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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 26 March 1931Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameLeonard Simon Nimoy
Height 5' 11¾" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Raised in a Boston tenement, acting in community theaters since age eight, Leonard Nimoy did not make his Hollywood debut until he was 20, a bit part in Queen for a Day (1951) and another as a ballplayer in the perennial Rhubarb (1951). After two years in the United States Army, he was still getting small, often uncredited parts, like an Army telex operator in Them! (1954). His part as Narab, a Martian finally friendly to Earth, in the closing scene in the corny Republic serial Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952), somewhat foreshadowed the role which would make him a household name: Mr. Spock, the half-human/half-Vulcan science officer on Star Trek (1966) one of television's all-time most successful series. His performance won him three Emmy nominations and launched his career as a writer and director, notably of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), the story of a humpback whale rescue that proved the most successful of the Star Trek movies. Stage credits have included "Fiddler on the Roof", "Oliver", "Camelot" and "Equus". He has hosted the well-known television series In Search of... (1976) and Ancient Mysteries (1994), authored several volumes of poetry and guest-starred on two episodes of The Simpsons (1989). He recently played Mustafa Mond in NBC's telling of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (1998).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Spouse (2)

Susan Bay (1 January 1989 - present)
Sandi Nimoy (21 February 1954 - 1987) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Deep baritone voice
Mr. Spock on Star Trek (1966) and eight of the Star Trek films

Trivia (63)

