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DesScorp writes "Leonard Nimoy is hanging up his Vulcan ears for good and retiring from the role of Spock in the Star Trek franchise, reports the Daily Mail. Nimoy apparently wants to pass the torch: 'Nimoy, one of the most recognizable and best loved characters from the sci-fi series that began in 1966, announced that he wanted to "get off the stage" and give young actor Zachary Quinto a clear run at the role he took over for last year's Star Trek movie.' Nimoy, at age 79, appears to be retiring from acting, period. He has, in recent years, undertaken another career in photography, as well as other pursuits, but seems to be preparing to retire from the public eye altogether."
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Leonard Nimoy Retires From Star Trek

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  • Again? (Score:3, Funny)

    by kentrel (526003) on Friday April 23, 2010 @04:49PM (#31960488) Journal
    Thats.. three times now? Star Trek 2 Star Trek 6 Star Trek: Reboot?
    • Re:Again? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by TrisexualPuppy (976893) on Friday April 23, 2010 @04:50PM (#31960500)
      Mr. Nimoy, live long and prosper.
      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward

        As my customary farewell would seem oddly self serving, I will simply say... good luck.

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by Z00L00K (682162)

          Considering his age - and the cause that he will in all our minds be "The Spock" he will have a hard time to drop it completely.

          He is also the most important figure that have appeared in Star Trek, which says a lot. Many other persons could have been replaced easily.

          But he also need to have quality time and not be Spock all the time. And we will have to accept that even our favorite actors seems to grow old and pass away sooner or later even though some seems to hang around in the fringe for a long time aft

      • True Story (Score:3, Interesting)

        Well, CRAP! Here's the deal.

        He's going to be in Calgary, Alberta, (Canada) this weekend for our Comics & Entertainment Expo. There is a small town (maybe population 300) about half an hour outside of town called "Vulcan" - so of course he swung through there and all the daily papers made the pun about how Spock was in Vulcan. Anyways, back to the issue.

        I told my girlfriend I'd take her to the mountains tomorrow. And I told my room mate we'd go snowboarding on Sunday, before the season ends, and seeing h

        • by cxp (1796598) on Friday April 23, 2010 @05:42PM (#31961228)
          Fascinating.
        • by eln (21727) on Friday April 23, 2010 @05:50PM (#31961332) Homepage
          The solution to your problem is simple: do all three. Go up to the mountains with your girlfriend, tell your friend to meet you there. Find a coffee shop you and your girlfriend can hang out at and sit there with her for a few minutes. Then, tell her you're having some gastrointestinal distress from some bad shrimp you ate the night before, and excuse yourself. Run up to the slopes, and snowboard down the mountain with your friend, then hop in the car and burn rubber down to wherever Nimoy is hanging out. Hang out there for a few minutes, then book it back to the coffee shop, sneak in the back way, into the bathroom, flush a few times, and go back and sit down with your girlfriend. After a minute or two, repeat the whole process.

          If Three's Company has taught me anything, this should work at least until the second commercial break.
        • Re: (Score:2, Offtopic)

          by MadnessASAP (1052274)

          Cool story bro

        • French comic Pierre Desproges had a very un-comical set, starting with "I got a story to tell you. An authentic story. I insist that it is authentic, because it is more or less its only interest". It was something about buying batteries, but not by lot of 4... Would you be related, perchance ?

        • Re:True Story (Score:5, Informative)

          by MachDelta (704883) on Friday April 23, 2010 @06:04PM (#31961552)

          Saturday:
          1. Get up early and be at the head of the Mr.Nimoy line. Bring a bucket. Get autograph, perform vulcan salute, high-five, hurl in bucket (if applicable) and then bolt.
          2. Swing by nearest liquor store, purchase bottle of champagne and bag of ice. Rinse out bucket, put ice and champagne in bucket, throw in trunk of car.
          3. Pick up girlfriend, drive to Banff (or wherever you're headed). Rent cosy little faux-log-cabin hotel room. Put ice-bucket in room.
          4. Have dinner with girlfriend. Return to hotel room, break out champagne.
          5. ???
          6. Profit?

          Sunday:
          7. Wake up early, leave cash and note on nightstand that girlfriend is to spend day shopping.
          8. Locate friend, hit slopes.
          9. Have dinner with friend and girlfriend (if possible)
          10. Return home autographed, sucked off and covered in white powder. These three things will now constitute "the best weekend of my life".

