Christopher Lloyd: Leonard Nimoy Returning To Fringe – Will Appear In Same Episode

The weekend of October 22-24, Creation Entertainment held an Official Star Trek Convention in Rosemont (near Chicago), Illinois. Leonard Nimoy was not able to attend due to surgery, however he still made news via an announcement from Star Trek III actor Christopher Lloyd, who revealed Nimoy is returning to Fringe.


Lloyd Reveals Nimoy Returning to Fringe

One of the guests at the Star Trek convention in Chicago was actor Christopher Lloyd (Star Trek III Kruge & Back the the Future’s Doc Brown) whose varied characters were celebrated in a question and answer panel. A fellow fan asked Lloyd what it was like to work with Leonard Nimoy as a director on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Lloyd was very complimentary, discussing what a good artist and person Nimoy is and expressing his relief that it appears that Mr. Nimoy’s current medical situation isn’t too serious.

Lloyd then mentioned that he will be soon filming an episode of Fringe. Lloyd’s casting (in the tenth episode of the current season) as a musical icon and hero of Walter Bishop on Fringe was reported last week, and included in the latest TrekMovie Sci-Fi TV update.  However, Lloyd then made some news, revealing that Leonard Nimoy would be joining him in the same episode of Fringe, reprising his role as William Bell. The audience, to say the least, was very enthusiastic about that information and it was exciting news generated at the convention.

Leonard Nimoy last appeared in May, in the the season two finale of Fringe, and at the time he stated it would be his last role, not only on Fringe, but as an actor. However, Nimoy has sometimes noted that he has learned to "never say never", so it appears (if his health allows) that he will be back on Fringe again.

Clips of Fringe Season 2 finale and interview with Nimoy




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ensign joe
October 26, 2010 3:03 pm

when is this sucker gonna make it to netflix streaming?

Trek Or Treat
October 26, 2010 3:06 pm

Glad to see his retirement was all that final. Yay!

October 26, 2010 3:08 pm

If they can’t get William Shatner into the Trek movie…. at least try to guest star him in a Fringe episode ! What do you think?

That One Guy
October 26, 2010 3:12 pm


I figured he’d be back eventually.

Shannon Nutt
October 26, 2010 3:15 pm

Well, there presumingly are TWO William Bells, so perhaps he’s playing the other one this time around.

October 26, 2010 3:25 pm

Nimoy out of retirement again…Couldn’t be happier.

Now get him and Shatner into the next movie.

Vedek Anon
October 26, 2010 3:38 pm

5 – no, Bell had stated in the “Over There” two-parter that the William Bell of the alt-Universe had died in a car crash before ever meeting Walternate. Cannot be the “other Bell”.

More likely a flashback scene of earlier times to flesh out past of Walter – possibly surrounding the reasoning for him asking Bell to remove part of his brain which was left open-ended during same episode.

Harry Ballz
October 26, 2010 3:40 pm

See, someone can be retired and still do a little “contract work” when they feel like it! What’s a day of filming here and there? No big deal!

October 26, 2010 3:46 pm

I’ll wait to see if this is confirmed. Actors sometimes get confused… Perhaps Nimoy just came by the set to see a friend. I dunno.

Captain Jack Bauer
October 26, 2010 3:54 pm

9. That couldn’t be the case as they haven’t filmed the episode yet.

October 26, 2010 4:03 pm

To quote my inner fan-girl: Most splendid news, indeed, :-) !

General Martok
October 26, 2010 5:17 pm


Battle-scarred Sciatica
October 26, 2010 5:20 pm

Hope Leonard is fit enough to appear in Fringe.

He wont have much chance saving the show though. It all got a bit predictable even before the end of the 1st season.

it would be worth tuning in just to see the ol’ boy though.

Get well soon Mr. Nimoy.

October 26, 2010 5:39 pm

I like the Bell character in FRINGE so I am happy to possibly see this happen!

October 26, 2010 5:45 pm

hes the man fascinating!!

October 26, 2010 5:48 pm

#1: It is on Hulu, if that helps. They use the standard 5-episodes-at-a-time, though, so you can’t wait all that long.

Can one 42-minute episode contain so much awesome? I guess we’ll find out.

