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Leonard Nimoy

Highest Rated:   100% For the Love of Spock (2016)
Lowest Rated:   0% Funny About Love (1990)
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Birthplace:   Boston, Massachusetts, USA
The son of a Boston barber, Leonard Nimoy was a star at the age of 8, when he played Hansel in a children's theatre production of Hansel and Gretel. Nimoy remained with his local kiddie theater troupe until 16 (one of his directors during this period was Boris Sagal). After studying drama at Boston College and Antioch College, he took acting lessons from Jeff Corey at the Pasadena Playhouse. In films from 1950, Nimoy played the title character in the low-budget Kid Monk Baroni and essayed bits and minor roles in such productions as Zombies of the Stratosphere (1951), Rhubarb (1951) and Them! (1954). In between acting assignments, he held down a dizzying variety of jobs: soda jerk, newspaper carrier, vacuum-cleaner salesman, vending machine mechanic, pet-shop clerk, cabbie and acting coach. During his 18 months in Special Services at Fort McPherson, Georgia, he acted with Atlanta Theater Guild when he could spare the time. Back in Hollywood in 1956, he became virtually a regular at the Ziv TV studios, playing villains in programs like Highway Patrol and Sea Hunt. For a short while, he specialized in the plays of Jean Genet, appearing in both the stage and film productions of The Balcony and Deathwatch. Impressed by Nimoy's guest turn on a 1963 episode of The Lieutenant, producer Gene Roddenberry vowed to cast the saturnine, mellow-voiced actor as an extraterrestrial if ever given the chance. That chance came two years later, when Roddenberry signed Nimoy to play Vulcanian science officer Spock on Star Trek. At first pleased at the assignment, Nimoy came to resent the apparent fact that the public perceived him as Spock and nothing else: indeed, one of his many written works was the slim autobiography I Am Not Spock. After Star Trek's cancellation, Nimoy joined the cast of Mission: Impossible in the role of "master of disguise" Paris (he replaced the series' previous master of disguise Martin Landau, who ironically had originally been slated to play Spock). In the early 1970s, Nimoy began racking up directorial credits on such series as Night Gallery. He also made his first Broadway appearance in 1973's Full Circle. And, perhaps inevitably, he returned to Spock, thanks to the popular demand engendered by the then-burgeoning Star Trek cult. His initial reacquaintance with the role was as voiceover artist on the 1973 Saturday-morning cartoon version of Star Trek. Then Spock went on the back burner again as Nimoy devoted himself to his theatrical commitments (a touring production of Sherlock Holmes, his one-man show Vincent), his writing and directing activities, and his hosting chores on the long-running (1976-82) TV documentary series In Search Of.... Finally in 1978, Nimoy was back in his Enterprise uniform in the first of several Star Trek theatrical features. The Spock character was killed off in the second Trek picture The Wrath of Khan, but Nimoy stayed with the franchise as director of the next two feature-length Trek entries (PS: Spock also came back to life). He went on to direct such non-Trek filmic endeavors as 3 Men and a Baby (1987), The Good Mother (1988), Funny About Love (1990) and Holy Matrimony (1994). He also produced and acted in the 1991 TV movie Never Forget, and served as executive producer of the 1995 UPN network series Deadly Games. Perhaps because he will always have dozens of professional irons in the fire, Leonard Nimoy now seems resigned to being forever associated with the role that brought him international fame; his most recent autobiographical work was aptly titled I Am Spock. In 2009 he returned to his iconic role portraying Spock in J.J. Abrams smash-hit reboot of the Star Trek franchise. He next took on a recurring role in the sci-fi series Fringe, playing scientist William Bell. Nimoy made a final cameo appearance in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). He died in 2015, at age 83.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% For the Love of Spock
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet 50 Years of Star Trek
  • Actor
2016
29% The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers
  • Levi Eshkol
2015
91% To Be Takei
  • Actor
$52k 2014
38% The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers
  • Actor
2013
86% Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Spock Prime
$228.8M 2013
25% Zambezia
