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80 Reasons Why Leonard Nimoy Is Fascinating March 26, 2011

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Today, Saturday, is Leonard Nimoy’s 80th Birthday. Like we did with William Shatner’s 80th birthday, we are counting up 80 things about the original Spock – but this time with 80 reasons why Mr. Nimoy is "fascinating". 


TrekMovie’s 80 reasons why Leonard Nimoy is fascinating

80. Began acting at the age of 8.

79. Helped raise money for war bonds by acting at 10 years of age

78. His wife Susan Bay is Transformers director Michael Bay’s cousin

77. Was the voice of Galvatron in the 1986 animated Transformers: The Movie

76. Appeared as Mr. Spock on a 1960s Carol Burnett Show episode where she needs famed pediatrician Dr. Spock

75. Rumored to be inspiration for Star Wars aliens "Neimodians"

74. His surname means “A person who can not speak”

73. Even his middle name is cool: Simon

72. Is a vegetarian – just like Spock

71. Wrote seven books of poetry

70. Expresses himself through his photographic art

69. Played Mustafa Mond in the television version of Brave New World

68. Fought to include the supporting cast in the animated television version of Star Trek

67. Strongly defends Star Trek fans against media stereotypes

66. Really is close friends with William Shatner and refused to Roast him – but did phone in

65. Once appeared as Spock in a parade in the 1960’s… introduced as “Leonard Nimsey”

64. First Star Trek actor to direct (Star Trek III) and first to develop story for film script (Star Trek IV)

63. Went on to direct four non-Star Trek feature films plus more on TV

62. Was named director of the year by ShowWest for 1987 comedy hit Three Men and a Baby – which spawned urban myth that a "ghost boy" appeared in one scene

61. Turned down directing Star Trek Generations after being rebuffed for script changes request – also declined to appear as role written for him wasn’t specific to Spock enough

60. Born only four days after William Shatner

59. Showed his humor as guest on 70s variety shows Captain and Tennille and Flip Wilson Show.

58. Served in the US Army, achieving the rank of sergeant

57. Studied photography in UCLA in early 1970s and considered changing careers to photography full time

56. Has voiced himself on two episodes of The Simpsons

55. Played shell-shocked soldier in Korean War Navy Combat Psychiatry film

54. Three words: In Search Of…

53. Worked as a soda jerk and theater usher

52. His son Adam has directed Star Trek episodes

51. Only Star Trek actor to appear in a Superbowl commercial

50. A dance based on his Shekinah photographs was preformed by the Elisa Monte dance company in New York

49. Has supported astronomy at Griffith Park Observatory – and has "Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater" named after him

48. Has a master’s degree in education and an honorary PhD from Antioch University in Ohio

46. Starred with DeForest Kelley, who, yes indeed, played a doctor who treated him in The Virginian in 1963

45. First on screen with William Shatner in the 1964 The Man From U.N.C.L.E.episode “The Project Strigas Affair”

44. Just like James Doohan (Last of the Mohicans), played an Indian for TV Westerns (Gunsmoke and Tate)

43. Was featured in the 1980s song “What’s On Your Mind” by the Information Society

42. Occasionally wears a T-shirt that says “#1 Vulcan” to conventions (which he also sells on Etsy.com)

41. Starred in powerful television film about holocaust deniers, Never Forget

40. Speaks Yiddish and Hebrew

39. Invented Vulcan neck pinch and hand salute (based on Jewish ritual)

38. Was raised in a Boston tenement

37. Ran a drama studio in Los Angeles for 3 years

36. Opened an exotic pet store after Star Trek ended

35. Has done a "Top 10" list on David Letterman Show

34. While a cab driver, he received encouragement to stay an actor from none other than future president John F. Kennedy

33. Starred in the acclaimed The Outer Limits “I, Robot” episode in 1964, and appeared in remake in 1995 (then directed by son Adam)

32. Only actor to appear in every episode of original Star Trek

31. Wrote a comic book series ("Primortals") in the 1990s – inspired by discussions with Isaac Asimov

30. Directed and starred in a Bangles music video

29. Suffers from tinnitus (ringing in the ear) caused by explosion during Star Trek episode "Arena"

28. Got the most fan mail of any actors on original Star Trek

27. Second Star Trek actor to be honored with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

26.Starred in the best Hallmark Christmas ornament commercial, ever

25. Has built up over 160,000 followers on Twitter in less than a year

24. Joined Mission: Impossible to replace Martin Landau – who was the runner up for the role of Spock

23. Has directed one Broadway play and appeared in two others – in addition to acting and directing in many acclaimed stage productions