          You can thank me later.

        • by Target Practice (79470) on Friday April 23, 2010 @06:32PM (#31961878)

          Heh. I just presented your dilemma to my girlfriend. She said "Well, I'd leave you for a chance to meet Leonard Nimoy."

          Your mileage may vary, of course...

        • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

          by LordLucless (582312)

          I think I have a worthy submission for Ask Slashdot.

          Actually, I think it's more a case of "ask your girlfriend". She might be more annoyed that your decision-making process involved consulting thousands of anonymous geeks on a website than the actual decision made.

          • Number of potential girlfriends.... almost limitless
            Likelihood of this particular girlfriend making over 7 years anyway... slightly over 50%.

            Number of potential chances to see nimoy before he dies.. about 1.
            Likelihood of nimoy making it another 7 years.. probably slightly under 50% (but he looks in good shape).

            Tho I do like the snow-boarding, stomach distress plan above too.

        • I think you would have to be out of your Vulcan mind to hurt her again. You could be sacrificing your relationship with her forever, just to see Spock for a moment.
    • Re:Again? (Score:5, Funny)

      by AliasMarlowe (1042386) on Friday April 23, 2010 @04:51PM (#31960520) Journal
      Let's hope he does not perform the "Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" again. Once was barely forgiveable.
    • Re:Again? (Score:4, Informative)

      by jellomizer (103300) on Friday April 23, 2010 @05:18PM (#31960870)

      Well there is some difference.

      Trek 2 and 6 were kinda meant to stop the series.

      Star Trek 2 Was design to redeem itself from Star Trek the Motion Picture. But trek was on its path of loosing popularity... Unfortunately the made the movie too good and people wanted more.

      Star Trek 6 Was because the Cast was getting too old, They were acting Old in Star Trek 2 but by Star Trek 6 they were really showing their age. (Star Trek 7 the search for Kirks Teeth) As well many of the characters were kinda dying.

      Star Trek Reboot, Really kept it going they just made it a way to have a new younger cast to continue on, So it would be safe to say Spock is retiring...

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      He keeps taking them off, but they keep pulling his ears back in.
  • Sadface (Score:5, Funny)

    by guspasho (941623) on Friday April 23, 2010 @04:51PM (#31960514)

    And here I was hoping I would hear him sing Bilbo Baggins one more time.

  • 79? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 23, 2010 @04:51PM (#31960516)
    Damn I hope I look that good at 79...

    Anyway who can blame him? Spock was the ultimate typecasting.
    • I laughed out loud when he was Mustafa Mond in the Brave New World movie. That was some typecasting.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by AliasMarlowe (1042386)

        I laughed out loud when he was Mustafa Mond in the Brave New World movie.

        Actually, I thought he did it fairly well. Klaus Kinski might have been better, if he had not been dead already. Nimoy was a good choice.

  • Live Long and Prosper.

  • by Rhys (96510) on Friday April 23, 2010 @04:53PM (#31960550) Homepage

    I can only hope he has already done the voice acting/narration of technologies for Civ5, as in Civ4. His reading of the little quotes with each technological advance were spot-on almost every time. The deadpan delivery of Space Flight/Sputnik's "Beep. Beep. Beep." is probably the best, but Bureaucracy isn't far behind.

  • by ItsJustAPseudonym (1259172) on Friday April 23, 2010 @04:57PM (#31960598)
    ...you shall be retired.
    • by addie (470476)

      I'm just replying for the love of this post. One of my favourite movies of all time. Well done :D

    • by Rogerborg (306625)
      You win three Internets for referencing the best Star Trek movie never made.
  • Retiring?!? (Score:3, Funny)

    by Locke2005 (849178) on Friday April 23, 2010 @04:57PM (#31960610)
    I find that... highly illogical.
  • Class (Score:5, Insightful)

    by PSandusky (740962) <psandusky@NoSPaM.gmail.com> on Friday April 23, 2010 @04:58PM (#31960620)

    That man has quite a bit of class, and as one actress (Kim Cattrall?) noted, he is indeed a renaissance man. I wish him well. He has earned both deep respect and a well-deserved retirement.

