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Postby The United Colonies of Earth » Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:52 am

This is a somber moment.
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Postby Wallenburg » Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:53 am

Robin Williams's last movie was Night at the Museum #3.
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Postby Mereon » Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:54 am

Wherever you are now, Mr. Nimoy, I hope you live long and prosper.
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Postby Scomagia » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:00 pm

KAHN!!!!!

Seriously, farewell Mr. Nimoy. It's a damn shame.
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Postby Pope Joan » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:01 pm

Gah, he basically suffocated and died. My mother's side of the family all died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It's like being buried alive inside your own body.

He was a fine actor. The Star Trek movie he directed, IV, was by far the best of the lot. It gave the whole ensemble a chance to shine.
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Postby Bralia » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:01 pm

Don't worry guys, we can bring him back. If we can keep his body preserved for a few thousand years, we'll resurrect him using a Genesis device.
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Re: Leonard Nimoy 1931 - 2015

Postby 95X » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:04 pm

Another major newsworthy item that, somehow, I heard about first via NSG.

I'm currently in my 30s and have fond memories watching the original Star Trek as an extended family activity. Yes, we really would all eat dinner on weekend evenings while watching the show.

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This picture is so racist
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Postby Tillania » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:05 pm

Sad news indeed.
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Postby Opplandia » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:07 pm

http://youtu.be/fHAOWLhrxhQ

the best movie-death I have seen. enacted by noone else than the great Leonard Nimoy.

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Postby United Marxist Nations » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:07 pm

Imperialpowersofkorea wrote:


This picture is so racist

How?!
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...it's from an Asian Movie...
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Imperialpowersofkorea wrote:


This picture is so racist


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Postby Tagmatium » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:12 pm

Bit of a shock.

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Postby Badassistanian » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:14 pm

That really sucks.

May he rest in peace.

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Postby Kannap » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:17 pm

I just heard the news, and for once Nationstates didn't deliver the news to me.

In times like these I find myself Googling, immediately, Ian McKellen, Morgan Freeman, and Jack Nicholson and knowing that I will feel saddened like this when I hear one day that they've died.

It's just a sense of getting attached to certain actors and actresses after seeing so much of them in movies and on TV that when they die, it actually makes you sad. It sounds stupid but it happens.

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Postby Russels Orbiting Teapot » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:19 pm

More than almost any other actor I can think of, Nimoy changed the world for the better. There will never be another.

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Postby Planita » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:20 pm

sigh... what a great man
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Postby Kannap » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:22 pm



Well, I didn't need water in my eyes anyway.

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Postby Blakullar » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:26 pm

Gah, someone else beat me to the clip of Spock's funeral in The Wrath of Khan!

Nimoy was an absolute legend, and my sympathies are with his family and Trekkies alike.
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Postby Cerillium » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:36 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of "Star Trek" fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.

Nimoy died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, with family at his side, said his son, Adam Nimoy. He was 83.

Although Nimoy followed his 1966-69 "Star Trek" run with a notable career as both an actor and director, in the public's mind he would always be Spock. His half-human, half-Vulcan character was the calm counterpoint to William Shatner's often-emotional Captain Kirk on one of TV and film's most revered cult series.

"He affected the lives of many," Adam Nimoy said. "He was also a great guy and my best friend."

Asked if his father chafed at his fans' close identification of him with his character, Adam Nimoy said, "Not in the least. He loved Spock."

His death drew immediate reaction on Earth and in space.

"I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent and his capacity to love," Shatner said.

"Live Long and Prosper, Mr. #Spock!" tweeted Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, aboard the International Space Station.

Nimoy displayed ambivalence to the famous role in the titles of his two autobiographies: "I Am Not Spock" (1975) and "I Am Spock" (1995).

After "Star Trek" ended, the actor immediately joined the hit adventure series "Mission Impossible" as Paris, the mission team's master of disguises.

From 1976 to 1982, he hosted the syndicated TV series "In Search of ... ," which attempted to probe such mysteries as the legend of the Loch Ness Monster and the disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart.

He played Israeli leader Golda Meir's husband opposite Ingrid Bergman in the TV drama "A Woman Called Golda" and Vincent van Gogh in "Vincent," a one-man stage show on the life of the troubled painter. He continued to work well into his 70s, playing gazillionaire genius William Bell in the Fox series "Fringe."

He also directed several films, including the hit comedy "Three Men and a Baby" and appeared in such plays as "A Streetcar Named Desire," ''Cat on a Hot Tim Roof," ''Fiddler on the Roof," ''The King and I," ''My Fair Lady" and "Equus." He also published books of poems, children's stories and his own photographs.

