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Leonard Nimoy ‘Recovering Beautifully’ After Emergency Surgery October 22, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Celebrity,Nimoy , trackback

There is breaking news Friday morning that Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy is currently in the hospital after having emergency surgery. The actor was scheduled for a events this weekend in Chicago and Long Beach, but had to cancel. Reports indicate he is recovering well. 


Nimoy "recovering beautifully"

Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s original Spock, was scheduled to appear today at the Creation Star Trek convention in Chicago and at a special "Evening With Leonard Nimoy" on Saturday in Long Beach, Ca. However this morning messages were posted at both the Creation  and Carpenter Performing Arts Center websites that the 79 year-old actor’s appearances were cancelled. Both sites offer the following statement:

Mr. Nimoy had minor benign abdominal surgery but is recovering beautifully. He thanks you for all the get well wishes and he’s doing great.

TMZ is also reporting that Nimoy had to cancel an event last night at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, who are showing Nimoy’s "Secret Selves" photography exhibit.

For those attending the Chicago convention today, Armin Shimerman (Quark) will be filling in on stage for Mr. Nimoy. Creation has also announced they will be offering refunds for those with autograph and photo tickets for Mr. Nimoy. And the Carpenter Performing Arts Center is planning to reschedule the sold-out "Evening With Leonard Nimoy" and will notify ticket holders and post updates on their Nimoy page.

Of course, all of us at TrekMovie wish Mr. Nimoy a fast recovery. TrekMovie will monitor the story and provide updates.





1. -A- - October 22, 2010

me first! ah mr spock alright now.. hope he get well!! live long and proser

2. Chingatchgook - October 22, 2010

Get well soon Mr Nimoy, want to see more of your photography!

3. Hat Rick - October 22, 2010

Live long and prosper, Mr. Nimoy!

(First to say it. ;-) )

4. Hat Rick - October 22, 2010

^^ D’oh! Not first. Didn’t see 1. Sorry!

5. mr. NUspock - October 22, 2010

how old is he????

79 ???
but he´s at health…….

6. mr. NUspock - October 22, 2010

should be : Good he´s at health :-)

7. Sickly Sweet Cloud Creature - October 22, 2010

Leonard Nimoy/Emergency Surgery is NOT a headline i want to see at the top of Trekmovie…at any time!…

although, thank God, Nimoy will be OK, it just shows that our time/appreciation with Nimoy/Shat, et. al. while they are alive is shorter than we really want to admit…

it means that we, as fans, need to take greater value in what those guys mean to Star Trek and cherish whatever appearances they choose to show up at…

Best Wishes and Speedy Recovery, Spock…im sure Bones found abdominal surgery easier to do than brain replacement…*smile*…

8. John - October 22, 2010

Get well soon, Mr. Nimoy!

9. Brad - October 22, 2010

I hope you’re okay Leonard! Get better soon and God Bless!!

10. P Technobabble - October 22, 2010

Best wishes and a speedy recovery!

11. Clinton - October 22, 2010

Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Mr. Nimoy!

12. Magic_Al - October 22, 2010

“Merely my quite logical relief that Starfleet had not lost a highly proficient captain.”

13. Roobydoo - October 22, 2010

Mend well and prosper!

14. Bobbo - October 22, 2010

Probably a bad bout of Pon Farr….

15. Al - October 22, 2010

79. I can’t believe it, he’s been part of my life since the beginning. Like a lot of people here I dread the day he – and Shatner – are gone. End of an era.

16. doofman - October 22, 2010

Armin also filled in for Siddig a bunch of years ago when I went to a convention in Champaign, IL when Siddig’s mom got sick, but he wasn’t even originally scheduled to appear at that convention. What a pro.

17. Captain Dunsel - October 22, 2010

All the best to you, Mr. Nimoy.

If you need it, I’m sure we can find someone to fill in for the late Majel Barrett and Booker Bradshaw to help you fight your way back even at the last moment…

18. Harry Ballz - October 22, 2010

Get well and prosper!

19. Shannon Nutt - October 22, 2010

The guy is, and always has been, a class-act. Glad to hear he’s okay. In or out of show business, one of the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet.

