Leonard Nimoy (Born Leonard Simon Nimoy 26.03.31 - 27.02.15) was an American actor best known for his portrayal of Mr. Spock in the Star Trek television and film series. In addition, he worked as a director, photographer, poet, and singer/songwriter.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth, at the time of his death in 2015, Leonard Nimoy had a net worth of 45 million USD.
Childhood: Leonard Nimoy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Max and Dora Nimoy. Nimoy began acting at the age of eight at the neighbourhood's theatre. It was his grandfather that encourage him to take up acting full time, as his parents preferred him to study at college and pursue a more stable career. Nimoy landed a role in the amateur production of Clifford Odets' 'Awake and Sing!', and began selling vacuum cleaners around the Boston area to pay for tuition at Boston College.
While studying the concepts of Stanislavsky's Method acting, Nimoy became a tremendous fan of Marlon Brando. He took a job working at an ice cream parlour to continue paying his tuition. Nimoy then spent two years in the Army Special Services between 1953 and 1955, where he spent time writing and performing plays and shows. He also worked with the Atlanta Theatre Guild to direct a production on 'A Streetcar Named Desire'.
Career: Leonard Nimoy made his first screen appearance in the 1951 film adaptation of the radio drama 'Queen for a Day'. From there, Nimoy played uncredited parts in a number of television shows and small B-movies. In 1964, Nimoy appeared on the show 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' alongside actor William Shatner. The show marked the first time the two starred alongside each other, but it wouldn't be the last.
Leonard Nimoy landed the role of Mr. Spock in the pilot episode for 'Star Trek'. The episode, entitled 'The Cage', was shown to NBC in February 1965. NBC decided that they did not want the series, and it was refused. Instead of killing the project, however, a second pilot episode was created. This episode, 'Where No Man Has Gone Before', featured William Shatner in the lead role, and saw Nimoy's character moved from a regular officer to being Shatner's right-hand. 'Star Trek' aired its first episode on 8th September 1966, and the first season ran until 14th April the following year.
Following the success of the first season, 'Star Trek' returned for a second season between 15th September 1967 and 29th March 1968. The third season ran from 20th September 1968, until 3rd June 1969, however a poor budget led to lower ratings. The show creators were able to secure funding for a feature film, which was released as 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' on 7th December 1979. The film earned back three times its production costs, and thus secured a sequel. Nimoy returned again for the film's sequel, 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan'.
After also working on 1984's 'The Search For Spock' as director and actor, Nimoy returned to direct the fourth film in the franchise, 'The Voyage Home', which was released on 26th November 1986. The film went on to become the most critically and financially successful film in the series until the 2009 reboot, making around six times its production costs at the box-office. The following film, 'The Final Frontier', was directed by Shatner, and received poor reviews, as well as only making twice its production costs. Despite the spin-off series of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' riding on successful reviews, 'The Final Frontier' almost ended the film series.
Leonard Nimoy contributed the idea for the final film in the series, 'The Undiscovered Country'. The film was released on 6th December 1991, almost two weeks after the death of 'Star Trek' creator Gene Roddenberry. Despite good reviews and successful box-office, 'The Undiscovered Country' marked the final time theta the original cast of 'Star Trek' would all appear together on screen. While Shatner starred alongside the cast of 'The Next Generation' in the 1994 film 'Generations', Nimoy did not appear in another Star Trek film until 2009, where he served as the only returning character in the series reboot. Over the course of his career, Nimoy appeared onscreen 134 times, with his final performance being in 2013's 'Star Trek Into Darkness' as Spock.
Personal Life: In 1954, Leonard Nimoy married Sandra Zober, an actress. The two were divorced in 1987. He then met Michael Bay's cousin, Susan Bay, and the couple were married on New Years day, 1989. The couple stayed together until Nimoy's death in 2015.
Death: Leonard Nimoy was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in February 2014, with it being attributed to smoking 30 years beforehand. He was taken to hospital on 19th February 2015, complaining of chest pains. Due to complications following his release from hospital, Leonard Nimoy passed away in his Bel Air home on 27th February 2015, at the age of 83.
The ‘Star Trek’ legend has also admitted he does not watch himself in the original series.
William Shatner has some ideas as to how to celebrate ‘Star Trek’s’ upcoming 50th anniversary and they even include a musical. Speaking to the Press Association, Shatner said he's been trying to bring the whole cast together to celebrate half a century of the iconic franchise and has even pitched a musical and a variety show.
Is William Shatner planning ‘Star Trek: The Musical’?
"I'm attempting to sell a 50th anniversary show, but so far I've had very little luck. Maybe because Paramount's going to do their own - but I don't know how they can do their own without me. I've never been contacted,” Shatner said.
Adam Nimoy will play himself in the November 5th episode of the 'Big Bang Theory', entitled 'The Spock Resonance'.
‘The Big Bang Theory’ is set to pay tribute to the late ‘Star Trek’ actor Leonard Nimoy next month, with the news that the star’s son Adam will be appearing in a guest role in a forthcoming episode.
The CBS show, which still has one of the highest ratings on TV in America, announced via its social media pages on Monday night (October 26th) that Nimoy’s 59 year old son, himself a television director, will be featuring in the November 5th episode ‘The Spock Resonance’.