  • Chief Sekhuru
$1.1M 2013
35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Sentinel Prime
$352.4M 2011
No Score Yet Star Trek: A New Vision
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The Evolution of the Enterprise
  • Actor
2009
26% Land of the Lost
  • The Zarn
$49.4M 2009
No Score Yet The Captain's Summit
  • Actor
2009
94% Star Trek
  • Old Spock
$257.8M 2009
No Score Yet Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Ancient Mysteries
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet War of the Worlds: The Day That Panicked Americal
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Glorious Triumphs and Great Tragedies
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime
  • Actor
2001
49% Atlantis - The Lost Empire
  • King Kashekim Nedakh
$83.6M 2001
No Score Yet Star Wars vs. Star Trek: The Rivalry Continues
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists
  • Baraka
2000
86% Trekkies
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Ancient Mysteries
  • Narrator
1999
No Score Yet Rashi: A Light After the Dark Ages
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Brave New World
  • Mustapha Mond
1998
No Score Yet The Harryhausen Chronicles
  • Narrator
1998
No Score Yet The Lost World
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Inside Star Trek: The Real Story
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Ancient Mysteries
  • Actor
1997
100% Life Apart: Hasidism in America
  • Narrator
1997
No Score Yet David
  • Samuel
1997
No Score Yet Ancient Mysteries
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Ancient Mysteries
  • Host
1996
No Score Yet Carpati: 50 Miles, 50 Years - A Journey of Faith & Fate
  • Narrator
1996
No Score Yet Ancient Mysteries
  • Actor
1996
60% Titanica
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Bonanza: Under Attack
  • Frank James
1995
No Score Yet William Shatner's Star Trek Memories
  • Actor
1994
18% The Pagemaster
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
1994
No Score Yet Holy Matrimony
  • Director
1994
No Score Yet Destiny in Space
  • Narrator
1994
No Score Yet The Halloween Tree
  • Moundshroud
1993
84% Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • Mr. Spock
1991
No Score Yet Never Forget
  • Mel Mermelstein
1991
0% Funny About Love
  • Director
1990
22% Star Trek V - The Final Frontier
  • Spock
1989
55% The Good Mother (The Price of Passion)
  • Director
1988
74% Three Men and a Baby (3 Men and a Baby)
  • Director
1987
85% Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home
  • Director
  • Spock
1986
55% The Transformers - The Movie
  • Actor
1986
79% Star Trek III - The Search for Spock
  • Director
  • Spock
1984
88% Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Spock
1982
No Score Yet A Woman Called Golda
  • Morris Meyerson
1982
No Score Yet Vincent
  • Actor
  • Director
1981
44% Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Mr. Spock
1979
94% Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Dr. David Kibner
1978
No Score Yet In Search of Dracula
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Columbo
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Baffled!
  • Tom Kovack
1973
No Score Yet Catlow
  • Miller
1971
No Score Yet Star Trek - The Mudd Pack
  • Actor
1966
No Score Yet Deathwatch
  • Producer
  • Jules LaFranc
1966
60% The Balcony
  • Roger
1963
No Score Yet The Brain Eaters
  • Prof. Cole
1958
100% Them!
  • Sergeant
1954
No Score Yet Kid Monk Baroni
  • Paul 'Monk' Baroni
1952
No Score Yet Zombies of the Stratosphere
  • Narab
1952
No Score Yet Francis Goes to West Point
  • Football Player
1952
No Score Yet Rhubarb
  • Ball Player
1951
No Score Yet Queen for a Day
  • Chief
1951
No Score Yet What's Going on Up There?
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
82% The Big Bang Theory
2007
  • Voice
  • 2012
89% Fringe
2008-2013
  • Dr. William Bell William Bell
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2009
0% Futurama
1999
  • Voice
  • 2002
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1997
  • 1993
85% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Appearing
  • 1996
  • 1995
90% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Mr. Spock
  • 1991
  • 1989
92% Star Trek: The Animated Series
1973-1974
  • Mr. Spock
  • Voice
  • 1974
  • 1973
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
  • Actor
  • 1973
78% Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Mr. Spock Spock
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Hansen
  • 1961

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