Beyond Spock: 10 Videos to Celebrate the Long and Prosperous Life of Leonard Nimoy

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Some actors are so ingrained in our popular culture that it is difficult to imagine things carrying on without them. Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Mr. Spock on Star Trek, is one of these actors. He died this morning due to complications from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83.

Compiling all of his best moments is nearly impossible, but one must start somewhere. Since his work on Star Trek is well-documented, let's  celebrate his long and prosperous life through some of his other work.

Nimoy's first major role was in a movie called Kid Monk Baroni, in which he played a street punk turned boxer who needs to overcome his misshaped face through plastic surgery. Unsurprisingly, the movie tanked and Nimoy has said that it was the kind of film that "made unknowns out of celebrities." But sometimes something bad can travel over the border into good. You be the judge:

Before Star Trek, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy shared the screen in an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., playing characters from either side of the Iron Curtain. They were meant to be!


After Star Trek, he joined Mission Impossible. This video compilation captures some of the sleuthing and all of the making out with hot girls the role required:

Columbo kept it together most of the time. Nimoy played a murderous doctor that was able to get Columbo really pissed:

Leonard Nimoy singing about hobbits and Bilbo Baggins. I repeat: Leonard Nimoy singing about hobbits and Bilbo Baggins! This clip is too good to be true, and yet, here it is!

Nimoy memorably got a bottle smashed over his head in Philip Kaufman's remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Is it wrong to root for the "bad guy"?

In 1982, he received an Emmy nomination for playing Morris Meyerson in A Woman Called Golda, opposite Ingrid Bergman as Golda Meir in her final role. He was also nominated in 1967, 1968, and 1969 for his work on Star Trek. He never won. Let's never watch the Emmys again, okay?

Fringe is a show that explores the existence of a parallel universe, so who better to get to star as a mysterious doctor than Leonard Nimoy? Answer: No one is better!

In his later years, Nimoy preferred voice acting. In this cameo from The Big Bang Theory, he voices a Spock doll, making so many geek dreams come true.

I'm not sure how Nimoy ended up in a Bruno Mars music video, but I'm glad it happened. Nimoy flips people off, buys dirty magazines, plays with nunchuks, and roams around town in his robe and long johns. This is what perfection looks like:

This post could go on and on because Nimoy's career was so vast. Feel free to leave any favorite Nimoy moments I missed in the comments.

The only way to sign off is with Leonard's last tweet. I advise you to grab a tissue before reading it.