Here in the U.K. it was late on a Friday afternoon that the news broke of Leonard Nimoy’s death. At 83, he had certainly lived a life and in that life he had achieved the status of screen icon as Mr. Spock from the equally as iconic TV show, Star Trek (1966 – 1969). From 1966 up until today, Leonard Nimoy would always be Spock to millions, if not billions in that 48 year time span.
Even after retiring from acting a few years ago, he continued on shows such as Fringe and had cameo’s in the latest two Star Trek movies. It was this relationship with J.J. Abrams which many will remember in his final years.
But Spock was his legacy and a character which like Star Trek, transcended the small screen to become a phenomenon and gain a fanatical fan base across the world. And this was very much due to the both humble and integral nature of Nimoy, often manifested by his protective relationship of the Spock character, preparing to kill him off in 1982 in order to leave him behind on high note. But with the iconic success of Spock’s death in Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (1982), he had to return and he managed to wrangle the director’s gig for Star Trek III & IV (1984 & 1986), his first theatrical films, though he had some work on TV in the years prior.
After his more comical take of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, his next directorial project was the classic 80’s flick 3 Men And A Baby (1987) along with few more lesser know works.
As the Star Trek work dried up his more notable screen credits included a couple of stints of The Simpsons and more recently, the less than subtle role of Sentinel Prime in Transformers: Dark Of the Moon (2011) which was littered with Spock references right from the get go.
His career was long and varied, spanning TV and film, as well as photography, celebrity and philanthropy but on the 27th February 2015, we lost a legend of the big and small screen alike.
Rest in peace.