Today we acknowledge the passing of Leonard Nimoy, forever to be remembered as Mr. Spock.
Nimoy a Boston native, began acting at the age of 8 in a production of Hansel and Gretel. Before Star Trek Nimoy enjoyed an active career in film and television. His first science fiction film role, foreshadowing Spock, was as the Martian Narab in the 1952 Republic serial Zombies of the Stratosphere.
After Star Trek, he contiued to act until 2013 when, in his final film role, he reprised Spock again as Spock Prime in Star Trek Into Darkness.
How did Nimoy feel about his unshakeable identification with Spock? The answer may lie in the titles of his two published memoirs, I am Not Spock in 1975 followed by I am Spock in 1995. His identification with Spock became part of the American zeitgeist, which Nimoy fostered via voiceover work on shows like The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory.
Outside of his film career, Nimoy was also a talented photographer, musician, and poet.
Leonard Nimoy was the subject of two oral history interview, one in 2000 with the Archives of American Television and a later one in 2013 with the Yiddish Book Center in which he revealed his inspiration for the Vulcan hand signal associated with the greeting "Live long and prosper."
At the library you'll find many of Nimoy's movies and television appearances in our DVD collection. Plug his name into our seach box to find his work as an actor, photographer, and memoirist.
We end our salute to Leonard Nimoy by quoting the always-quotable Spock: "Fascinating!"