Leonard Nimoy (March 26, 1931-) is 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 led to several roles in animation and video games.He also has 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. 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 campy song "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins," which is a jaunty re-telling of Tolkien's "The Hobbit."He has been in semi-retirement since the mid-'90s, only taking on the occasional role that really interests him. Retired from on-screen acting completely after a stint as The Ghost William Bell in Fringe, and now basically says "If you want to talk about Spock from now on, speak to my replacement." He still does voice acting, as he plays the voice of Sentinel Prime in Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.Otherwise he is enjoying a hobby in photography.Nimoy announced in early 2014 that he has COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), as a result of smoking in his earlier years.
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