The Many Treks of Leonard Nimoy

Practically everyone on planet Earth knows Mr. Nimoy from his time as Spock, but throughout his life, Leonard Nimoy pursued many artistic and philanthropic passions. Today, on what would have been his 84th birthday, we’d like to celebrate him by taking a look at some of the great man’s many pursuits:

Early Life

Leonard Simon Nimoy was born on March 26, 1931 in the West End of Boston, Massachusetts. Nimoy began acting at the age of 8 in a children's and neighborhood theater. His parents wanted him to attend college and pursue a stable career, but his grandfather encouraged him to become an actor.

The Army

Mr. Nimoy served for 2 years in the U.S. Army, Special Services branch (providing entertainment to the troops). He starred in A Streetcar Named Desire as the lead, Stanley Kowalski, in 1955 before being discharged.

Author & Poet

He wrote several books including two autobiographies and several collections of poems.


Nimoy, whose parents were Orthodox Jews from the Ukraine, was a talented photographer. He even took photographs of Jewish women in religious garb, causing a stir in the Jewish community.


Leonard Nimoy loved singing, and even recorded 5 albums. Much of his music is available online--the most well-known being Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.


After the television series ended, two of the six Star Trek films were directed by Nimoy. Argubly the best directing he did was on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Three Men and a Baby. When interviewed by Jimmy Fallon recently, Tom Selleck said "Leonard was irreplaceable. He's a lovely guy, he is not Spock. He was a warm, funny guy, but he was just a fine director. I don't think you could overstate his contribution to that movie. It was a big deal, that movie."

He also directed a few other television episodes (including Shatner in an episode of T.J. Hooker).

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