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A Hero Of Generations – The Impeccable Mr. Spock Dies at 83

A Tribute to the Hero Galaxies

Leonard Nimoy – Mr. Spock as the world knew him, The first Officer and only Human Alien on the Starship Enterprise from the famous TV show Star Trek died at his Bel Air Section home in Los Angeles. In February 2014, Nimoy revealed that he had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). On Twitter, he said: “I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP (Live Long and Prosper). His wife Susan declared his sad demise on Friday morning at age 83.

Every kid of the time fantasized to be a Star Trek  troopers or trekkers. The shows used to be on TV and missing an episode was like ohhh! what happened the The ship …Did they get to the Delta Quadrant. It was such an addiction. No one can forget the impeccable Spock commonly Mr.Spock. Still remember his “Vulcan Salute” Leonard-Nimoy-Spock Nimoy-Star-Trek-Spock i-am-spock-loenard-nimoy

Leonard Nimoy was an actor, film director, poet, singer and photographer. Nimoy was best known for his role as Spock in the original Star Trek series (1966–69), and in multiple film, television and video game sequels.

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Nimoy’s film and television acting career began in 1951. After receiving the title role in the 1952 film Kid Monk Baroni, a story about a street punk turned professional boxer, he played more than 50 small parts in B movies, television series such as Perry Mason and Dragnet, and serials such as Republic Pictures’ Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952). To support his family, he often did other work, such as delivering newspapers.

 

Nimoy’s greatest prominence came from his role in the original Star Trek series. As the half-Vulcan, half-human Spock—a role he chose instead of one on the soap opera Peyton Place—Nimoy became a star, and the press predicted that he would “have his choice of movies or television series”.

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Nimoy’s religious upbringing also influenced the characterization of Spock. The character’s split-fingered salute, he often explained, had been his idea: He based it on the kohanic blessing, a manual approximation of the Hebrew letter shin, which is the first letter in Shaddai, one of the Hebrew names for God.

“To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior,” Mr. Nimoy wrote years after the original series ended.

But that wasn’t such a bad thing, he discovered. “Given the choice,” he wrote, “if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock.”

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Nimoy was married twice. In 1954, he married actress Sandra Zober (1927–2011), whom he divorced in 1987. On New Year’s Day of 1989, he married actress Susan Bay, who is a cousin of director Michael Bay

Nimoy started film directing in 1984 with the third installment of the Star Trek film series. Nimoy would go on to direct the second most successful film (critically and financially) in the franchise after the 2009 Star Trek film, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), and Three Men and a Baby, the highest grossing film of 1987. Theses successes made him a star director. At a press conference promoting the 2009 Star Trek movie, Nimoy made it clear that he had no further plans or ambition to direct:

No. No, I’m done with all that, thank you. I never set out to be a director. After Spock had died, sort of, in Star Trek II, they brought me in for a meeting and asked if I’d like to be involved in Star Trek III, in the making of it, and I had been told that I should be directing. I took it as an insult because I thought, “what’s wrong with my acting?” But I thought maybe now I should do that and I said I’d like to direct the movie, and I suddenly found myself with a directing career which I had enjoyed and I had enough of it. I directed I think five or six films – I had a good time.

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In April 2010, Leonard Nimoy announced that he was retiring from playing Spock, citing both his advanced age and the desire to give Zachary Quinto the opportunity to enjoy full media attention with the Spock character.

Leonard’s two auto Biographies “I am not Spock” and “I am Spock” showed how he was attached with the character.

The contents of this first autobiography also touched on a self-proclaimed “identity crisis” that seemed to haunt Nimoy throughout his career. It also related to an apparent love/hate relationship with the character of Spock and the Trek franchise.

I went through a definite identity crisis. The question was whether to embrace Mr. Spock or to fight the onslaught of public interest. I realize now that I really had no choice in the matter. Spock and Star Trek were very much alive and there wasn’t anything that I could do to change that.

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And the World lost an  actor par excellence and fine human being.

May his Soul Rest in Peace.

Harsh Vardhan

February 27, 2015

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