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Nimoy Planning Return To Fringe January 24, 2011

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Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s Spock Prime, was supposed to be retiring, however that break seems to be delayed. Nimoy has already announced a number of convention appearances, and now the actor says he may be returning to TV to reprise his role on the Fox sci-fi show Fringe. Details below.


Nimoy talks return to Fringe

Last May Leonard Nimoy appeared as William Bell in the season finale for Fringe, the sci-fi show created by the Star Trek team of JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. At the time Nimoy said it would be his last job as an actor.

Nimoy in Season 2 finale of "Fringe" 

However, today the actor revealed that there may be more. This afternoon Nimoy let his Twitter followers know that there is a plan developing to return to Fringe.

Combined with his announced slate of 2011 convention appearances, Nimoy’s much talked about retirement seems to have been put off a bit longer.

This in not the first indication that Nimoy could return to Fringe this season. In October Christopher Lloyd said that Nimoy would be joining him on Fringe. That episode ("Firefly") aired last week without Nimoy, however a source tells TrekMovie that the Fringe team did attempt to get Nimoy into that episode. That episode was shot shortly after Nimoy was hospitalized for abdominal surgery, but it appears that the Fringe team have continued to persue the actor to come back to the show.



1. Harry Ballz - January 24, 2011

Boy, I don’t think even SINATRA came out of retirement this many times!

2. jorDe' - January 24, 2011

Mr Nimoy is a great actor and fun at the conventions. I am glad he will still make appearances.

3. Jordan - January 24, 2011

Great news. Some of the best episodes have this man in it.

4. MvRojo - January 24, 2011

Nice. Though I do think he should just stop saying he’s retiring. It’s not really necessary to make an announcement about that anyway.

5. Aqua - January 24, 2011

I think he’s simply finding retirement boring.

6. Christopher_Roberts - January 24, 2011

Now, if only he could be onboard for the Enterprise’s next mission.

7. sean - January 24, 2011

In my opinion, Leonard Nimoy can come out of retirement as many times as he wants.

8. Harry Ballz - January 24, 2011

Oh, don’t get me wrong! I’m thrilled that Nimoy is still around and would like to see him in the next movie!

9. Spike - January 24, 2011

A-men number seven

10. Thorny - January 24, 2011

I liked “The Firefly”, but I don’t see where William Bell would have fit in the story.

11. Dr. Cheis - January 24, 2011

And we’re supposed to believe he won’t change his mind about doing Star Trek? ;-)

I still think the next film would be better off with a cameo of Spock Prime addressing the crew of the Enterprise, warning them about dangers, encouraging them to trust in themselves, etc. And passing his knowledge on to the new Spock via mind meld. Otherwise, without any of the charters from the original timeline in the movie (or at least their knowledge and experience), it gets a lot less compelling.

12. Markus McLaughlin - January 24, 2011

He should be SEMI-RETIRED so he can do photography exhibits in between! That makes sense to me, fascinating! :D

13. Joe Sidney - January 24, 2011

Nimoy should return as Bell and wrap up a series finale for “Fringe”…enjoy the show, but I feel the formula is getting stale and they should get out while its good. Don’t wait to be canceled like Heroes. Go out with dignity.

14. Viking - January 24, 2011

If Nimoy keeps pulling a Brett Farve, nobody’s gonna believe him when he actually DOES retire. LOL!

15. I'm Dead Jim! - January 24, 2011


Let’s hope he doesn’t pull a Brett Farve in other aspects of his life! ;-)

16. Victor Hugo - January 24, 2011

Maybe he could dub “Galvatron” again in a future live action Transformers movie.

17. VulcanFilmCritic - January 24, 2011

“You are NEVER too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

18. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - January 24, 2011

I hope Mr Nimoy does one more Star Trek Movie. Would be great to see. Maybe have the Shat appear with him. Would be so Kool to see the orignal Kirk and Spock together one more time.

19. VulcanFilmCritic - January 24, 2011

@18. Answered prayers. Mr. Shatner HAS to say goodbye to Spock somehow. And I don’t care if it gets in the way of the “new” cast. They are basically playing the “old” cast anyway.