Had a pet store in Canoga Park, California during the 1960s.
His father had a barber shop in Boston, where one of the more popular haircuts given was the "Spock cut".
Was William Shatner's best man at his third wedding to Nerine Kidd.
Also directed The Bangles' 1984 music video "Going Down to Liverpool".
Attended Antioch University, where he received his Master's degree in Education. He later received an honorary doctorate from the university in fall 2000.
Attended and graduated from Boston University in 1953. He later received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the university in May 2012.
Stated at a 1993 convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that he has contracted out his signature, and can only sign items the company he has a contact with authorizes, and therefore does not sign for fans, otherwise he could be sued for breach of contract.
The "Vulcan nerve pinch" concept on Star Trek (1966) was invented by Nimoy when he and the series' writers were trying to figure out how an unarmed Spock could overpower an adversary without resorting to violence.
When Richard Widmark left, Nimoy became the Friday night host for "The Mutual Radio Theater" on Mutual Radio (1980).
Served in the United States Army, under the service number "ER 11 229 770", from December 3, 1953 to November 23, 1955. Received an honorable discharge with the rank of Sergeant.
Hit #121 on the Billboard Singles Chart in 1967 with "Visit to a Sad Planet" (Dot 17038)
Lent his famous voice to the introduction at the Mugar Omni Theater (The Museum of Science, Boston).
Because of his schedule, part two of the Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) two-part episode "Unification" was filmed before part one.
Is an accomplished photographer (specializing in black and white images) and has given exhibitions of his works.
Has two roles in common with voice actor Frank Welker. Welker provided the screams for the young Spock in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984). Welker also provided the voice of Galvatron in the third and fourth seasons of The Transformers (1984), a role which Nimoy had voiced in The Transformers: The Movie (1986).
Was approached to direct Star Trek: Generations (1994), as well as appear as Spock in the film. He declined because Spock's role in the movie would have been a cameo. Nimoy stated that he did not want to play Spock, or direct any Star Trek movie in which Spock was not an integral part of the plot. Spock's character was consequently edited from the script.
The sign that Spock makes with his hand is half of what is commonly done by the Cohanim, the Jewish Priests, when they bless the congregation.
Is an avid writer of poetry and has written many books.
Is the only actor to appear in every episode of the original Star Trek (1966) series.
Along with Majel Barrett, he is one of only two actors to appear in both the first and last episodes of the original Star Trek (1966) series.
At 6' 1", he was the tallest member of the cast of the original Star Trek (1966) series.
Has appeared in episodes of several different series with William Shatner: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964); Mission: Impossible (1966); Star Trek (1966); Star Trek (1973); T.J. Hooker (1982) and Futurama (1999).
Is the only actor to appear in both pilots of the original Star Trek (1966) series.
Has appeared in four different productions with Malachi Throne: Star Trek (1966), Mission: Impossible (1966), Assault on the Wayne (1971) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
Due to their similar deep voices, it was rumored for years that Nimoy actually recorded the bulk of Orson Welles' dialogue as Unicron in The Transformers: The Movie (1986). Welles died before the film's release, but voice actress Susan Blu has gone on record saying that Welles recorded all his lines before his death.
Was born only four days after his Star Trek (1966) co-star William Shatner.
Has appeared in episodes of three different series with James Doohan: Star Trek (1966), Star Trek (1973) and Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994).
Has appeared in episodes of three different series with George Takei and Nichelle Nichols: Star Trek (1966), Star Trek (1973) and Futurama (1999).
When Mark Lenard and Jane Wyatt were cast as his parents on Star Trek (1966), they asked him if he had any advice on the Vulcan characters and culture, seeing as how he was the series' main Vulcan character. He replied that he felt the Vulcans were very much a "hand-oriented people", and so Lenard and Wyatt came up with a hand gesture in which they touched and held their fingers together to indicate a sense of intimacy.
Suffers from tinnitus (ringing in the ears), along with Star Trek (1966) co-star William Shatner. Nimoy's right ear and Shatner's left ear are affected. Their hearing was apparently damaged during the filming of the episode Star Trek: Arena (1967), when they were both close to a special effects explosion.
Born in Boston to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants.
Parents are Max and Dora Nimoy; sibling: Melvin Nimoy, five years older.
Opened an exotic pet shop in 1970 after the original Star Trek (1966) series' cancellation.
Often nicknamed "the other Dr. Spock" for his degrees in Biology and Photography.
As a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army, Nimoy was in charge of a platoon that included a Ken Berry. Berry later said in an interview that he confided to Nimoy his ambitions to be a dancer and performer and Nimoy encouraged him to go to California at the end of his enlistment.
Father of Adam Nimoy and Julie Nimoy. Has one stepson, named Aaron.
Got his famous role of Spock on Star Trek (1966) in part because discussions among writers and producers of the series about the character of Spock led them to put out the word that they were looking for "a tall, thin guy" to play the part of an alien crew member. Casting director Joseph D'Agosta remembered Nimoy from his work in an earlier World War II series, The Lieutenant (1963) and gave him a call about this role. And so was born his most famous role and start as a popular culture icon.
The mineral Yominium Sulfide in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), is named after him. If you notice the first five letters spells "Nimoy" backward.
In books over the years, the "unpronouncable" full name of his Star Trek character is S'chn-T' Gaii Spock, son of S'chn-T' Gaii Sarek (of Skon and Solkar) of Vulcan.
Along with Majel Barrett, he is one of only two actors to have appeared in "Star Trek" in every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s.
His wife, Susan Bay, is a cousin of Michael Bay. Nimoy voiced the reemerged Megatron, known as Galvatron, in The Transformers: The Movie (1986). Bay altogether reinvented Megatron for Transformers (2007).
Mentioned by Will Ferrell's character Brennan Huff in the comedy film Step Brothers (2008).
Speaks Hebrew and Yiddish fluently.
During an interview with Al Roker on Today (1952), to promote Star Trek (2009), it was revealed that the news anchor Ann Curry had a major crush on him. They showed several clips of her stating that she was in love with Spock. Roker then called her out on stage. She came on stage, and immediately hugged and kissed Leonard Nimoy, and told him how great she thinks he is. Leonard was very flattered and told her she had great taste.
Has worked with voice actor Frank Welker in four films: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), The Transformers: The Movie (1986), The Pagemaster (1994) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011).
Along with David McCallum, Cliff Robertson, Barbara Rush and Peter Breck, he is one of only five actors to appear in both The Outer Limits (1963) and The Outer Limits (1995).
After the success of (former Trek castmate) Walter Koenig's "Raver" comics, he sold issues of his "Primortals" comics in 1996.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6651 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on January 16, 1985.
Father-in-law of Gregory Schwartz. Ex-father-in-law of Nancy Nimoy.
Best friends with his Star Trek (1966) co-star William Shatner.
Is a vegetarian.
Has five grandchildren.
Second cousin, once removed, of Jeff Nimoy.
(April 21, 2010) Retired from acting after 60 years in the motion picture industry.
In 2011, he announced his decision to both retire from acting and stop appearing at conventions, expressing his desire for private life with his family.
Has played the same character (Spock) on three different series: Star Trek (1966), Star Trek (1973) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
Has played two characters whose boss is named "Jim": Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek (1966) and Jim Phelps on Mission: Impossible (1966).
Runs an online shop with his granddaughter called shopllap.com.
Announced his retirement from motion pictures. [September 2002]
Has come out of retirement to reprise his iconic role of Mr. Spock for the Star Trek (2009) remake. [January 2008]
(February 5, 2014) Announced that he is suffering from chronic obstruction pulmonary disease, one month after he was seen in a wheelchair in New York.
In many interviews since the beginning of Star Trek (1966), Leonard Nimoy has recounted the origin of the Vulcan salute, which he introduced into the series. In one such interview (with The A.V. Club in July 2010), he explained, "The gesture that I introduced into Star Trek, the split-fingered Vulcan salute, we'll call it... that came from an experience--I'm going all the way back to my childhood again--when I was about 8 years old, sitting in the synagogue at high holiday services with my family. There comes a moment in the ceremony when the congregation is blessed by a group of gentlemen known as Kohanim, members of the priestly tribe of the Hebrews. And the blessing is one that we see in the Old and New Testament: 'May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord cause His countenance to shine upon you,' and so forth. When they give this blessing, you're told not to look! You're supposed to avert your eyes. I peeked, and I saw these guys with their hands stretched out-there were five or six of them, all with their hands stretched out toward the congregation-in that gesture, that split-fingered gesture. Some time later, I learned that the shape that hand creates is a letter in the Hebrew alphabet, the letter shin, which is the first letter in the word Shaddai, which is the name of the Almighty. So the suggestion is that they're using a symbol of God's name with their hands as they bless the congregation.".
Grandfather of Madeleine Nimoy and Jonah Nimoy.

