Saturday, February 28, 2015

'Star Trek' star Leonard Nimoy has died at the age of 83

Some very sad news broke out of California yesterday, as it was confirmed that Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy passed away at the age of 83. His daughter reported on Twitter that the cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (commonly known as COPD) and Nimoy himself had confirmed that he had COPD in a January tweet. Nimoy was an acclaimed actor and director, with his most famous role being Spock on Star Trek. Nimoy played Spock in the original TV series, as well as six movie adaptations of the show, and both films in the rebooted J.J. Abrams Trek franchise. Nimoy also did some very successful voice work, including roles in Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Nimoy had success in his directorial efforts as well. He directed Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, before going on to direct films like The Good Mother and 3 Men and a Baby.


For all fans of sci-fi and movies, this is a very sad day indeed. Nimoy was a pioneer on Star Trek and the show was a major science fiction breakthrough. As a kid growing up, I was always more partial to Star Wars. I was only introduced to Star Trek later through J.J. Abrams' franchise, but one of the actors who always stuck out to me was Nimoy. He was consistently brilliant as Spock and carried that through the original series and the new versions. Nimoy was one of the most integral parts of the franchise and he will be sorely missed.


Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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