Leonard Nimoy died today, February 27, 2015, at the age of 83. He’s best known for the half human half Vulcan character Spock he played on the original Star Trek. But he’s always been a part of the media I consumed, and he will forever hold residence in my childhood (and non-childhood) memories.
Paris from Mission Impossible;
The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins;
Galvatron from Transformers;
King Kashekim Nedakh from Atlantis;
Nimoy taught us how to accept the other, whether he meant to or not. The pointy-earred logical Vulcan was an outsider, and we welcomed him along with his alien culture.
“Live long and prosper” is the phrase Nimoy was known for. That’s a legacy that I wouldn’t mind having.
I had the rare privilege of being in the same film as Nimoy, and what’s more, he was Spock in it. Although we never shared screen time, we have that movie in common.
Sad to see you go sir, but you’ve left us with some wonderful memories, thank you Mr. Nimoy.