|(Actor - Star Trek [Spock]) |
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|The son of a Boston barber, Leonard Nimoy was a star at the age of 8, when he played Hansel in a children’s theatre production of Hansel and Gretel. Nimoy remained with his theater troupe until 16. After studying drama at Boston College and Antioch College, Leonard moved to Hollywood where he took acting lessons at the Pasadena Playhouse. In 1950 he started his extensive film career, playing the title character in the low-budget Kid Monk Baroni. He continued acting throughout the Fifty’s in other B-movies such as Zombies of the Stratosphere (1951), Rhubarb (1951) and Them! (1954). During his 18 months in Special Services at Fort McPherson, Georgia, he acted with Atlanta Theater Guild when he could spare the time. Leonard returned to Hollywood in 1956, and became a regular at the Ziv TV studios, on such programs as Highway Patrol and Sea Hunt. He also specialized in the plays of Jean Genet, appearing in both the stage and film productions of The Balcony and Deathwatch. It was in 1963, that Producer Gene Roddenberry noticed him in an episode of The Lieutenant. Two years later Roddenberry signed Nimoy to play Vulcan science officer Spock on Star Trek. From 1966 to 1969 he starred in all 80 episodes of the Original series. |
After Star Trek’s cancellation, Nimoy joined the cast of Mission: Impossible in the role of “master of disguise”. In the early 1970s, Nimoy began directing with credits on such series as Night Gallery. He also made his first Broadway appearance in 1973’s Full Circle.
Do to popular demand, he returned to Spock first with the role as a voiceover artist on the 1973 Saturday-morning cartoon version of Star Trek. In 1978 he starred in the first of several Star Trek films; Star Trek: The Motion Picture, followed by Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Trek III: The search For Spock (1984), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). Outside of the Star Trek world, he has directed such films 3 Men and a Baby (1987), The Good Mother (1988), and Funny About Love (1990). He returned again as Spock in 2009 in J.J. Abrams re-boot of Star Trek and followed that up lending his voice to an action figure of Spock on The Big Bang Theory (2012). Leonard most recently reprised the iconic role in 2013 in Star Trek Into Darkness.
A noted voice actor, Leonard has also lent his talents to the world of video games. He credits include the narration of Seaman (1999), Kashekim Nedakh in Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Master Xehanort in Disney’s smash hit Kingdom Hearts series (2010), and most recently he reprised his role as Spock in Star Trek Online (2010).
Transformers allowed him to switch roles and become the villain. In 1986, along with other great actors such as Orson Wells, he took on the role as the voice of the Decpticon leader Galvatron. In 2013, this time in live action, he lent his voice to the evil Sentinel Prime in Transformers Dark of the Moon.
From Gunsmoke to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and from stage and screen both big and small Leonard Nimoy has provided us with countless hours of entertainment in some of the most iconic roles of our time. Actor, writer, director, and photographer, Leonard Nimoy is a true renaissance man that has lived long and continues to prosper.