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.

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)