20. Harry Ballz - January 24, 2011

15. “Let’s hope he doesn’t pull a Brett Favre in other aspects of his life!”

Hey, come on, he knows how to work a camera! :>)

21. Capt. of the USS Anduril - January 24, 2011

Wow….Nimoy is the one who deserves retirement the most, and he’s having the hardest time staying away. THough I’ll say that he might consider the new convention appearances as a kind of apology to those who were expecting him at cons last year when he had his surgery.

22. tony - January 24, 2011

Fascinating !!!! hes the man!!! cant wait to see him in vegas!!

23. Ran - January 24, 2011

He probably came back because he thought the script was delicious….

24. CarlG - January 24, 2011

If I am 1/10 as awesome as Leonard Nimoy when I hit 80, I will be a very content man! :)

25. Basement Blogger - January 24, 2011

Some of you Fringe fans can help me. But I thought Walter was disintergrated. Or did he vanish into another parallel universe? Anyway, it’s great to have him back on Fringe. And how about a cameo on Star Trek 2012 where he talks about the status of the new Vulcan colony?

26. TJ Trek - January 24, 2011

sometimes people go into retirement thinking, “I’ve done enough, it’s fun, but i’ve done enough, and retirement is going to be even more fun” and then they live the retired life for awhile and say “Hmm, not quite the fun I thought…”
Could be Nimoy’s case.

27. Phobos - January 24, 2011

Woohoo! Glad to hear this news.

Retirement is a dumb concept. A person should simply scale back their workload proportionally to their energy level. That’s what I plan on doing when I grow old. I don’t believe in dead stop retirement.

28. TJ Trek - January 24, 2011

for number 25. The William Bell Character (not Walter, although that’s an easy slip) basicly used himself to get the other’s back to the their universe, the last episode of the previous season. The idea was that he was no more, once he did that. What I suspect, is that we are going to see alot more flash backs. I think that would work best. IF we try and bring William back into the shows present, it’s going to need a lot of “I can actually believe that within the context of the show” explanation.

29. Basement Blogger - January 24, 2011

@ 15 I’m Dead Jim says, “Let’s hope he doesn’t pull a Brett Farve in other aspects of his life! ;-)” and @ 20 Harry Ballz.

Last time we saw Spock (Leonard Nimoy) he wasn’t a captain but an ambassador.

So there’s no need to show the captain’s log!

30. Red Dead Ryan - January 24, 2011


“Last time we saw Spock (Leonard Nimoy) he wasn’t a captain but an ambassador.

So there’s no need to show the captain’s log!”

Then just get the Shat into the sequel. You’ll have your “captain’s log” right there!

31. Black Fire - January 25, 2011

People, please remember that last year he had two surgeries. That he was ill probably factored into his decision to announce his retirement in no small amount. Now that he has obviously healed he’s back making plans for the FUTURE. That’s something to rejoice about, not berate him for changing his mind.

32. - January 25, 2011

Good 4 mr nimoy. He seems to enjoy working with JJ and company. Also goes to show Fringe is a dam good show. Was scared 4 it, when it was moved to Fridays. Even though i don’t live in the US of A i do know that can kill a show but she seems to be holding her own. Sorry if my grammer isn’t much cop. I have just been sedated at the dentist

33. VGer23 - January 25, 2011

Leonard Nimoy is too good and too driven to walk away. If there’s something creatively challenging to do, and it interests him personally, he’ll do it! He’s always been that way…!

Good for him! He immediately provides class and credibility to any production he participates in….!

34. VulcanFilmCritic - January 25, 2011

@25 and @ 28. William Bell used himself as “fuel” because his molecules were so unstable, but of course being an engineering genius it could all be smoke and mirrors.

Remember also that there is another William Bell, on on the other side who is presumably dead, but what if that William Bell isn’t really dead? That OTHER William Bell was always the ace-in-the- hole that J.J Abrams could play if Mr. Nimoy chose to return to the show.
And if that’s the case, then you have any number of possibilities:

I’m betting that his brain has also been cut up like Walter’s and that he’s been wandering around as a mentally ill homeless man, myself. Or maybe the William Bell that we know is really the alternate William Bell, and he’s stolen the identity of the real William Bell or…well, you get the picture.

