Leonard Nimoy is calling it quits as to any future portrayals of Mr. Spock, and is retiring from show business.
Leonard Nimoy, the actor who has famously portrayed “Star Trek’s” original alien Spock for over 40 years, has announced he’s officially hanging up the pointy Vulcan ears for good. Nimoy, 79, plans to retire shortly from show business and the “Star Trek” convention circuit, according to the Canadian newspaper Toronto Sun.
The actor, director and photographer will be attending the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo this weekend, and told the paper that beyond this event he only has a few more public appearances scheduled. Nimoy also currently guest stars on the television show “Fringe,” produced by J.J, Abrams who directed last summer’s re-launched “Star Trek” film franchise chronicling a younger original series cast on their first mission on the starship Enterprise.
The retirement announcement all but guarantees that an elder, “from-the-future” Spock (at least played by Nimoy) will not make an appearance in the next “Star Trek” movie. “I want to get off the stage. Also, I don’t think it would be fair to Zachary Quinto,” Nimoy told the Toronto Sun, referring to the actor who portrays young Spock in the new Trek film. “He’s a terrific actor, he looks the part, and it’s time to give him some space. And I’m very flattered the character will continue.”
Well, at 79 one can hardly be surprised that Nimoy is taking his final bow. He portrayed Spock with a dignity and quiet humor that made the “pointy-eared” Vulcan the most interesting TV science fiction figure. Besides, he performed a signal service to humanity by keeping Shatner away from the director’s chair of the Star Trek movies, except for the disastrous Star Trek V. I will miss him.