Leonard Simon Nimoy (ˈniːmɔɪ nee-moy; born March 26, 1931) is an American actor, film director, poet, singer and photographer. Nimoy is best known for his role of Spock in the original Star Trek series (1966–1969), and in multiple film, television, and video game sequels.
Leonard Nimoy was raised in a Boston tenement, and decided to be an actor when he saw Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Laughton made young Nimoy cry, and he yearned to perform, to have that kind of an impact on strangers. In college he took drama courses, and after time in the Army he moved to Los Angeles and worked for in a Yiddish theatre group. Nimoy's first film was Queen for A Day with Darren McGavin in 1951, and his first leading role was a pretty good low-budget boxing drama called Kid Monk Baroni. He had a bit part in the science fiction classic Them! with James Arness. But it was his portrayal of Star Trek's Mr. Spock, of course, that made Nimoy famous.
Mr. Spock was the half-alien, half-Earthling Science Officer on Star Trek's original Enterprise. Raised on a planet that shunned emotion, Spock was the epitome of cool -- unflappable, and unattainable. After a few shaky, almost emotional early episodes, he played it perfectly. By keeping his emotions suppressed, Spock became the emotional center of Star Trek, and within weeks it became obvious that Spock was the most popular character on the show. The original series lasted three seasons. All three years, Nimoy was nominated for Emmys as Best Supporting Actor.
Full Name at Birth Leonard Simon Nimoy
AKA Leonard Simon Nimoy
Birthplace: Boston, MA
Location of death: Bel Air, CA
Cause of death: Respiratory failure
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor, Film Director
Party Affiliation: Democratic
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Commander Spock on Star Trek
Military service: US Army (1953-55, Sgt.)
Father: Max Nimoy (barber, b. 1900, d. 1987)
Mother: Dora Spinner (housewife, b. 1905)
Brother: Melvin Nimoy
Wife: Sandra Zober (actress, m. 1954, div. 1987, one daughter, one son)
Daughter: Julie Nimoy Schwartz (rabbi, b. 1955)
Son: Adam Nimoy (TV director, b. 9-Aug-1956)
Wife: Susan Bay (actress, m. 1989)
Son: Aaron Bay Schuck (stepson)
Official Website leonardnimoyphotography.com
Fan Mail Address:
The Gersh Agency, Inc.
9465 Wilshire Blvd 6th Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90212