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!