American actor Leonard Nimoy, who was best known to fans for his role as the iconic Mr Spock in the original ‘Star Trek’ series and subsequent movies has passed away at the age of 83.
His son, Adam, said he died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Friday morning.
Nimoy enjoyed a career as both an actor and director and even directed two of the original series ‘Star Trek’ movies before going on to direct the much loved 80s comedy ‘Three Men And A Baby’.
Over his storied career Nimoy did much to promote ‘Star Trek’ to fans of the series attending conventions and signings every year. He also was a great servant to classic science fiction literature and did his bit to promote classic stories by HG Wells when he formed the audio series ‘Alien Voices’ with fellow ‘Star Trek’ actor John De lancie during the 1990s.
In the past decade Nimoy had distanced himself from acting in order to follow his passion for photography, but he was more than happy to return to film and television in 2009 when J.J. Abrams asked him to reprise his role of Mr Spock in order to pass the proverbial torch to Zachary Quinto, who played a younger version in the first of the new ‘Star Trek’ movies.
His stint in the recent two ‘Star Trek’ films led to him playing the role of Dr. William Bell in the hit Fox series ‘Fringe’.
Last year Nimoy revealed that he has been suffering with chronic lung disease COPD, despite stopping smoking 30 years ago. This led to him leading an active campaign of sorts warning youngsters of the dangers of smoking.
It was reported earlier this week he had been taken to hospital on 19 February after suffering from chest pains.
He later tweeted: “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.”
He signed off what was to be his final tweet with “LLAP” – a reference to his character’s famous catchphrase, “Live long and prosper”.
Science Fiction and fantasy fans today have lost one of the genres leading lights. I personally never got to meet or interview Mr Nimoy, but like many of your who read this site. I was a fan of his work both on and off screen. He was an actor and a human being who truly knew how to live long and prosper.
He’ll be truly missed by all.