By: Kyle Grubb
I don’t think we’ll be able to find him again this time.
Sadly, Leonard Nimoy, most famous for his role as the logical half-Vulcan First Officer Mr. Spock in Star Trek, passed away earlier this morning, February 27th, from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Nimoy, who was 83, attributed the disease to smoking. In a tweet sent out earlier this month, Nimoy wrote, “I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP,”
LLAP, of course, stands for Spock’s famous catch phrase, “Live Long and Prosper.”
Nimoy dedicated his life to artistic endeavors of all kinds, from acting to poetry and even music. As Spock, Mr. Nimoy apparently found himself a kindred spirit. “In Spock, I finally found the best of both worlds,” wrote Nimoy in his first autobiography “I Am Not Spock”, “to be widely accepted in public approval and yet be able to continue to play the insulated alien through the Vulcan character.”
It was in the title of that book that you could find much of the contradiction of Nimoy’s feelings towards the subject of his famous character. Spock was a character that he felt much love towards, but Nimoy was never truly able to move beyond the role. No matter how many years passed, the actor was always known for playing his Star Trek character. Throughout both of his autobiographies, he explained much of his struggles with coming to terms with this realization.
Nimoy was loved by Trekkers the world over, and his character, nuanced and deep, could be argued to be a huge factor in the show’s enduring appeal. Mr. Spock was a man of wisdom and logic, but beneath this outer layer, his half-human heart allowed flourishing depths of caring and love for his friends and companions. Nimoy brought depth to the character, and in every look and unspoken word there was a mountain of meaning.
Nimoy will be remembered as a role model and a good man, and both he and his character inspired a generation of scientists and scholars.
I don’t even know what else there is to say, other than the fact that the world is now the tiniest bit less prosperous without him.