Leonard Nimoy is hanging up his Spock ears and retiring from convention appearances
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- Leonard Nimoy has attended his final "Star Trek" convention.
The 80-year-old actor, best known for playing Mr. Spock in the original TV series that began in September 1966, formed four fingers into a V for Vulcan sign and intoned to fans Spock's most famous phrase: "Live long and prosper."
Nimoy also starred in J.J. Abrams 2009 reboot of "Star Trek," reprising his famous role as Mr. Spock. He has also appeared on the Abrams' produced sci-fi show "Fringe" in recent years.
Nimoy has said the convention in suburban Chicago celebrating the 45th anniversary of "Star Trek" would be his last.
He spoke for an hour about his life and career, and thanked fans for their support over the years. Some held signs reading "We love you Leonard! Live long & prosper."
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well everything good must end I guess..
I am sure that age has something to do with it. But, I enjoyed his performance throughout the entire series.
Something to be said for Spanish TV movies - many of which are ancient. I got to see Leonard Nimoy as a cowboy, at which I thought "What's Mr Spock doing in this film?"
That said, at 80 he needs a bit of peace and quiet.
I think someone like Leonard Nemoy could do whatever he wants at his age. I think his fans should be happy for the years that he gave them. He is an actor, and, even though some fans don't like it when their hero calls it quits, they need to remember that it's his job, and like any other job, he should have the right to do what he wants with it.
If someone told you that you needed to keep working at a job, and you really wanted to quit and do something else, Would you stay on the job for them? I don't know about you, but I think I would have hung up the whole "Spock" thing long before I reached 80. The sad thing is, the only thing Nemoy will be remembered for is being "Spock." At least in the general publics eye. Just like William Shatner will always be Captain kirk..or Bob Denver will always be Gilligan. There's some things you just can't break.
I also remember Shatner as TJ Hooker. But, know that he is probably the only actor from the Star Trek series, that has had continuous work since.
Good for him. I hope he has a great retirement. I'm sure many Trekkies out there will miss him at the conventions, but all good things must come to an end. May he live long and prosper.
Those weren't his real ears? Does that mean he wasn't a Vulcan? I don't understand. I thought Leonard Nimoy was just a character Mr. Spock played on PBS. Now I'm confused.
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