Yesterday, people around the world received the shocking news that Leonard Nimoy, Spock in the original Star Trek series, had passed away. The actor was 83 and had been suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (caused by smoking even though he had quit 30 years ago).
While he is perhaps best known for his role as playing the original Spock, his acting career actually began in 1952, in the film Kid Monk Baroni. He went on to have several more parts in film and television until one day, in 1965, he got cast in the iconic role that many love him for. Acting wasn’t his only success however, Nimoy also pursued photography, directing, writing, and music. He is succeeded by his wife and two children.
Nimoy was beloved by many. Whether you knew him from the original Star Trek, his appearance in the new Star Trek, or from this wonderful video:
Leonard Nimoy will never be forgotten.
“We are assembled here today to pay final respects to our honored dead. And yet it should be noted that in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world; a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish. He did not feel this sacrifice a vain or empty one, and we will not debate his profound wisdom at these proceedings. Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… human.”
– Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy
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