Leonard Nimoy

Biography

Leonard Nimoy was an American actor, film director, poet, musician and photographer. Nimoy's most famous role is that of Spock in the original Star Trek series 1966–1969, multiple films, television and video game sequels.

Nimoy began his career in his early twenties, teaching acting classes in Hollywood and making minor film and television appearances through the 1950s, as well as playing the title role in Kid Monk Baroni. In 1953, he served in the United States Army. In 1965, he made his first appearance in the rejected Star Trek pilot, "The Cage", and would go on to play the character of Mr. Spock until 1969, followed by seven further films and a number of guest slots in various sequels. His character of Spock generated a significant cultural impact and three Emmy Award nominations; TV Guide named Spock one of the 50 greatest TV characters. Nimoy also had a recurring role in Mission: Impossible and a narrating role in Civilization IV, as well as several well-received stage appearances. Nimoy's fame as Spock is such that both his autobiographies, I Am Not Spock (1977) and I Am Spock (1995) detail his existence as being shared between the character and himself.

Nimoy was born to Yiddish-speaking Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Iziaslav, Ukraine. His father, Max Nimoy, owned a barbershop in the Mattapan section of the city. His mother, Dora Nimoy (née Spinner), was a homemaker. Nimoy began acting at the age of eight in children's and neighborhood theater. His parents wanted him to attend college and pursue a stable career, or even learn to play the accordion—which, his father advised, Nimoy could always make a living with—but his grandfather encouraged him to become an actor. His first major role was at 17, as Ralphie in an amateur production of Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing!. Nimoy took Drama classes at Boston College in 1953 but failed to complete his studies, and in the 1970s studied photography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has an MA in Education and an honorary doctorate from Antioch University in Ohio. Nimoy served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1953 through 1955, alongside fellow actor Ken Berry and architect Frank Gehry.

Leonard Nimoy was an American actor, film director, poet, musician and photographer. Nimoy's most famous role is that of Spock in the original Star Trek series 1966–1969, multiple films, television and video game sequels.

Nimoy began his career in his early twenties, teaching acting classes in Hollywood and making minor film and television appearances through the 1950s, as well as playing the title role in Kid Monk Baroni. In 1953, he served in the United States Army. In 1965, he made his first appearance in the rejected Star Trek pilot, "The Cage", and would go on to play the character of Mr. Spock until 1969, followed by seven further films and a number of guest slots in various sequels. His character of Spock generated a significant cultural impact and three Emmy Award nominations; TV Guide named Spock one of the 50 greatest TV characters. Nimoy also had a recurring role in Mission: Impossible and a narrating role in Civilization IV, as well as several well-received stage appearances. Nimoy's fame as Spock is such that both his autobiographies, I Am Not Spock (1977) and I Am Spock (1995) detail his existence as being shared between the character and himself.

Nimoy was born to Yiddish-speaking Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Iziaslav, Ukraine. His father, Max Nimoy, owned a barbershop in the Mattapan section of the city. His mother, Dora Nimoy (née Spinner), was a homemaker. Nimoy began acting at the age of eight in children's and neighborhood theater. His parents wanted him to attend college and pursue a stable career, or even learn to play the accordion—which, his father advised, Nimoy could always make a living with—but his grandfather encouraged him to become an actor. His first major role was at 17, as Ralphie in an amateur production of Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing!. Nimoy took Drama classes at Boston College in 1953 but failed to complete his studies, and in the 1970s studied photography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has an MA in Education and an honorary doctorate from Antioch University in Ohio. Nimoy served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1953 through 1955, alongside fellow actor Ken Berry and architect Frank Gehry.

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Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 130

Birthday 1931-03-26

Day of Death 2015-02-27

Place of Birth Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Adult Actor False

