"I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love," his longtime co-star William Shatner tweeted following news of Nimoy's death. George Takei, who played Sulu on Star Trek, wrote on Facebook, "Today, the world lost a great man, and I lost a great friend. We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to 'Live Long And Prosper,' and you indeed did, friend. I shall miss you in so many, many ways."
Born March 26, 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts, Nimoy's acting career began in the early Fifties with a score of small roles in b-horror films like Them! and The Brain Eaters and dozens of television shows like Perry Mason, Gunsmoke and The Twilight Zone. However, Nimoy's big break arrived in 1966 when he was cast as the half-human, half-Vulcan Mr. Spock alongside William Shatner's Captain Kirk on the hit TV series Star Trek.
While the USS Enterprise's original run lasted for only three seasons and 79 episodes, the franchise that journeyed "where no man has gone" before soon became a cult phenomenon, sprouting a legion of fans ("Trekkies"), dozens of spin-offs like The Next Generation (on which Nimoy appeared on two episodes as Spock), and a long-running feature film series. Nimoy was the only member of the original cast to reprise his role in the 2009 Star Trek reboot.
In addition to his cameos in the reboots, Nimoy was Shatner's second-in-command in six Star Trek films beginning with 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture through 1991's Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Thanks to Nimoy's earnest portrayal of Spock, the character became a beloved figure in the both the Star Trek universe and the science-fiction world, where his four-fingered Vulcan salute and mantra "Live long and prosper" became as venerable as the peace sign.
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