October 26, 2010 5:53 pm

Bob Orci should write some scenes for him in the Trek sequel. I say Leonard can be convinced

TJ Trek
October 26, 2010 6:02 pm

I would totally love if the brain removal bit was cleard up. I hate things that get brought up and left hanging. I would rather they just take an episode and end that thread instead of just not doing it anymore. I think it could be great. I would love to know what is in that bit of the brain, and why it was put into other people. I don’t think the original episode on this topic answered that questions.

October 26, 2010 6:53 pm

Maybe they’ll de-age Wm.Bell for flashbacks, the way they did Walter. Good news, no matter how they work Nimoy in.
I’m old enough to have hung on his every word for In Search Of. One of life’s most familiar voices for me….

Anthony Thompson
October 26, 2010 7:05 pm

That retirement didn’t last too long. : )

Jim Nightshade
October 26, 2010 8:14 pm

YAY Bell is back! With Christopher Lloyd too…Double YAY!

I knew Leonard wouldnt abandon one of the more interesting characters he has portrayed in all his years…

And I dont think Fringe is too predictable…Its fun to me….

a bit like Xfiles and a bit like no other show…

Battle-scarred Sciatica
October 26, 2010 8:28 pm


You’re right it is fun and enjoyable, it just didn’t quite hit the mark for me.

I was thinking that the “other-side” wasn’t quite other-sidey enough, if you catch my drift.

And Olivier has such a terrible wig!

Alternative universes tend to annoy me like that.

Oh yeah, and not enough goatees. Some of the darker alternates definitely need goatees. Its Sci-Fi law, surely!!

Enjoyable to a degree (i.e when there is a lack of other good sci-fi) but still predictable. ;>p

October 26, 2010 8:48 pm


William Shatner on Fringe… YES!!!!! DO IT!!!!!!

October 26, 2010 9:09 pm

Best news of the day!

But I do hope he is healed to work.

October 26, 2010 11:27 pm


Instead of de-aging him they should just get Quinto to come and do those scenes.

Jim Nightshade
October 26, 2010 11:43 pm

hah hah battle scarred sciatica-i hear ya–well it was otherworldly nuff for me-also doubt olivia wuld look good in a goatee haha-i do like the other olivia she smiles a lot more haha

October 27, 2010 12:02 am

How about every time Nimoy says he’s going to retire we just assume he’s talking rubbish?

It’ll make our lives a lot easier.

October 27, 2010 12:11 am


October 27, 2010 5:52 am

what I really would love to see is William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy appearing on The Big Bang Theory

Ensign Kirk
October 27, 2010 8:06 am

^29 !!!

October 27, 2010 8:17 am

lol so much for retirement

29. YES!

October 27, 2010 9:07 am

If he isn’t retired, then he can be on The Big Bang Theory! BAZINGA! =D

ensign joe
October 27, 2010 9:23 am

#16 Thx!

unfortunately I’m waaaaaay behind..

October 27, 2010 10:49 am

Gob bless Leonard Nimoy!

October 27, 2010 10:51 am

34 – oops

GoD bless Leonard Nimoy!


October 27, 2010 2:00 pm

Just Nimoy, not Shatner.
I wouldn’t mind William Shatner in the next movie if he wasn’t so obnoxious about it. Anyway, how would he help the plot?
Leonard Nimoy as Spock would be a great help to reestablishing Vulcan.

I hope Leonard Nimoy feels better soon. Get well!

October 27, 2010 2:30 pm



I’d like to see Nimoy film one shot with the holo pendant thing that was cut from the STXI script. Then have Shatner be in the hologram.

Perfect small cameo for the both of them.

But that would be wishful thinking.

If anything, I’d like to see the both of them on BBT.

Battle-scarred Sciatica
October 27, 2010 5:06 pm

Well said Jim Nightshade.

would a smile kill her?

All thats missing for her on the otherside is that damn goatee. A smile sometimes just isn’t enough!! ;)

October 27, 2010 9:27 pm

Not really surprised by this news, and I’m glad to hear it. After all don’t most actors go on until they get the final curtain? Also his role in Fringe was pretty much only one or two appearances per season and some voice work.

Jim Nightshade
October 30, 2010 5:26 pm

I hope he doesnt do voice work for the sequel of land of the lost hahahahaha

Jim Nightshade
October 30, 2010 5:28 pm

Actually I think the Alternative Olivia smiles a lot more because she has a BF and is gettin some hehehe

Poor original Olivia was just startin to git some before she got abducted in the other universe heheh