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This weekend Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy will receive an honorary doctorate from Boston University. He will also be giving the convocation address at the BU College of Fine Arts. In advance of the event Nimoy spoke to the college’s newspaper about growing up in Boston, and a bit about Star Trek as well. See excerpts below.
Nimoy on Trek’s longevity, finding his way in retirement & returning to Fringe
This Sunday Leonard Nimoy will receive an honorary doctorate from the Boston University College of Fine Arts, and on Saturday he will give the convocation address to the graduating classs. CFA dean Benjamin Juarez called Nimoy “an inspiring educator and a most generous philanthropist” and noted how “His career has taken the highest path to which a CFA graduate can aspire: that of a citizen artist.”
Speaking to BU Today, Leonard Nimoy talked about the event and he was also asked about the longevity of Star Trek in context with the upcoming sequel…
There’s a new Star Trek movie scheduled for release next year. Does it make you happy to see the franchise still going strong 45 years after the series debut?
I can’t say I’m surprised, but I am pleased. It’s very flattering to know that we were part of something that has durability, that has a long, long life. I’m not surprised, because even when we were making the series, I thought it could have a long future. It is set in the future, so it wouldn’t outdate itself very quickly. The way it evolved was very surprising. We finished making the series in 1969 when we were canceled, and I thought it might be in syndication for a few years and then gradually disappear. But in the ’70s it took on this whole burst of new life in syndication.
Nimoy also discussed his on again off again retirement…
What are you working on these days?
It’s really hard to say. I’m trying to find my way now. My path is not as clear to me as it was in the past. In the past I knew precisely what I was doing. I like to say that I was majoring in career and minoring in family, and now I think it’s shifted. I’m much more interested in my family now and less in my career. I’m making some choices, working on what I find interesting. I won’t go away on long jobs or travel far distances to work on projects. I’ve acted all over the United States and a number of countries, and it doesn’t intrigue me like it used to. I’m now much more interested in being with my children and six grandchildren. I’m enjoying my life. I do an occasional voice job or on-camera appearance. I did a voice appearance on the Big Bang Theory a few months back. It’s a very smart show; I enjoyed doing it.
Speaking of which, Nimoy still seems open to returning to Fringe for the fifth and final season, noting "It’s just a question of how it will play out" for his character William Bell. More from Nimoy at BU Today.
Leonard Nimoy in fourth season finale of "Fringe" – open to more