Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy

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Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. 

He was 83. 

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His artistic pursuits — poetry, photography and music in addition to acting — ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: “Live long and prosper”. 

His zeal to entertain and enlighten reached beyond “Star Trek” and crossed genres. He had a starring role in the dramatic television series “Mission: Impossible” and frequently performed onstage, notably as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof.” His poetry was voluminous, and he published books of his photography. 

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He also directed movies, including two from the “Star Trek” franchise, and television shows. 

“To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior,” Mr. Nimoy wrote years after the original series ended. But that wasn’t such a bad thing, he discovered. 

“Given the choice,” he wrote, “if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock.”

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I have been a Star Trek fan since I can remember, so his passing is especially sad for me. He was my favorite character on TV and I always looked forward to him showing up in various films and TV shows over the years.

Like him, if I had to be someone else...I'd likely choose to be Spock too.

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His final Tweet on Monday could infer that he might have felt his time was near...

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He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

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