It's been a long time since I've posted on The Flaming Nose. Nothing can get me back here faster than the death of a beloved Star Trek actor. Fewer characters have become more iconic than Mr. Spock.
I will try to make this brief. Let's start with Star Trek being one of the first prime time television shows I remember seeing first-run. I was six years old when it debuted and loved it from the first act of the first episode. Spock was one of the main ingredients in a recipe that would turn out the most delicious television and movie franchises in modern entertainment. Spock and Star Trek transcend Sci-Fi.
On to Leonard Nimoy. A man who always embraced his Spock alter-ego without fear of it typecasting him for the rest of his career. Every interview I've seen and article I've read indicate he was a class act. His character no less classy - pure logic wrapped in the package of a loyal friend and commandant. The actors who portrayed the main characters in the original series created magic, and although Star Trek Ruler-of-the-Universe Gene Roddenberry created them, and the writers put the brilliant words in their mouths, these superb actors literally created their personas. Nimoy led the charge with a myriad of nuances and acting choices that turned Spock into the beloved Vulcan we came to know.
Nimoy was truly a gifted actor. Beyond Star Trek, he was superb in Mission Impossible. There in lies a huge connection to The Flaming Nose. Both Trek and Mission were Desilu Productions - projects personally championed by Lucille Ball. After those endeavors, Nimoy hosted a non-fiction (some would say) seventies TV classic, "In Search Of..."
Nimoy was also a film director, poet and photographer.
Leonard Nimoy, dead at age 83. RIP.