Famed actor Leonard Nimoy has passed away this week. Best known for his role as Mr. Spock, the first officer of the Starship Enterprise on Star Trek, Limoy died early Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 83. Nimoy was a Boston native, born on March 26, 1931 to Max and Dora Nimoy, both Ukrainian immigrants and Orthodox Jews. Like many men of his generation, he served in the Army for two years, Nimoy’s work stretched far beyond his role on Star Trek, from theater to television, to pop-albums, poetry and photography.
The death was confirmed earlier today by Susan Bay Nimoy, his wife, who told the Times that he was suffering from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease up until his death. It was only last year that we reported that Nimoy confirmed that he was fighting the disease, a consequence of smoking, even though he had given up the habit years before.
Nimoy was the author of two autobiographies: “I Am Not Spock,” which he published in 1977, and then “I Am Spock,” which was published in 1995. Nimoy’s first entrance as Spock came from the premiere of “Star Trek,” on NBC back on September 8, 1966. Even though the show only lasted three seasons, it is still one of the largest sci-fi franchises around today. Nimoy shared the screen with other Star Trek giants including William Shatner (Capt. James T. Kirk), DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), George Takei (the helmsman, Sulu), James Doohan (the chief engineer, Scott), Nichelle Nichols (the chief communications officer, Uhura) and Walter Koenig (navigator, Chekov).
Two of the Star Trek films were directed by Nimoy, “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (1984) and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1986), he is also credited as a co-writer on those films. Nimoy was nominated for three Emmys for his work in ‘Star Trek,’ but he never won. Nimoy also received an Emmy nomination for the 1982 movie “A Woman Called Golda,” for his work as the husband of Golda Meir, the prime minister of Israel (that role was played by the great Ingrid Bergman).
Mr. Nimoy leaves behind his wife, an ex-wife, a brother and three children; Adam and Julie Nimoy and stepson Aaron Bay Schuck. Those children bore him a total of six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.