Leonard Nimoy

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Name: Leonard Nimoy
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Occupation: Actor, Director, Musician, Photographer, Writer
Medium: Television and Film
Works: Star Trek
Official Website(s): Leonard Nimoy Photography
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Leonard Nimoy is an American actor, renowned for his portrayal of Spock in Star Trek: The Original Series and in subsequent films. He directed two of the films and had writing credits on two as well.

Nimoy's fame as Spock is such that both his autobiographies, I Am Not Spock (1977) and I Am Spock (1995) detail his existence as being shared between the character and himself.

He came out of retirement to play Spock one more time in Star Trek (2009).

Nimoy played the character of William Bell during the first two seasons of Fringe, which aired between 2008 and 2010.

Nimoy and Fandom

In Tolkien fandom, Nimoy is known for recording The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins in 1967, and even performing it on television. In fact, he spoke in interviews about being impressed with Tolkien's work, causing his own devotees to pick up The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings if they hadn't already. References to Middle-earth, hobbits, and elves were often found in Nimoy fanzines, both as a result of this connection and because most fans at this time were fantasy and SF devotees. Ruth Berman and Dorothy Jones Heydt pointed out that Nimoy himself could be cast as Aragorn if a live-action film were made.

Nimoy also participated in the 2005 documentary Ringers: Lord of the Fans.

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