It's nearly impossible to think of Leonard Nimoy without thinking of his most famous character, Star Trek's Mr. Spock.

But the character actor, who died Friday at age 83 after battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, was much more than a Vulcan. In fact, he had quite a career. Check out some of the many ways the sci-fi icon lived long and prospered during his career below.

Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy dies at 83

Mission: Impossible: After Star Trek's TV run ended, Nimoy joined the '60s spy drama as The Great Paris, a retired magician-turned-secret agent. He replaced Martin Landau's Rollin Hand as a "master of disguise" and recurred on the series for two seasons.

Voiceover work: Nimoy could narrate the phone book and we'd be intrigued. Following the end of Star Trek, Nimoy began his long-running hosting and voiceover career with the documentary series In Search Of..., which was dedicated to mysterious phenomena. He followed with Ancient Mysteries, a long-running A&E series. He's also lent his voice to video games, animated TV shows (see below) and, most recently, as Spock on an episode of The Big Bang Theory.

The Simpsons: Nimoy appeared as himself in two episodes of the Fox animated comedy: "Marge vs. the Monorail" and the X-Files spoof "The Springfield Files." His appearances usually referenced his Star Trek history, but it also poked fun at his work in narration, as evidenced in the memorable "cosmic ballet" clip below.


Fringe: Nimoy made a surprise appearance in the Season 1 finale of the Fox sci-fi drama as the mysterious Dr. William Bell, the deceased former partner of John Noble's Walter Bishop. The introduction of Bell opened up the show's alternative universe, which was further explored during a Season 2 arc, during which Nimoy recurred. Ultimately, he appeared in 11 episodes over four seasons of the show.

Director, writer, poet and photographer: Nimoy directed a number of TV series and movies, most famously helming Three Men and a Baby. In addition to writing two autobiographies, I Am Not Spock (1975) and I Am Spock (1995), Nimoy was a poet and photographer. He published seven collections of poetry and three books of photography. His series of photos called "Secret Selves," an installation that encouraged people to reveal their hidden natures any way they chose, was exhibited at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in 2010.

What are your favorite Nimoy performances?