Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s Beloved Captain Spock, Has Died at 83

Long before Zachary Quinto’s eyebrows were getting Chris Pine out of intergalactic jams, the Vulcan who won over the hearts of a universe was actor Leonard Nimoy, “Star Trek”‘s  original Captain Spock, was charming audiences everywhere with his resolute pragmatism aboard the Starship Enterprise. The 83-year old actor passed away at home in Beverly Hills on Friday morning. He had been suffering from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which he blamed on the smoking habit he had quit 30 years prior.

His portrayal of the Vulcan Spock made him famous in the 1960s – as did the heart he brought to the role of the oft-serious cerebral alien. Though Spock remains his best known role, his career was much more than just “Star Trek.” He stepped behind the camera on multiple “Star Trek” films, and, most delightfully, directed Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg on how to be parents in “Three Men and a Baby.” He was also active on Broadway and wrote two autobiographies (I Am Not Spock, published in 1977, and I Am Spock, published in 1995) and a book of poetry, among countless other artistic endeavors. He is survived by his wife Susan Nimoy, and his children Adam and Julie Nimoy.

Captain Spock would have said it best: He did indeed live long and prosper.