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6 Mar, 2015

Memorials added


Cryptic Studios pays tribute to Nimoy by adding two memorials to its game. The first statue can be found on Vulcan, at the fountain where players gathered following the news of Nimoy’s passing. This statue bears the inscription “Live Long and Prosper.” The other statute is located on New Romulus and is inscribed with “The Needs of the Many Outweigh the Needs of the Few.” Both statues also feature a plaque inscribed with the names of other Star Trek contributors who have died.

People will be able to interact with this memorial and read the names, the dates of their birth and passing, and a personal quote where possible. In this small way, we hope to honor the memory and contribution of those who helped shape Star Trek into the cultural touchstone it is today.

28 Feb, 2015

Will miss funeral

Shatner tweets his regret that he will miss Nimoy’s funeral due to a prior commitment.

‘I loved Spock’


Obama pays tribute to Nimoy in a statement.

Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future. I loved Spock.

In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for “Live long and prosper.” And after 83 years on this planet – and on his visits to many others – it’s clear Leonard Nimoy did just that. Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless fans who miss him so dearly today.

23 Feb, 2015

Final tweet

Nimoy’s final tweet before his death:

A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.

6 Feb, 2014

Story behind Spock


In an interview with the Yiddish Book Center, Nimoy explains the origins of the famous hand gesture used by his character Spock on Star Trek.

21 Jun, 2013

AAT interview


In part seven of this interview, Nimoy discusses “Vulcanisms”: the mind meld, the Vulcan nerve pinch, the Vulcan salute; his favorite and least favorite Star Trek episodes. He also talks about the legacy of Star Trek and about becoming a director; on feeling typecast as a heavy while at Universal in the early 1970s. On the Vulcan nerve pinch:

That was my way of avoiding fistfights. I had gotten very tired of all the years of playing heavies and being involved in fistfights or gunfights, or whatever kind of fights, with adversaries in television shows and movies. Here was a chance to cleverly avoid all of that…I suggested to the director that I had this special ability of putting some energy into the human anatomy that would render the guy unconscious.

8 May, 2009

Opie and Anthony interview


Nimoy calls into the Opie & Anthony Show to discuss his upcoming appearance in Star Trek and to promote a photography book. Prior to the 2009 movie, Star Trek, eighteen years had passed since his last involvement with a Star Trek television show or movie. Nimoy says the movie awakened his passion for the series that he had had many years ago. On Zachary Quinto’s portrayal:

He’s showing the character of Spock in the condition that he was in before I started playing him in the series. So you really see how this emotional aspect of his character has to come under control. It’s very,very well done. Zachary’s terrific.

25 Nov, 1987

Three Men and A Baby


Nimoy directs Three Men and a Baby, a comedy about three bachelors adapting their lives around the arrival of a baby. The film grosses $167 million dollars in the US alone and wins the 1988 People’s Choice award for Favorite Comedy.

20 Dec, 1978

Invasion of The Body Snatchers

Film Appearance

Nimoy plays Dr. David Kibner, a psychologist, in the remake of the 1953 science fiction horror thriller, directed by Philip Kaufman. A group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion. Co-starring Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams.

4 Mar, 1973

Death on a Barge


Nimoy makes his directorial debut during the 3rd season of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery. Death on a Barge, the 13th episode of that season, stars Lesley Ann Warren as a woman whose father confines her to a barge because she’s a vampire.

Dec 1967



In this interview, Nimoy talks about the character, Spock.

Just before we started shooting the show we had to experiment with four or five different types of ears, and we were not happy with any of them. And I felt a little nervous about it. I though it’ll be awful funny if these ears don’t look right. And I went to Gene and I asked him to give the up the idea of the pointed ears. And he said no he wouldn’t, we’re gonna keep working on this, and we’ll get it right eventually. I promise you  if you do the show with the ears, at the end of 13 episodes, if you’re not happy I’ll write you a script where you get an ear job.

Jul 1967

The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins

Music Performance

Nimoy releases the single The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s character from The Hobbit, for his album The Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy. Performing it on Malibu U, the appearance is the only known music video of the song.

8 Sep, 1966

Star Trek

TV Appearance

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.

24 Nov, 1964

The Man From U.N.C.L.E

TV Appearance

Nimoy and Shatner guest star in The Man From U.N.C.L.E episode, The Project Strigas Affair. In the episode, Shatner plays a pest control business owner that U.N.C.L.E recruits for their mission and Nimoy a Russian aide-de-camp. They only appear in two scenes. In the first, Shatner drunkenly throws his arm around Nimoy’s shouldes and in the second, Nimoy points a gun at Shatner.

26 Mar, 1931

Leonard Nimoy born in Boston


leonard-nimoy-as-a-childLeonard Simon Nimoy is born in Boston, MA, to Dora and Max, orthodox Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine. Max owns a barbershop. He has an older brother, Melvin. He attends Boston English High School.He speaks and reads Yiddish.

My first language was English. but I needed to speak Yiddish with my grandparents.

On the famous Vulcan salute:

I grew up in an interesting inner-city neighborhood in Boston. The area was known as the West End and was written about in a book called the Urban Villagers. It was a desirable area since it was within walking distance of downtown Boston and the Boston Commons, as well as being situated along the banks of the Charles River. The population was mostly immigrants. Maybe 70% Italian and 25% Jewish. My family attended services in an Orthodox Jewish Synagogue, or “Shul.” We were especially attentive to the high holidays, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Since I was somewhat musical, I was hired as a young boy to sing in choirs for the holidays and I was therefore exposed to all of the rituals firsthand. I still have a vivid memory of the first time I saw the use of the split-fingered hands being extended to the congregation in blessing. There were a group of five or six men facing the congregation and chanting in passionate shouts of a Hebrew benediction. It would translate to “May the Lord bless you and keep you,”…etc. My Dad said, “Don’t look.”

I learned later that it is believed that during this prayer, the “Shekhina,” the feminine aspect of God comes into the temple to bless the congregation. The light from this Deity could be very damaging. So we are told to protect ourselves by closing our eyes. I peeked. And when I saw the split-fingered gesture of these men… I was entranced. I learned to do it simply because it seemed so magical. It was probably 25 years later that I introduced that gesture as a Vulcan greeting in Star Trek and it has resonated with fans around the world ever since. It gives me great pleasure since it is, after all, a blessing.


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