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Happy Birthday, Leonard Nimoy March 26, 2012

by TrekMovie.com Staff , Filed under: Celebrity,Nimoy , trackback

Late March is always a special time for Star Trek fans as just days after celebrating the birthday of William Shater we then celebrate the Birthday of Leonard Nimoy, born just four days after his friend Bill. Today Mr. Nimoy turns 81 and we here at TrekMovie wish him the happiest of birthdays.

 

Wishing Leonard Nimoy Happy Birthday is Only Logical

As Star Trek fans we cannot fail to recognize the impact the man has had on the franchise we love so much. He was there at the beginning, and his was the only character carried over from the original pilot "The Cage." His Mr. Spock became iconic with the franchise and from the beginning he was helping shape the character, as this video interview demostrates.

Mr. Nimoy then helped shape the success of the franchise in the 80s by directing two of the successful Star Trek films of that decade (Star Trek II and Star Trek IV). And Star Trek IV was the most successful Star Trek film until 2009 with JJ Abrams Star Trek, a film again relied on Mr. Nimoy’s Spock to bridge the gap and help re-launch the franchise for yet another generation. This video shows how Mr. Nimoy helped bridge that gap with the new Mr. Spock, Zachary Quinto.

But of course there is much more to Mr. Nimoy than Mr. Spock. He is an accomplished photographer, director, actor, writer and more. This video features Mr. Nimoy talking about some of the highlights of his career.

Trek celebs join the b-day wishes

Star Trek co-stars and vets are also wishing Mr. Nimoy a happy birthday today including Twitter wishes from William Shatner, Jeri Ryan, Brent Spiner and Nichelle Nichols.

And Mr. Nimoy has expressed his thanks for all those wishing him a happy birthday on Twitter.

Don’t forget about Nimoy as ‘Tiny Spock’ on this week’s Big Bang Theory

Leonard Nimoy comes out of retirement again this week, providing the voice of Sheldon’s Mr. Spock action figure in this weeks The Big Bang Theory.

Comments

1. Amish Electrician - March 26, 2012

first…happy bday

2. Phil - March 26, 2012

Happy birthday sir….

3. Frank Jay Gruber - March 26, 2012

Happy birthday to actor, author, director, philanthropist, and photographer Leonard Nimoy. Wishing you many more happy and healthy years, sir!

4. VZX - March 26, 2012

Mr. Nimoy gave Star Trek the gravitas it sorely needed. Happy Birthday to a legend, and I hope many more.

5. Commodore Redshirt - March 26, 2012

Happy B’day!

6. Trekman_dave - March 26, 2012

It would not be logical, to not wish such a happy birthday to such a great man

7. James - March 26, 2012

Shouldn’t it be Star Trek III,, not II?

8. Aashlee - March 26, 2012

I don’t think Trek would have endured without becoming a cheese-fest if it were not for this particular actor. He was one of the deep thinkers of the cast, and I think that Trek producers knew they would not have Nimoy on board for STTMP or WOK if they didn’t provide half-way decent stories. Those two movies set to course for the rest of the TOS cast movies (except “Star Trek V,” which, unfortunately, Shatner was allowed to run with). All the best Trek movies had Nimoy’s hand in them.

So, Happy Birthday, Leonard Nimoy…and thanks.

9. Stokiespock - March 26, 2012

Happy birthday mr nimoy 81 and still looking good !! Have a great day LLAP PALL !!!!

10. AJ - March 26, 2012

Simply the Best. Happy Birthday!

11. Admiral Kirk - March 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Sir.

Live long and prosper.

12. Aurore - March 26, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mr. Nimoy.

13. Orb of the Emissary - March 26, 2012

Live Long & Prosper Mr. Nimoy!!

14. montreal_paul - March 26, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mr. Nimoy!

15. Starbase Britain - March 26, 2012

Many happy returns Mr Nimoy – literally!!
Greg
UK

16. porthoses bitch - March 26, 2012

Happiest of birthdays sir….and many more

17. Crusade2267 - March 26, 2012

Indeed, a very happy birthday!

18. BoltBait - March 26, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mr. Nimoy!

The day my daughter met you last August at the Las Vegas convention was the best day of her life. You signed her favorite Star Trek novel.

You have made many people happy, young and old.

LLAP!

19. Dennis - March 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Leonard Nimoy. A man who created a character that changed my life.

20. Battle-scarred Sciatica - March 26, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mr Nimoy.

i didn’t realise you directed II and not III – i must have had a small cerebral vascular accident in the early 80′s….;)

you truly are living long and prospering!

21. Daoud - March 26, 2012

@20. Yeah, huh? Nick Meyer directed II (Khan) and VI (Duh Klingons). Nimoy directed III (We knew Nimoy was back at first, but not necessarily Spock) and IV (Duh Whales). Wise directed I (Duh Boring One), and Shatner did V (The One That Wasn’t Really Finished).

