I do hope you know who this is. This is Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Spock in the original Star Trek series. He was loved by Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike (but mostly by Trekkies).
Nimoy, sadly, died today at the age of 83 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, even though he quit smoking 30 years ago, as reported by FOX.
He was born in 1931 in Boston to Russian-Jewish immigrants. He went to Boston College on a drama scholarship, but soon decided to move to California to pursue his acting career. He joined the Army Reserve, then after his service, returned back to California and worked an number of odd jobs while looking for roles. He landed Star Trek in 1965– Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, had featured Nimoy on The Lieutenant, and thought that Nimoy would perfectly fit the role of Mr. Spock, Kirk’s ever-logical Vulcan first officer on the U.S.S. Enterprise.
Nimoy was casted as Spock; Roddenberry allowed Nimoy to put his own spin on the character– he developed both the Vulcan neck pinch and the Vulcan salute. Visit this site for more information.
Spock became one of the most cherished and beloved characters ever to walk inside of a television set. The show he was a part of inspired many to become inventors, entrepreneurs, scientists, astronauts, and dreamers. Leonard Nimoy taught us all valuable lessons about cool-headedness, morality, liberty, pacifism, and life. His immortal words will endure long after his shows have decayed.
May he rest peacefully, among the stars he inspired many to reach for.
His last tweet:
Live long and prosper. PunnyRabbit. (GD)