20. Munster79 - October 22, 2010

Best wishes to Mr Nimoy. Hope he’s soon on his feet again.

21. Bernd Schneider - October 22, 2010

Get well soon, Leonard Nimoy!!!

22. captain_neill - October 22, 2010

Get well soon

My best wishes to Leonard

23. Crusade2267 - October 22, 2010

Get well soon!

24. Jorg Sacul - October 22, 2010

live long and prosper, Leonard!

25. NTH - October 22, 2010

Best wishes for a rapid recovery Mr.Nimoy

26. Karen - October 22, 2010

I am so glad to hear that the surgery went without incident, and offer my hopes for a fast recovery.

27. Sybok's Secret Brother - October 22, 2010

Speedy recovery Leonard!

28. CmdrR - October 22, 2010

Get well soon, sir. Perhaps a slap or two across the face from a hot blonde would help?

29. Remington Steele - October 22, 2010

Get Well soon!

30. Putthetrekbackontrack - October 22, 2010

That headline made my heart stop for a moment, that’s not something I wanna see again. Well Leonard, here’s to a speedy recovery.

31. Trek Nerd Central - October 22, 2010

Get well, O classy Mr. Nimoy.

32. The Weary Professor - October 22, 2010

I think it safe to assume we all wish Mr. Nimoy a complete recovery.

Anthony, is there any way you can arrange some kind of electronic get well card that TrekMovie.com readers can sign that can be forwarded to Mr. Nimoy or his agent?

33. Hugh Hoyland - October 22, 2010

Get better soon Mr. Nimoy! :]

34. moauvian waoul- aka: seymour hiney - October 22, 2010

Wishing you the best, Mr. Nimoy. And thank you.

35. ster j - October 22, 2010

I had this idea for a story a few days ago with the title “Pockie Sick.” Didn’t realize that it was a premonition!

I am praying that y get well soon, Mr. Nimoy.

36. Sotirios Moshonas - October 22, 2010

I wish you best recovery, Mr. Nimoy. May you live long and prosper forever. Also long life and happiness. Godspeed!

37. Dee - October 22, 2010

I wish that Mr. Nimoy will recover soon!

38. ensign joe - October 22, 2010

get well soon!

39. Stephen Whelan - October 22, 2010

Get well soon

40. Kev-1 - October 22, 2010

Best of health to you, sir!

41. Spartan128 - October 22, 2010

We all love you Nimoy, will be praying for you!

42. Lt. Bailey - October 22, 2010

Best wishes and get on the road to recovery soon… too bad Dr McCoy is not around any more but there is always Dr Mbenga.

43. Charley W - October 22, 2010

Hope for a speedy and non-eventful recovery from a long-time fan, Mr Nimoy!

44. Sebastian - October 22, 2010

Sounds like appendicitis. To a speedy recovery! : )
Leonard Nimoy is a class act and a real gentleman. It was a thrill to meet him last year.

45. RobertZ - October 22, 2010

Love you much good man! Take good care, and continued thanks for all the concern and love your artistry has shown.

46. tony - October 22, 2010

Fascinating man hope u get back at it soon

47. Gilberto - October 22, 2010

get well soon!!

48. Yob Mosher - October 22, 2010

You are loved Leonard! Get well soon we very much need your presence.

49. Lieutenant - October 22, 2010

Get well soon Leonard!! It’s funny, I was dying to go to the Con today to see Leonard, but my dad didn’t let me… And now it turns out he’s in the hospital and has to cancel! My best wishes for him. :)

50. Greg2600 - October 22, 2010

Wow quite a scare! Hope a fast recovery for Leonard

51. Areli - October 22, 2010

Omg. This gave me a big scare. I was about to freak out, but thank goodness he is recovering fast. We are all hoping for Mr. Nimoy to continue getting better!

52. Losira - October 22, 2010

God bless you Leonard! Hope you will be up and around soon! Get well ASAP! Only the best for you.

53. Chadwick - October 22, 2010

All the best to a speedy recovery. To your health!

54. bill hiro - October 22, 2010

Sending my love …

55. Corinthian7 - October 22, 2010

Get well soon Mr Nimoy.

