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Today we have lost a sci-fi legend with the announcement that Leonard Nimoy has passed away in his home in Bel-Air, Los Angeles at the age of 83. Nimoy’s wife, Susan Bay Nimoy confirmed to The New York Times his passing from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Nimoy is most famous for starring as Mr. Spock in the Star Trek franchise, being one of the franchise’s most iconic characters, appearing in the series from 1966 to 2013. He was in the original series in the 60s until its cancelation in its third series. He respired the role for Star Trek: The Motion Picture and continued until the sixth movie “The Undiscovered Country” with Nimoy being in the director’s chair for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Undiscovered Country, which he also had a story credit. He was the only member of the original cast to appear in the J.J. Abrams reboot of Star Trek.
Outside of the Star Trek series Nimoy appeared in numerous movies and TV Series, from small roles in shows like Dragnet, The Man From U.N.C.L.E and The Twilight Zone and longer roles in Mission: Impossible and Fringe. He film roles include the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and two different voice roles in the Transformers franchise.
Nimoy’s biggest directing credit outside the Star Trek franchise was the comedy movie Three Men and a Baby and outside acting and directing he released five studio albums.
Fun fact, the action Michael Bay is Nimoy’s cousin-in-law.