Nimoy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to a barbershop owner and a housewife. He relocated to California to join the Pasadena Playhouse and secured his first film role in 1951’s Queen For A Day.
He took on many roles in his career including the Mission: Impossible TV series in the 1970s, but will be best remembered for Spock, which he first portrayed in the Star Trek pilot in 1965.
Nimoy stayed on the Starship Enterprise for three seasons until 1969 and would reprise the role of the profoundly logical Vulcan seven times on the large screen including a cameo in Jj Abrams’ 2009 reboot.
Nimoy also directed Star Trek III: The Search For Spock in 1984, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home two years later and 3 Men And A Baby