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Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

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Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

        Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.

Los Angeles, 1968. "Actor Leonard Nimoy working on the set of the television show Star Trek." 35mm negative from photos by Douglas Jones for Look magazine. View full size.

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A One Man Show

My wife and I went to see him years ago as Van Gough's brother in his one man show. We left the theater feeling as if we had just seen Vincent's actual brother.

What an actor and what a man to actually meet everyone that came to the theater after the show.

He was indeed 'The most beautiful...human, I have ever known'

He was not only Spock!

We had the pleasure of watching Mr. Nimoy in London (on a visit) in "Sherlock Holmes" - a play (resurrected) by the Royal Shakespeare Company. He played the part straight, and very well - until he turned to the audience, and said "But love is a human emotion" (or something close). The audience roared...

A fond memory.

A Truly remarkable Presence

I was lucky enough to be present at a performance at the Schubert Theater in Chicago where I saw him play the role of Sherlock Holmes. His line "Women are so...illogical" stopped the show!

Barber shop

The barber shop where Nimoy's father Max once worked is at 1186 Blue Hill Ave. near Morton Street, in Dorchester. This photo of the late actor was taken in front of it, and posted on the Mattapan United Facebook page in 2011.

Nimoy from Dorchester, Mass

Although about 10 years younger, my mother grew up in Dorchester, MA not far from the Nimoys. My father grew up in nearby Roxbury where he occassionally went to Leonard's father's barber shop which I believe was in Dorchester. I know there are a lot of fellow Bostonians who follow Shorpy.com. Anyone know where that shop was?

As a 15-year-old

I was one of the hordes that wrote NBC not to cancel the series and was shocked that it actually saved it for one more year. There was no one like Mr. Spock and never will be. Bravo Leonard!

Go boldly, Sir.

You will be missed. You taught us about logic and feelings, and the confusion that results when they collide. We learned not to fear those who looked a bit different from the rest of us. Thank you.

Life long Nimoy

Besides the Star Trek role that I loved, Nimoy has filled this nerdy (old) boy with countless documentary narration and the series In Search Of... . Although he lived a long life I wish there was more and I'm grateful for what he created.

The logic of logic

I just had this thought: I bet Dave has posted a picture of Nimoy on Shorpy. Never disappointed...

"It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want."
--Mr. Spock Star Trek: The Original Series, "Errand of Mercy"

One of the best

Leonard Nimoy's other work sometimes gets ignored, but all he did, both as a director and actor, he did well. There never will be another Spock, no matter how hard they try. I just wish I could have learned The Vulcan Nerve Pinch, there are people I would have gladly used it on.

Thrusters on Full

Leonard Nimoy was a gifted actor and director and I mourn his passing with millions of others. I think it will be a long time before I can watch Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan again.

83

He did indeed live long, and he prospered.

Live Long and Prosper

He did, just wish it would have been longer. Time to break out the DVDs again.

[Also on Netflix streaming. - Dave]

 
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