Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83
By VIRGINIA HEFFERNANFEB. 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.
His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Mr. Nimoy announced last year that he had the disease, attributing it to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.
His artistic pursuits — poetry, photography and music in addition to acting — ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: “Live long and prosper” (from the Vulcan “Dif-tor heh smusma”).
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Mr. Nimoy, who was teaching Method acting at his own studio when he was cast in the original “Star Trek” television series in the mid-1960s, relished playing outsiders, and he developed what he later admitted was a mystical identification with Spock, the lone alien on the starship’s bridge.
Yet he also acknowledged ambivalence about being tethered to the character, expressing it most plainly in the titles of two autobiographies: “I Am Not Spock,” published in 1975, and “I Am Spock,” published in 1995.
In the first, he wrote, “In Spock, I finally found the best of both worlds: to be widely accepted in public approval and yet be able to continue to play the insulated alien through the Vulcan character.”
“Star Trek,” which had its premiere on NBC on Sept. 8, 1966, made Mr. Nimoy a star. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the franchise, called him “the conscience of ‘Star Trek’ ” — an often earnest, sometimes campy show that employed the distant future (as well as some special effects that appear primitive by today’s standards) to take on social issues of the 1960s.
His stardom would endure. Though the series was canceled after three seasons because of low ratings, a cultlike following — the conference-holding, costume-wearing Trekkies, or Trekkers (the designation Mr. Nimoy preferred) — coalesced soon after “Star Trek” went into syndication.
The fans’ devotion only deepened when “Star Trek” was spun off into an animated show, various new series and an uneven parade of movies starring much of the original television cast, including — besides Mr. Nimoy — William Shatner (as Captain Kirk), DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), George Takei (the helmsman, Sulu), James Doohan (the chief engineer, Scott), Nichelle Nichols (the chief communications officer, Uhura) and Walter Koenig (the navigator, Chekov).
When the director J. J. Abrams revived the “Star Trek” film franchise in 2009, with an all-new cast including Zachary Quinto as Spock, he included a cameo part for Mr. Nimoy, as an older version of the same character. Mr. Nimoy also appeared in the 2013 follow-up, “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
Yes sir, still all these years later.
Indeed. Still pretty impressive for the '60's.
We'll to to wait and see how many times the one gets kidnapped. lol
After a few episodes it became clear nobody in that show was to learn from past mistakes, so I quit watching it. How many times can be kidnapped?
I was thinking the same thing. They seem to be running out of ideas. I see they're bringing the program 24 back.
I don't know if I wasn't a fan or just forgot. lol
That would be a great new series; if done right would be a sure fire success.
It is interesting to see them again in order; this is because if you are fan you know they did not air them in the order they were shot. You can se this as you watch uniforms and gadgets change back and forth.
Wow, you're really hooked. I'm amazed at how much the filming technology has changed. Might be interesting to see some of those episodes done with today's technology.
I got so hooked I jumped over to Netflix ad am bing-watching all of these shows beautifully restored and uncut. I am almost done with season one.
Me too. Watched a couple of episodes Friday night.
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50 YEARS OF STAR TREK To Air On History Channel [UPDATED]
By Brad Gullickson
August 8, 2016 // 7:25 pm
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may be over, but 2016 is still gearing up to be one of the greatest years yet for fans of Gene Roddenberry’s legacy.
As we get ever closer to the official 50th Anniversary Date (September 8th when McCoy met Salt Vampire in Trek’s first official episode “The Man Trap”), news outlets from around the world jam our newsfeed with Trek catnip. The newsstands are busting with Time Magazine, Life Magazine, Newsweek, and TV Guide cover spreads. Even the National Smithsonian is getting in on the action with not one, but two displays in the Air & Space Museums. You regularly read this site, so you’re already fully aware that 2016 is going to be one for the books… a book hopefully curated by Denise & Michael Okuda.
Sunday, August 14th is the next significant date marked on all our calendars; The History Channel will air 50 Years of Star Trek.
It’s been a long gestating project, the first interview for which was shot way back in December of 2012. Produced by self-described fanboy Joe Braswell, the two hour documentary is painstakingly packed with a host of renowned crewmates including D.C. Fontana, John D.F. Black, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Frakes, Jeri Ryan, Doug Drexler, John DeLancie, Nichelle Nicholas, Walkter Koenig, Michael Dorn, Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga, Michael Sussman, and many more. Most significantly however, the documentary will feature one of the final full-length interviews with Leonard Nimoy in which he shares on-set memories as well as his personal philosophy that spun out of five decades of playing Mister Spock.
50 Years of Star Trek will not simply be a glorified DVD extra. Braswell tells TrekNews.net “the real challenge was to make it compelling for the uninitiated without repeating some of the same things that have been done over and over.” Along with director Ian Roumain and Executive Producers Brian Volk-Weiss and Mark A Altman, “as Trek fans and Trek historians, we’ve seen every single Trek documentary in existence.” They are determined to deliver something special for this significant anniversary. Volk-Weiss assures that “We focused on the talent and the crew of the entire series, so it had a scope that felt like 50 years of work, and not just one series or the movies. We also worked hard to find new information that had never before been said on camera. Leonard Nimoy, for example, to the best of our knowledge, revealed many new facts in his interview.”
