Veteran Hollywood actor Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83.
The iconic actor, well known and universally praised for his role as Spock in the Star Trek franchise, died earlier today in his Bel Air home from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to The New York Times, quoting Leonard Nimoy’s wife Susan Bay Nimoy.
Nimoy initially disclosed that he had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease last year, with the cause believed to have been a lifetime of smoking. He was hospitalized earlier this week after complaining of severe chest pains.
Leonard Nimoy is of course best known for his role as Spock, which he initially played on NBC’s Star Trek from 1966-1969. He later reprised the role in six feature films between 1979 and 1991, as well as in a two-part episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in late 1991. He would not play the Spock character again until JJ Abram’s 2009 Star Trek reboot and the 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.
Outside of Star Trek, Nimoy enjoyed a rich career in both film and television. Across a 62 year career, he racked up a long list of television credits which includes The Man Called X, Highway Patrol, West Point, Dragnet, Sea Hunt, Wagon Train, The Outer Limits, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, Mission Impossible and Fringe.
Beyond acting, Leonard Nimoy was an accomplished director, having helmed a range of project including episodes of Deadly Games, TJ Hooker and The Powers Of Matthew Star, as well as two Star Trek feature films (Star Trek III: The Search For Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home).