Spock actor dies after a long and prosperous life
LEONARD Nimoy, who played the inimitable Mr Spock in Star Trek, died at the age of 83 yesterday.
His son Adam confirmed the actor, adored by Trekkies all over the world, died at his home in Los Angeles yesterday morning.
The cause of Nimoy’s death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his son said.
Nimoy, who appeared in Star Trek from 1966-1969, was loved by fans of the cult TV serie portrayal of the po eared science officer M Spock.
The actor left a poignant last message for fans on his Twitter account last Sunday, including a reference to his famous signoff, “live long and prosper”.
The tweet said: “A lif is like a garden. Perf moments can be had not preserved, except i ry. LLAP.”
The actor was catapulted to fame by the series, and became a household name for Star Trek fans across the world.
But his ambivalence towards the role was clear – his two autobiographies were titled I Am Not Spock (1975) and I Am Spock (1995).
His death drew immediate reaction from his co-star in the long running space drama, which made it to the big screen in the 1970s..
William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk, said: “I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his
■ mour, his t and acity to
Born in Boston to Jewish immigrants from Russia, Nimoy was raised in an Italian section of the city where, although he counted many Italian-Americans as his friends, he said he also felt the sting of anti-Semitism growing up.
At 17 he was cast in a local production of Clifford Odets’ Awake And Sing as the son in a Jewish family. He won a drama scholarship to Boston College but eventually dropped out, moved to California and took acting lessons at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Soon he had lost his “Boston dead-end” accent, hired an agent and began getting small roles in TV series and films. He played a baseball player in Rhubarb and an Indian in Old Overland Trail.
After service in the army, he returned to Hollywood, working as a taxi driver, vacuum cleaner salesman, cinema usher and other jobs while looking for acting roles.
In 1954 he married Sandra Zober, a fellow student at the Pasadena Playhouse, and they had two children, Julie and Adam. The couple divorced, and in 1988 he married Susan Bay, a film production executive.
Besides his wife, son and daughter, Nimoy is survived by his stepson, Aaron Bay Schuck.
Leonard Nimoy in 2006, and, left, as Spock