Leonard Nimoy passed away on Friday, February 27, 2015.

Nimoy is best known as portraying Mister Spock, the half-Vulcan science officer and first officer of the U.S.S. Enterprise on the original Star Trek series.  While the character espoused logic and stoicism, Nimoy brought an underlying humanity and empathy to the role that made the character human as well as alien.

Nimoy had a long and varied career outside of Star Trek.  He starred in Mission Impossible, the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.  He had a recurring role on the show Fringe, provided the narration for In Search Of... and directed the film 3 Men and a Little Lady.  He even appeared in music videos by the Bangles and Bruno Mars:

But it was Spock that always drew him back.  Nimoy played Spock in every Star Trek movie, appeared in back-to-back episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and is the only cast member to appear in J.J. Abrams' reboot of the franchise.

Nimoy's distinctive voice and fame in the science fiction community also allowed him to provide vocals in many features.  He spoke on the animated series Futurama, The Simpsons and Robot Chicken.  And when he "appeared" on The Big Bang Theory, Nimoy's voice gave "life" to a doll of Mister Spock.
Mister Spock's most famous saying was "live long and prosper."  Leonard Nimoy, who brought the character to life as no one else could, had a prosperous career and a long and hopefully happy life.  He will be missed.

Written by James Lynch

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