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
All the Leonard Nimoy obits tomorrow will focus on Spock. But I will always love him best for directing Three Men and a Baby ?????
— Hadley Freeman (@HadleyFreeman) February 27, 2015
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
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015