Remembering Leonard Nimoy On The Anniversary Of His Death


Today marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of Leonard Nimoy, the Star Trek actor, author, and musician.

Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek series, passed away about a year after being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which ultimately led to his death.

Nimoy's Star Trek series ran from 1967 to 1969 on NBC where he co-starred with William Shatner's Captain Kirk. He would later portray the character in six Star Trek films that ran throughout the seventies and eighties. He most recently played an older version the character in J. J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot and its sequel Star Trek: Into Darkness.

Outside of the Star Trek universe, Nimoy held memorable cameos on The Simpsons, voice-acted for the popular Kingdom Hearts video game, and held a recurring role on the science fiction series Fringe, in addition to his many, many other projects. He wrote books, poetry, and music.

"Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy," said U.S. President Barack Obama in a statement following Nimoy's passing last year. "Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future."

After his passing, Nimoy was remembered by friends, fans, collaborators, heads of state, and more. A monument bearing his likeness was incorporated into an online Star Trek game, and he closed out the In Memoriam segment of the Emmy Awards.