22. Most popular haircut in father’s Barbershop: "The Spock Cut"

21. Said "dickheads" on Saturday Night Live

20. Awarded the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award from the Space Foundation

19. While being interviewed on Today Show, Ann Curry she admitted she had a crush on him

18. Sued Gene Roddenberry for showing Star Trek blooper reels at conventions

17. Still has said of Roddenberry "he was a very complicated man and a great visionary"

16. Supported radio dramas through his own endeavor, Alien Voices along with John DeLancie

15. When he met candidate Barack Obama, the future president greeted Nimoy with Vulcan salute

14. Was Best Man at William Shatner’s third wedding (to Nerrine Kidd)

13. During original Star Trek used to ride around Paramount lot on bicycle – which was once stolen by William Shatner

12. Kept the last pair of Spock ears from original Star Trek as a memento

11. First played an alien in 1952 serial Zombies of the Stratosphere

10. Improvised the line "thrusters at full" at the end of 2009 Star Trek

9. In 1971 became first Star Trek actor to inspire naming of an astronomical object: Asteroid 2309 Mr. Spock (technically named after discoverers cat "Mr. Spock")

8. Developed close mentoring relationship with Zachary Quinto, Star Trek’s new Spock – and still has him over to dinner

7. Wrote the autobiography, "I Am Not Spock", then realized "I Am Spock" twenty years later

6. Nominated three times for an Emmy for playing Spock

5. Released five albums of music and poetry, including the awesome “Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” and “Highly Illogical”

4. Came out of retirement again in 2011 to appear at conventions because felt he "owed it" to the fans

3. Honored with a "Life Career Award" and a "Lifetime Achievement Award" by Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror (Saturns)

2. Appeared on cover of Newsweek

1. At 80 is active, entertaining, educating, and inspiring







1. ksmsscu - March 26, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mr. Nimoy. May you continue to lead a long, fascinating life!

2. Daniel W. Ring - March 26, 2011

I loved the fact that he has no egotism about passing the torch to Quinto

3. Harry Ballz - March 26, 2011

He improvised the line, “thrusters at full” in the last movie? Fascinating!

4. Chris Dawson - March 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Leonard Nimoy!

5. Captain Dunsel - March 26, 2011

I would LOVE to see video of the appearance on The Carol Burnett Show!

BTW, Items 60 & 57 are the same. May I suggest a substitution?

“Directed by his son Adam in the 1995 remake of Outer Limits “I. Robot”, 31 years after appearing in the original.”

6. Anthony Pascale - March 26, 2011

not sure how the duplicate thing showed up, but it is fixed. we had 80 so thanks for suggestion. the I, Robot episode already got a mention, but added thing on Adam thanks for reminder

7. Buzz Cagney - March 26, 2011

He is one cool guy!
Very Happy Birthday, Sir.

(more great work compiling this list from Trekmovie. Thanks guys)

8. Red Dead Ryan - March 26, 2011

“53. Worked as a soda jerk and theater usher”

What’s a “soda jerk”, anyway?

Both he and William Shatner are the epitome of how to live life!

Happy Birthday, Mr. Nimoy!

Perhaps if he writes another book, the title could be “Forever Spock”.

9. Allison - March 26, 2011

Number 45 should be written The Man From U.N.C.LE.” not “Uncle.”

10. CmdrR - March 26, 2011

29. Suffers from tinnitus (ringing in the ear) caused by explosion during Star Trek episode “Arena”

Sorry to be nitpicky, but I am a Trekkie, after all. I believe you mean it was caused during the filming of “Errand of Mercy.” It’s the “a most satisfactory display” boom boom. Shatner says both of them suffer tinnitus.

Anyhoo — HAPPY BIRTHDAY, sir!

11. CmdrR - March 26, 2011

Oops. Also see the mention of “Arena” in IMDB. More than one boom boom on the set.

12. Red Dead Ryan - March 26, 2011

I wonder if TrekMovie will be doing a “45 Reasons We Love Star Trek” list?

