R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

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Today we’ve learned of the passing of Leonard Nimoy at the age of 83. Best known for playing Spock in the original series of Star Trek, as well as the first 6 movies and both of JJ Abrams installments, Nimoy was more than just the pointed-eared alien of logic. Nimoy was a successful director, writer, poet, actor, and musician.

Nimoy wrote two autobiographies, the first one titled I Am Not Spock wasn’t warmly greeted by fans of Star Trek, the assumption being that Nimoy was ungrateful for the role. Years later, Nimoy would publish his second autobiography I Am Spock. Along with those, Nimoy also penned a number of books of poetry. One of his final tweet was of a poem.

Like his counterpart on the Starship Enterprise, William Shatner, Nimoy also dabbled in recording, releasing 5 albums for Dot Records. But where the songs of Shatner survive as this bizarro novelty, Nimoy was much more serious in his musical ventures, though not always great. But while I may not be a big fan of Nimoy’s recording work, there is an earnestness to his songs that don’t allow the recordings to devolve into unintentional comedy.

Even though he was a renaissance man of sorts, Nimoy is always tied to the hip of Spock. Even when the character died at the end of Wrath of Khan, always a moving scene, Nimoy only agreed to return if he could direct the next installment. In fact, he directed the next 2. While there is some division over The Search for Spock, The Voyage Home, aka The Whale One, is universally praised among Star Trek fans as one of the closest to the original series. Aside from the two Star Trek films, Nimoy’s most notable directing work was on Three Men and a Baby.

Leonard Nimoy was an icon of the screen. For generations of fans, he was a smiling, contemplative ambassador of our own obsessions. He was there to listen to his fans. He was there to mock his own image. He was there to bring us a bit of joy. While that green-blooded Vulcan has shifted this mortal coil, we shouldn’t mourn too long. That would be illogical. Live long and prosper, old friend.

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