Star Trek star Zachary Quinto is one of the featured celebrities on the new season of the NBC/Peacock series Who Do You Think You Are? which delves into their family history and ancestry. And the research for Zachary Quinto found a surprising connection to his character of Spock.
Quinto’s ancestor had a little Spock in him
While researching Zachary Quinto’s family tree for his upcoming appearance on Who Do You Think You Are?, Ancestry.com found a surprising connection in his family’s past and his character, Spock. In a newspaper record from 1899, Quinto’s great-grandfather P.J. McArdle wrote a letter to the editor that closes out with “May it live long and prosper” – almost the same words used in the iconic Vulcan greeting and farewell “live long and prosper,” first introduced by Leonard Nimoy as Spock on Star Trek: The Original Series and spoken by Quinto as Spock for the Kelvin Universe films.
As part of his duties, Peter (or P.J.) was a frequent contributor to the union newsletter, The Amalgamated Journal. In a letter to the editor, P.J. thanks the Amalgamated Association for the quality of the publication and subscribed some of the workers from his local mill. In closing, McArdle wrote: “May it live long and prosper….”
NBC has provided TrekMovie with a clip from Who Do You Think You Are? where you can see Quinto find out about the Spock family connection, along with a possible explanation of why his ancestor might have used that famous Vulcan phrase.
Quinto’s full journey will air on Who Do You Think You Are? on August 14 at 7/6c on NBC and stream on Peacock.