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Leonard Nimoy, R.I.P.

Actor/director Leonard Nimoy has passed away of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83.

Nimoy is, of course, known the world over for his portrayal of Spock on both the Star Trek TV and film series, directing both Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

But his acting career began in the early 1950’s. Every once in a while you can catch of glimpse of his pre-Star Trek days as I did when I recently saw both Nimoy and Shatner on the same episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.EIn the years after Star Trek, Nimoy spent several years on the cast of Mission: Impossible playing Paris, Master of Disguise and would later host In Search Of.  You would see him on the odd episode of Night Gallery or a murderous villain on Columbo. He would also direct Three Men and a Baby starring Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg. Nimoy also recorded five albums between 1967 and 1970. I remember listening to some of his music with Jimmy Wray when we drove from London to Dover en route to the Council of Europe almost 20 years ago.

Nimoy also possessed a fascination with Vincent Van Gogh and wrote a one-man play called Vincent. Set days after the death of Van Gogh, it is told from the point of view of Van Gogh’s brother Theo. Nimoy once devoted an episode of In Search Of to Van Gogh and it was quite moving. I have posted it for your pleasure.

What else can I say? Live long and prosper.

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