“The Future will be better tomorrow.”
The events of today have left many in the nerd community reeling, with news of the death of Leonard Nimoy circling the interwebs. It is with heavy hearts that we remember Nimoy, a man of many roles.
First among his claims to fame are Mr. Nimoy’s extensive body of work as the character Mr. Spock. As science officer and first officer, his calm and logical demeanor and deadpan delivery of facts were the perfect foil to the charismatic and and dashing antics of William Shatner’s Captain Kirk. Together with Leonard “Bones” McCoy, ships doctor, these three would lead generations into space, the final frontier, and create a fandom that would become legendary.
Nimoy’s body of work is far in excess of his iconic Star Trek origins, however. He played The Great Paris, a retired magician and master of disguise in Mission Impossible, Dr. William Bell in Fringe, and even got to play himself in Matt Groening’s Simpsons and Futurama. He hosted and narrated “In Search Of…” from 1977-1982, a television programme dedicated to mysterious phenomena.
Our favorite half-vulcan also did quite a bit of voice work, including Sentinel Prime from Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Galvatron from Transformers: the Movie, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the Page Master, to name just a few. But Mr. Nimoy was not content to only lend his considerable talents television and film. He also applied his unmistakable voice to video games, as the vocals behind Master Xehanort from the Kingdom Hearts series, and as the Voice of Scientific Discoveries in civilization IV.
Mr. Nimoy’s passions weren’t limited to igniting our imagination on screen. His personal favorite pastime was photography, going so far as to take classes at UCLA after the conclusion of Mission Impossible (1971). Nearly retiring from acting for it, he continued to pursue picture projects with a camera he rebuilt himself as a teenager.
Nimoy was a rare and wonderful person. He was a part of many things that we held and still hold near and dear. As the world marks his passing by sharing the many quotes and stories we fondly remember, I issue this challenge: let us not forget the man who told us to live long and prosper.