Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy — 1931-2015

From the New York Times:

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. He was 83.

His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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 artistic pursuits — poetry, photography and music in addition to acting — ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: “Live long and prosper” (from the Vulcan “Dif-tor heh smusma”).

I met Mr. Nimoy in 1974 when he was a guest at a cocktail party at the summer cottage of the producer the Cherry County Playhouse of Traverse City, Michigan, where he was appearing in a summer stock production of 6 RMS RIV VU.  It was a very brief conversation and I avoided any talk about Star Trek, which at the time I understood he didn’t like to talk about.  So we talked about sailboats.

“Live long and prosper,” indeed.  He did both.

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  1. Sad long drawn out way to die – COPD. Despite the fact he’d lived a long and fruitful life he must have suffered for years.

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