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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 the actor who is best known for playing 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.

Nimoy said on at least one occasion that Spock 'followed him home' on the weekends; after spending so many 14-hour workdays in-character as Spock, the Vulcan's logical and rational nature merged with Nimoy's own personality. Nimoy would finally manage to shake off the effects of the character's mindset late on Sunday afternoon -- by which time he was already preparing to go back to work and start the process all over again the next day!

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''.

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, is now producing a documentary about his father, ''For the Love of Spock''.
!![[IAmNotSpock Other roles]] include:

* ''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)

* 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"]].

* 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.

* ''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 ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'', 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 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 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.]]
*** 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.
* 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 BRIAN BLESSED]]''', and Creator/BillyZane!
* TheMentor[=/=]IntergenerationalFriendship: To Creator/ZacharyQuinto after the latter was approved by Leonard himself to be the successor to the role of Spock.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He is a curious example. He actually used to look even older than his age... that is until he turned 82 and seemingly decided to reverse his aging process - [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130131045160/memoryalpha/en/images/2/22/Leonard_Nimoy.jpg see for]][[http://latimesherocomplex.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/startrekintodarkness-premiere-leonard-nimoy1.jpg%3Fw%3D600 yourself]]. . No "Trek Science" here, just the undeniable benefits of a full head of hair. Sadly, he didn't last much longer, as he passed away in February 2015 at 83.
* ThePowerOfLove: Nimoy said he had not touched a drop of alcohol since he found love with his new wife.
* 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!
* 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."]]''