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Had a pet store in Canoga Park, California during the 1960s.

His father had a barber shop in Boston, where one of the more popular haircuts given was the "Spock cut".

Was William Shatner's best man at his third wedding to Nerine Kidd.

Received his Master's degree in Education from Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio (1977). He later received an honorary doctorate from the university in fall 2000.

Attended and graduated from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts (1953). He later received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the university in May 2012.

Stated at a 1993 convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that he has contracted out his signature, and can only sign items the company he has a contract with authorizes, and therefore does not sign for fans, otherwise he could be sued for breach of contract.

The "Vulcan nerve pinch" concept on Star Trek (1966) was invented by Nimoy when he and the series' writers were trying to figure out how an unarmed Spock could overpower an adversary without resorting to violence.

When Richard Widmark left, Nimoy became the Friday night host for "The Mutual Radio Theater" on Mutual Radio (1980).

Served in the United States Army, under the service number ER-11-229-770, from December 3, 1953 - November 23, 1955. Received an honorable discharge with the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSG).

Hit #121 on the Billboard Singles Chart in 1967 with "Visit to a Sad Planet" (Dot 17038).

Lent his famous voice to the introduction at the Mugar Omni Theater (The Museum of Science, Boston).

Because of his schedule, part two of the Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) two-part episode "Unification" was filmed before part one.

Was an accomplished photographer (specializing in black and white images) and had given exhibitions of his works.

Has two roles in common with voice actor Frank Welker. Welker provided the screams for the young Spock in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984). Welker also provided the voice of Galvatron in the third and fourth seasons of The Transformers (1984), a role which Nimoy had voiced in The Transformers: The Movie (1986).

Was approached to direct Star Trek: Generations (1994), as well as appear as Spock in the film. He declined because Spock's role in the movie would have been a cameo. Nimoy stated that he did not want to play Spock, or direct any Star Trek movie in which Spock was not an integral part of the plot. Spock's character was consequently edited from the script.

The sign that Spock makes with his hand is half of what is commonly done by the Cohanim, the Jewish Priests, when they bless the congregation.

Was an avid writer of poetry and had written many books.

Was the only actor to appear in every episode and both pilots of the original Star Trek (1966) series.

Along with Majel Barrett, he is one of only two actors to appear in both the first and last episodes of the original Star Trek (1966) series.

At 6'1", he was the tallest cast member of the original Star Trek (1966) series.

Had appeared in episodes of six different series with William Shatner: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964), Mission: Impossible (1966), Star Trek (1966), Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973), T.J. Hooker (1982) and Futurama (1999).

Had appeared in four different productions with Malachi Throne: Star Trek (1966), Mission: Impossible (1966), Assault on the Wayne (1971) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).

Due to their similar deep voices, this was rumored for years that Nimoy actually recorded the bulk of Orson Welles' dialogue as Unicron in The Transformers: The Movie (1986). Welles died before the film's release, but voice actress Susan Blu has gone on record saying that Welles recorded all his lines before his death.

He was born only four days after his Star Trek (1966) co-star William Shatner.

Had appeared in episodes of three different series with James Doohan: Star Trek (1966), Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) and Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994).

Had appeared in episodes of three different series with George Takei and Nichelle Nichols: Star Trek (1966), Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) and Futurama (1999).

When Mark Lenard and Jane Wyatt were cast as his parents on Star Trek (1966), they asked him if he had any advice on the Vulcan characters and culture, seeing as how he was the series' main Vulcan character. He replied that he felt the Vulcans were very much a "hand-oriented people", and so Lenard and Wyatt came up with a hand gesture in which they touched and held their fingers together to indicate a sense of intimacy.

Suffered from tinnitus (ringing in the ears), along with Star Trek (1966) co-star William Shatner. Nimoy's right ear and Shatner's left ear were affected. Their hearing was apparently damaged during the filming of the episode Star Trek: Arena (1967), when they were both close to a special effects explosion.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants.

Opened an exotic pet shop in 1970 after the original Star Trek (1966) series' cancellation.

Often nicknamed "the other Dr. Spock" for his degrees in Biology and Photography.

As a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army, Nimoy was in charge of a platoon that included a Ken Berry. Berry later said in an interview that he confided to Nimoy his ambitions to be a dancer and performer and Nimoy encouraged him to go to California at the end of his enlistment.

Father of Adam Nimoy and Julie Nimoy. Had one stepson: Aaron Bay Schuck.

Got his famous role of Spock on Star Trek (1966) in part because discussions among writers and producers of the series about the character of Spock led them to put out the word that they were looking for a tall, thin guy to play the role of an alien crew member. Casting director Joseph D'Agosta remembered Nimoy from his work in an earlier World War II series, The Lieutenant (1963) and gave him a call about this role. And so was born his most famous role and start as a popular culture icon.

The mineral Yominium Sulfide in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), is named after him. If you notice the first five letters spells "Nimoy" backward.

In books over the years, the "unpronouncable" full name of his Star Trek character is S'chn-T' Gaii Spock, son of S'chn-T' Gaii Sarek (of Skon and Solkar) of Vulcan.

Along with Majel Barrett, he is one of only two actors to have appeared on Star Trek in every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s.

His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, is a cousin of Michael Bay. Nimoy voiced the reemerged Megatron, known as Galvatron, in The Transformers: The Movie (1986). Bay altogether reinvented Megatron for Transformers (2007).

Mentioned by Will Ferrell's character Brennan Huff in the comedy film Step Brothers (2008).

