Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Simon Nimoy (1931 - 2015)

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Leonard Simon Nimoy
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Died in Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
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Leonard Nimoy was an American actor, writer, director, and photographer, best known for his role as Spock in the Star Trek television series and movies, which garnered Nimoy three Emmy Award nominations.

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Max and Dora Spinner Nimoy. They are both Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants, from Izyaslav, Ukraine (then part of the Russian Empire). Leonard’s paternal grandparents were Pinchas Nimoy and Eta Drutin (the daughter of Louis Drootin and Rebecca Nemoy). His family name means "person who cannot speak" in Russian[1]. Leonard’s maternal grandparents were Samuel Spinner (the son of Lazar Shpanger and Pesi) and Sarah Belin/Mazur.[2][3] His grandfather encouraged him to become an actor.[4] Nimoy had long been active in the Jewish community, and he could speak and read Yiddish..

From 1953 through 1955, Nimoy served as a member of the United States Army Reserve, eighteen months in Special Services at Ft. McPherson in Georgia and received a discharge as a sergeant. Unfortunately, Nimoy's Army personnel file was destroyed in 1973 during a major fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri.[5]

Wife: Sandra Zober (1927–2011) (actress, m. 1954, div. 1987, one daughter, one son). Daughter: Julie Nimoy Schwartz (rabbi, b. 1955). Son: Adam Nimoy (TV director, b. 9-Aug-1956). Wife: Susan Bay (actress, m. Jan 1 1989)[6]

He died on 27 February 2015, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), in his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles.[7] Nimoy stated that the COPD was due to his many years of being an "Olympic champion smoker" and though he quit around the time he filmed Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the damage was done.[8]


  1. http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Leonard_Nimoy
  2. http://ethnicelebs.com/leonard-nimoy
  3. http://www.mlucks.com/genealogy/lucks/getperson.php?personID=I3854&tree=6
  4. Shatner, William (host) (January 6, 2009). "Leonard Nimoy". Shatner's Raw Nerve. Season 1. Episode 7. The Biography Channel.
  5. http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Leonard_Nimoy
  6. http://www.nndb.com/people/629/000022563/
  7. Heffernan, Virginia. "Leonard Nimoy, Spock of Star Trek, Dies at 83." The New York Times, 27 February 2015.
  8. http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Leonard_Nimoy

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