Leonard Nimoy

Biography

Leonard Simon Nimoy (pronounced /ˈniːmɔɪ/, NEE-moy; born March 26, 1931) is an American actor, film director, poet, musician, and photographer. Nimoy's fame rests on his playing the role of Spock in the original Star Trek series 1966-1969, as well as reprising the role in various film, television and video game sequels. Nimoy began his career in his early twenties, teaching acting classes in Hollywood and making minor film and television appearances through the 1950s, as well as playing the title role to Kid Monk Baroni. In 1953, he served in the United States Army. In 1965, he made his first appearance in the rejected Star Trek pilot, "The Cage", and would go on to play the character until 1969, followed by seven further films and a number of guest slots in various sequels. His character of Spock generated a significant cultural impact and three Emmy Award nominations; TV Guide named Spock one of the 50 greatest TV characters. Nimoy also had a recurring role in Mission: Impossible and a narrating role in Civilization IV, as well as several well-received stage appearances. Nimoy's fame as Spock is to such an extent that both his autobiographies, I Am Not Spock (1975) and I Am Spock (1995) detail his existence as being shared between the character and himself. Stage and Screen Nimoy's film and television acting career began in 1951. But after receiving the title role in the 1952 film Kid Monk Baroni, a story about a street punk turned professional boxer, he spent most of the rest of his early career playing small parts in B movies, TV shows such as Dragnet, and serials such as Republic Pictures' Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952). This included more than fifty movies or television shows. He played an Army sergeant in the 1954 Sci Fi thriller, Them!, and had a role in The Balcony (1963), a film adaptation of the Jean Genet play. On television Nimoy appeared as Sonarman in two episodes of the 1957–1958 syndicated military drama, The Silent Service, based on actual events of the submarine section of the United States Navy. He had guest roles in the Sea Hunt series from 1958 to 1960 and had a minor role in The Twilight Zone episode "A Quality of Mercy" in 1961. He also appeared in Highway Patrol. Throughout the 1960s Nimoy appeared in a number of other TV series including Bonanza (1960), Two Faces West (1961), The Untouchables (1962), The Eleventh Hour (1962), Combat! (1963, 1965), Perry Mason (1963), The Outer Limits (1964), The Virginian (1965) and Get Smart (1966). He appeared again in the 1995 Outer Limits, again in the episode "I, Robot". Nimoy as SpockNimoy and William Shatner first worked together in an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., "The Project Strigas Affair" (1964). Their characters were from either side of the Iron Curtain, though with his saturnine looks, Nimoy was predictably the villain, with Shatner playing a reluctant U.N.C.L.E. recruit. Nimoy first worked with DeForest Kelley in an episode of The Virginian from season two titled "Man of Violence", with Kelley as the doctor and Nimoy as the patient. Star Trek Nimoy's greatest prominence came from his role in the original Star Trek series, as the half-Vulcan, half-human Spock. Nimoy formed a long-standing friendship with Shatner, who portrayed his commanding officer. The series ran from 1966 to 1969, and Nimoy earned three Emmy acting nominations for his work. He went on to reprise Spock's character in a voice-over role in Star Trek: The Animated Series, in two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and in six Star Trek motion pictures featuring the original cast. He played an older Spock in the 2009 Star Trek movie directed by J. J. Abrams. Spock gave his Vulcan salute whenever greeting crew members, and it became a recognized symbol of the show identified with him. Nimoy created the sign himself from his childhood memories of the way rabbis held their hand when giving blessings. During an interview, he translated the biblical blessing which accompanied the sign and described it during a public lecture: May the Lord bless and keep you and may the Lord cause his countenance to shine upon you. May the Lord be gracious unto you and grant you peace. Nimoy was asked to read the verses as part of his narration for Civilization IV (as the blurb read out upon "discovering" the technology Priesthood). After Star Trek's Cancellation Following the cancellation of the original Star Trek in 1969, Nimoy immediately joined the cast of the spy series Mission: Impossible, which was seeking a replacement for Martin Landau. Nimoy was cast as an IMF agent who was an ex-magician and make-up expert, 'The Amazing Paris'. He played the role from 1969 to 1971, on the fourth and fifth seasons of the show. Nimoy in 1972 co-starred with Yul Brynner and Richard Crenna in the Western movie Catlow (1971). Nimoy appeared in various made for television films such as Assault on the Wayne (1970), Baffled (1972), The Alpha Caper (1973), The Missing Are Deadly (1974), Seizure: The Story Of Kathy Morris (1980), and Marco Polo (1982). He received an Emmy award nomination for best supporting actor for the TV film A Woman Called Golda (1982). He also had roles in Night Gallery (1972) and Columbo (1973) where he played a murderous doctor who was one of the few criminals to whom Columbo became angry. In the late 1970s, he hosted and narrated the television series In Search of..., which investigated paranormal or unexplained events or subjects. He also has a memorable character part as a psychiatrist in Philip Kaufman's remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It was during this time that Nimoy won acclaim for a series of stage roles as well. He appeared in such plays as Vincent, Fiddler on the Roof, The Man in the Glass Booth, Oliver!, Six Rms Riv Vu, Full Circle, Camelot, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The King And I, Caligula, The Four Poster, Twelfth Night, Sherlock Holmes, Equus and My Fair Lady