56. The Original Spock's Brain - October 22, 2010

Wishing you well, Mr. Nimoy.

57. Rico - October 22, 2010

Rest up Leonard and if they need more green blood, I’ll drop by. ;)

58. Tina McCoy - October 22, 2010

All the love in the world to you Mr Nimoy, you are loved so very much by so many people, know their love is with you and cover you in a warm blanket of love and well wishes. Rest and get better soon sir.
Live Long and Prosper

59. Trekprincess - October 22, 2010

No this is something I didn’t want :( anyway get better soon Mr Nimoy my love and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery Live Long And Prosper Sir:)xx

60. Viking - October 22, 2010

They just took out my gall bladder and a piece of my liver last month. Someone describe to me what is considered to be ‘benign’ ‘minor’ abdominal surgery, other than a gimpy appendix..

61. ster j - October 22, 2010

#60. Let’s see. Could have been a biopsy, a colon polyp, maybe a hernia, a fatty mass, a cyst, or any number of things, but let’s not start rumors.

#14–Hysterical! But please don’t make Leonard laugh until he’s healed.

62. Basement Blogger - October 22, 2010

Get well soon, Leonard Nimoy. You’ve got some scenes to film for “Fringe” and the new “Star Trek” movie. : ) Yes, I think they can bring back his character for “Fringe”, they brought back Spock after he died. Anyway, live long and prosper.

63. John - October 22, 2010

Godspeed, Mr. Nimoy.

64. cd - October 22, 2010

7- True, but seeing “recovering beautifully” helps quite a bit!
Best wishes, Mr. Nimoy. Heal up well and feel better!
And I too wouldn’t mind seeing him again in the new Star Trek movie, as Spock helps with the settlement of New Vulcan. >;>}

65. Buzz Cagney - October 22, 2010

My gut did a horrible flip when I read that headline.
Much relief to hear he’s ok.
I wish you a fast and full recovery Mr Nimoy.

66. Rudy M Alapag Jr - October 22, 2010

get well, prosper and long life retirement. you are in mine and my families prayers. God Bless to you and your family. Prayer to you everyday.

67. Phobos - October 22, 2010

oh no :(
I don’t like this news.
Mr Spock must live forever.

68. Charla - October 22, 2010

Unsettlling, but so glad to hear he is on the mend! My prayers and thoughts are with him as well.

69. Iowagirl - October 23, 2010

Here’s to a speedy recovery, Mr. Nimoy – it’s the logical thing to do!

70. T2 - October 23, 2010

Waited an hour in line today in Chicago to see Mr. Nimoy, then heard the news. Was disappointed, of course, that he wouldn’t be here, but glad to hear he’s recovering and doing well. Let’s just hope for a full recovery so he can postpone that retirement one more year and Spock the world a wee bit longer!

Armin Shimerman, Casey Biggs, and Jeffrey Combs did a great job filling in for him at the Chicago con today. It’s great to see an extended Trek family care for each other like this.

71. keachick - October 23, 2010

Get well soon. Love and best wishes to you, Mr Leonard Nimoy.

72. Alex Aslanidis - October 23, 2010

Glad to hear you’re doing well Mr Nimoy!
Pain is irrelevant and hope you get to your normal activities soon buddy!!

73. Denise Dion - October 23, 2010

Dear Mr. Nimoy,

Every fan of your work loves you dearly and we only want you feel better soon. I am certain a good friend of yours by the name of Bill certainly had a scare also. He is your dearest friend and loves you much…speedy recovery…

74. Holger - October 23, 2010

I hope Mr. Nimoy will get well soon. Best wishes to him!

75. Trekprincess - October 23, 2010

Yes Denise even we fans love him so much

76. Karen - October 23, 2010

Get well soon Mr. Nimoy. Best wishes.

77. Planet Pandro - October 23, 2010

Agreed, the boys came out and did beautifully. Armin was giving an impromptu talk in Mr Nimoy’s absence, and suddenly this booming voice calls: “Leonard? LEONARD!” Jeffrey Combs, doing his best Shatner voice staggers out to join Armin. “Leonard…MY……………GOD…..What’s………..Happenedtoyou?”

best wishes for mr Nimoy!

