->''"A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP"''
-->--'''Leonard Nimoy's final tweet'''

'''Leonard Simon Nimoy''' (March 26, 1931 -- February 27, 2015) was the actor who is best known for playing [[TheSpock Spock]] on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. He was so much remembered for this role, and little else, that he went on to write an autobiography called ''IAmNotSpock'', 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 ''[[IAmNotLeonardNimoy I Am Spock]]''.

Beginning with ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'', he started up a low key directing career that included ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' and ''Three Men and a Baby''. As well, his distinctive voice led 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 Creator/WilliamShatner. 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's also fairly well-known for his [[CampStraight campy]] song "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins," which is a jaunty re-telling of Tolkien's ''Literature/TheHobbit''.

He became semi-retired in the mid-'90s, only taking on the occasional role that really interested him. Retired from on-screen acting completely after a stint as TheGhost William Bell in ''Series/{{Fringe}}''. After that he basically said "If you want to talk about Spock from now on, speak to [[Creator/ZacharyQuinto my replacement]]." He did voice acting, as he played the voice of Sentinel Prime in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon''.

He enjoyed a hobby in photography.

He passed away on February 27, 2015 at the age of 83 from end-stage COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), [[https://twitter.com/TheRealNimoy/status/554102742084370432 which he acquired as a result of smoking in his earlier years.]]
!![[IAmNotSpock Other roles]] include:


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Them}}'': Appears briefly as a telegrapher who is quickly eaten by a giant ant.
* ''Film/{{Deathwatch 1966}}'' (1966)
* ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'' (1978 remake)
* ''A Woman Called Golda''
* ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' (Made-For-TV movie adaptation)
* Voice of King Kashekim Nedakh in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''
* Voice of Galvatron in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie''
* Voice of Sentinel Prime in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon''
* Voice of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in ''WesternAnimation/ThePagemaster'' (1994)


[[folder: Music ]]

* Played a car driver in the music video for Music/TheBangles' "Going Down to Liverpool".
* Played a grumpy version of himself in the alternate music video for Music/BrunoMars's "The Lazy Song".


[[folder: Television ]]

* Paris in ''Series/MissionImpossible''
* Tom Kovack in ''Baffled!'', 1973, a made-for-TV movie intended as a pilot for a ParanormalDetective series.
* He was also the narrator on ''InSearchOf'', a paranormal documentary series that came on between 1976 and 1982. Was parodied on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' during its eighth season (on the episode hosted by Ron Howard) with Joe Piscopo as Nimoy.
* William Bell on ''Series/{{Fringe}}''.
* Voiced himself on two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': 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 ''Series/TheXFiles''")
** Also voiced himself on two episodes of ''The Simpsons''' sister show, ''WesternAnimation/{{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 ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ShoutOut episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before."
* Voiced a Spock action figure in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Transporter Malfunction".
* Hosted ''Standby: Lights, Camera, Action!'', a [[TheEighties 1980s]] Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} behind-the-scenes series documenting the making of movies.
* The villain's put-upon secretary in ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' episode "The Project Strigas Affair." The episode also featured Creator/WilliamShatner, two years before ''Star Trek'', though they don't have any scenes together.


[[folder: Theater ]]

* ''Theatre/MyFairLady''
* Tevye in ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof''
* ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''
* ''Caligula''
* ''Theatre/TheKingAndI''
* ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''
* ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes''
* ''{{Vincent}}''
* ''Theatre/{{Equus}}''


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Narrated a quotation related to each discovered technology in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'', including...
-->"Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep."
--> --'''Sputnik I'''
* Master Xehanort in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''.
* The narrator in the Dreamcast game ''VideoGame/{{Seaman}}''.
* Spock (of course) in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''.

!!Tropes associated include:

* TheAlcoholic: Used to be.
* BecomingTheMask: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in his autobiographies, ''I Am Not [[TheSpock Spock]]'' and ''I Am [[Franchise/StarTrek Spock]]''.
* BigBeautifulWoman: He did a series of photographs [[http://www.rmichelson.com/artist_pages/nimoy/pages/MaxBeaut.htm featuring a group of burlesque dancers called "The Fat Bottom Revue" nude]].
* CatchPhrase: Nimoy adopted Spock's classic greeting "Live long and prosper" and accompanying hand gesture for use in real life. He even signed all his tweets with "LLAP".
* CoolCar: [[http://www.shopllap.com/product_p/auto1-spock1.htm Mr. Spock posing with his Buick Riviera.]]
* CoolOldGuy: Especially in the Bruno Mars' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dULOjT9GYdQ "The Lazy Song"]] video.
* FascinatingEyebrow: Hail to the Master.
* GutturalGrowler: Particularly in his more recent villainous roles, his voice had a unique and impressive quality, rumbling and growling like he's older than the Earth itself.
* HollywoodNewEngland: Born and raised in Boston, his accent sneaked in from time to time.
* IAmNotSpock: Later he wrote a follow-up book ''I Am Spock''...
** IAmNotLeonardNimoy: ...Which helps him become a TropeNamer.
* UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}}: Nimoy considered himself to be Modern Orthodox.
** In fact, he based the Vulcan "Live Long and Prosper" salute on the hand gesture ''Kohanim''[[note]]Members of the ancient Jewish priestly class, descended from Aaron[[/note]] used when delivering the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priestly_Blessing Priestly Blessing]].
*** When he was brought in to do the voiceover work for ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'', the technology "Priesthood" [[GeniusBonus had the Jewish Priestly Blessing as its quote]]. One can only imagine that Nimoy laughed heartily when he saw this.
** Judaism almost certainly helped the reconciliation between Nimoy and Creator/WilliamShatner: Shatner was raised a Conservative Jew, and credits Nimoy--whose Modern Orthodoxy isn't too far away from Conservative Judaism--with helping him get back in touch with his Jewish roots.
* TheMentor[=/=]IntergenerationalFriendship: To Creator/ZacharyQuinto after the latter was approved by Leonard himself to be the successor to the role of Spock.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He was in his eighties and still looked very good.
* ThePowerOfLove: Nimoy said he had not touched a drop of alcohol since he found love with his new wife.
* TenMinuteRetirement: Kept saying he was going to retire. Kept coming back until the end.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: Literally and justified. He grew up in a Yiddish-speaking household (his parents were Jewish immigrants from Ukraine).
-->''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan "I have been, and always shall be, your friend. Live long and prosper."]]''