Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek‘s iconic Mr. Spock, passed away today at the age of 83 just days after being rushed to a California hospital for chest pain. Nimoy had been suffering from C.O.P.D., a lung disease. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, his two children, and millions of fans and admirers.
As Spock, Nimoy gave fire to a half-Vulcan/half-human character that could have easily been lost to the cold of logic. We watched him on the original series, his arched eyebrows able to convey more than most could with a page of dialogue. When Star Trek made the jump to the big screen, Nimoy almost didn’t come along for the ride but in the end, he wound up directing two of the films (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home) and providing the most stirring moment in the series in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Nimoy would also reprise the role of Spock in the JJ Abrams helmed Star Trek reboots, repeatedly going back on his stated intentions to retire from acting on-screen. Something he also did when he played William Bell on Fringe.
In addition to his long career as an actor (in both Trek and non-Trek roles) and a filmmaker, Nimoy authored two autobiographies, wrote poetry, recorded five albums of covers and the notorious Ballad of Bilbo Baggins song, and enjoyed photography, sharing his thoughts with fans via social media, and attending conventions.
Nimoy’s tweet is doubly impactful now that he is gone.
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015
What more is there to say?
Rest in Peace, Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)