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 For the Love of Spock as Himself (archive footage)
2016 50 Years of Star Trek as himself
2014 To Be Takei as Himself
2013 The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers as Levi Eshkol (voice)
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness as Spock Prime
2012 Hava Nagila: The Movie
2012 Zambezia as Sekhuru
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon as Sentinel Prime (voice)
2009 Star Trek Evolutions as Narrator
2009 The Evolution of the Enterprise as Himself
2009 Star Trek as Old Spock
2009 The Captain's Summit as Himself
2008 Fringe(5 episodes)
2008 Fringe(1 episode) as William Bell
2008 Fringe(115 episodes) as Dr. William Bell
2008 The Real Story(1 episode) as Himself
2007 The Big Bang Theory(2 episodes)
2007 Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier(1 episode)
2006 William Shatner in Concert
2002 HypaSpace(1 episode)
2001 Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime as Himself
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire as King Kashekim Nedakh
2000 Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists as Akron/ Baraba/ King Chandra
1999 Futurama(4 episodes)
1998 Becker(1 episode)
1998 A Life Apart: Hasidism in America as Narrator
1998 Invasion America(13 episodes)
1998 Brave New World as Mustapha Mond
1998 The Lost World as Angus McArdle
1997 Trekkies as Himself
1997 David as Samuel
1996 Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond as Himself
1996 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah(1 episode)
1995 Titanica as narrator
1995 The Outer Limits(1 episode)
1995 The Science of Star Trek as Himself
1995 William Shatner's Star Trek Memories as Himself
1994 The Pagemaster as Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde (voice)
1994 Duckman(1 episode)
1994 Destiny in Space as Narrator (voice)
1994 Ancient Mysteries(1 episode)
1993 The Halloween Tree as Mr. Moundsroud (Voice)
1991 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country as Spock
1991 Never Forget as Mel Mermelstein
1991 Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special as Host
1989 The Simpsons(2 episodes)
1989 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier as Captain Spock
1987 Star Trek: The Next Generation(2 episodes)
1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home as Captain Spock
1986 The Transformers: The Movie as Galvatron (voice)
1984 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock as Capt. Spock/Elevator Voice
1984 The Sun Also Rises as Count Mippipopolous
1982 Faerie Tale Theatre(1 episode)
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan as Captain Spock
1982 Marco Polo as Achmet
1982 Marco Polo(4 episodes)
1982 Wogan(1 episode)
1982 A Woman Called Golda as Morris Meyerson
1982 T. J. Hooker(1 episode)
1981 Vincent as Theo van Gogh
1980 Seizure: The Story of Kathy Morris as Dr. Richard Connought
1979 Star Trek: The Motion Picture as Mr. Spock
1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers as Dr. David Kibner
1977 In Search of...(1 episode)
1977 In Search of...(8 episodes) as Narator
1976 The Captain and Tennille(1 episode)
1975 Saturday Night Live(1 episode)
1975 Mitzi and a Hundred Guys as Himself
1973 The Alpha Caper as Mitch
1973 Star Trek: The Animated Series(24 episodes) as Spock (voice)
1973 Baffled! as Tom Kovack
1971 Catlow as Miller
1971 Assault on the Wayne as Commander Phil Kettenring
1970 Night Gallery(1 episode)
1969 The Barbara McNair Show(1 episode)
1968 The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show(1 episode)
1968 Columbo(1 episode) as Dr. Barry Mayfield
1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In(1 episode)
1967 Valley of Mystery as Spence Atherton
1967 Malibu U(1 episode)
1966 Mission: Impossible(96 episodes)
1966 Star Trek(1 episode)
1966 Star Trek(84 episodes) as Spock
1966 Deathwatch as Jules LaFranc
1965 Get Smart(1 episode)
1964 Profiles in Courage(1 episode)
1964 Daniel Boone(1 episode)
1964 The Man from U.N.C.L.E.(1 episode)
1964 The Hollywood Palace(1 episode)
1963 Kraft Suspense Theatre(2 episodes)
1963 The Outer Limits(2 episodes)
1963 The Lieutenant(1 episode)
1963 The Balcony as Roger
1962 Combat!(2 episodes)
1962 The Virginian(3 episodes)
1962 Sam Benedict(1 episode)
1961 Dr. Kildare(1 episode)
1961 87th Precinct(1 episode)
1961 Cain's Hundred(1 episode)
1960 The Tall Man(2 episodes)
1960 Tate(1 episode)
1959 The Rebel(1 episode)
1959 The Twilight Zone(1 episode)
1959 Lock-Up(1 episode)
1959 Rawhide(1 episode)
1958 The Rough Riders(1 episode)
1958 Sea Hunt(6 episodes)
1958 The Brain Eaters as Professor Cole
1958 Satan's Satellites as Narab
1957 26 Men(2 episodes)
1957 Harbor Command(1 episode)
1957 Perry Mason(1 episode)
1956 The West Point Story(2 episodes)
1956 Man Called X(1 episode)
1955 Highway Patrol(2 episodes)
1955 Navy Log(1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke(4 episodes)
1954 Them! as Army Sergeant
1953 Old Overland Trail as Chief Black Hawk
1952 Zombies of the Stratosphere
1952 Kid Monk Baroni as Paul 'Monk' Baroni
1951 Dragnet(2 episodes)
1900 Leonard Nimoy: Star Trek Memories as Himself
1900 You Don't Say!(1 episode)
1900 Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories(0 episodes)
1900 The Halloween Tree(0 episodes)
1900 Bring Back...(1 episode)

Directing

1995 Deadly Games(2 episodes) … Director
1994 Holy Matrimony … Director
1990 Funny About Love … Director
1989 Body Wars … Director
1988 The Good Mother … Director
1987 Three Men and a Baby … Director
1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home … Director
1984 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock … Director
1982 The Powers of Matthew Star(1 episode) … Director
1982 T. J. Hooker(1 episode) … Director
1981 Vincent … Director
1970 Night Gallery(1 episode) … Director

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