But he could never really escape the role that took him overnight from bit-part actor status to TV star, and in a 1995 interview he sought to analyze the popularity of Spock, the green-blooded space traveler who aspired to live a life based on pure logic.

People identified with Spock because they "recognize in themselves this wish that they could be logical and avoid the pain of anger and confrontation," Nimoy concluded.

"How many times have we come away from an argument wishing we had said and done something different?" he asked.

In the years immediately after "Star Trek" left television, Nimoy tried to shun the role, but he eventually came to embrace it, lampooning himself on such TV shows as "Futurama," ''Duckman" and "The Simpsons" and in commercials.

He became Spock after "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry was impressed by his work in guest appearances on the TV shows "The Lieutenant" and "Dr. Kildare."

The space adventure set in the 23rd century had an unimpressive debut on NBC on Sept. 8, 1966, and it struggled during its three seasons to find an audience other than teenage boys. It seemed headed for oblivion after it was canceled in 1969, but its dedicated legion of fans, who called themselves Trekkies, kept its memory alive with conventions and fan clubs and constant demands that the cast be reassembled for a movie or another TV show.

Trekkies were particularly fond of Spock, often greeting one another with the Vulcan salute and the Vulcan motto, "Live Long and Prosper," both of which Nimoy was credited with bringing to the character. He pointed out, however, that the hand gesture was actually derived from one used by rabbis during Hebraic benedictions.

When the cast finally was reassembled for "Star Trek — The Motion Picture," in 1979, the film was a huge hit and five sequels followed. Nimoy appeared in all of them and directed two. He also guest starred as an older version of himself in some of the episodes of the show's spinoff TV series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

"Of course the role changed my career— or rather, gave me one," he once said. "It made me wealthy by most standards and opened up vast opportunities. It also affected me personally, socially, psychologically, emotionally. ... What started out as a welcome job to a hungry actor has become a constant and ongoing influence in my thinking and lifestyle."

In 2009, he was back in a new big-screen version of "Star Trek," this time playing an older Spock who meets his younger self, played by Zachary Quinto. Critic Roger Ebert called the older Spock "the most human character in the film."

Among those seeing the film was President Barack Obama, whose even manner was often likened to Spock's.

"Everybody was saying I was Spock, so I figured I should check it out," Obama said at the time.

Upon the movie's debut, Nimoy told The Associated Press that in his late 70s he was probably closer than ever to being as comfortable with himself as the logical Spock always appeared to be.

"I know where I'm going, and I know where I've been," he said. He reprised the role in the 2013 sequel "Star Trek Into Darkness."

Born in Boston to Jewish immigrants from Russia, Nimoy was raised in an Italian section of the city where, although he counted many Italian-Americans as his friends, he said he also felt the sting of anti-Semitism growing up.

At age 17 he was cast in a local production of Clifford Odets' "Awake and Sing" as the son in a Jewish family.

"This role, the young man surrounded by a hostile and repressive environment, so touched a responsive chord that I decided to make a career of acting," he said later.

He won a drama scholarship to Boston College but eventually dropped out, moved to California and took acting lessons at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Soon he had lost his "Boston dead-end" accent, hired an agent and began getting small roles in TV series and movies. He played a baseball player in "Rhubarb" and an Indian in "Old Overland Trail."

After service in the Army, he returned to Hollywood, working as taxi driver, vacuum cleaner salesman, movie theater usher and other jobs while looking for acting roles.

In 1954 he married Sandra Zober, a fellow student at the Pasadena Playhouse, and they had two children, Julie and Adam. The couple divorced, and in 1988 he married Susan Bay, a film production executive.

Besides his wife, son and daughter, Nimoy is survived by his stepson, Aaron Bay Schuck. Services will be private, Adam Nimoy said.


For many of us science fiction fans, Nimoy was more than legend; he was an inspiration. Before there was STEM, there was Nimoy, and many of my generation gained an interest in science due to not only his TV series role but his efforts to spark our interest in the unknown with shows such as "In Search Of..."

RIP Nimoy; live long and prosper, Mr. Spock.

Ah but every NSG thread needs to bounce a question to the world at large, no? What say you, NSG? Did he impact your life at all (love for science fiction, interest in STEM, etc)? What's your opinion on him, his contributions and impact?


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Postby Tarsonis Survivors » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:40 pm

Blakullar wrote:Gah, someone else beat me to the clip of Spock's funeral in The Wrath of Khan!

Nimoy was an absolute legend, and my sympathies are with his family and Trekkies alike.


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