Thursday, April 22, 2010

He is Not Spock: It's Official Now

"Leonard Nimoy Hangs Up His Spock Ears" (April 21, 2010)

"Leonard Nimoy, the actor who has famously portrayed "Star Trek's" original alien Spock for over 40 years, has announced he's officially hanging up the pointy Vulcan ears for good.

"Nimoy, 79, plans to retire shortly from show business and the 'Star Trek' convention circuit, according to the Canadian newspaper Toronto Sun.

"The actor, director and photographer will be attending the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo this weekend, and told the paper that beyond this event he only has a few more public appearances scheduled...."

There's quite a bit more about Leonard Nimoy and Star Trek in the article. It's not a 'Trekkie' approach, but you might be interested.

Or, not.

I remember Star Trek in its first runs, most of season two and three, anyway. I was - and am - something of a fan.

I also think that having one of the lead roles in Star Trek was something of a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it pretty much guaranteed an income from convention appearances. On the other hand, it was hard to shake your role.

For a serious actor - which I think is a reasonable way to describe Leonard Nimoy in the early seventies - being immediately identifiable as Mr. Spock, the pointy-eared alien in Star Trek must have made getting other roles something of a challenge. Anybody remember "I Am Not Spock?" And how several of Nimoy's characters smiled - a lot - after Star Trek?

James Doohan, of course, embraced his role as Scotty. But that's another topic.

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