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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 [[FamousLastWords final tweet]]'''

Leonard Simon Nimoy (March 26, 1931 -- February 27, 2015) was an American actor and director who is best known for playing Commander 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''. Fittingly enough, his final roles in any media would end up being a reprisal of Spock Prime in ''Film/StarTrek'' and its first sequel.

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), [[https://twitter.com/TheRealNimoy/status/554102742084370432 which he acquired as a result of smoking in his earlier years.]]

In memory of his father, his son, Adam Nimoy, produced a documentary about his father, ''For the Love of Spock'', which was released in 2016.
!![[IAmNotSpock Other roles]] include:

* ''Film/{{Them}}'' (1954): appears briefly as a telegrapher who is quickly eaten by a giant ant.
* ''Film/{{Deathwatch|1966}}'' (1966): as Lefranc
* ''[[Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers]]'' (1978): as Dr. David Kibner
* ''A Woman Called Golda'' (1982): as Morris Meyerson
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' (1986): as Galvatron (voice)
* ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' (1998): as Mustapha Mond
* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' (2001): as King Kashekim Nedakh (voice)
* ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' (2011): as Sentinel Prime (voice)
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePagemaster'' (1994): as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde (voice)

* 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".
* Made a FilkSong of ''Literature/TheHobbit'' titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGF5ROpjRAU "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins"]].

* Appeared on an early promotional [[UsefulNotes/LaserDisc laserdisc]] promoting Magnavox's "[=MagnaVision=]" laserdisc players.[[note]]This was before Pioneer became the primary maker of laserdisc players. The article has more info.[[/note]] Furthermore, this was done in a science fiction setting.

* 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 ''Series/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.
* VillainOfTheWeek, Doctor Barry Mayfield, in ''Series/{{Columbo}}: "A Stitch in Crime"'' (1973).
* Moundshroud in the Creator/HannaBarbera TV special ''The Halloween Tree''.

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

* Narrated a quotation related to each discovered technology in the base game of ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV''[[note]]Techs added in the expansions had their lines jarringly voiced by someone else.[[/note]], including...
-->"Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep."
--> --'''Sputnik I'''
* Master Xehanort in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', specifically in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' and ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance''.
* The narrator in the Dreamcast game ''VideoGame/{{Seaman}}''.
* Spock (of course) in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''.
* Spock in the Star Trek section of ''Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff'', released the month after he died.

!!Tropes associated with his work include:

* AmbiguouslyJewish: 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 ''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.]]
* BecomingTheMask: {{Discussed|Trope}} in his autobiographies, ''I Am Not Spock'' and ''I Am 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".
* ClintSquint: Was the default state of his eyes. All the better to compliment the FascinatingEyebrow.
* FascinatingEyebrow: His reaction shots as Spock using these are the stuff of legend. Hail to the Master.
* GutturalGrowler: 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.
* HollywoodNewEngland: Born and raised in Boston, his accent sneaked in from time to time.
* IAmNotLeonardNimoy: Which helps him become a {{Trope Namer|s}}...
* IAmNotSpock: [[invoked]] ...Through he later wrote a follow-up book ''I Am Spock''.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: His "Prime" Spock had this kind of relationship with Creator/ZacharyQuinto'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.
* LargeHam: Nimoy was perhaps the largest ham in the entire ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series, and clearly had the time of his living voicing the series' bombastic BigBad, 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 '''Creator/BrianBlessed''', and Creator/BillyZane!
* TheMentor: His "Prime" Spock had this kind of relationship with Creator/ZacharyQuinto'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.
* NiceGuy: Leonard Nimoy was a kind, decent guy who was respectful, friendly, and affectionate towards his friends and fans.
* SugarWiki/RuleOfSeanConnery: There's a reason he built quite a career. Even if the role was AdamWesting and/or just his voice, Nimoy's presence is always a plus!
-->''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan "I have been, and always shall be, your friend. Live long and prosper."]]''