78. Tom - October 23, 2010

Speedy recovery. You are definitely welcome in the next film. Hear that Bob. Shoehorn him In!

79. Gary - October 23, 2010

All my hopes for your speedy recovery!

80. Brett Campbell - October 23, 2010

All our prayers are with you, Mr. Nimoy. Thank you for the years of pleasure you have given to us fans!

81. CarlG - October 23, 2010

@77: That sounds thoroughly awesome! Wish I’d seen it! :)

Feel better, Mr. Nimoy!

PS: Can we get him knighted? Doesn’t “Sir Leonard” just roll off the tongue?

82. PhysicsGuyBrian - October 23, 2010

Dear Mr. Nimoy,

Fight the good fight and heal as only Spock can. Your purpose on this planet is undoubtedly greater than one man’s should be, but there it is. We all love and respect you! Get well soon. Live Long and Prosper!

83. AJ - October 23, 2010

“Must be that damned Vulcan metabolism of yours”

Get well, Mr. Nimoy!

84. Hat Rick - October 23, 2010

The other things is that I just saw Star Trek V again after not having seen it in years, and it holds up better than I thought it would.

Can you believe it? Poor, eternally bashed Star Trek V — not so bad compared to some other stuff Hollywood has produced.

Good to see Shatner and Nimoy taking on the bad guys.

However, the campfire scene (in the beginning) still went on too long.

85. Battle-scarred Sciatica - October 23, 2010

Get well soon Len.

I quite liked the campfire scene. It was good to see the triumverate used to full potential in the movie.

Ah well, different tastes and all that….

Live long and prosper Mr. Nimoy! ;)

86. Hat Rick - October 23, 2010

Yes, I liked it too, but the first campfire scene went on a bit too long.

I thought the campfire scene at the end was well-done. :-)

I like Trek so much, I even like Star Trek V, and now more than before.

I plan to rewatch Nemesis and see if it has improved over time in exactly the same way.

Not to get too off the topic, but I liked the production value in regard to the Enterprise interiors in Star Trek V. I could tell that they used the Enterprise-D’s corridor set in one scene, but the bridge scene and the infamous 70+ deck scene also seemed to feature well-done sets.

For all the talk about how much the production values suffered because of the budget, I think that Star Trek V offers a nice view of the original cast before their swan song.

Shatner looked considerably younger than he did in the following movie; it’s said that he buffed up for his role.

There’s also a special feature in one of the Blu-ray or DVD editions of the movies that shows him talking candidly to the camera about various things in between takes at Yosemite, in costume, and he looked very young in retrospect.

And Spock was always Spock, ever-wise, ever-persuasive, ever-dignified, thanks to Mr. Nimoy.

As for McCoy, he was never as convincing before that as when he said to Kirk of Spock that the latter “could no more kill his own brother than he could kill you!” or words to that effect. Good old McCoy.

I think that there was deep meaning to Star Trek V that a lot of people tend to miss these days.

87. Battle-scarred Sciatica - October 23, 2010

I agree.

Like you I watched TFF recently after a break of about 6 years and indeed it has faired better than I thought it would.

I love the TOS feel of it and the triumverate interaction.

I especially love the campfire scenes and the moving scene with McCoy and his father. That whole scene with Sybok, Kirk, Spock and McCoy was exceptional in my opinion.

There were some cheesy moments but to me that is what defines Trek.
Light-hearted and optimistic.
When you look at rebooted BSG- that is what it is – dark, brooding, adult-based and steeped in a kind of realism. It gives you a glimpse of how life really would be if the last of the human race were being hunted to extinction and being gradually picked off one by their own creations.

Trek on the other hand offers a different kind of realism steeped in optimism and opportunity with humour added in.

I like them both for what they try to portray.

Trek will always be closest to my heart in whatever form it takes, but i do hope that JJ et al will continue to keep that alive for us. I have good faith in them. They do make me nervous though, but that is just because I am a huge fan and want them to get it right for us all. They have done it differently but they certainly have not disappointed me. True that the canon has been misfired at times but I can forgive them that because I feel they understand Trek.

