"Leonard Simon Nimoy" (born March 26, 1931) is an American actor, film director, poet, musician and photographer best known for playing the character Spock in the ''Star Trek'' franchise, beginning in 1966 with the original television series.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts to Ukrainian-Jewish immigrants, Nimoy spent much of his early career in the 1950s doing small parts in B-movies, TV shows such as ''Dragnet'', and serials such as Republic Pictures ''Zombies of the Stratosphere'' in 1952. In 1961 he had a minor role in ''The Twilight Zone'' episode "A Quality of Mercy". His Boston area heritage can be heard in his pronunciation, for example in his pronunciation of the word "rather" in Star Trek episodes.
Nimoy served in the U.S. Army Reserve, receiving final discharge in November 1955 as a Sergeant. His commanding officer was Ben Stern. According to the National Archives and Records Administration, Nimoy's U.S. Army service record was destroyed in the 1973 National Archives Fire.
Nimoy has long been active in the Jewish community, and is an adherent of Reform Judaism. One of his better-known roles was that of Tevye the milkman, in the musical ''Fiddler on the Ro...
|date of birth||March 26 1931|
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