Unfortunately, actor, author, director and photographer Leonard Nimoy died today at age 83. He was admitted to the hospital earlier this week with chest pains and fans feared the worst. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Nimoy was easily best known as stoic, logical Vulcan Mr. Spock, the first officer on the Enterprise from Star Trek. But he also directed the most popular Star Trek classic film, Part IV: The Voyage Home. He played many other famous roles including on shows Mission: Impossible and Fringe.
Leonard Nimoy was teaching Method acting in 1966 when he was cast as Spock. He went on to have an interesting relationship with the character, publishing an autobiography in 1977 titled “I Am Not Spock” but also publishing “I Am Spock” in 1995. He fully embraced the character and appeared in a two-parter of Star Trek: The Next Generation and both of the rebooted Star Trek movies by J.J. Abrams, playing Spock.
He tweeted a lot and ended all his tweets with LLAP – Spock’s Vulcan saying: Live Long and Prosper. He tweeted on Monday, saying:
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP