Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy Leaves a Lasting Legacy

Leonard Nimoy played a half-alien-half-human character — Spock — who seemingly was going to live forever. He survived having his brain removed, being bitten by a deadly alien creature and other harrowing experiences. Later, he actually did give his life to save his crew but was resurrected. And he was transported through time in the Star Trek universe to spend his life across hundreds of years. But the very human Nimoy died earlier today at age 83, leaving a legacy of not just an enduring science fiction character, but the generations of scientists and explorers he inspired.

Nimoy had been hospitalized earlier in the week and his agent confirmed his death on February 27, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy announced that he had the disease last year and attributed it to years of smoking, a habit he had quit nearly 30 years ago.

Nimoy was active on social media, and for the past couple of months, he seemed to be sending farewell messages to his fans with words of wisdom and sentiment that ended with “LLAP” — “live long and prosper” — a phrase made famous by Nimoy and his character Spock:

Now, following the announcement of his passing there has been an outpouring of sentiments for Nimoy and his character on social media, with expressions of how Nimoy inspired generations to look up and reach for the final frontier.

Journalist Nadia Drake shared her memories and provided Universe Today with the lead image for this article:

The Spock character was known for Vulcan logic and pointy ears, and Nimoy was a favorite with Star Trek fans of all ages. Nimoy not only appeared in the original Star Trek but he reprised his role in later Trek incarnations. He appeared in a total of eight Star Trek movies, and three different Star Trek series (original, animated and Star Trek: the Next Generation).

In addition to Star Trek, Nimoy appeared in “The Twilight Zone,” “Mission Impossible,” “THEM!” “The Brain Eaters,” “Sea Hunt,” “The Outer Limits,” “Get Smart,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Night Gallery,” and was host of “In Search Of.” He also wrote two autobiographies (“I Am Not Spock” and “I am Spock,”) wrote and performed on 5 albums (one was titled, “Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock’s Music from Outer Space,”) was a photographer and poet, contributed to vocal acting, and directed 6 feature films, including “Star Trek IV: the Voyage Home,” and “Three Men and a Baby.”

He is survived by his wife, Susan, as well as two children and six grandchildren from his first marriage to Sandra Zober.

Spock has now reached the final frontier. Tonight we’ll toast his legacy of the “good of the many.”

9 Replies to “Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy Leaves a Lasting Legacy”

  1. From the very first episodes of Star Trek I became a NUMBER ONE fan although there may be many number one’s. Spock gave Stellar Intellectualism and balance to Star Trek and Nimoy was the right pick. May his family and loved ones find passage through this sad moment.

  2. As loved and iconic figures, they don’t come much bigger than ‘Spock’. Condolences to family, friends and fans. How lucky we are to have had you. RIP Leonard Nimoy.

  3. Oh I just woke up and saw this. What a sad day this will be. Even though I never had the opportunity to meet Mr Nimoy, I did see him in the 1970s on stage doing a one-man play about Sherlock Holmes. I was 16 when Star Trek first aired and was hooked for life. Leonard enriched my life so much. None of the Spock replacements could ever measure up as there was and always will be only one Spock.

  4. Mister Spock was a great inspiration to me and I can’t help but think that he was a reflection of Leonard himself. I am saddened that he is gone but I will never forget the lessons I learned from Science Officer Spock. I only wish Earth had several leaders just like him. We are in serious trouble on this planet and maybe they could pull us back from the edge of the cliff. Despite the reality on Earth I wish everyone here to LLAP !

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