Leonard Nimoy Retires His Spock Ears

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leonard nimoy retires spock Leonard Nimoy Retires His Spock Ears

Leonard Nimoy spoke to the Calgary Herald last week about the new Star Trek franchise – specifically, the end of his involvement with it.

Forty-six years after he originated the role of Spock – one of the most iconic characters in science fiction – Nimoy says he is done with the character and ready to retire for real; that he is “happy to pass the torch” to Heroes star and new Spock, Zachary Quinto.

Furthermore, Nimoy has no plans to pursue his acting career beyond his current role on Fox’s Fringe, where he plays Dr. William Bell. Regarding the character being his final job, he said “I’ve been doing it long enough, so I hope so. I’ve had a great, great run and I have no unfulfilled dreams or aspirations.”  Goodness knows there are worse ways to leave a career.

Now, Nimoy has retired before. It took a personal plea from J.J. Abrams to bring him out of it, but the chances of a repeat are extremely slim:

I don’t see it happening. I’m comfortable. I’m not glad, I’m not sad. I feel like I’ve had a great ride with the character. . . we started making Star Trek pilots in 1964. I’ve been involved in Star Trek for 44, 45 years. It’s been a wonderful ride for me and it’s been great for my family. We got to do some very interesting work outside of Star Trek because of Star Trek and I’m very satisfied.

Apparently, J.J. is largely responsible for Nimoy’s presence on Fringe, as well,  citing his joining the cast as a personal favor to the Trek director.  At 78 years old, Nimoy plans to focus on his photography, and has a showing slated for later in the year at a gallery in Massachusetts.

spock rocks Leonard Nimoy Retires His Spock Ears

Although he'd pack clubs as DJ Spock.

This all came up while discussing Nimoy’s plans to attend the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo on April 24 and 25th, with a brief stop in Vulcan, Alberta on the 23rd.

Leonard Nimoy has a MA in Education, studied photography at UCLA and Boston College, served in the U.S. army, and has been acting since age 8.

Source: Calgary Herald (via Airlock Alpha)

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  1. Not sure there are too many who deserve retirement more. He's been a great ambassador for Star Trek and all his cameos in other shows that came from it (his Simpsons cameo is probably one of my favorites still). I'm sure he's heard this more than he'd care to, but it seems appropriate (plus I get the first opportunity), live long and prosper, Mr. Nimoy.

  2. Total class. There are many of today's idiot actors that could take a ton of notes and sample behavior and career guidance from this man. A pleasure to have met and interpreted for him multiple times. He is another “star” from Star Trek that gets the fandom experience and he will always be remembered for it.

  3. A great actor ( I hope he comes out of retirement again some time )

    and I would've loved to have heard DJ Spock lay down some logical beats :)

  4. He shouldn't have to “hand over the torch” to anyone. He is, was, and always will be Spock. Let's create some new Vulcan characters, not besmirch old memories with constant Hollywood remakes. Thus generation doesn't NEED remakes of old cast Trek – they need their OWN – don't dissapoint them J.J….oh…you already have….

  5. Wow. Got a laugh watching 'Them!' the other night. He was in it and had one line, he must have been 20. A full decade before he did Star Trek.

  6. Spock! Have you lost your mind?! Are you sure full duration is best?

  7. I was going to write something, read your comment, and you said it all. Nothing but class for Mr. Nimoy. Although I would love to see him do a cameo on “The Big Bang Theory,” it would just forever be Sheldon's dream…

  8. I've always admired this guy for his screen presence, even though I was never really a big fan of the Star Trek franchise. He certainly deserves to ride out into the sunset and be able to do what he wants to do for the rest of his life. Live long and prosper.

  9. NO NO NO! The quote is, “Spock, have you lost your Vulcan mind??!!”. LOL!

  10. The man is a living legend, both on screen and off. As much as I would love to see him continue as Spock, I truly understand his reasonings for leaving the quantum reality of the TrekVerse. Hailing frequencies closed, Spock. Peace and long life.

  11. A “Big Bang Theory” appearance would be AWESOME! Not sure Chuck Lorre has the same pull as Abrams, but that would definitely be a great scene with Sheldon and Mr. Nimoy.

  12. I want so bad for him to appear on Big Bang Theory. Mostly so I can live vicariously through sheldon.lol Sad…living vicariously through a fictional character…oh well. But this post seriously almost made me cry. I love leonard nimoy…and he seems like a really nice man. And spock's adorable….mostly the ears.