Los Angeles (AFP) – The icon of science fiction on television, Leonard Nimoy, who became a legend for his role as Mr. Spock pointed ears in “Star Trek”, died Friday at the age of 83 years in Los Angeles.
“As you know my grandfather died this morning at 8:40 (4:40 p.m. GMT) … Thank you for your warm condolences. May you all experience a long life and prosperity, “writes Dani, the granddaughter of Leonard Nimoy, taking the famous greeting prized by Mr. Spock.
Reflecting the huge role that the character and the television series that made famous played for millions of enthusiasts and professionals of space exploration, NASA was one of the first to pay tribute to the deceased.
“RIP Leonard Nimoy. So many of us to Nasa to have been inspired by Star Trek. boldly explore … “wrote the US space agency on Twitter, referring to the credits of the TV series.
US President Barack Obama, who “loved Spock”, also paid him a tribute. “Leonard was a lover of the arts and letters, passionate about science (…) and, of course, Leonard was Spock.”
With his square jaw and his hard features, Leonard Nimoy, born Boston March 26, 1931, became a place by simply first to play on all fronts, from cowboy to the lawyer, in 1966 before donning skin Spock, an alien ears pointed, the planet Vulcan.
The character, created by the American director Gene Roddenberry will make him a legend in science fiction for television and cinema.
His mission “Star Trek”. explore the reaches of the galaxy to discover new worlds risking his life aboard the starship USS Enterprise
On the screen, Spock embodies the cold counter and rational impulse to Captain James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner, and calm doctor and asked Leonard “Bones” McCoy, played by DeForest Kelley.
Friday, Captain Kirk has expressed its sorry for the loss of one he loved “like a brother”. “Your humor, your talent and your ability to love are all going to miss us,” tweeted William Shatner.
Fans of all ages were also paraded before the star Leonard Nimoy on the “Walk of Fame “in Los Angeles.
” Before Obi-Wan, Yoda before before Star Wars, there was Spock, “said British actor Gregg Donovan, after placing a wreath flowers on his star
-. The “Trekkies” –
The character Spock marked the collective imagination, particularly with her legendary replicas for “Trekkies”, a club World of amateurs who greet with a very recognizable hand gesture pronouncing this formula “Live long and prosper.” Among the replicas include “Fascinating,” Spock said when learning something new, or “it is highly illogical”, which was accompanied by a raised eyebrow.
In the 1970s and 1980s after the end of the series, the character resurfaced in six feature films, both directed by the actor himself. With “Star Trek IV: The earth”, he received critical acclaim. In any other field, he directed in 1987, the American adaptation of “Three Men and a Cradle”, “3 Men and a Baby” with starring Tom Selleck.
Leonard Nimoy as d Other headliners of “Star Trek”, however, have had great difficulty in getting rid of this role. In a desperate attempt to distinguish themselves from the alien, he signed an essay in 1975, “I am not Spock.” It will eventually abdicate in 1995 by publishing “I am Spock.” The role fits her too much skin
In fact, this global popularity has fed the rest of his career. He lends his voice to documentaries, video games and television series. He sells an astronomical amount of derivatives and regularly occurs during conventions “Star Trek” where he welcomes legions of fans with the Vulcan gesture.
In 2009 and 2013, he made a comeback in the new franchise “Star Trek”, adapted by JJ Abrams in 2009. Until the end, Leonard Nimoy remained active publishing photography and poetry books. From 2008 to 2013, he played in the science fiction series “Fringe”, also produced by Abrams and made some appearances in the US series “The Big Bang Theory,” which praises geek culture.
Nimoy had two children and was still married to his second wife since 1989.
He had announced last year a chronic lung disease, having yet stopped smoking for thirty years.