Following several guest appearances on Fringe, Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s original Mr. Spock, has officially announced his retirement at the age of 79, announces Yahoo’s omg.com.
Nimoy told the Toronto Sun that he has had a good run as an actor and enjoyed a successful career including directing and photography. While he has mentioned throwing in the towel before, Nimoy says that this is really it. He is ready to retire.
Leonard Nimoy has expressed satisfaction at leaving the part of Star Trek’s Spock to Zachary Quinto. Qunito playd young Spock in last summer’s re-launch of the Star Trek franchise and may be credited for introducing a new generation to Spock. Nimoy was pleased with Quinto’s performance and, according to omg.com, wants to give the young actor room to develop his own interpretation of Spock for a new generation of Trekkies.
Die hard Trekkies wonder if Lenoard Nimoy will also disappear from the sci-fi circuit. That appears to remain in question, although Nimoy hinted to the Toronto Sun that he has only a few speaking engagements scheduled. It’s hard to imagine the original Spock not making his way to a few conventions, even if he switches roles and attends to enjoy – although to do that he would have to dress as a Storm Trooper to keep from being mobbed by Star Trek fans.
Nimoy will make an appearance at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, according to the Toronto Sun. Following the Expo Leonard Nimoy will make a quick trip to Vulcan, where a bronze bust of Spock will be unveiled and the iconic Vulcan salute will be immortalized by Nimoy’s handprint. These will undoubtedly become highlights of the Trek museum in Vulcan.
It is an interesting note that Leonard Nimoy announced that he is retiring from stage. He never said he would be out of public life, even though he noted that he might ease up on speaking engagements. Therefore, I expect the next step to be a book of memoirs.
Won’t Trekkies be thrilled to get the good on the Star Trek franchise from one of their favorite original characters, Mr. Spock? I think I would have to give it a read.
Regardless of what is in store for Leonard Nimoy, he will forever be remembered as Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek, alongside William Shatner, the original Captain Kirk. Nimoy is marked for success regardless of the next step he takes in his future, Trekkies will see to that.
Leonard Nemoy Announces Retirement from Acting, Yahoo, omg.com
Leonard Nimoy to Retire, accesshollywood.com
Williamson, Kevin, Leonard Nemoy Set to Retire, Toronto Sun