Saturday, February 28, 2015

In Memory - Mr. Spock

Best known for his role on the short-lived (three seasons) 1960's  television series Star Trek, Boston born Leonard Nimoy was an accomplished artist in such diverse fields as poetry, photography, music and directing.

As a director, he began with “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” in 1984. He went on to direct five more feature films, including “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1986) and the 1987 blockbuster comedy “Three Men and a Baby.” Mr. Nimoy also directed television projects.

Mr. Nimoy  recorded several albums, beginning with “Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space” in 1968. “I had a great time doing it,” he said of the record. “I never looked for a recording career.”
Along the way he lent his distinct baritone to a variety of covers of pop hits, including “I Walk the Line,” “Proud Mary,” “If I Had a Hammer,” “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” and “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.”

In the visual arts, Mr. Nimoy had a longtime interest in photography that he channeled later in life into several books and exhibitions at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and elsewhere. His specialty was portraiture, often involving the kind of subjects that don’t frequently adorn gallery walls. 

Leonard Nimoy died yesterday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.


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