Personal Quotes (5)

[about working with William Shatner on the original Star Trek (1966) series] Bill was very passionate about the work. Unfortunately, Bill was passionate about everything.
Spock is definitely one of my best friends. When I put on those ears, it's not like just another day. When I become Spock, that day becomes something special.
[on being asked to executive-produce the proposed new series Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)] I thanked him and wished him well with the project, but explained it simply couldn't work. I felt the original Star Trek (1966)'s success was due to many factors: the themes, the characters, the chemistry between the actors, the timing (the future-embracing 1960s)... There was simply no way, I told him, that anyone could duplicate all those things and be successful with a second Star Trek show. And so I opted out... While my argument sounded perfectly rational at the time, my ego was certainly involved. When I said to Frank Mancuso and the assembled execs, "How can you hope to capture lightning in a bottle again?", part of me was *really* saying, "How can you ever hope to do it without *us*?"... You know, crow isn't so bad. It tastes like chicken.
My folks came to US as immigrants, aliens, and became citizens. I was born in Boston, a citizen, went to Hollywood and became an alien.
[on the death of Spock] I thought everything was managed in excellent taste. I feel proud. When it was first suggested to me that Spock would die, I was hesitant. It seemed exploitative. But now that I've seen how it was accomplished, I think it was a very good idea.

Salary (2)

Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952) $500
Star Trek (1966) $1,250/episode (first season)

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