Saturday, 28 February 2015
Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)
We at The Watchers were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the great Leonard Nimoy, who has sadly passed away at the age of 83.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1931, Nimoy was the son of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants and acted in community theatre from the age of eight.
After small roles in Queen For A Day and Rhubarb (both 1951), he took the lead role in Kid Monk Baroni (1952) and roles in Zombies Of The Stratosphere (1952), an uncredited role in monster movie Them! (1954) and appeared as Professor Cole in The Brain Eaters (1958). Through the late 1950s and early 1960s, Nimoy appeared in TV series such as Dragnet, Sea Front, Bonanza, Twilight Zone, Wagon Train, Perry Mason, Dr. Kildare, The Outer Limits, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Daniel Boone, Get Smart and Gunsmoke.
However, it is his role as Spock in the original series of Star Trek (1966-1969) for which Nimoy will always be associated. Choosing the role of Spock over a role in the soap opera Peyton Place, Nimoy became a star. He reprised his role as Spock in six Star Trek movies from 1979 to 1991, two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and in both the 2009 J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie and its 2013 sequel Star Trek: Into Darkness (a role for which he came out of retirement for, having retired from film acting in 2010- which didn't include voice acting).
After the original run of Star Trek finished, Nimoy took a regular role in Mission: Impossible and appeared in episodes of Columbo and Night Gallery. In 1978, he appeared as Dr. David Kibner in Invasion Of The Body Snatchers opposite Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum. He voiced Galvatron in Transformers: The Movie (1986) and made two appearances in The Simpsons. He also voiced The Zarn in Land Of The Lost (2009), Sentinel Prime in Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011) and appeared as Dr. William Bell in Fringe.
Aside from his acting work, Nimoy also worked as a director, directing Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) and 3 Men And A Baby (1987) amongst others.
Nimoy was also a photographer, a writer and poet, and a musician. He was a truly talented and multifaceted man whose loss will be keenly felt for a very long time to come.
Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.
(Rhys, Matt & Tez)