Leonard Nimoy: the fascinating star who boldly went wherever he liked

He's best known as Star Trek's Mr Spock, but Leonard Nimoy was also an avant garde musician, the director of Three Men and a Baby and a man who was never afraid to make fun of himself

Star Trek and sci-fi fans the world over are in mourning following the death of the great Leonard Nimoy.


We know him best as the Starship Enterprise’s Vulcan First Officer Mr Spock but Nimoy was never afraid to boldly go far beyond his most famous role.

Here are just a few fascinating reasons he’ll never be forgotten…

He was never afraid to have a good laugh at his own expense

Nimoy happily made fun of himself and his Star Trek heritage when he made a cameo voicing his own action figure on The Big Bang Theory.


His Simpsons appearances were equally deadpan and just as rib-tickling.

He always had a fascinating story to tell

Take this explanation of the origins of the Vulcan salute for example…

He was also a musician and singer

Nimoy released quite a few tunes in his time, with the bizarre Lord of the Rings-influenced Ballad of Bilbo Baggins among the most unforgettable…

Fans subsequently campaigned for a live-action Lord of The Rings film in which Nimoy would play Aragorn (wonder what Viggo Mortensen would have to say about that?)

There is a decent chance that he could have given Jaoquin Phoenix a run for his money too: Nimoy also recorded a version of Johnny Cash’s Walk The Line.

He gave the world Three Men and A Baby


People often forget that Nimoy directed the film that brought Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg together in the hilarious struggle to care for an infant.

He was the star of one of sci-fi’s most poignant and memorable moments

And his last tweet could have been written by Spock himself