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Leonard Nimoy, best known for playing the role of Spock in the "Star Trek" movies and television series has died at age 83, his rep confirmed to FOX411. 


Nimoy was taken to the hospital earlier this week and treated for lung disease. His son told the Associated Press he died in Los Angeles. 


The actor wrote on Twitter last month that he suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, despite quitting smoking 30 years ago.

 

Although Leonard Nimoy followed his 1966-69 "Star Trek" run with a notable career as both an actor and director, in the public's mind he would always be Spock. His half-human, half-Vulcan character was the calm counterpoint to William Shatner's often-emotional Captain Kirk on one of television and film's most revered cult series.

Shatner released a statement to FOX411 via email after the news of his costar's death broke. 

"I loved him like a brother," Shatner wrote. "We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love."

Nimoy's ambivalence to the role was reflected in the titles of his two autobiographies, "I Am Not Spock" (1975) and "I Am Spock" (1995).


After "Star Trek" ended, the actor immediately joined the hit adventure series "Mission Impossible" as Paris, the mission team's master of disguises. From 1976 to 1982 he hosted the syndicated TV series "In Search of ... " which attempted to probe such mysteries as the legend of the Loch Ness Monster and the disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart.


MORE: The life and career of Leonard Nimoy

He played Israeli leader Golda Meir's husband opposite Ingrid Bergman in the TV drama "A Woman Called Golda" and Vincent van Gogh in "Vincent," a one-man stage show on the life of the troubled painter. He continued to work well into his 70s, playing gazillionaire genius William Bell in the Fox series "Fringe."


He also directed several films, including the hit comedy "Three Men and a Baby" and appeared in such plays as "A Streetcar Named Desire," ''Cat on a Hot Tim Roof," ''Fiddler on the Roof," ''The King and I," ''My Fair Lady" and "Equus." He also published books of poems, children's stories and his own photographs.


But he could never really escape the role that took him overnight from bit-part actor status to TV star, and in a 1995 interview he sought to analyze the popularity of Spock, the green-blooded space traveler who aspired to live a life based on pure logic.


People identified with Spock because they "recognize in themselves this wish that they could be logical and avoid the pain of anger and confrontation," Nimoy concluded.


"How many times have we come away from an argument wishing we had said and done something different?" he asked.

In the years immediately after "Star Trek" left television, Nimoy tried to shun the role, but he eventually came to embrace it, lampooning himself on such TV shows as "Futurama," ''Duckman" and "The Simpsons" and in commercials.


He became Spock after "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry was impressed by his work in guest appearances on the TV shows "The Lieutenant" and "Dr. Kildare."


The space adventure set in the 23rd century had an unimpressive debut on NBC on Sept. 8, 1966, and it struggled during its three seasons to find an audience other than teenage boys. It seemed headed for oblivion after it was canceled in 1969, but its dedicated legion of fans, who called themselves Trekkies, kept its memory alive with conventions and fan clubs and constant demands that the cast be reassembled for a movie or another TV show.

Trekkies were particularly fond of Spock, often greeting one another with the Vulcan salute and the Vulcan motto, "Live Long and Prosper," both of which Nimoy was credited with bringing to the character. He pointed out, however, that the hand gesture was actually derived from one used by rabbis during Hebraic benedictions.

When the cast finally was reassembled for "Star Trek — The Motion Picture," in 1979, the film was a huge hit and five sequels followed. Nimoy appeared in all of them and directed two. He also guest starred as an older version of himself in some of the episodes of the show's spinoff TV series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

"Of course the role changed my career— or rather, gave me one," he once said. "It made me wealthy by most standards and opened up vast opportunities. It also affected me personally, socially, psychologically, emotionally. ... What started out as a welcome job to a hungry actor has become a constant and ongoing influence in my thinking and lifestyle."


In 2009, he was back in a new big-screen version of "Star Trek," this time playing an older Spock who meets his younger self, played by Zachary Quinto. Critic Roger Ebert called the older Spock "the most human character in the film."


Among those seeing the film was President Barack Obama, whose even manner was often likened to Spock's.

"Everybody was saying I was Spock, so I figured I should check it out," Obama said at the time.