Along with those essential shipmates that made Star Trek the pop culture phenomenon we’ve been obsessing over for the last half century, the producers also reached out to a slew of celebrity Trekkies & Trekkers to get their take. Lifelong enthusiasts like Bruce Campbell, Michael McKean, & Olivia Munn all share what Star Trek has meant to them throughout their career. Producer Braswell says they were lucky that “Star Trek Fans are very enthusiastic and vocal. For whatever reason, Trek fans want the world to know how much they love Trek! This made it easy to find celebrities and influences who were thrilled to talk about their love of Star Trek.” As a fan it’s a significant treat to discover who was inspired by Star Trek, and by which spin-off they first felt that tug of The Final Frontier.
When asked what was the biggest surprise of the interviewing process, Joe Braswell simply states, “Lucille Ball! That’s all I’ll say. I’ll let you watch the Doc to find out why.” After 50 years, Star Trek still has plenty of surprises left for its fans. Set phasers to record when the show premieres on Sunday, August 14th at 8PM on The History Channel.
Boldly celebrating 50 years of 'Star Trek's' television, movies and more
Sept. 7, 2016, 2:16 p.m.
“Star Trek” celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and the television series, along with its many spawned spinoffs and films, continues to be a relevant element of pop culture and an influential part of both Hollywood and space-based locales around the world. Fun fact: No one in the original “Star Trek” ever uttered the words: “Beam me up, Scotty.”
* 'Star Trek Beyond' stars discuss 'uncomfortable conversations,' Sulu's sexual orientation and the future
* APPRECIATION: Leonard Nimoy made Spock 'Star Trek's' most complicated hero
* PHOTOS: Notable cameo appearances in 'Star Trek' shows and film
STAR TREK at 50: Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of the World’s Most Influential Entertainment Franchise
Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary today, and it’s been a long road getting from there to here through six television series and thirteen feature films.
The franchise has spawned hundreds of novels, comics and fan productions and has inspired millions of fans to create their own contributions to the Star Trek universe.
We thought it fitting that to celebrate the 50th anniversary we would take a look at where the franchise has been where it’s still going.
The brainchild of Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek: The Original Series (then just “Star Trek”) premiered on September 8, 1966. From the beginning, Roddenberry wanted to tell an optimistic story about the future of humanity. In his world, Earth is united, there is no more war, no more poverty and humans have evolved beyond superficial and philosophical differences. Star Trek espoused a humanistic view of the world where the focus is on human achievements and potential.
Happy 50th Anniversary, Star Trek!
September 07, 2016
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. And to celebrate the occasion, some of the franchise's biggest names -- including William Shatner, Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, Michael Dorn and Scott Bakula -- took a moment to say Happy Birthday.
Thanks for the heads up.
Celebrate the legendary sci-fi series’ 50th anniversary with these 25 essential episodes.
Star Trek, explained for non-Trekkies
Updated by Caroline Siede Sep 6, 2016, 11:20a
There are few pop culture franchises more intimidating to the uninitiated than Star Trek. While “Beam me up, Scotty” and the Vulcan hand salute have worked their way into the mainstream lexicon, it can feel virtually impossible to find a way into the expansive franchise, which spans five live-action TV shows, one lesser-known animated series, and 13 feature films, including the three rebooted films starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto.
It’s a lot to wrap your head around in writing, much less on screen. So, just in time for the TV show’s 50th anniversary, we’ve rounded up 25 possible entry points to help Star Trek newbies boldly go where many have gone before.
These aren’t necessarily the 25 best Star Trek episodes (although some definitely qualify), but they demonstrate the depth and breadth of what the iconic franchise has to offer. And, most importantly, they should play well for complete novices.
A quick overview of Star Trek’s 50-year journey through space
A quick overview of Star Trek’s 50-year journey through space
Dreamed up by writer and former Air Force pilot Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek began life as a humanistic science-fiction TV show on September 8, 1966.
Though The Original Series — as it was later dubbed — was canceled after only three seasons, it would turn out to have unprecedented cultural influence.
Thanks to Star Trek’s success in syndication during the 1970s, the original cast reunited for six feature films. The success of that film franchise then inspired four spinoff TV shows in the ’80s, ’90s, and early 2000s. The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise each focus on a new captain and his or her loyal crew. Four movies starring The Next Generation cast round out the Star Trek canon.
Except for the recent Pine/Quinto films, which establish an alternate timeline, all of this Star Trek material is set in the same universe. That means the more you watch, the more you’ll come to understand Star Trek. But each of the TV shows and movies are (mostly) designed to function independently as well. So each one can serve as a potential entry point to the larger franchise.
Star Trek: The Original Series
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They were a powerhouse back then.
Good info. Thanks
I have heard that in the past. Along with Star Trek, Mission Impossible and The Untouchables were also slated by Desilu for their apparent long-term viability. (Guess they were correct.) I believe Desilu is now Paramount Television, while the library of shows is owned by CBS.
They were indeed. Started to go downhill somewhat a few years after the divorce.
Yeah, that's true, but it sounds right. They were pretty good good at picking hits for a while.
Wow, I did not know that.
Indeed. Now that I think of it, probably most underrated in the films he has appeared in...
I liked him in RED with Bruce Willis.
I hope the rumor is true. Would be really cool.
He, Karl Urban, does do a really good job. He is usually very good in other things as well (the Bourne & Riddick movies, to name a few). He plays other characters so well, I forget sometimes that it's the same actor.
There has always been a rumor about William Shatner appearing, and a tribute to Leonard Nimoy, as well.