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He had already crying fans Star Trek at the end of The Revenge of Khan, when his character, Spock, sacrificed himself to save the Starship Enterprise. Leonard Nimoy died this February 27 at the age of 83 years, announced his wife in New York Times . He had been hospitalized earlier this week for chest pain.
Married for 33 years to actress Sandra Zober, whom he divorced in 1987, he had married the day of the year 1989 Susan Bay, cousin of director Michael Bay action movies. He leaves behind two children, Adam and Julie Nimoy.
Born March 26, 1931 in Boston, Leonard Nimoy is the son of a couple of Ukrainian Orthodox Jews, a confession in the heart of his life. Encouraged by his grandfather, he made his first steps as an actor at the age of eight, and landed his first role at age 17 in an amateur production. He returned to Boston University but does not finish his theater courses. – Which does not prevent him from receiving several honorary degrees during his life
He connects many roles before drill, accumulating fifty appearances in series B movies, including Perry Mason , Bonanza , Two Faces West . It’s on a shoot in 1954 he met his future fellow Star Trek William Shatner, aka Captain Kirk. Leonard Nimoy takes the risk paying more in his career. At the time, science fiction is for smaller budgets and a young audience, it will nevertheless integrate the cast of a small series of declining Desilu studio (Paramount soon), called Star Trek.
It is this series of science fiction, originally aired from 1966 to 1969, which will give it its key role: Spock, alien half-man half-Vulcan, a race characterized by its logic and its first excessive degree. Its human roots, more emotional, sometimes resurface and do all the salt that character extraterreste, tortured and often unintentionally funny. Every Star Trek fan can recite his characteristic ability to fall asleep anyone with a push on the shoulder; pointed ears; and the famous Vulcan sign a painful “V” of the hand that opens between the middle and ring fingers. An iconic sign, inspired, he said, a sign of Orthodox Jewish prayer. The Vulcan gesture is accompanied by the maxim “live long and prosper,” he appropriated, signing each of his tweets with.
Leonard Nimoy Spock will figure throughout his life in its many adaptations and variations: an animated series, a series of films derived from the series in the 80 … Meanwhile, after the end of the original TV series, he pursued a prolific filmography where he met including Yul Brunner Catlow (1971). In the 1980s, he began a long career on stage he played especially in the theatrical version of One Flew Over a Cuckoo’s Nest , Caligula , Sherlock Holmes and My Fair Lady . Jack of all, he tried many forms of art, including photography and song – he released several albums in the late 60s
Leonard Nimoy has written two autobiographies curious titles: I am not Spock and I am Spock . Signs of a complicated relationship with his “double” film, and carefully maintained before finding a kind of peace with his double – and hordes of fans who call themselves “trekkers” or “Trekkies”. Initially hesitant to embody Spock, cultivating a fixation on his famous ears, Nimoy has always been the face of Spock. The character steals the show Captain Kirk William Shatner, with less pay. The actor becomes the character gradually, and attends to the popularity of the series that takes off only a few years after its end.
In the mid 1970s, Star Trek is a cultural phenomenon, lasting part popular culture. Dedicated conventions are born in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York … and acceuillent tens of thousands of fans. He struggles while to forget his alter-ego poinutes ears. “I went through an identity crisis. Kissing Mr. Spock or suffer the wrath of the public? I had no choice. Spock and Star Trek were alive, I could not help it. “ After long negotiations, he returned to the character better suited to bury him in the films. It will have an increasing role in the production of the following, using Spock as a negotiation tool.
I am Spock , he held imaginary dialogues and somewhat schizophrenic with his character -title. “ Spock, do you know how lucky we are to have us? – I do not believe in luck, I think every event is statistically … – We are both very lucky, Spock. Lucky to have lived this life. – Yes, I suppose so … “
In 2010, he announced his retirement and passes the baton to Zachary Quinto, who plays the” young “version in two films by JJ Abrams, Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013). Leonard Nimoy continues to play, including realizes dubbing for Disney cartoons and niche video games. until his health deteriorated in 2014, where he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive lung. “ I quit smoking 30 years ago ” he tweeted. “ No early … ”