'''Leonard Nimoy''' (born March 26, 1931) is the actor who is best known for playing [[TheSpock 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 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 [[CampStraight 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 TheGhost William Bell in ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', and now basically says "If you want to talk about Spock from now on, speak to [[ZacharyQuinto my replacement]]." He still does voice acting, as he plays the voice of Sentinel Prime in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon''.

Otherwise he is enjoying a hobby in photography.

Nimoy announced in early 2014 that he has [[http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seo/basics/definition/CON-20032017 COPD]] (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), as a result of smoking in his earlier years.

!![[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)
* ''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".

* Paris in ''Series/MissionImpossible''
* 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 ''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]] {{Nickelodeon}} behind-the-scenes series documenting the making of movies.
* The villain's put-upon secretary in ''TheManFromUNCLE'' episode "The Project Strigas Affair." The episode also featured William Shatner, two years before ''Star Trek'', though they don't have any scenes together.

* ''Theatre/MyFairLady''
* Tevye in ''FiddlerOnTheRoof''
* ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''
* ''Caligula''
* ''TheKingAndI''
* ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''
* ''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''.
* The narrator in the Dreamcast game ''VideoGame/{{Seaman}}''.
* Spock (of course) in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''.

!!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 has adopted Spock's classic greeting "Live long and prosper" and accompanying hand gesture for use in real life. He even signs all his tweets with "LLAP".
* CoolOldGuy: Especially in the Bruno Mars' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dULOjT9GYdQ Lazy Song]] video.
* FascinatingEyebrow: Hail to the Master.
* GutturalGrowler: Particularly in his more recent villainous roles, his voice has a unique and impressive quality, rumbling and growling like he's older than the Earth itself.
* HollywoodNewEngland: Born and raised in Boston, his accent sneaks 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 considers himself to be Modern Orthodox.
** In fact, he based the Vulcan 'Live Long and Prosper' salute 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.
* TheMentor[=/=]IntergenerationalFriendship - To ZacharyQuinto after the latter was approved by Leonard himself to be the successor to the role of Spock.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He's in his eighties and still looks very good.
* ThePowerOfLove: Nimoy says he has not touched a drop of alcohol since finding love with his new wife.
* TenMinuteRetirement: Keeps saying he's going to retire. Keeps coming back.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: Literally and justified. He grew up in a Yiddish-speaking household (his parents were Jewish immigrants from Ukraine).