Nimoy portrays “Spock” in the premiere of Star Trek, an NBC science fiction television series also starring William Shatner and DeForest Kelley. On landing the role:
I did this job in an episode of The Lieutenant series for Gene Roddenberry. A few weeks after I finished the job my agent called me and said, ‘Gene Roddenberry, producer of The Lieutenant show, saw the footage, was interested in you, liked what you did, and said that he has in mind for you a role in a pilot that he’s developing for a science fiction series.” Period. I really didn’t give it a lot of thought. You hear that kind of thing and you’re a long way from getting a job.