Together with Captain Kirk, he spent years exploring distant galaxies in the “Spaceship Enterprise“. The role as Mr. Spock made Leonard Nimoy world famous, “Star Trek” made television history. Now the actor has died at the age of 83.
“Mr. Spock” actor Leonard Nimoy is dead. This was confirmed by his agent at the request of the German Press Agency on Friday. The actor, who became world famous with the cult television series “Spaceship Enterprise” and the “Star Trek” movies, died on Friday at the age of 83 at his home in Los Angeles, the New York Times reported, citing his wife Sandra Zober . The cause of death was a final lung disease, Susan Bay Nimoy told the newspaper. There had already been reports of his serious illness last year.
Nimoy took on the role of the semi-volcano Mr. Spock in 1966.
He had not only pointed ears, but also a sharp mind. He was primarily committed to logic ( “fascinating”) – and was thus the sober counterpoint to the often impetuous James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner. He was captain of the enterprise spaceship, but kept getting advice from his first officer. Together, as it was formulated in the opening credits of each episode, they penetrated galaxies many light-years away from Earth, “which no human had ever seen before”. The series made television and cinema history.
47 years of Mr. Spock
Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner (pictured here in 1979) were among the most popular characters in the “Spaceship Enterprise” and “Star Trek” movies.
For a long time, however, he struggled to be reduced to his role as Mr. Spock. At some point, however, he found himself with it: “How many actors can claim to be identified with a certain role over decades?” His second biography was titled: “I am Spock”.
But Mister-Spock actor Nimoy was not only an actor, director, producer and photographer. He was also politically involved. Born in Boston in 1931, the son of Jewish Orthodox immigrants from Ukraine, Nimoy advocated a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict. In an open letter from 2011, he referred to the “Star Trek” episode “Bele hunts Lokai” (1969).
In the fight a black-and-white mutant and his white-black opponent fight in the name of their historical identity. According to Nimoy, the comparison “should not downplay the very real problems that divide Israelis and Palestinians.” But the fictional drama shows that a myth can become a trap. Two states for two nations is a reasonable compromise in the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.
There had already been reports last week that Nimoy had been taken to hospital by ambulance. Numerous fellow actors had wished him a speedy recovery via the Internet.
Nimoy himself had spoken out publicly for the last time four days ago via twitter: “Life is like a garden. Perfect moments are possible, but they cannot be preserved except in memory.”
With moving words, Captain Kirk actor William Shatner said goodbye to Nimoy. “I loved him like a brother,” he also wrote on Twitter. “We will all miss his humour, his talent, and his ability to love.”