The Shatner and Nimoy ones are a lot of fun!

13. s k Sexton - March 26, 2011

Happy Solar Return, Mr. Nimoy and Many More.

My proofreading fixes:
1 Ann Curry works for NBC not CBS.
2 His appearance on Sea Hunt was overlooked?!

14. 1701A2E - March 26, 2011

Happy big 80th Mr. Nimoy!

15. dr_beckett - March 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Mr Nimoy

16. Chasco - March 27, 2011

Many Happy Returns to Mr Nimoy.

Proofreading nitpick – “33. Starred in the acclaimed The Outer Limits “I, Robot” episode in 1964, and reprised role in remake in 1995″
He didn’t actually reprise the same role. He played a different character in the remake.

17. Jim West - March 27, 2011

Happy Birthday fascinating Leonard Nimoy.
I’m 47 years old now, and I will never forget the first time I saw you in Star trek on the black and white tv screen of my parents.
Star Trek changing a lot of things in my life and you are part of that changes.

Thank you 8

18. The Six Million Dollar Man - March 27, 2011


Very many happy returns and thank you, Mr. N.!!!

19. Douglas - March 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Mr. Nimoy. You’ve been an inspiration for greatness and a role model on many different levels.
Thank you from the heart.

20. The ste - March 27, 2011

Happy birthday Mr. Nimoy…and many more

21. Trekboi - March 27, 2011

Love you leonard- when are you coming to australia for a con???

22. lostrod - March 27, 2011

Interesting list.

Now I know I share something with both Mr. Shatner and Mr. Nimoy – tinnitus.


23. Chris M - March 27, 2011

Happy 80th Birthday to Leonard Nimoy!! What and absolute Star he is and has been throughout his 50+ year career and has been awesome to see him in the new Star Trek movie and Fringe in recent years!!

24. chrisfawkes.com - March 27, 2011

Leonard Nimoy, what a great career and service.

Happy birthday.

25. Holger - March 27, 2011

Great list! Once more, Happy Birthday to Leonard Nimoy.

Reason #56: and more importantly, voiced himself twice in Futurama.

26. JKP - March 27, 2011

Nimoy’s great. Glad he’s still going strong. :)

27. DJT - March 27, 2011

I wish someone would put up the “The Carol Burnett Show!” appearance on You-tube. Talk about alternate universe!

Plus, I want to know more about his cabby encounter!

Happy birthday!!

28. Andy Patterson - March 27, 2011

As I say often, re: his musical career…..his version of “Sunny” is super. The arrangement alone is gold. Happy Birthday Leonard!l

29. Bernd Schneider - March 27, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mr. Nimoy. Live long and prosper!

30. CardassiaPrimera - March 27, 2011

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mr Nimoy

31. Sebastian - March 27, 2011

A most logical listing, if somewhat emotional…. ;-P

Happy Birthday Mr Nimoy!
A very classy, cool guy who will live long and prosper!

32. Jonny - March 27, 2011

Item #32… Really? What about Shatner?

33. Captain Dunsel - March 27, 2011

@31. Jonny “Item #32… Really? What about Shatner?”

I believe this statistic is counting “The Cage” as an episode. No Kirk.

34. Christopher Roberts - March 27, 2011

Happy Birthday, Leonard Nimoy.

He also appeared in the greatest ever Sci-Fi remake, surpassing the iconic original….

I am of course, referring to INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS.

35. Christopher Roberts - March 27, 2011

;) :-)

36. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - March 27, 2011

Happy Birthday to Leonard Nimoy. He also wore a Beard in Star Trek Mirror Mirror. He is such a class act and a great actor. May he live long and prosper.

37. Daoud - March 27, 2011

LLaP! Leonard lives and prospers. :)
Happy birthday, and shalom out!

38. Daoud - March 27, 2011

\\//_ _\\//

39. Frehar - March 27, 2011

To comment 31-

Shatner was not in “The Cage.”

40. The Picard Maneuver - March 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Leonard. All the best.

Quite a feat of accomplishments.

Live long and prosper.

41. Zee - March 27, 2011

Happy 80th Birthday, Leonard Nimoy! You are fascinating!

42. Dee - lvs moon' surface - March 27, 2011

Yes he is GREAT! … I have tremendous admiration and respect for him! …. then again…. Happy Birthday Mr. Nimoy!

