LIVE LONG … AND PROSPER
|| By FITSNEWS || Leonard Nimoy – whose inimitable portrayal of the half-human, half-Vulcan Star Trek science officer Mr. Spock established him as a science fiction and cultural icon – died this week. He was 83 years old.
Nimoy died at his home in Bel Air, California from complications related to a pulmonary disease he was diagnosed with last year. The disease was caused by years of smoking.
“I quit smoking thirty years ago,” Nimoy said at the time. “Not soon enough.”
Words to the wise …
One of the original three Star Trek characters – along with Captain James T. Kirk (portrayed by William Shatner) and Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy (portrayed by the late DeForest Kelley) – Nimoy’s Spock made his network television debut on September 8, 1966.
He went on to portray the character for more than four decades, making his final appearance as “Spock Prime” in the 2013 film Star Trek: Into Darkness. That movie was the second installment of the rebooted Star Trek film franchise – which starred Zachary Quinto as Spock.
Nimoy portrayed Spock in six feature films – Star Treks I-VI, from 1979-1991. Two of those movies – Star Trek III and IV – he directed. But his connection with the character was deeper than just acting, as he is credited with creation Spock’s signature Vulcan salute as well as his famous “Live Long and Prosper” greeting.
Or #LLAP for you cool kids on social media …
Beyond his famous film character, Nimoy was an avid photographer, a poet and a pilot. Prior to his fame, he spent two years in the Army – rising to the rank of Sergeant. His father, a Yiddish-speaking Ukrainian Jewish immigrant, was a barber from Boston, Massachusetts. In fact, Spock’s salute was modeled after the Jewish priestly blessings he witnessed as a young boy attending synagogue.
“A great man, with a poetic sensibility, and a niche for inspiring the creativeness of so many people,” one of our Twitter followers noted of Nimoy.
We agree …
RIP Mr Nimoy. The world lost a great talent and icon today. My your next time here be as productive or moreso as this one was.
He did get to live long and prosper at least, he will be missed.
Last week I watched (on YouTube) an episode of the “Highway Patrol” where Nimoy was a teenage gangster. Interesting how many folks who made it in show business got their starts on early tv shows. In one episode Clint Eastwood was a black-jacketed biker who was mistreated. RIP Mr. Nimoy….
A riveting performance that knocked me back in my chair—-
Lee Marvin in the Dragnet episode “The Big Cast” (1952)…..
Even though I’m not well versed in the universe of Star Trek, I do recognize the universality and undeniably important message to “Live Long and Prosper.” It’s important to note because not only has Star Trek had an impact on popular culture, it’s has been incredibly influential in the advancement of technology and scientific breakthroughs. Life is stranger than fiction, but when fiction has such an impact on the way we live, and has left an undeniably impacting impression on our lives, it’s important to embrace the culture it has inspired. Star Trek broke social boundaries, as well as created an entire generation of cult fans. I, not being a Star Trek fan, will still live by the mantra that we must all “Live Long and Prosper” and embrace the human condition together. We must make note that life is not permanent, but our actions, words, and undeniably intangible spirit is.
Dittos to that!
(That fictional devices on ‘Trek are coming to reality is very true. The attachments to make a reasonable “tri-corder” to monitor and diagnose and the means to transmit the info to the central computer are almost complete. Consider the smart phone and wifi … with attachments for blood pressure, heart beat /rate, pulse strength, blood temperature, breathing rates and lung quality even virtual “ultra sonic” and infrared “imaging” … Can all be done now! … Cures are be forthcoming, but not that far in the future.)
More than just a TV star. Movie and TV Writer and Director/Assistant Director/Advisor of movie, stage and TV … also computer game narrator and charity organizer …
“Fascinating …”, “Logical …”, “Brilliant …”
Many of the imagined technologies of the Starship Enterprise have since become reality. One that hasn’t is the transporter. Or has it? James Doohan who played Scotty, the Scottish Chief Engineer of the Starship Enterprise died in 2005. Perhaps Leonard has already given the command: “Beam me up, Scotty.”
“He’s dead, Jim.”
Requiescat in Pace Leonard Nimoy.
TBG’s favorite character in TBG’s favorite show growing up.
Nimoy is also in Highway Patrol (1957)”Hot Dust” as a man in a real jam, and (1958) “Blood Money” which I haven’t seen yet…..
That was a nice article. I’m from the Chicagoland area originally and met nimoy in the 1970’s I moved to Columbia SC in 1984.
My father was very enamoured of STAR TREK & the Spock character especially.
Nimoy attended a Chicago computer symposium in the 1970’s and I met him. I was very young but he took time to chat for a few moments with me and my dad.
It was a wonderful memory.
Nimoy was and was not Spock. Somehow he was typecast as said character but he had a whole lot more going on.
83 years of living life is a pretty good deal
His son Adam is a nice guy too
I’m glad to see him remembered here. That was a tribute that was worthy.
Shatner. Well we will pass on that tribute.