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Birth Name

Leonard Simon Nimoy

Birth Place

Boston

Birth Date

3/26/1931

Death Date

2/27/2015
Known For
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Star Trek Into Darkness

Spock Prime

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Star Trek

Spock Prime

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Spock

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Spock

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Mr. Spock

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Capt. Spock

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Captain Spock

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Adventures In Zambezia

Sekhuru (voice)

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Star Trek: The Captains' Summit

Himself

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Star Trek: Evolutions

Narrator

Starring In
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For the Love of Spock

Himself (archive footage)

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50 Years of Star Trek

Himself

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To Be Takei

Himself

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Star Trek Into Darkness

Spock Prime

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Adventures In Zambezia

Sekhuru (voice)

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Sentinel Prime (voz)

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Star Trek: Evolutions

Narrator

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Land of the Lost

The Zarn (voice)

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Star Trek: The Captains' Summit

Himself

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Star Trek

Spock Prime

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The Evolution of the Enterprise

Self (voice)

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Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier

Himself - Host

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Ringers: Lord of the Fans

Himself

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How William Shatner Changed the World

Spock (archive footage)

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Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Atlantean King (voice)

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Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime

Himself

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Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists

Akron / Baraka / King Chandra (voice)

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The Stars of Star Wars - Interviews from the Cast

Himself (archive footage)

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Futurama - Monster Robot Maniac Fun Collection

Himself (2 episodes, 1999-2002)

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Brave New World

Mustapha Mond

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Trekkies

Himself

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The Bible - David

Samuel

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Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond

Self

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William Shatner's Star Trek Memories

Himself

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Titanica

Himself (Narrator)

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Bonanza: Under Attack

Frank James

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The Pagemaster

Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde (voice)

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Star Trek: Diario Del Capitano

Himself

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Destiny in Space

Narrator (voice)

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Coneheads

Spock (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Halloween Tree

Mr. Moundshroud (voice)

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Captain Spock

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Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special

Self - Host

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Never Forget

Mel Mermelstein

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Bangles Greatest Hits

The Chauffeur (uncredited)

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Spock

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Spock

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Transformers: The Movie

Galvatron (voice)

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Capt. Spock

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Spock

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Golda Meir

Morris Meyerson

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Marco Polo

Achmet (1 episode, 1982)

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Mr. Spock

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Dr. David Kibner

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Baffled

Tom Kovack

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Catlow

Miller

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Stranded

Spence Atherton

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The Balcony

Roger

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The Brain Eaters

Professor Cole (as Leonard Nemoy)

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Them!

Air Force Sergeant (uncredited)

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Zombies of the Stratosphere

Narab

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Francis Goes to West Point

Cadet Football Player #52 (uncredited)

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Rhubarb

Young Ball Player (uncredited)

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