Live Long and Prosper

February 28, 2015

The fascinating life and career of Leonard Nimoy, star of television and film dating back to the 1950’s and right up through the aughts, came to end Friday, February 27th to much fan torment and woe. Nimoy, whose portrayal of the half-Vulcan, half-human first officer of the Starship Enterprise, touched the hearts of fans across the globe with his steady, cerebral yet compassionate rendering of an enigmatic character, and a sci-fi icon. Leonard, who famously said of his alter ego, “I am not Spock. But if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock,” embraced his signature alien role, but had the guts and the imagination to branch out into many different roles and modes of artistic self-expression.

Leonard Simon Nimoy began his career landing minor TV roles in the 1950’s, but hit pay dirt with his Emmy Award-winning work in the original Star Trek series. The Boston-born actor went on to star in two seasons of the Mission: Impossible television series, and  he did a masterful and underrated job as the mysterious host of the paranormal series, In Search Of… Throughout his career, Nimoy acted for the stage, and he was a prolific photographer and passionate poet as well. A man for all seasons, Nimoy loved science and championed the oppressed.

There was a strong sense of heartbreak and loss throughout the entertainment world on Friday, as fans read the final thoughts via tweet of the singular television and movie star, “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP (Live long and prosper).”

Never underestimate your influence as an actor. Leonard Nimoy would have never touched so many hearts had he not taken his craft seriously, and beamed himself up to the upper echelon of the entertainment industry. Do likewise, friends. Do likewise.