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Leonard Nimoy Biography

Birth Name:
Leonard Simon Nimoy
Birth Place:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Profession
Actor, director, producer, author, photographer

Fast Facts

  • His parents were Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants who escaped from Stalinist Russia
  • Appeared in his first play, Hansel and Gretel, at the age of 8
  • After a two-year stint in the Army, enrolled at California's Pasadena Playhouse
  • His appearance in an episode of the series The Lieutenant caught the eye of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, who cast him in the role of Mr
  • Spock
  • Directed the big-screen outings Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), as well as the hit comedy Three Men and a Baby
  • Created the "live long and prosper" Vulcan salute, based on a Jewish blessing he'd seen as a child
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1985
  • Has published collections of poetry and two autobiographies

Awards

  • 1982Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special: nominated
  • 1969Emmy-Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series: nominated
  • 1968Emmy-Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama: nominated
  • 1967Emmy-Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama: nominated

Relationships

  • Melvin Nimoy -- Brother
  • Julie -- Daughter
  • Sandi Zober -- Ex-wife
  • Max Nimoy -- Father
  • Dora Nimoy -- Mother
  • Adam Nimoy -- Son
  • Aaron -- Stepson