Nimoy, a man of many talents — a director, stage actor, writer, poet and photographer — created a persona of Spock, the logical alien that will long live after him.
His mantra as Spock was “Live long and Prosper” with the Vulcan split fingered hand greeting that was legendary.
Nimoy, who appeared in a variety of TV shows, joined Star Trek for the pilot shows and opened on NBC TV in the series in1966. Although the show was cancelled in 1969 it was syndicated and grew into feature films, throughout the ’70’s and ’80’s. and ’90’s. Nimoy directed “Star Trek III: the Search for Spock” and appeared in several films including “The Voyage Home,” which he also directed, and “The Final Frontier.”
He was the director of several Hollywood movies including the 1987 comedy “3 Men and A Baby.”
He was also a musician and released five albums, he wrote books of poetry and two autobiographies.
Leonard Nimoy started his career in the arts at the age of 8 when he appeared in a stage production of “Hansel and Gretel.”
Nimoy died Friday of COPD in Los Angeles.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Bay, and two children from his first marriage to Sandra Zober, a son Adam, who is a director, and a daughter Julie, a stepson, and several grandchildren.