"Of all the souls I have encountered in my journey, his was the most… human."
As a person that grew up watching reruns of the TOS, and watching the feature films over and over again (with particular emphasis on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home), the news of Leonard Nimoy’s passing has hit me to the core. Leonard Nimoy, most famously known for his portrayal of Spock, died today at the age of 83.
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According to a report in The New York Times, Nimoy died in his own home, with the cause of death listed as end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy’s long career spanned many genres including music, photography, writing and acting, but he will forever be known as Mr. Spock. Nimoy’s portrayal of Spock, who served as the U.S.S. Enterprise’s science officer, made him a household name and boosted him to stardom.
Nimoy portrayed Spock during the three seasons of the TV series Star Trek, which ran in on NBC during the 1960s, and reprised his role in Star Trek features films beginning with Star Trek: The Motion Picture and concluded with 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Nimoy even directed two feature-length Star Trek films: Star Trek III: The Search For Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Besides his recent screen time in the two newest Star Trek films, Nimoy also played up his Spock heritage in a 2013 Audi commercial which pitted him against his younger, on-screen replacement: Zachary Quinto.
The world has lost a true legend, and I feel that Star Trek co-star George Takei sums up our feelings on Nimoy’s passing: