Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Simon Nimoy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Dora (Spinner) and Max Nimoy, who owned a barbershop. His parents were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. Raised in a tenement and acting in community theaters since age eight, Nimoy did not make his Hollywood debut until he was 20, with a bit p...

Born on March 26, 1931

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Height 1.83m / 6' 0"

Biography

Leonard Simon Nimoy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Dora (Spinner) and Max Nimoy, who owned a barbershop. His parents were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. Raised in a tenement and acting in community theaters since age eight, Nimoy did not make his Hollywood debut until he was 20, with 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). In the latter years of his career, he played Mustafa Mond in NBC's telling of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (1998), voiced Sentinel Prime in the blockbuster Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), and played Spock again in two new Star Trek films, Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).Leonard Nimoy died on February 27, 2015 in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83.Read More

Known For

TradeMarks

Deep baritone voice

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

Trivia

Had a pet store in Canoga Park, California during the 1960s.

Hit #121 on the Billboard Singles Chart in 1967 with "Visit to a Sad Planet" (Dot 17038).

Served in the United States Army, under the service number ER-11-229-770, from December 3, 1953 - November 23, 1955. Received an honorable discharge with the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSG).

When Richard Widmark left, Nimoy became the Friday night host for "The Mutual Radio Theater" on Mutual Radio (1980).

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.

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 contract with authorizes, and therefore does not sign for fans, otherwise he could be sued for breach of contract.

Attended and graduated from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts (1953). He later received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the university in May 2012.

Received his Master's degree in Education from Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio (1977). He later received an honorary doctorate from the university in fall 2000.

Was William Shatner's best man at his third wedding to Nerine Kidd.

His father had a barber shop in Boston, where one of the more popular haircuts given was the "Spock cut".

Quotes

[on working with William Shatner on the original Star Trek (1966) series] Bill was very passionate about the work. Unfortunately, Bill was passionate about everything.

I think it's my adventure, my trip, my journey, and I guess my attitude is, let the chips fall where they may.

I think about myself as like an ocean liner that's been going full speed for a long distance, and the captain pulls the throttle back all the way to 'stop', but the ship doesn't stop immediately, does it? It has its own momentum and it keeps on going, and I'm very flattered that people are still finding me useful.

The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have.

That is the exploration that awaits you! Not mapping stars and studying nebula, but charting the unknown possibilities of existence.

Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.

[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.

My folks came to the US as immigrants, aliens, and became citizens. I was born in Boston, a citizen, went to Hollywood and became an alien.

[on being asked to executive-produce the proposed sequel 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.

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.

Spouses

Susan Bay Susan Bay 1989 - February 27, 2015 (his death)
Sandi Nimoy Sandi Nimoy February 21, 1954 - present (divorced) (2 children)

Salaries

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

Filmography

Fireside Theatre Fireside Theatre (1episode,1953)
Dragnet Dragnet JuliusCarver/...(2episodes,1954-1959)
The Red Skelton Hour The Red Skelton Hour Himself(1episode,1969)
Queen for a Day  Queen for a Day  Chief(asLeonardNemoy)
Death Valley Days Death Valley Days YellowBear(1episode,1965)
Four Star Playhouse Four Star Playhouse Bulloti'sHenchman(uncredited)(1episode,1953)
Today Today Himself-Guest(5episodes,1966-2006)
Francis Goes to West Point  Francis Goes to West Point  CadetFootballPlayer#52(uncredited)
Zombies of the Stratosphere  Zombies of the Stratosphere  Narab
Old Overland Trail  Old Overland Trail  ChiefBlackHawk
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke Arnie/...(4episodes,1961-1966)
Highway Patrol Highway Patrol HarryWells/...(2episodes,1957-1958)
Broken Arrow Broken Arrow Apache/...(3episodes,1957-1958)
The Man Called X The Man Called X (1episode,1956)
West Point West Point CadetTomKennedy/...(2episodes,1956-1957)
26 Men 26 Men BlakeLarson/...(2episodes,1959)
New American Bandstand 1965 New American Bandstand 1965 Himself-Performer(1episode,1967)
Colt .45 Colt .45 LukeReid(1episode,1959)
Harbor Command Harbor Command FredGarrison(1episode,1958)
M Squad M Squad BenBlacker/...(2episodes,1959-1960)
Perry Mason Perry Mason PeteChennery(1episode,1963)
The Silent Service The Silent Service RudyGervais/...(3episodes,1957-1958)
Tales of Wells Fargo Tales of Wells Fargo Coleman(1episode,1961)
Tombstone Territory Tombstone Territory LittleHawk(1episode,1959)
Wagon Train Wagon Train BernabeZamora/...(4episodes,1959-1962)
Cimarron City Cimarron City Gyja(1episode,1958)
Mackenzie's Raiders Mackenzie's Raiders Kansas/...(2episodes,1959)
The Rough Riders The Rough Riders JeffBaker(1episode,1959)
Sea Hunt Sea Hunt Hoya-Saboteur/...(8episodes,1958-1960)
Steve Canyon Steve Canyon ControlTowerSgt.(1episode,1959)
Target Target (2episodes,1958)
Satan's Satellites  Satan's Satellites  Narab(archivefootage)
Bonanza Bonanza Freddy(1episode,1960)
Laramie Laramie RixCatlin(1episode,1962)
Lock Up Lock Up NinoBaselicce(1episode,1960)
Rawhide Rawhide Anko(1episode,1961)
The Rebel The Rebel JimColburn(1episode,1960)
The Twilight Zone The Twilight Zone Hansen(1episode,1961)
The Untouchables The Untouchables Packy(1episode,1962)
Outlaws Outlaws Logan(1episode,1960)
The Tall Man The Tall Man DeputySheriffJohnnySwift(2episodes,1960-1961)
Tate Tate TheComanche(1episode,1960)
Them!  Them!  ArmySergeant(uncredited)
Your Favorite Story Your Favorite Story (1episode,1955)
Kid Monk Baroni  Kid Monk Baroni  Paul'Monk'Baroni
Rhubarb  Rhubarb  YoungBaseballPlayer(uncredited)
87th Precinct 87th Precinct Barrow(1episode,1961)
Cain's Hundred Cain's Hundred RalphTomek(1episode,1962)
Dr. Kildare Dr. Kildare Harry(1episode,1963)
Combat! Combat! Neumann/...(2episodes,1963-1965)
The Eleventh Hour The Eleventh Hour BertPelco/...(2episodes,1963-1964)
The Merv Griffin Show The Merv Griffin Show Himself-Guest(1episode,1980)
Sam Benedict Sam Benedict JoeShatley(1episode,1962)
Stoney Burke Stoney Burke ArtPaxton(1episode,1962)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Himself-Guest/...(3episodes,1967-1991)
The Virginian The Virginian BenjaminFrome/...(3episodes,1963-1965)
General Hospital General Hospital Bernie(1episode,1963)
Kraft Suspense Theatre Kraft Suspense Theatre Cowell/...(2episodes,1964-1965)
The Lieutenant The Lieutenant GreggSanders(1episode,1964)
The Outer Limits The Outer Limits JudsonEllis/...(2episodes,1964)
The Balcony  The Balcony  Roger
Daniel Boone Daniel Boone Oontah(1episode,1966)
The Hollywood Palace The Hollywood Palace Himself-Singer(1episode,1968)
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Vladeck(1episode,1964)
Profiles in Courage Profiles in Courage BurrJones(1episode,1964)
You Don't Say You Don't Say Himself(3episodes,1967-1968)
Get Smart Get Smart Stryker(1episode,1966)
A Man Called Shenandoah A Man Called Shenandoah DelHillman(1episode,1966)
The Hollywood Squares The Hollywood Squares Himself(5episodes,1967)
Mission: Impossible Mission: Impossible Paris/...(49episodes,1969-1971)
Star Trek Star Trek Mr.Spock/...(80episodes,1966-1986)
Deathwatch  Deathwatch  Lefranc
Deathwatch  Deathwatch 
Where No Man Has Gone Before Where No Man Has Gone Before Mr.Spock
Valley of Mystery  Valley of Mystery  SpenceAtherton
The Carol Burnett Show The Carol Burnett Show Himself(1episode,1967)
The Joey Bishop Show The Joey Bishop Show Himself(4episodes,1967-1968)
Malibu U. Malibu U. Himself(1episode,1967)
The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show Himself(1episode,1968)
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Himself(1episode,1968)
The Barbara McNair Show The Barbara McNair Show Himself(1episode,1970)
The David Frost Show The David Frost Show Himself-Guest(1episode,1970)
Flip Flip Himself(1episode,1973)
Night Gallery Night Gallery HenryAuden(1episode,1972)
Night Gallery Night Gallery
Assault on the Wayne  Assault on the Wayne  CommanderPhilKettenring
Catlow  Catlow  Miller
Baffled!  Baffled!  TomKovack
Star Trek: The Animated Series Star Trek: The Animated Series Mr.Spock/...(22episodes,1973-1974)
A Stitch in Crime A Stitch in Crime Dr.BarryMayfield
The Missing Are Deadly  The Missing Are Deadly  Dr.Durov
Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love  Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love  Mick
Good Morning America Good Morning America Himself-Guest(3episodes,1975-1990)
Saturday Night Live Saturday Night Live Himself(uncredited)(1episode,2009)
The Captain and Tennille The Captain and Tennille Himself(1episode,1976)
In Search of... In Search of... Himself-Host/...(80episodes,1977-1982)
In Search of... In Search of...
Star Trek: The Motion Picture  Star Trek: The Motion Picture  Spock
Star Trek: The Motion Picture  Star Trek: The Motion Picture 
Seizure: The Story of Kathy Morris  Seizure: The Story of Kathy Morris  Dr.RichardConnought
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