43. John Tenuto - March 27, 2011

#32 and #33

Also, Captain Kirk was not in “The Slaver Weapon” of the animated television program.

44. CaptainDonovin - March 27, 2011

A very happy birthday Mr. Nimoy. Kirk may have been Captain, but someone had to be there to save his arse all the time!

45. Daoud - March 27, 2011

#43 And for a brief while in “Yesteryear”, Spock didn’t exist at all during TOS. Imagine rewriting all the TOS episodes to feature Thelin of Andor, grandson of Shran. >:-)
With Shatner in Generations, but Nimoy not, Shatner almost caught up to him. With Trek 2009, Nimoy again has a 2-screenplay lead. (Not counting the two TNG episodes: they had no part during a TOS timeframe.)

46. Bilbo Baggins - March 27, 2011

“Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” should be the theme music for the new Hobbit movie. :)

47. jesustrek - March 27, 2011

¡Feliz Cumpleaños! Mr. Nimoy…siempre he sido y ser su Fan.

48. Newman - March 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Leonard Nimoy! You are the classiest man in Hollywood!

49. TJ Trek - March 27, 2011

Watch Leonord Nimoy – Never Forget – excerpts 1…..when Nimoy’s character says “this is interesting” you’ll see the unmistakable Spcok eyebrow…..It made me smile

50. AJ - March 27, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mr. Nimoy.

Mr. Spock was a role-model for me growing up in the 1970’s, as he was to many, and it all springs from Nimoy, the man, himself, as we have found out in the ensuing years.

Intelligent, mysterious, down to earth, a sheer gentleman, a jokester, and “a certain Vulcan of our acquaintance” to boot, Nimoy has done more to promote logic and peace, in character as Spock, than any actor has ever done. He sealed the deal directing and co-writing STIV.

He’s also still the one that brings in the lion’s share of the girls (sorry, Bill), even at 80.

Just hearing that applause on “Letterman” and hearing Dave say “There he is, everybody,” reaffirms it all.

51. The Original Spock's Brain - March 27, 2011

I fondly remember finally meeting him when he spoke at the MFAH about his photography a few years ago.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Nimoy!

52. CanadianShane - March 27, 2011

#29 – Shatners the one suffering from tinnitus, Happy B-Day Mr. Nimoy!!!

53. tony - March 27, 2011

Cant wait to see you in vegas LLAP

54. Basement Blogger - March 27, 2011

First great work TrekMovie on this story. And…

Happy Birthday Leonard Nimoy! Now call J.J. and get a part in the new Star Trek movie. :-)

55. Punkspocker - March 27, 2011

L’Chaim Leonard!

56. Harry Ballz - March 27, 2011

Funny, you would think the staff for Shatner and Nimoy would know about these “80 lists” on this site, and would have flagged their clients to read all our good/best wishes to them for turning 80. If that DID happen, it would only have taken either star a total of two minutes to post here, thanking their fans. This is not a complaint, just an observation.


57. Polly - March 27, 2011

Best thing he ever did= “be” Spock in Star Trek!…Star Trek would definitely not be the same without Spock! Thank you for all you’ve done, Mr. Nimoy!

Happy Birthday!

….but whats a “soda jerk”?

58. keachick - March 27, 2011

This site is probably a good place for the Trek actors, old and new, to post a comment or two if they wish. Anthony would be checking for their authenticity – no imposters here, thank you. Grrrrrrr. I am just wondering if it might be difficult sometimes to determine whether a poster is the authentic Bob Orci, Walter Koenig and so on.

Just so sad that there is so much dishonesty and bs around. It really is a case of a “few bad apples spoiling” things. I am hoping that a “few” is no more than 5 – 10% or am I being naive here to hope the number is that low?

59. Rosario T. Calabria - March 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Leonard Nimoy!

Great list.

Several things I wasn’t aware of.

60. Dee - lvs moon' surface - March 27, 2011

#58 – keachick

Yes it’s complicated… after all there are people of all kinds and with different intentions on the internet… and everywhere…

If a mere mortal like me is copied… you know there are a bunch of “Dee” … but when someone uses that name and the same style that I write… it is obvious that this person is trying to pass me by! … in that gossip site, we know… I just go there to get the news of our ” favorite “… and I NEVER, NEVER… make comments about other actors who are not connected to him or Star Trek! … so there are many copycats there!….

