RIP Leonard Nimoy, actor and director: 1931-2015

Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy, an actor, director, photographer, poet and singer best known for his performance in Star Trek, has died. He was 83.

He is destined to be remembered by the public as the actor who played Mr Spock, one of the best-loved extraterrestrials in fiction. However, between directing Three Men and a Baby and having his photography exhibited at multiple museums, Nimoy was a multi-talented individual whose work stretched well beyond the Enterprise.

Nimoy’s early involvement with horror and related genres include playing the evil Martian Narab in the 1952 serial Zombies of the Stratosphere, putting in small appearances in the radioactive ant epic Them! (1954) and the alien invasion flick The Brain Eaters (1958), and turning up in episodes of The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits.

After Star Trek, Nimoy starred as a psychic detective in the 1973 British film Baffled! and played psychiatrist David Kibner in the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. He was involved in two episodes of The Night Gallery in the seventies, appearing in “She’ll Be Company for You” and making his debut as a director with the episode “Death on a Barge”.

His other roles included narrating various documentaries on the paranormal: the first episode of Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories, which was directed by Tobe Hooper; Ancient Mysteries; and In Search Of…, which he also appeared in as a host.

As Star Trek became the centre of pop-cultural nostalgia, Nimoy became something of a regular in science fiction and fantasy productions; to pick just one example, he voiced Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in the 1994 animated film The Pagemaster. Often these roles took on an element of self-parody, as when he leant his voice to Futurama and The Big Bang Theory. Perhaps most memorably, he helped to send up his old job hosting In Search Of… when he voiced himself in the Simpsons/X-Files crossover episode “The Springfield Files”.