Spoke Hebrew and Yiddish fluently. According to William Shatner's memoir of Nimoy, later in his life Leonard was concerned about losing his fluency in Yiddish because of a lack of practice. So Nimoy found a Yiddish speaking psychiatrist and made an regular appointment with her so he could spend an hour each week speaking the language.

During an interview with Al Roker on Today (1952), to promote Star Trek (2009), it was revealed that the news anchor Ann Curry had a major crush on him. They showed several clips of her stating that she was in love with Spock. Roker then called her out on stage. She came on stage, and immediately hugged and kissed Leonard Nimoy, and told him how great she thinks he is. Leonard was very flattered and told her she had great taste.

Had worked with Frank Welker in four films: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), The Transformers: The Movie (1986), The Pagemaster (1994) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011).

Along with David McCallum, Cliff Robertson, Barbara Rush and Peter Breck, he is one of only five actors to appear in both The Outer Limits (1963) and The Outer Limits (1995).

After the success of (former Star Trek castmate) Walter Koenig's "Raver" comics, he sold issues of his "Primortals" comics (1996).

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6651 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on January 16, 1985.

Father-in-law of Gregory Schwartz. Ex-father-in-law of Nancy Nimoy.

Best friends with his Star Trek (1966) co-star William Shatner.

Was a vegetarian.

Had one brother: Melvin Nimoy, five years older.

Second cousin, once removed, of Jeff Nimoy.

On April 21, 2010, he retired from acting after 60 years in the motion picture industry.

In 2011, he announced his decision to both retire from acting and stop appearing at conventions, expressing his desire for private life with his family.

Had played the same character (Spock) on three different series: Star Trek (1966), Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).

Managed an online shop with his granddaughter called shopllap.com.

Has come out of retirement to reprise his iconic role of Mr. Spock for the Star Trek (2009) remake. [January 2008]

Announced that he is suffering from chronic obstruction pulmonary disease, one month after he was seen in a wheelchair in New York. [February 2014]

In many interviews since the beginning of Star Trek (1966), Leonard Nimoy has recounted the origin of the Vulcan salute, which he introduced into the series. In one such interview (with The A.V. Club in July 2010), he explained, "The gesture that I introduced into Star Trek, the split-fingered Vulcan salute, we'll call it... that came from an experience -- I'm going all the way back to my childhood again -- when I was about 8 years old, sitting in the synagogue at high holiday services with my family. There comes a moment in the ceremony when the congregation is blessed by a group of gentlemen known as Kohanim, members of the priestly tribe of the Hebrews. And the blessing is one that we see in the Old and New Testament: 'May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord cause His countenance to shine upon you', and so forth. When they give this blessing, you're told not to look! You're supposed to avert your eyes. I peeked, and I saw these guys with their hands stretched out - there were five or six of them, all with their hands stretched out toward the congregation - in that gesture, that split-fingered gesture. Some time later, I learned that the shape that hand creates is a letter in the Hebrew alphabet, the letter shin, which is the first letter in the word Shaddai, which is the name of the Almighty. So the suggestion is that they're using a symbol of God's name with their hands as they bless the congregation.".

Grandfather of Madeleine Nimoy and Jonah Nimoy.

Best known by the public (and by many sci-fi fans) for his starring role as the Vulcan officer Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek (1966) series.

Nimoy was the only actor to have portrayed the same character in two separate American media (television, then film) longer than anyone else. From 1966 to 2013 (47 years), he was Mr. Spock, a worldwide known character.

On February 19, 2015, he was rushed to UCLA Medical Center for severe chest pains after a 911 call and has been in and out of hospitals for the "past several months".

His final Tweet, posted four days before his death, was "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP" (Live Long and Prosper).

Leonard Nimoy passed away on February 27, 2015, a month away from what would have been his 84th birthday on March 26.

He and his Luke and the Tenderfoot: The Boston Kid (1955) co-star Richard Bakalyan both died on February 27, 2015.

At the time of his death, his Twitter account had 1.1 million followers. He followed the Twitter accounts of: Spencer Schwartz, Jonathan Frakes, Patrick Stewart, Greg Grunberg, Ben Stiller, Ian McKellen, Dana Delaney, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Barack Obama, Michael Powell, Bruno Mars, Aaron Bay Schuck, Gerard Way, The Futuristics, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hammer Museum and TrekMovie.com.

Prior to performing on Star Trek (1966), Nimoy played various roles on the series Wagon Train (1957). The original title of Star Trek was Wagon Train to the Stars.

He died only two days before Harve Bennett, with whom he worked on A Woman Called Golda (1982), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989).

Following his death, he was interred at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California. An asteroid discovered on September 2, 1988 has been renamed 4864 Nimoy in his honor.

Had two roles in common with Carl Steven: (1) Nimoy played Spock in Star Trek (1966) and its numerous spin-offs while Steven played the nine-year-old version of the character in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) and (2) Nimoy and Steven both played Mel Mermelstein in Never Forget (1991).

Had played the same character (Spock) in films released in five different decades from the 1970s to the 2010s: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013).

Pictured as the character Commander Spock on one of a set of five Canadian commemorative postage stamps celebrating the 50th anniversary of the television series Star Trek (1966), issued May 5, 2016. Price on day of issue was 85ยข. Other stamps in the set honored William Shatner, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley and John Colicos.

He was widely known to be a very private man.

Had appeared in two works about alien plants that take over human bodies and making them euphoric: Star Trek: This Side of Paradise (1967) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978).

Appeared at a Save the Rose Theatre event, as part of an exhibition nearby upon the London Southbank, his guest cameo's linking many other Star Trek actors including Mark Lenard, who came from the United States to participate in variety of film industry conventions during the same weekend.