier albums are especially great for a laugh, especially when he actually was portraying Spock.

He entered a period of semi-retirement in the mid-1990s, largely limiting himself to narration or guest appearances. He all but retired from on-screen acting completely after a stint as The Ghost William Bell in Fringe, basically saying "If you want to talk about Spock from now on, speak to my replacement." He still indulged in voice acting, voicing Sentinel Prime in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

He also had a photography hobby and was a trained pilot who owned his own plane.

Sadly on February 25 2015, he fell into a coma, passing not long afterwards due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Other roles include:



  • Paris in Mission Impossible
  • He was also the narrator on In Search Of, a paranormal documentary series that came on between 1976 and 1982. Was parodied on Saturday Night Live during its eighth season (on the episode hosted by Ron Howard) with Joe Piscopo as Nimoy.
  • William Bell on Fringe.
  • Voiced himself on two episodes of Western Animation/The Simpsons: season four's "Marge vs. The Monorail" and season eight's "The Springfield Files" (a.k.a "the Crossover episode with Mulder and Scully from The X-Files")
    • Also voiced himself on two episodes of The Simpsons' sister show, Futurama as one of many celebrities whose heads have been preserved in jars in the year 3000: the premiere episode "Space Pilot 3000" and the Star Trek Shout-Out episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before."


Video Games

  • Narrated a quotation related to each discovered technology in Civilization IV, including...
"Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep."
Sputnik I

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