In this hugely successful TV and film franchise, Nimoy personified the logical, methodical and precise reasoning of someone who knew science in great depth. Everything, however, was always carried out in a very calm manner, devoid of any manifestations of deeper emotion, as in reality, Spock was in fact only half-human, with the other half being Vulcan.
His condition of being an ‘alien’ was often the target of Nimoy’s own jokes, who used to say: “My parents, who were of Ukrainian origin, came to the United States as immigrant aliens. I on the other hand am American and ended up becoming an ‘alien’ in Hollywood”.
Nimoy was born on 26th March 1931, in Boston Massachusetts, and even as a child he showed a special talent, when successfully participating in local artistic productions. In his 20s, he debuted in cinema with some roles in films such as Rhubarb, Francis goes to West Point and Zombies of the Stratosphere. The fame, however, only came a decade later, through the role of Spock.
At 83 years of age, Leonard Nimoy died at his home with his family alongside him, after a long fight against a chronic lung disease, quite probably caused by smoking. The actor, who gave the famous Vulcan salute with his hand to indicate "live long and prosper", departed leaving the sensation that his life had not been long enough. After all, for a legion of fans, Star Trek’s Mr. Spock should have been eternal.
And at the end of the day, his admirers are probably right. Generations to come will still know of the interstellar adventures of Star Trek and the logical, methodical and wise Vulcan-Earthling who, with no show of feelings, always managed to thrill his audience.
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