22. sndlsktty - March 26, 2012

It was 3,not 2 he directed. Live long and prosper,sir.

23. Total_Trekkie2 - March 26, 2012

Happy Birthday! You’re a true Trek hero.

24. Hugh Hoyland - March 26, 2012

Happy birthday Mr. Nimoy! Thanks for all the years of entertainment. May there be many more to come.

25. PEB - March 26, 2012

how fitting, they showed the two-parter “Unification” this past weekend on BBC America. Happy birthday Mr. Nimoy. You definitely are my favorite of all the Trek actors!

26. T'Leba - March 26, 2012

Happy birthday, Mr. Nimoy! You have been a guiding force in my life!

27. Anthony Thompson - March 26, 2012

Happy birthday to a thoughtful guy and class act.

28. Basement Blogger - March 26, 2012

Happy Birthday, Leonard. Let’s see. Let’s say this in a different way. Have an extended and satisfying life.

29. Dee - lvs moon' surface - March 26, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mr. Nimoy!… LLAP

;-) :-)

30. Sebastian S. - March 26, 2012

His ongoing mission: to continue to live long and prosper….

Happy Birthday, Leonard Nimoy. Meeting him in person at Comic Con in ’09 was a great thrill. He was a very gracious man! ;-)

31. Aqua - March 26, 2012

Live long and Prosper Leonard Nimoy

32. Michael Hall - March 26, 2012

All the best, Mr. Nimoy. All the best.

33. The Original Spock's Brain - March 26, 2012

Happy Birthday , Mr Nimoy!

34. Shilliam Watner - March 26, 2012

Happy Birthday to a talented, inspiring and dignified actor and human being. I’ve long admired Nimoy beyond what he’s done in Star Trek, but will always have an abiding love for Spock.

35. Kev-1 - March 26, 2012

Best of birthdays to Mr. Nimoy! He shows up frequently in several 1950s shows now running in my area. He sure played some great crooks (and other parts) before he put on ears. Paid some dues.

36. CmdrR - March 26, 2012

Merry Shatner and a Happy Nimoy!

Talk about timing.

Hope you both have many, many more happy, healthy birthdays full of the kinds of wonderful accomplishments that make us proud.

37. sterj - March 26, 2012

@35. You should check him out in Sea Hunt eps! Just swim trunks, the whole episode sometimes.

Just a few:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oroaC6hRDE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyK9VmA_KL0&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZTRW5hvRVY&feature=related

38. Edwin - March 26, 2012

Happy Birthday! I enjoy sharing the same birthday with you! :)

39. shpock - March 26, 2012

Leonard Nimoy was on Star Trek?

i’m waiting for my copy of “Spock Is Me”

Happy Birthday!

40. VulcanFilmCritic - March 26, 2012

There is no more complex relationship between a star and his fans than that between Leonard Nimoy and his. And none more long-lived.
Following Mr. Nimoy has led us to where…we wouldn’t normally go:
To Jean Genet, to Broadway, to MassMOCA.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Nimoy and thanks for thinking as highly of your fans as we do of you.

41. ksmsscu - March 26, 2012

Mr. Nimoy, you’ve been leading a creative and eclectic life that amazes us in the same way you created an iconic character that in wearing a blue uniform launched it all and in sitting in a director’s chair saved it all.
The happiest of birthdays, sir!

42. Charla - March 26, 2012

LIving long and prospering, love it!! Happy Birthday!

43. Trekker5 - March 26, 2012

Happy B-day Mr.Nimoy!! Thank you for all your wonderful work though the years! :)

44. Spock/Uhura Admirer ;-) - March 26, 2012

Happy birthday Mr. Nimoy! May you keep living and prospering for many, many years to come!!! :-)

45. RobertZ - March 26, 2012

Peace and Love to you and yours Mr. Nimoy, and to all.

46. Red Dead Ryan - March 26, 2012

A true classic you are, Mr. Nimoy! Happy Birthday! And many more to come I’m sure!

47. NCM - March 26, 2012

Mr. Nimoy is as unique a character as is Mr. Spock. There are more talented actors, but in some ways, maybe few as accomplished. Looking back over the last 40-some years, it isn’t hard to pick another actor who might have played almost any given role as well as whomever was cast. Yet, I can’t picture anyone else making Spock ‘work’ as he did. It would have been so easy to screw it up (you had to have someone who would take the role very seriously, but who could do it without being utterly wooden; someone very nuanced–not to mention one who could smile without smiling). Nimoy engendered a character who got into the hearts and heads of thousands of kids, and adults, and remained there–long and prospering life, indeed!

Happy birthday, Sir, with gratitude, appreciation, and best wishes.

48. Old Geezer - March 26, 2012

It is late in the day, but still wishing a very happy birthday to Mr. Nimoy. All the best.

