March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015
American actor and director, known for his legendary performance as Spock, the half-Vulcan, half-human First Officer of the U.S.S. Enterprise in the Star Trek franchise. After initially limited acting success and character roles on series like The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Nimoy struck big with “The Cage”, the pilot for ambitious science fiction series Star Trek. The only actor to survive to the series proper, appearing in 79 episodes, Nimoy gave life to cool, logical alien, conceiving the characters iconic Vulcan salute gesture, garnering three Emmy nominations. The iconic role defined him, something he initially struggled with, but later came to embrace. He returned as Spock in all the Star Trek films, being killed off in Wrath of Khan, one of film’s greatest death scenes, returning in Search for Spock which he directed with Voyage Home, and reprised the role in Next Generation and the rebooted Star Trek. Outside Trek he continued the nerd-pleasing fare: he sang about “The Legend of Bilbo Baggins”, directed Three Men and a Baby, starred in the Mission: Impossible series, appeared twice as himself on The Simpsons in classic episodes and played the mysterious William Bell in Fringe. He died in 2015, aged 83, from COPD.