Even before Star Trek, Nimoy had some successes as an actor. He had dozens of roles as small parts in various TV shows throughout the 50s and 60s. Often times, a series would bring him back to play a different character. This was commonplace for actors that the show’s producers liked during this era.
By far, his most memorable role was that of Mr. Spock. And since that role, he spent a lot of time in the sci-fi world. Some of it voice work and some directing.
This list is not necessarily his greatest work. It’s more of a chronological listing of a bunch of stuff that comes to mind when I hear the name Leonard Nimoy. Maybe you have other favorites, but these are mine…
- Mr. Spock in Star Trek (1966-1969) – Playing an alien as a regular character was unheard of in the 60s, but Nimoy pulled it off! It was his performance in this series that made him into “Leonard Nimoy” instead of “Hey, it’s that guy again!”
- Leonard Nimoy in “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” (1967) – What do you do with your popularity? Sing about Hobbits of course! LOL!
- Paris on Mission: Impossible (1969-1971) – Fresh off of Star Trek, Nimoy was a regular character on this popular series too.
- Spock in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn (1982) – By far, my favorite of the original series movies.
- Spock in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) – Slow entry in the series. Really not too much Spock for it being named after him. But Nimoy was busy directing this one too!
- Galvatron in Transformers: The Movie (1986) – Sticking to his sci-fi fan base, Nimoy voiced a powerful Transformer… for the first time.
- Director of 3 Men and a Baby (1987) A hilariously popular movie from the 80s!
- Spock in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) – Wifey’s favorite. And Nimoy writing and directing this time!
- Spock in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Unification, Parts 1 and 2 (1991) – Spock’s an alien so he ages waaaaaaay slower than humans. So much so, he’s still around for Enterprise D and beyond!
- Spock in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) – A very cool entry in the series.
- Leonard Nimoy in The Simpsons: Marge Versus the Monorail (1993) – Voicing a parody of himself. Hilarious! It’s always fun to see an actor that can have fun with his fame.
- King Kashekim Nedakh in Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) – Now he’s a part of the Disney canon!
- Spock Prime in Star Trek (2009) – Playing a very very very very old Spock sent back in time to watch a different version of Star Trek history play out.
- Sentinel Prime in Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) – Back as a Transformer voice in the live-action series.
- Spock Prime in Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) – Still hanging in there as Mr. Spock.
- Also, playing off his Star Trek popularity with his modern day Spock replacement, Zachary Quinto, there’s this:
What’s YOUR favorite Nimoy moment? Share with ME!