In amy event, I’m hoping that when William Bell returns he falls for Olivia and we get some major May-December action next Fall. A pity to waste such a sexy guy as Leonard Nimoy (even at 80.)

P.S.- Please don’t blame Mr. Nimoy for falling ill. I was at MassMOCA this summer and we were already seated in the audience when the announcement was made that he would be unable to attend. I know that he fully expected to be there, and tried his darnedest to get there, but his doctors overruled him. He only cancelled at the last minute because he had to have EMERGENCY bowel surgery right there in Western Massachusetts. We are very, very fortunate to have him still with us and in good health, because what he had, a ruptured diverticulum, is what led to his father’s death. He wrote very movingly about this in “I Am Spock.”.

35. VOODOO - January 25, 2011

This makes me feel pretty positive that if Mr. Nimoy is asked to join the next film he would at least strongly consider it.

Why should Spock Prime be trapped in an alt universe? Correct me if I’m wrong, but in every other similar circumstance the character in the wrong timeline has been placed back where he belongs.

36. Danpaine - January 25, 2011

Would love to see Nimoy back on Fringe. Love the episodes with him in them – and his facial expressions when Walter does his off-the-wall stuff are priceless. Those two play off each other wonderfully.

By the way, if you’re reading, Bob Orci, loved the season opener – great show, and I hope it flourishes on Friday nights. Also, took your advice about seeing “City Island” last week. My wife and I enjoyed it, thanks –

37. Captain Dunsel - January 25, 2011

“the Fringe team have continued to peruse the actor to come back to the show. ”

Well, I know that I’ll “peruse” pretty much anything Leonard Nimoy does these days. But I’d bet that the Fringe folks will continue to PERSUE him.

38. AJ - January 25, 2011


Or even PURSUE?

39. Shannon Nutt - January 25, 2011

I’m guessing Christopher Lloyd’s character’s son was originally supposed to be William Bell. Instead of getting a visit from his son, he probably was a old friend of Bell’s.

40. Larry - January 25, 2011

Your audience awaits Leonard. Please we want more.

41. losira - January 25, 2011

Being a retiree myself, I can fully understand how Nimoy feels. You want to be and feel useful. He knows that he still has much to offer. Most of us feel the same way. The thought of us being “Put out to pasture” is NOWAY! In Nimoy’s case this is especialy true. Get back to work Spock you still have alot to do……you’e devoted fans await you, God bless.

42. sean - January 25, 2011


Are you kidding? The show’s storytelling is at an all time high. It’s only improved with each episode/season. Let’s hope a series finale is a long way off.

43. eaglesnare - January 25, 2011

personally I want to see hmi again on the series. I believe he keeps coming out of retirement because people keep trying to get him on their show. I know for certain that William Shatner says that he is going to do his best to make sure Leonard doesn’t retire. He is trying to get Leonard on his show. Shatner always attempt to get Leonard out of retirement.

44. Another Q - January 25, 2011

I like Nimoy a lot.
That being said I feel compelled to let you
know that actors never “retire”. This is one
of the oldest gimmicks in Hollywood
history to let creators & producers know
that the actor is looking for a raise. Money
ALWAYS talks.

The only celebrity I can remember retiring
and staying out of the spotlight afterwards
was Johnny Carson. Everyone else comes
back if the price is right (or if they just plain
need the money).

45. CaptainJoe - January 26, 2011

who on here was berating him for pushing back his retirement.
Everyone seems to pretty much agree its a welcome thing to hear from him.

46. Captain Realistic - January 26, 2011

He’s been dead before.

47. Captain Realistic - January 26, 2011

Another Q…. Sean Connery…. When that guy disappeared… he disappeared.

48. Shaun - January 26, 2011

great news! now we need to see (or hear) mr. nimoy as smaug in “the hobbit.”

49. Daoud - January 26, 2011

AP, Nimoy is still accurate in stating Bell would be his last role.
Please stop portraying him as having changed his mind about retirement. He retired from doing any other acting. Bell is his last role… he said that. He did NOT say he wouldn’t continue to portray Bell as needed. Semantics.

