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Also Known As: Leonard Simon Nimoy Died:
Born: March 26, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, composer, director, producer, screenwriter, playwright, poet, photographer

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With his intelligent manner and subdued yet saturnine expression, actor Leonard Nimoy was often cast as intense cerebral types. Nimoy's incisive manner served him especially well in his most famous role - the unflappable Vulcan, Mr. Spock, on the classic sci-fi TV series "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-69). While the role of Spock would come to define him for the remainder of his long career, Nimoy actually wore many other hats over the course of his professional life. On stage, Nimoy starred on Broadway in "Full Circle" and "Equus" and toured the country in musical productions of "Fiddler on the Roof," before winning acclaim for his one-man show "Vincent," based on the life of painter Vincent van Gogh. He tried his hand behind the camera, helming two of the most popular of the "Star Trek" films, as well as the 1987 hit comedy, "Three Men and a Baby." Nimoy's rich, somber voice and interest in science and environmental issues also made him much in demand as a narrator of such TV documentaries as "The Coral Jungle" (1976), "Snakes: Eden's Deadly Charmers" (1988) and "Greenhouse Gamble" (1992). Later in life, Nimoy turned his passions elsewhere. An accomplished ppet and photographer, the actor published a...

With his intelligent manner and subdued yet saturnine expression, actor Leonard Nimoy was often cast as intense cerebral types. Nimoy's incisive manner served him especially well in his most famous role - the unflappable Vulcan, Mr. Spock, on the classic sci-fi TV series "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-69). While the role of Spock would come to define him for the remainder of his long career, Nimoy actually wore many other hats over the course of his professional life. On stage, Nimoy starred on Broadway in "Full Circle" and "Equus" and toured the country in musical productions of "Fiddler on the Roof," before winning acclaim for his one-man show "Vincent," based on the life of painter Vincent van Gogh. He tried his hand behind the camera, helming two of the most popular of the "Star Trek" films, as well as the 1987 hit comedy, "Three Men and a Baby." Nimoy's rich, somber voice and interest in science and environmental issues also made him much in demand as a narrator of such TV documentaries as "The Coral Jungle" (1976), "Snakes: Eden's Deadly Charmers" (1988) and "Greenhouse Gamble" (1992). Later in life, Nimoy turned his passions elsewhere. An accomplished ppet and photographer, the actor published a number of books - the last being 2007's somewhat controversial The Full Body Project, a photographic study of large women posing in the nude. Largely retired from acting since the early 2000s, Nimoy was lured back in front of the cameras for a cameo as Spock in director J.J. Abrams' much anticipated Trek feature franchise reboot titled simply "Star Trek" (2008), as well as its 2013 sequel, before announcing via Twitter in February 2014 that he was suffering from a serious lung disease.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Holy Matrimony (1994) Director
2.
  Vincent (1992) Director
3.
  Funny About Love (1990) Director
4.
  Good Mother, The (1988) Director
5.
  Three Men and a Baby (1987) Director
6.

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Zambezia (2013)
4.
 Star Trek (2009)
5.
 Land of the Lost (2009)
6.
 Atlantis: the Lost Empire (2001) Voice Of Kashekim Nedakh--King Of Atlantis
7.
 Sinbad: Beyond the Veil Mists (2000) Voice Of Arkon
8.
9.
 Brave New World (1998) Mustapha Mond
10.
 Trekkies (1997)
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Milestones close milestones

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First major role was Ralphie in Clifford Odets's "Awake and Sing" at age 17
1951:
Made feature film debut in "Queen for a Day"
1952:
Played the title role in "Kid Monk Baroni"
1954:
Served with the Army Special Services Department; wrote, narrated and emceed various GI shows
1955:
Directed a production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" for the Atlanta Theatre Guild; also played the role of Stanley Kowalski
1958:
Last film for five years, "The Brain Eaters"
:
Studied acting with Jeff Corey
1963:
Returned to features in Joseph Strick's adaptation of Jean Genet's play, "The Balcony"
1966:
First top-billed role in features, "Deathwatch"
1966:
Played the half-Vulcan, half-human Spock on the original NBC series, "Star Trek"
1969:
Joined the cast of "Mission: Impossible" (CBS) as the IMF agent, The Great Paris
1971:
First TV-movie, "Assault on the Wayne"
1971:
Toured the East coast as Tevye in a production of the stage musical, "Fiddler on the Roof"
1971:
First directed for TV when he helmed episode of "Rod Serling's Night Gallery" (NBC)
1973:
Supplied the voice of Mr. Spock for the animated children's series, "Star Trek"
:
Performed in regional theatre productions of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "My Fair Lady" ; also acted on Broadway in "Full Circle"
1976:
Hosted and narrated the syndicated six-part nature documentary, "The Coral Jungle"
1976:
Replaced Rod Serling as host of the syndicated documentary TV series about unexplained, seemingly supernatural events, "In Search Of"
1977:
Returned to Broadway to take over the role of Dr. Dysart in the production of Peter Shaffer's "Equus"
1978:
Wrote, directed and starred as Theo van Gogh, brother of the artist in the one-man touring stage show, "Vincent"
1979:
Reprised the role of Mr. Spock for "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"
1982:
Directed an episode of the NBC sci-fi series, "The Powers of Matthew Star"
1982:
Hosted the children's TV program, "Standby: Lights! Camera! Action!" on the Nickelodeon cable network
1984:
Made feature directorial debut with "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock"; also reprised role
1986:
Supplied the original story for "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home"; also starred and directed
1989:
Hosted the four-part syndicated science documentary, "Adventures in Space"
1991:
Co-hosted (with William Shatner) the TV compilation tribute, "The Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special"
1991:
First TV credit as executive producer, the made-for-TNT movie, "Never Forget"
1992:
Made screenwriting debut with the film adaptation of "Vincent"; also directed and reprised the role of Theo van Gogh
1996:
Helmed first Broadway play, "The Apple Doesn't Fall"
1996:
Formed Alien Voices with actor John de Lancie; creates audio versions of classic sci-fi fiction; also produced occasional TV adaptations
2001:
Appeared in conversation with William Shatner in "Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime"
2009:
Reprised the role of Spock for J. J. Abrams' "Star Trek"
2009:
Played William Bell on several episodes of "Fringe" (FOX)
2010:
Announced his retirement from acting
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Education

University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
Antioch University: Yellow Springs , Ohio -
Pasadena Playhouse: Pasadena , California -
Boston College: Boston , Massachusetts - 1953

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wife:
Sandi Zober. Actor. Married Feb. 21, 1954; separated in 1986; divorced.
wife:
Susan Bay-Nimoy. Producer.

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father:
Max Nimoy.
mother:
Dora Nimoy.
daughter:
Julie Nimoy. Born on March 21, 1955.
son:
Adam Nimoy. Director. Born on August 9, 1956.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"I Am Not Spock"
"Will I Think of You"
"You and I"
"We Are All Children Searching for Love"
"Come Be with Me"
"These Words Are for You"
"Warmed by Love"
"I Am Spock" Hyperion
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