Creator / Leonard Nimoy
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"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 Commander 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 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 William 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 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 The Ghost William Bell in Fringe. After that he basically said "If you want to talk about Spock from now on, speak to my replacement." He did voice acting, as he played the voice of Sentinel Prime in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Interested in photography from a very young age, he had a whole second career as a photo artist, with many exhibitions in galleries and several books.

He passed away on February 27, 2015 at the age of 83 from end-stage COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), which he acquired as a result of smoking in his earlier years.

In memory of his father, his son, Adam Nimoy, is now producing a documentary about his father, For the Love of Spock.

Other roles include:



  • Paris in Mission: Impossible
  • Tom Kovack in Baffled!, 1973, a made-for-TV movie intended as a pilot for a Paranormal Detective series.
  • 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.
  • Villain of the Week, Doctor Barry Mayfield, in Columbo: "A Stitch in Crime" (1973).


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Tropes associated with his work include:

  • Ambiguously Jewish: Nimoy imbued Spock with this by basing the Vulcan salute and its accompanying greetings "Live long and prosper" and "Peace and long life" on the hand gesture Kohanimnote  used when delivering the Priestly Blessing.
  • Becoming the Mask: Discussed in his autobiographies, I Am Not Spock and I Am Spock.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: He did a series of photographs featuring a group of burlesque dancers called "The Fat Bottom Revue" nude.
  • Catch Phrase: 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".
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: His reaction shots as Spock using these are the stuff of legend. Hail to the Master.
  • Guttural Growler: Particularly in his later villainous roles, his voice had a unique and impressive quality, rumbling and growling like he's older than the Earth itself.
  • Hollywood New England: Born and raised in Boston, his accent sneaked in from time to time.
  • I Am Not Leonard Nimoy: Which helps him become a Trope Namer...
  • I Am Not Spock: invoked ...Through he later wrote a follow-up book I Am Spock.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: His "Prime" Spock had this kind of relationship with Zachary Quinto's Spock. This crossed to some extent to real life, too; the latter was approved by Nimoy himself to be the successor to the role of Spock.
  • Large Ham: Nimoy was perhaps the largest ham in the entire Kingdom Hearts series, and clearly had the time of his living voicing the series' bombastic Big Bad, Master Xehanort. What's even more impressive is that he secured his title as the largest of hams in a series that featured heavily recurring Disney villains voiced by the likes of James Woods and BRIAN BLESSED, and Billy Zane!
  • The Mentor: His "Prime" Spock had this kind of relationship with Zachary Quinto's Spock. This crossed to some extent to real life, too; the latter was approved by Nimoy himself to be the successor to the role of Spock.
  • Rule of Sean Connery: There's a reason he built quite a career. Even if the role was Adam Westing and/or just his voice, Nimoy's presence is always a plus!