49. Let Them Eat Plomeek Soup - March 26, 2012

I must do this before this day is over:

Happy 81st birthday, Mr. Nimoy. Thank you equally for both Spock and Paris; I admit there were a few moments where I started liking the latter more than the former, but that’s the way it goes.

So thanks again Mr. Nimoy for all the parts you have played and everything you have done in the past 81 years. Live long and prosper! \\//

50. Cygnus-X1 - March 26, 2012

I grock Spock.

And I grimoy Nimoy.

51. Cygnus-X1 - March 26, 2012

P.S. – Jeri Ryan is so hot.

52. MC1 Doug - March 26, 2012

Happy birthday to the second legend in the past week!!! Can any of us imagine how TREK would be different if Mr. Roddenberry’s first choices had been cast? In the running, way back then, for Mr. Spock was Martin Landau. And of course, Jeffrey Hunter was cast as the captain of the Enterprise.

I grok Spock! and Mr. Nimoy too!!!

53. Jim Nightshade - March 26, 2012

in the trek movies nimoy kinda reinvented spock—after tmp when spock admitted logic alone is incomplete—that vger needed to understand emotions and love to evolve—he became somewhat gentler…dying and coming back anew only made him even more the gentle intellectual devoted friend to kirk and company–and nimoy sold it from tmp on….perfect acting faithful friend to kirk n bones—later in reunification he was more like the younger spock he had a mission and starfleet politics were in the way….lastly he tried to save romulus from destruction but failed winding up in alternate universe past seeing his homeworld die…at the hands of a particularly troubled romulan…and now he helps to establish a new vulcan…while convincing spockternalte to join alterkirk in going boldly—in an alternate universe—quite a character arc over many years–almost unheard of in any entertainment franchises—nimoy helped make spock n trek this deep—and epic—thanks for the memories mr nimoy n happy birthday to you treks strongest advocate whether he wanted to be or not—

54. DonDonP1 - March 26, 2012

Happy Birthday, Leonard. May you and yours live long and prosper!

55. Chris M - March 26, 2012

A very happy birthday to Mr Leonard Nimoy!! :-)

56. Captain Spirk - March 27, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mr Nimoy.

Nice to see in person last year.

Enjoy your retirement.

57. Jai - March 27, 2012

McCoy: I’ll tell you one thing, Spock: You never cease to amaze me.
Spock: Nor I, myself.

* * *

Kirk: Spock, what did you…perceive?
Spock: The wonders of the universe, Captain. Incredible. Completely incredible.

http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0001439/quotes

Happy Birthday, Leonard Nimoy. To quote a saying from India, “May you live for a thousand years, with each year lasting a thousand days”.

58. Captain of the USS Monte Carlo NCC-1986 - March 27, 2012

i hope nimoy and shatner live to be 100

59. Ashley - March 27, 2012

Happy Birthday! ^_^

60. CAPT KRUNCH - March 27, 2012

HAPPY BDAY Mr.Nimoy!///You have lived… that you continue to do so much much much longer!

61. Praetor Tal - March 27, 2012

You’ve lived long, you’ve prospered. Keep on Trekkin’!

62. Lt. Bailey - March 27, 2012

LLAP & PALF to our favorite Vulcan, actor, director, photographer, writer, etc. But most of all, Happy Birthday!

63. captain_neill - March 27, 2012

Happy Birthday to Leonard, a great actor and director.

Although the box office has Star Trek XI down as the most successful film, Leonard still directed the better Trek movie with IV.

Leonard was one of the highlights in the Abrams film.

64. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - March 27, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR NIMOY!!

65. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - March 27, 2012

ATTN trek movie staff. Leonard Nimoy did NOT direct star trek II he directed star trek III and IV. Nick Meyer Directed Star Trek II

66. Red Dead Ryan - March 27, 2012

#63.

Sigh……any opportunity to take a swipe at J.J Abrams, and you take it. Even when this thread isn’t about him.

67. Jack - March 27, 2012

Happy belated birthday, Mr. Nimoy. I sure liked you on that show with the tribbles.

68. captain_neill - March 28, 2012

66

Sorry if it seemed like a swipe. I did not mean to. I just am a fan of Star Trek IV.

Seriously, happy birthday to Leonard. it is only logical that he had a good day.

69. captain_neill - March 28, 2012

66

And you got a point. I do apologise. I got to see the movie as providing us with new Trek rather than the changes being wrong.

Great week in March when it is the birthday of both Shatner and Spock. This is the week in which we celebrate the legends that helped define our favourite show. Shatner and Nimoy will always be the Kirk and Spock to me. Happy birthday to them.

70. Captain Stark - March 29, 2012

Pssst….Nimoy directed Trek III and Trek IV. Trek II was directed by Nicholas Meyer. ;-)

71. CarlG - March 29, 2012

Happy Birthday to a gentleman who has most assuredly lived long and prospered!

… So how many time do you think he’s heard that line today? :)

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