Upon the movie's debut, Nimoy told The Associated Press that in his late 70s he was probably closer than ever to being as comfortable with himself as the logical Spock always appeared to be.


"I know where I'm going, and I know where I've been," he said. He reprised the role in the 2013 sequel "Star Trek Into Darkness."


Born in Boston to Jewish immigrants from Russia, Nimoy was raised in an Italian section of the city where, although he counted many Italian-Americans as his friends, he said he also felt the sting of anti-Semitism growing up.


At age 17 he was cast in a local production of Clifford Odets' "Awake and Sing" as the son in a Jewish family.

"This role, the young man surrounded by a hostile and repressive environment, so touched a responsive chord that I decided to make a career of acting," he said later.


He won a drama scholarship to Boston College but eventually dropped out, moved to California and took acting lessons at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Soon he had lost his "Boston dead-end" accent, hired an agent and began getting small roles in TV series and movies. He played a baseball player in "Rhubarb" and in soon landed a role in "Old Overland Trail."


After service in the Army, he returned to Hollywood, working as taxi driver, vacuum cleaner salesman, movie theater usher and other jobs while looking for acting roles.


In 1954 he married Sandra Zober, a fellow student at the Pasadena Playhouse, and they had two children, Julie and Adam. The couple divorced, and in 1988 he married Susan Bay, a film production executive.


 

FOX411's Sasha Bogursky and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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:icontoroka25:
Toroka25 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
Hey I sent a note, if you want more clarification on details just note me back!
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gamera68 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Got it and just replied. :)
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Toroka25 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
So when you want to try out the idea, lets work on it together bro! Majin is my character and I want a hand in his fate^^
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gamera68 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Like I said, I am not sure at this time and I've
also had some bad luck with co-authoring a fic.
I started on one in March of 2013 that hasn't been updated in over a year, so you'll have to forgive my apprehension about tackling another co-authored fanfic. I'm not saying it won't happen
again, but I do need to take some time off from writing anyhthing, since my most-recently ended fan-fic just came to its conclusion and was over 330,000 words which took me well over a year to write.

But if I do, I have certain rules that I follow, like NO original characters. (Unless they are a relative or decendant of one of the main characters, like Tsukune or Moka and are not the main character or take over another character's "role" in the story itself)
That's one unwritten rule in the Rosario Vampire fanfiction fandom that doesn't go over well with the readers.
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Josh592 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015   Writer
What's up?
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gamera68 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the late reply. I was taking some personal time off.
By the way, my Rosario Reboot is now finished. You can read the last
few chapters on my fanfiction page, link below in my signature.

Hope all is well my friend! :)
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Josh592 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015   Writer
All's good over here, thanks.

I'll read it tonight. :)
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gamera68 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome and no problem.

Sweet. I'll be awaiting your in-depth review, :)
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AmazonMandy Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Thank you so much for the DevWatch! :D

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gamera68 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. Sorry for the late reply. Holidays and all that!

Hope that you had a great holiday season though!!
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Josh592 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014   Writer
Gamera, what's been going on, bro?
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gamera68 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Computer isues. Read my recent Journal.

Also new Rosario + Vampire "Confession: Reboot" chapters - first link in my signature below.
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Josh592 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014   Writer
That sucks.

I get the email updates on my phone, I usually read them at work.
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gamera68 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well it seems to have cleared up but my laptop is still slow and hangs sometimes.

I see. Cool.
Another new chapter is up with Kurumu. "Destined" Ch. 47.
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Tonicthehedgehog01 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey i don't know if you remember me for my last account  but check your Rosario vampire ch 8 reboot how we talk about how they rock the house LOL XD I also see your birthday was  a few takes ago so happy late birthday i guess 
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gamera68 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there. What was your previous user name?
Will do in a bit and thanks for the birthday greeting :)
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Tonicthehedgehog01 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it was Tonicthehegehog
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gamera68 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright then, thanks :)
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s0me1da3 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
I guess, I'm a day late, but, happy birthday! :D
Birthday Glomp emoticon 
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gamera68 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's cool and thank you!! :D
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You're most welcome! :D
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gamera68 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
^__^
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Kitte-De-Cat Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D Happy Birthday! Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D 
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gamera68 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!
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No problem!
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