Spock ac­tor dies af­ter a long and pros­per­ous life

Warwickshire Telegraph - - UK & WORLD - Eleanor Steafel Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.