We all got the sad news: Leonard Nimoy, the enigmatic actor that played Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, died at the age of 83. In hindsight, I knew it was eventually going to happen but I didn’t expect it to be so sudden. The announcement of his death on February 27 of this year simply caught me off guard. I honestly wanted to write something sooner regarding this but I couldn’t really put into words what I felt when I heard the news. Now that I’ve had some time to think, now’s the best time for me to hopefully get out what I want to say about Leonard Nimoy’s passing.
Like most fans, the first time I saw Leonard Nimoy was in his Mr. Spock costume in Star Trek. After all, he stands out from the rest of the cast. After all, he is the only Vulcan among the crew of the USS Enterprise. Spock may have a lot of human features but his sharp features and pointy ears made him unmistakably alien. That, by himself, already made him a great character. But the writers of Star Trek just gave him a bounty of cool talents, such as the ability to “mind-meld” with other creatures and knocking out pretty much anyone by using the “vulcan nerve pinch.”
But it was the ability to control his emotions to be purely logical was the thing that made Spock my favorite character. You would think a character that never displays emotions would be a bad character. I think that would be true for a lesser actor. But, somehow, Leonard Nimoy managed to make the character work. And that takes skill!
He also appeared in another role that I love; he was the voice of the murderous Galvatron from the 1986 Transformers animated film. The G1 Transformers cartoons rank really high in my list of all things awesome. Having Leonard Nimoy voice the new leader of the Decepticons may seem like an odd choice… but, once again, Leonard Nimoy made it work! While I love Frank Welker, whenever I think of Galvatron, I’ll always think of Leonard Nimoy.
While the character he played in Star Trek could be classified as a stiff, that didn’t mean Leonard Nimoy wasn’t a fun guy. In fact, throughout his life, it showed that he has a very whimsical side to him! He’s been in a lot of funny things that I’ll always remember.
He was the voice in the underrated but cult hit Seaman for the Sega Dreamcast. This was a game I wish I got when I had a Dreamcast but it was so hard to find. And, now that I know that Leonard Nimoy provided the voice of the narrator, it makes me sad that I never played it. Of course, he sang “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins,” which tells the story of The Hobbit. Even a couple of years ago, he showed he had a great sense of humor when he starred in the alternate music video of “The Lazy Song.”
When I heard that Leonard Nimoy passed, I honestly didn’t believe it at first. For some odd reason, I just couldn’t fathom the guy that played Spock and Galvatron and sang “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” could be dead. I knew he was old but I just couldn’t consider he was that old. When the news started popping up on CNN and other “nerd/geek” news sites, I was in denial for a short time. I hoped it was a hoax. Sadly, it wasn’t. The world lost a great actor, voice actor and all around great guy on Feburary 27 of 2015.
I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Leonard Nimoy. He was a big part of my childhood growing up. I do hope that future generations will be touched by his short time on Earth. I know I was.
How did you take the news of Leonard Nimoy’s passing? How will you remember him? Let me know in the comments section below.