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Birthday: Mar 26, 1931
Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy was an American actor, film director, poet, musician and photographer. Nimoy's most famous role is that of Spock in the original Star Trek series 1966–1969, multiple films, television and video game sequels. Nimoy began his career in his early twenties, teaching acting classes in Hollywood and making minor film and television appearances through the 1950s, as well as playing the title role in Kid Monk Baroni. In 1953, he served in the United States Army. In 1965, he made his first appearance in the rejected Star Trek pilot, "The Cage", and would go on to play the character of Mr. Spock until 1969, followed by seven further films and a number of guest slots in various sequels. His character of Spock generated a significant cultural impact and three Emmy Award nominations; TV Guide named Spock one of the 50 greatest TV characters. Nimoy also had a recurring role in Mission: Impossible and a narrating role in Civilization IV, as well as several well-received stage appearances. Nimoy's fame as Spock is such that both his autobiographies, I Am Not Spock (1977) and I Am Spock (1995) detail his existence as being shared between the character and himself. Nimoy was born to Yiddish-speaking Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Iziaslav, Ukraine. His father, Max Nimoy, owned a barbershop in the Mattapan section of the city. His mother, Dora Nimoy (née Spinner), was a homemaker. Nimoy began acting at the age of eight in children's and neighborhood theater. His parents wanted him to attend college and pursue a stable career, or even learn to play the accordion—which, his father advised, Nimoy could always make a living with—but his grandfather encouraged him to become an actor. His first major role was at 17, as Ralphie in an amateur production of Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing!. Nimoy took Drama classes at Boston College in 1953 but failed to complete his studies, and in the 1970s studied photography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has an MA in Education and an honorary doctorate from Antioch University in Ohio. Nimoy served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1953 through 1955, alongside fellow actor Ken Berry and architect Frank Gehry.

Filmography
Movie Cast Year
Star Trek: The Motion Picture Mr. Spock 1979
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Captain Spock 1982
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Capt. Spock/Elevator Voice 1984
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Captain Spock 1986
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Captain Spock 1989
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Spock 1991
The Transformers: The Movie Galvatron (voice) 1986
David Samuel 1997
The Lost World Angus McArdle 1998
Atlantis: The Lost Empire King Kashekim Nedakh (voice) 2001
A Life Apart: Hasidism in America Narrator 1998
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Dr. David Kibner 1978
Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime Himself 2001
Star Trek: The Captains' Summit Himself 2009
Brave New World Mustapha Mond 1998
Star Trek Spock Prime 2009
The Pagemaster Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde (voice) 1994
Destiny in Space Narrator (voice) 1994
Trekkies Himself 1997
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Sentinel Prime (voice) 2011
Titanica narrator 1995
The Halloween Tree Mr. Moundsroud (Voice) 1993
The Evolution of the Enterprise Himself 2009
Kid Monk Baroni Paul 'Monk' Baroni 1952
Star Trek Into Darkness Spock Prime 2013
William Shatner in Concert 2006
Catlow Miller 1971
Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists Akron/ Baraba/ King Chandra 2000
A Woman Called Golda Morris Meyerson 1982
Assault on the Wayne Commander Phil Kettenring 1971
Never Forget Mel Mermelstein 1991
Zambezia Sekhuru (voice) 2012
Hava Nagila: The Movie 2012
Baffled! Tom Kovack 1973
To Be Takei Himself 2014
Deathwatch Jules LaFranc 1966
Seizure: The Story of Kathy Morris Dr. Richard Connought 1980
The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers Levi Eshkol (voice) 2013
The Alpha Caper Mitch 1973
The Brain Eaters Professor Cole 1958
Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special Host 1991
Vincent Theo van Gogh 1981
Mitzi and a Hundred Guys Himself 1975
Them! Army Sergeant 1954
Old Overland Trail Chief Black Hawk 1953
Star Trek: Evolutions Narrator 2009
Leonard Nimoy: Star Trek Memories Host 1983
The Science of Star Trek Himself 1995
Satan's Satellites Narab 1958
William Shatner's Star Trek Memories Himself 1995
Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond Himself 1996
For the Love of Spock Himself (archive footage) 2016
Valley of Mystery Spence Atherton 1967
The Balcony Roger 1963
50 Years of Star Trek himself 2016
Zombies of the Stratosphere Narab 1952
Francis Goes to West Point Cadet Football Player #52 (uncredited) 1952
The Harryhausen Chronicles Himself (Narrator) 1998
The Cage Spock 1965
Star Trek: A Captain's Log Himself 1994
The Missing Are Deadly 1975
The Once and Future Griffith Observatory Himself 2006
Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp The Evil Moroccan Magician 1986
Bonanza: Under Attack Frank James 1995
Star Trek: Tik Tok Spock 2010
Y2K Family Survival Guide Himself - Host / Narrator 1998
Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier Himself - Host 2007
Reflections on Spock 2004
Billy Blackburn's Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories 2011
Kiss 'N' Tell: Romance in the 23rd Century 2004
Birth of a Timeless Legacy 2004
To Boldly Go ... Season One 2004
Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love 1974
40 Years of Star Trek Himself 2006
Jellies & Other Ocean Drifters Narrator 1996
Series Cast Year
Star Trek: The Next Generation Spock 1987
The Simpsons 1989
The Big Bang Theory 2007
Kraft Suspense Theatre 1963
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah 1996
Dragnet 1951
Gunsmoke 1955
Combat! 1962
Mission: Impossible 1966
You Don't Say! 1970
Sea Hunt 1958
Marco Polo Achmet 1982
The Tall Man 1960
The Virginian 1962
West Point 1956
Highway Patrol 1955
Tate 1960
26 Men 1957
The Outer Limits 1963
The Captain and Tennille 1976
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 1964
Star Trek 1966
Cain's Hundred 1961
The Real Story Himself 2008
Futurama 1999
T. J. Hooker 1982
Duckman 1994
Star Trek: The Animated Series Spock (voice) 1973
HypaSpace Himself 2002
In Search of... 1977
Perry Mason 1957
Night Gallery 1970
Get Smart 1965
Becker 1998
Faerie Tale Theatre The Evil Moroccan Magician 1982
Invasion America 1998
The Twilight Zone 1959
Bring Back... 2005
87th Precinct 1961
Sam Benedict 1962
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In 1968
Ancient Mysteries 1994
Rawhide 1959
Daniel Boone 1964
The Hollywood Palace 1964
Profiles in Courage 1964
The Rough Riders 1958
Navy Log 1955
Lock-Up 1959
The Rebel 1959
The Lieutenant 1963
Malibu U 1967
Dr. Kildare 1961
Harbor Command 1957
Wogan 1982
The Outer Limits 1995
The Barbara McNair Show 1969
The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show 1968
Man Called X 1956
Saturday Night Live 1975
Star Trek Spock 1966
Columbo Dr. Barry Mayfield 1971
In Search of... Narrator 1977
Fringe Dr. William Bell 2008
Ancient Mysteries Narrator 1994
Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories Host 1991
The Sun Also Rises Count Mippipopolous 1984
The Carol Burnett Show 1967
Auf los geht's los himself 1977
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