I’ll stop wittering on now.

I think I might have got carried away there.

Keep on Trekkin’ folks!

88. MC1 Doug - October 23, 2010

Get well soon, Mr. Nimoy!

89. DJT - October 24, 2010

I was about to purchase a ticket the other day to see Leonard at CSULB, when I learned about what happened. My first reaction was to blurt out “WTF?”, “Is he okay?”. That man has been the heart and soul of Star Trek for so long now. I sincerely hope he gets better soon. Peace and long life, Lenny.

90. Hat Rick - October 24, 2010

Keep on Trekkin’ indeed, 87. Well said.

91. Trekprincess - October 24, 2010

Yes he means so much and what would we do without him:) Live Long and Prosper Mr Nimoy xx

92. TrekboY - October 24, 2010

Hope you get well mr Spock

93. snoopytrek - October 24, 2010

well…i posted in the earlier article that Bill Shatner will live to be 125 and still working…but now with Mr Nimoy’s surgery it prompted me to change my prediction…i see these two legends, these best of friends, probably continuing their “brotherly competition” they’ve always had since the series right into arguing who’ll live the longest!

The grim reaper arrives for both of them at the same time…

Bill, you go first ’cause your the oldest.
Leonard, we’re four days apart. Besides, I may be 125 but I have 8 tv shows, 5 new books to complete and 50 Trek conventions to appear at next year…you go!
Yeah, but they want me, not you, in Star Trek 45…

and on it goes…Get well soon, Mr Nimoy!

94. Spock lover - October 24, 2010

get well soon spock!! I mean, Mr. Nimoy!!!! :)

95. Charley W - October 24, 2010

#60- in addition to #61’s suggestions, it could be stomach ulcers, but that’s usually known about and scheduled in advance.

Your point is taken, however- ANY sort of invasive surgery into the body cavity is potentially serious.

96. Hat Rick - October 24, 2010

I am always fond of reflecting on how Mr. Nimoy and his wife have generously donated to the cause of space exploration by donating $1,000,000 to the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, where the Event Horizon auditorium is named after them. That donation was a substantial contribution to modernization of the Observatory, including the addition of an entire new wing.

For more on the Event Horizon auditorium, see:



“By observing the sky and pondering our place in the universe, people gain a new perspective on their daily lives,” said Leonard Nimoy. “Griffith Observatory gives its visitors that opportunity. It is a Los Angeles icon, one which we need to ensure will be here for generations to come.”

The Nimoys are influential beyond entertainment and show business; in their own way, they are in the business of educating young minds about the wonders that lie out there … thataway.

97. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - October 24, 2010

We are praying for you Leonard. MAY YOU LIVE LONGER AND PROSPER!

98. CarlG - October 24, 2010

@96: That’s really cool, I had no idea!

It’s a beautiful building, too — maybe they could use it as a shooting location for the next Trek. The Spock Science Academy on New Vulcan, perhaps?:)

99. Hat Rick - October 24, 2010

Good idea, 98!

100. Tony Whitehead - October 24, 2010

Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery, sir!

101. ster j - October 25, 2010

#98: What a good idea! It would be a real hoot if they used it for the VSA satellite campus on Earth–with Leonard’s name showing!

102. Hat Rick - October 26, 2010

BTW, Griffith Observatory was featured as a setting in the VOY episodes, “Future’s End” and Future’s End, Part II.”

See: Memory Alpha.

103. A.KaliUpasaka - October 26, 2010

Hope you’ll be healthy again, soon.
My prayers are with you. May the goddess bless you!

104. NorthCarolinaBonnie - October 26, 2010

You were SO missed in Chicago! I am still reaping the blessings of talking with you and Mrs.Nimoy at MASS MoCA in July. As that poet we love has said : “I have seen the beauty of love in your face, I have met the joy of existence in your being, I have found the eternity of life in your presence, I have touched the fulfillment Of perpetual grace, And it is you,all of it is YOU.” Keep reading that note your mother wrote–everyone feels the same way! Bless You, Bonnie

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