Nimoy, who was transformed into a science fiction icon through his appearances on ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’ from 1966 to 1969, passed away at the age of 83 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on February 27th this year.
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Alex Rocco, the actor best known for playing Moe Green in The Godfather: Part 1, has died at the age of 79.
Actor Alex Rocco has died at the age of 79. Rocco’s daughter, Jennifer, announced the news of his passing on Saturday (18th July). His cause of death and other details surrounding his passing have yet to be released by his family.
The actress died from natural causes at her home.
Grace Lee Whitney, the actress, who came to prominence with her role on Star Trek’s original run, has died. She was 85. The actress played Captain Kirk’s assistant, Yeoman Janice Rand in the first eight episodes before being written out of the series. In her 1998 autobiography The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy, she wrote that her acting career largely came to an end and she became an alcoholic.
After her battle with addiction, Whitney managed to reclaim her career.
Whitney, who was open and honest about her past struggles with addiction, died of natural causes at her home in he central California town of Coarsegold, about 80 kilometres north of Fresno, her son Jonathan Dweck said on Sunday, according to CBC.
Continue reading: Grace Lee Whitney, Star Trek Actres, Dies At 85
Adam Nimoy, the son of Leonard Nimoy, will direct and produce the documentary 'For the Love of Spock'.
Leonard Nimoy's son will direct and produce a documentary on Spock, the Star Trek character his father played in the original series of the cult sci-fi drama. Adam Nimoy, a television director, announced the news on Friday (27th March).The documentary, entitled For the Love of Spock, will be released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Star Trek next year. The first episode of Star Trek aired on 8th September 1966.
A documentary about Leonard Nimoy and Spock will be directed and produced by his son, Adam Nimoy.
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The sitcom writer pays tribute to the 'Star Trek' actor in famed vanity card.
'The Big Bang Theory' creator Chuck Lorre expresses his sorrow at the death of Leonard Nimoy in a moving tribute in his post-episode vanity card - almost three years to the day that the veteran actor lent his voice in one episode of the geek sitcom.
He lived long, and prospered. (Credit: Frazer Harrison at Getty Images Entertainment)
In a segment usually reserved for long jokes and general rambling, Lorre posted a black and white photography of Leonard Nimoy with the simple yet touching caption reading: 'The impact you had on our show and on our lives is everlasting', following the latest episode which aired in the US on March 5th 2015 on CBS.
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Shatner's absence from Nimoy's funeral Sunday made waves online.
It was two days after Leonard Nimoy passed away on Friday, that the family held a funeral for the late actor, writer, artist and beloved friend. The service - a private traditional Jewish ceremony, according to the New York Daily News - took place at an undisclosed location in Hollywood at 9am on Sunday. Without William Shatner.
It's unclear why multiple news outlets are making such a big deal out of the fact that Shatner's plane arrived a couple of hours too late for him to attend the service. But then again, Shatner didn't make it easy on himself either. The Daily News report that the actor said Saturday that he was ditching the funeral to stay in Florida to attend a charity event.
Nimoy's death was sudden and unexpected, so why is everyone making such a big deal out of Shatner's absence?
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This week, the world said goodbye to one of the great screen legends of the 20th century.
Leonard Nimoy, the actor who made a generation of children and adults fall in love with space and science fiction, has died. Nimoy was best known for his role as Mr. Spock on the original run of Star Trek in the 60s, as well as the animated series Star Trek: The Next Generation and several episodes of The Simpsons, in video games and in 10 films, including eight based on the characters in the flagship show and in the rebooted Star Trek and the 2013 film Star Trek Into Darkness, which marked his last movie.
This week, the world said farewell to one of the great screen legends.
He died on Friday and fans, as well as colleagues and friends are still reeling two days after - tributes and messages have been flooding the web, ever since his wife posted the first one - a simple announcement of his passing, citing the reason as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - a health condition Nimoy has been suffering with for a while.
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The ‘Star Trek’ actor leaves behind a legacy that stretches further than his most famous role.
The sci-fi world and beyond have united in paying tribute to actor Leonard Nimoy, who passed away on Friday afternoon at the age of 83 in Los Angeles. Nimoy was best known around the world for portraying Spock in the iconic ’Star Trek’ series, a role which he first appeared in back in 1966.
Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83
Nimoy’s ‘Star Trek’ co-star William Shatner led the tributes, writing on twitter “I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humour, his talent, and his capacity to love."
The iconic 'Star Trek' actor passed away in hospital in Los Angeles, having suffered from a progressive lung disease.
His son, Adam, told CNN that he died on Friday afternoon in the later stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. COPD is a disease of the lungs, from which Nimoy revealed a year ago that he was suffering, despite quitting smoking thirty years previously.
Leonard Nimoy passed away at the age of 83
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Leonard Nimoy and Susan Bay - Los Angeles Premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Star Trek Into Darkness' held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 14th May 2013
Susan Bay and Leonard Nimoy - Los Angeles Premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Star Trek Into Darkness' held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 15th May 2013
Leonard Nimoy - Leonard Nimoy seen with his wife Susan Bay out and about in Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 25th April 2013
Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig and Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame - Leonard Nimoy, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Monday 10th September 2012 at the Walter Koenig honor with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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