Leonard Nimoy, ‘Spock’ of ‘Star Trek,’ dead at 83

“Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut ‘Star Trek,’ died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles,” Virginia Heffernan reports for The New York Times. “He was 83.”

“His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” Heffernan reports. “Mr. Nimoy announced that he had the disease last year, attributing it to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.”

“His religious upbringing also influenced the characterization of Spock. The character’s split-fingered salute, he often explained, had been his idea: He based it on the kohanic blessing, a manual approximation of the Hebrew letter shin, which is the first letter in Shaddai, one of the Hebrew names for God,” Heffernan reports. “‘To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior,’ Mr. Nimoy wrote years after the original series ended. But that wasn’t such a bad thing, he discovered. ‘Given the choice,” he wrote, “if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock.'”

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy
William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy

Read more in the full obituary here.

MacDailyNews Take: Rest in peace, Mr. Nimoy.

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock


  1. Excuse me, I have a question- what does God need with a starship?… I mean… Why is news of Leonard Nimoy on an Apple related website. It’s certainly every where else.

    1. They had “Siri” before Siri was Siri…

      Spock: “Computer:”

      “Where can I find some good Romulan Ale to get Lt. Uhura smashed so I can satisfy my ‘pon farr’?!?”

      computer; “I have found 7 ABC stores. 3 of which are fairly close to you.”

        1. “Working…” Never once did I say ‘working’. I said they “had”! Haven’y you ever watched the movie “Spaceballs”?!? If you had, then you’d know that “even in the future, nothing works!”

        1. And Samsung! Don’t forget Samsung and their viciferous use of the “Replicator”!

          I know ‘Replicator’ was a Star Trek TNG series, BUT it was derived from the “Food Synthesizer” found from the original Star Trek series… or so Wikipedia tells me so.

    2. You have to ask that question considering the influence of Star Trek on engineers and creating devices seen on the show, only for real? The stuff of tech dreams is in Star Trek.

      It influenced Steve Jobs too as he said once about the 4th Gen iPhone “I grew up here in the US with The Jetsons and Star Trek and communicators, dreaming about video calling, and it’s real now!”

  2. I am very sorry to learn of Leonard Nimoy’s death. Deepest condolences to his family, friends, and to all of his fans.

    I wil be In Search Of some peace regarding this sad news.

    May you live long and prosper.

  3. You don’t need “Deck The Halls” or “Jingle Bell Rock”
    ‘Cause you can spin a dreidel with Captain Kirk and Mr.Spock- both Jewish
    – Adam Sandler, Hanukkah Song

  4. I remember seeing Nimoy interviewed several years ago, at about the time that cell phones were becoming popular. He said that he’d received a call on his flip phone as he was walking through a store. Took it out of his pocket and flipped it open, then realized that other people were gawking at him and chuckling. He said that it took him a minute to realize why they were laughing.

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