Because of that I no longer use only “Dee” … I’d rather not confuse me with trolls who say offensive things about people … celebrities or not!

:-) :-)

61. Tom1701 - March 27, 2011

And is from Boston! Happy belated B-Day!

62. Ivory - March 27, 2011

Happy Birthday to one of my boyhood heroes….I want to see Mr. Nimoy and William Shatner back as Kirk and Spock one more time.

63. MC1 Doug - March 27, 2011

It is sooo cool that two of my childhood heroes are both 80 years old!

Happy (belatedly) birthday, Mr. Nimoy!

64. s k Sexton - March 27, 2011

Since two “younguns” have now inquired, a “soda jerk” is old school slang for a kid who worked at a drugstore soda fountain serving up said beverage. Similar to current decorative pub draught beer pulls, one would ‘jerk’ the soda dispenser in a (sometimes) show-y manner.
Yer welcome, kiddos!

65. Magic_Al - March 27, 2011

Was Nimoy in the Army at the time he played a Marine in the training film?

66. GarySeven - March 27, 2011

I love Leonard Nimoy. He’s great. Period.

67. Iowagirl - March 28, 2011

Happy belated birthday to the one and only Spock and of course the man himself!!

Yep, so do I! :)

68. Jai - March 28, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mr Nimoy. Thank you for your fantastic performances over the years, and for bringing tremendous dignity, quiet gravitas and unshakeable integrity to Spock. As a genuinely decent, honourable gentleman, you are as much of a positive role model for all of us as your fictional green-blooded counterpart is.

Wishing you many more years of rewarding voyages into the undiscovered country.

69. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - March 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Mr. Nimoy! You have a wonderfull leggacy and we are all thankfull for your contribution to society!

70. Chris Doohan - March 28, 2011

I’ve always like the man. I hope he had a great B-day. LLAP

71. Lt. Bailey - March 28, 2011

What ever happened to that ST blooper film? Is it available still???

72. Losira - March 28, 2011

happy belated birthday Mr.Spock! thanks for all you have given us…hope you had a beautiful blessed day

73. T'Leba - March 28, 2011

Happy belated birthday, Mr. Nimoy! As a child, I got much of my grounding in ethics from watching you and Star Trek. You both have had a great influence on my life. My kids call me Mrs. Spock.

74. T.'. - March 28, 2011

Happy Birthday, sir.


75. Leah Johnson - March 29, 2011

thank you, Mr. Nimoy, for all the pleasure you have given to your audiences through out your life.

76. Captain Dunsel - March 29, 2011

I think one of the finest things you can say about Mr. Nimoy is the almost universal respect prople have for him. We often see a great deal of back and forth on this and other sites about whether [fill-in almost any name] is mean or nice, arrogant or humble, self-centered or giving.

But I don’t think I’ve evr seen any such controversy over Leonard Nimoy or anything he has done or said. For someone who has spent the better part of 6 decades in the public eye, that says something very special about the sort of man he is.

77. s k Sexton - March 30, 2011

I am still wishing and hoping Trek Movie can acquire the “Sea Hunt” episodes.
Doesn’t anyone else know this tv series starring Lloyd Bridges (father of Jeff and Beau?)
I know of 2 separate episodes featuring young Leonard in the Villian role! AND scuba diving!
Its fun to view these other clips of his early career, too.
Not to mention the ultra-cool 70s “Mission Impossible”…

78. Captain Dunsel - March 30, 2011

Absolutely I recall “Sea Hunt”! “ZIV” Productions! Ivan Tors! Great stuff.

It was showing on one of the cable channels (Outdoor Channel?) just a few years ago. There was also an attempted revival in the 70’s or 80’s with Ron Ely – not nearly as good.

79. Phil - March 30, 2011

Shatner wasn’t in every episode?

80. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - March 30, 2011

I think the “Ghost Boy” is a cardboard cutout of Nimoy. No kidding. Look at the hair.

Does anyone own the “Amok Time/Lirpa Fight” Hallmark ornament?

Happy Birthday, Leonard.

81. subatoi - April 2, 2011

And one more comment, to make it more than 80 :)
Mazal Tov.

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