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Creator: Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy (born 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.


Other roles include:

Film

Music
  • Played a car driver in the music video for The Bangles' "Going Down to Liverpool.
  • Played a grumpy version of himself in the alternate music video for Bruno Mars's "The Lazy Song".

Television
  • 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 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."
  • Voiced a Spock action figure in The Big Bang Theory episode "The Transporter Malfunction".
  • Hosted Standby: Lights, Camera, Action!, a 1980s Nickelodeon behind-the-scenes series documenting the making of movies.
  • The villain's put-upon secretary in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. episode "The Project Strigas Affair." The episode also featured William Shatner, two years before Star Trek, though they don't have any scenes together.

Theater

Video Games
  • Narrated a quotation related to each discovered technology in Civilization IV, including...
    "Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep."
    Sputnik I
  • Master Xehanort in Kingdom Hearts.
  • The narrator in the Dreamcast game Seaman.
  • Spock (of course) in Star Trek Online.

Tropes associated include:


Mark HamillAnnie AwardWilliam Shatner
Bill NighyVoice ActorsTomomichi Nishimura
Bill NighyActorsDavid Niven

alternative title(s): Leonard Nimoy
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