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Feb
27

Remembering Leonard Nimoy

On Friday February 27 2015 , Susan Bay Nimoy confirmed that Star Trek legend, Leonard Nimoy, succumbed to his lengthy battled with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. His death has saddened the nerd community, Trekkies casual and die-hard alike connecting in their communal grief over the shared loss of the renowned actor most famous for his role as one of the most recognized and beloved characters in science-fiction, Spock. Nimoy, known to Gene Roddenberry as the “Conscious of Star Trek”, died at 83.

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Nimoy had an extensive acting career before and after Star Trek which including Zombies of the Stratosphere, The Outer Limits, Dragnet, Mission Impossible and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

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Along with acting and writing, Nimoy had many directing credits to his name. Nimoy directed Star Trek III (The Search for Spock) and Star Trek IV (The Voyage Home). He also directed the film Three Men and a Baby.

Even outside of the studio setting, Nimoy had many artistic ventures, including photography and music. He was an accomplished photographer and recorded studio albums (Mr. Spock’s Music from Outer Space and Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy). If you haven’t listened to some of his funny sci-fi themed songs, I highly recommend you give them a listen. You won’t be disappointed! Furthermore, he recorded covers of popular hits like Proud Mary and I Walk the Line.

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His struggle to create an identity outside of his character portrayal of Spock is well documented. Being such a unique icon, Nimoy felt type-casted within his alien role. Nimoy at times waged an internal battle when it came to Spock. He titled his first autobiography I Am Not Spock. Twenty years later, though, he wrote I Am Spock. In his later years, he came to appreciate the Trek franchise, the fans and the life it had afforded him. In the 2013 release of Star Trek: Into Darkness, Nimoy made a cameo appearance, lending his fame to the new J.J Abrams reboot series.

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Today, everyone has been remembering the beloved actor in their own ways. He inspired many, mostly through his alien, scientific, inquiring mind of Spock. The character appealed to so many fans of the Trek franchise who could appreciate the alien and identify with his misappropriation of human behaviour, or difficulty fitting in on a ship of “illogical” human beings. But, more than that, they appreciate the man he was. He was flawed. He was real. He was… human.Leonard_Nimoy_by_Gage_Skidmore

But, he was kind and persevering. He inspired. Leonard Nimoy was an icon, and his legacy will live on in a franchise about to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Thank you to Mr. Nimoy for your art, your craft, and your inspiration. We’re all better nerds because of you. In the now famous last Tweet of Nimoy, “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.”

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