50. Danpaine - January 26, 2011

I believe Sean Connery officially retired, like Gene Hackman did. But who knows – when someone offers you a deck of cash to come out of retirement for a few weeks, Hell – I’d do it.

51. Dovile - January 26, 2011

And why I am not surprised? :))
But seriously, this is great news. And I’d really like to see how this is gonna be made, if it’s not flashbacks.

52. Ringo Starr - January 26, 2011

Nimoy will play Spock at least one more time…Mark my words!

53. Sybok - January 26, 2011

God bless you Leonard Nimoy! I’ll always tune in to whatever you do.

54. Do You Wanna Dance - January 26, 2011

I guess JJ was right when he said that Fringe would go down fighting. He must be trying to pull out all the stops by begging a star actor to come back and lift the show back up on its feet. If anything, it guarantees a loyal Trek fanbase to watch the episode, and they need solid numbers to keep it running.

55. Damian - January 27, 2011

I don’t see Nimoy doing another Star Trek film. He did the last one as a kind of adieu to the fans and to provide continuity to the new universe. I’m pretty confidant that he feels he said a proper good bye to the character in Star Trek and feels no reason to return now. I think he would feel he is stepping on Zachary Quinto’s toes to keep coming back. He himself has said he felt Quinto did and excellent job.

Also, Nimoy does not have the ego Shatner has. They could put Shatner in the next movie, say a good bye that would knock your socks off, and he would still say a few years later he wanted one more go at it. Nimoy seems comfortable with his farewell and he seems to feel the new cast can handle things on their own.

56. Ringo Starr - January 27, 2011

Damian 55 – No offense, but how do you know if Nimoy has a large ego or not or if he “bid adieu” to the character? How many times in the past has he said he was done with Spock and ST only to return to the fold?

I think it is likely we will see both Nimoy, Shatner and both of their rather large egos return to Star Trek at some point to much fanfare in the future. I’m betting in the third film in the Abrams series.

57. VulcanFilmCritic - January 27, 2011

@ 56 You can never know what goes on inside someone’s head or how he feels. I think Mr. Nimoy was genuinely tired of acting when he made his announcement to retire. After all, he was mounting this photography show, the first at a major museum, and it was a lot of work. He had a lot of traveling to do for promotions for both the new movie and for the photography. He is, after all, pushing 80.

Also he may have chronic health problems. Perhaps the surgery gave him a new lease on life. Or as other have suggested, showed him how boring hanging around the house can really be.

I’ve heard him speak about retiring and it seemed he was just fed up about something. And I believe it was this role on Fringe. It started out really well with a very sophisticated entrance in the alternate World Trade Center. William Bell was a very powerful and mysterious character. And may I add sexy as well. But later, the role had him doing things I would have expected from Vincent Price (in a Hammer Films extravaganza) like chopping out pieces of Walter’s brain and implanting them into other people’s brains. Gross! Not exactly the way to “exit stage right” for such a sophisticated actor.

Body parts (and the harvesting of such from unsuspecting victims) seems to be a recurring theme on Fringe. This is not drama. It’s like looking over the shoulder of an incompetent butcher. Please give “splatter” a rest, guys.

@ 44 I don’t think Mr. Nimoy using retirement as a ploy, he can pretty much name his own price (no pun intended) for any role he wants, retired or not.

58. Damian - January 28, 2011

56–No, I don’t know Leonard Nimoy, but seeing him in interviews he just gives a completely different impression than William Shatner. Listening to him talk about his role in Star Trek (2009), I just get the impression he did it to help bridge the gap to a new generation for Star Trek. I get the feeling that he feels that was done extremely well and is unnecessary for him to take up the role again.

59. MJ - January 28, 2011

So Nimoy is like Star Trek’s version of Brett Favre now.

60. Harry Ballz - January 29, 2011

Yes, but unlike Favre, Nimoy doesn’t tend to expose his “shortcomings”! :>)

61. Bob Tompkins - February 2, 2011

Compare him to Favre, George foreman, Muhammad Ali,Michael Jordan- all these guys stayed long past their welcome in heir various fields.

Nimoy is always welcome and his prime happens to be the current moment he happens to be in.

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