Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock in the famous “Star Trek” has died, said The New York Times .
The American actor died Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83 years old.
This is his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, who confirmed his death. He was terminally ill with chronic lung disease, says the US newspaper site. Leonard Nimoy had announced last year that he was seriously ill, due to many years of smoking. Yet he had stopped smoking for thirty years. The actor was hospitalized earlier this week.
Mr Spock, the role of his life
His career was profoundly marked by the character of Mr. Spock, a person half-man, half Vulcan with pointed ears, tortured between reason and emotion. A character series that was born in 1966 from the imagination of Gene Roddenberry, the author of “Star Trek.”
Born in Boston March 26, 1931, Leonard Nimoy left the New England Hollywood at the age of 18, where he performed a host of small roles in American TV series of the 1950s gets the role of his life in 1966, which will make him a legend in science fiction for breakfast and the big screen.
Spock was cold and extremely rational counterweight to impulsive Captain James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner, and calm doctor and asked the vessel Leonard “Bones” McCoy, played by DeForest Kelley.
An accomplished director
In addition to his work as an actor, Leonard Nimoy was an accomplished filmmaker. He directed two feature films Star Trek, including “Star Trek IV: The land” which was one of the better received by critics. He also directed in 1987 the film “3 Men and a Baby” based on the French film “Three Men and a Cradle,” starring Tom Selleck.
Like other heads of poster for “Star Trek”, Leonard Nimoy, however, had great difficulty in finding other roles because he remained strongly associated with the series of science fiction. In 1975, he tried to distance himself from Spock, still popular with many fans, writing an essay entitled “I am not Spock.”
“I loved Spock” Barack Obama paid tribute Friday to Leonard Nimoy. “Leonard was a lover of the arts and letters, passionate about science (…) and, of course, Leonard was Spock,” said Bush in a statement.
Speaking of his meeting with the actor in 2007 Barack Obama remembers giving her “a Vulcan hi, universal sign for -Long life and prospérité-”. “After 83 years on this planet – and his visits to many other – it is clear that this is exactly what Leonard Nimoy,” said the US president. “Michelle and I are joining his family, friends and countless fans who are missing terribly today.”
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