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Acclaimed US actor Leonard Nimoy passed away

Renowned US actor Leonard Nimoy passed away on 27 February 2015 in Los Angeles following chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Feb 28, 2015 15:17 IST
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Renowned US actor Leonard Nimoy passed away on 27 February 2015 in Los Angeles following chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83.

Leonard Nimoy was best known for his half-human, half-Vulcan character of Mr Spock in the cult scientific-fiction series Star Trek. The character of Mr Spock had a significant cultural impact and garnered Nimoy with three Emmy Award nominations.

Born on 26 March 1931, Leonard Nimoy started his career in 1950s by teaching acting classes at Hollywood and making minor film and television appearances.

His first starring movie role came in 1952 with Kid Monk Baroni, in which he played a disfigured Italian street-gang leader who becomes a boxer.

In 1965, he appeared in Star Trek as pilot The Cage. From 1966-69, he played the role of Spock in original Star Trek series.

He also had appeared in multiple films like Queen for a Day and Rhubarb. Nimoy directed the movies Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986).

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