    • Re:Class (Score:5, Insightful)

      by MightyMartian (840721) on Friday April 23, 2010 @05:04PM (#31960692) Journal

      He's earned his place as a cultural icon, and spent a lot of years in the public eye. He's almost 80, and it seems like a good time to bid adieu. Better, I think, than the way Jimmy Doohan spent his finally years, his battle with Alzheimer's at least semi-public, and certainly a lot better than the never-ending George Takei-William Shatner hatefest (we get it, you guys are both preening egomaniacs). Do what Katherine Hepburn did, retire to your own little corner and enjoy your last years without having to put up with us pathetic Trekkies.

  • Photography (Score:5, Interesting)

    by soupforare (542403) on Friday April 23, 2010 @05:01PM (#31960660)
    I got a chance to see some of his work at a show in Amherst, MA. He really is a fine photographer, I went in not expecting much.
  • by Tumbleweed (3706) on Friday April 23, 2010 @05:06PM (#31960716)

    Let's hope Shatner follows his lead. I'd really like to miss him.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by JDmetro (1745882)
      Then don't watch STAR TREK and miss him all you want. Kirk is my favorite character.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by jonadab (583620)
        > Kirk is my favorite character.

        Kirk is just about the weakest major character in all Star Trek (with the *possible* exception of Uhura, and even that is a near thing). He's flat, static, *and* shallow, which is a pretty rare combination in a protagonist. Several TOS villians are better characters than Kirk.

        But the real problem is Shatner's acting, which would be right at home in a lame B-grade horror flick directed by Ed Wood. The only other bridge-officer Star Trek character to even begin to approac
        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by MightyMartian (840721)

          Having recently rewatched Wrath of Khan and Search for Spock, and I think you're completely wrong. Shatner's acting in the series has become cliched, to be sure, and there were times when he did ham it up a bit, but Kirk in Star Trek II was pretty damned good, and the scene in Star Trek III where he's told his son dies is probably the best acting Shatner ever did, and certainly indicates some talent.

          None of the TOS actors were at the level of, say, Patrick Stewart, but in part that's because they come from

          • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

            by u38cg (607297)
            In the sixties, actors were all stage trained, and did their craft directed towards an audience thirty feet away. No-one can see the tears welling up or the nervous tic in the face at that distance, so that was what acting looked like: big, strong, clear expression. It took quite a while before television realised that the audience was only six inches away - and if you watch Patrick Stewart closely, you can see, particularly in the early seasons, he is still playing to the big stage most of the time. He'
    • by geekoid (135745)

      Have you seen "Shatner's Raw Nerve."?

      It's is excellent. I'm glad to start seeing interview shows popping up that actually talks to the person, instead of a 7 minute set of sound bites.

      And yes, your joke was excellent.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by UnknowingFool (672806)
      You mean:
      Let's hope. Shatner follows. His lead. I'd really like. To miss him.
  • What about Fringe? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 23, 2010 @05:08PM (#31960740)

    He still got some 'splainin to do on that show!

  • by countertrolling (1585477) on Friday April 23, 2010 @05:10PM (#31960760) Journal

    And may the Force be with you..

  • Or something like that :) ( yes i know its a different franchise, don't flame me )

    Seriously tho, its a loss for scifi fans, but i know personally i wish him well in retirement.

  • by hibiki_r (649814) on Friday April 23, 2010 @05:20PM (#31960908)

    That is illogical!

  • by Kenshin (43036) <kenshin@@@lunarworks...ca> on Friday April 23, 2010 @05:22PM (#31960936) Homepage

    Just as Nimoy's in the news, so is Shatner. Right now people are pushing for William Shatner to be named the next Governor General of Canada (an appointed position), and there's a large Facebook group based on it. Even Leonard Nimoy wants him to get the job [thestar.com]:

    Nimoy, who was in Alberta for a comic convention, says the job would be perfect because Shatner has just been "sitting around twiddling his thumbs" recently.

    He says the job would give Shatner a sense of "self worth" and allow him to "get out and do something."

  • I'm wondering if anybody RTFA. It was amazingly bad. It reminded me of some high school book report rambling from Nimoy and ending on Gene Roddenberry's academic misadventures. Sounded like something I might write.
  • I never quite got used to all the wrinkles

  • Of course he did. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by rickb928 (945187) on Friday April 23, 2010 @05:28PM (#31961004) Homepage Journal

    This last movie broke so many things, they can avoid the 'original' Spock (depending on which timeline you subscribe to) and plow new ground:

    - Vulcan is destroyed. They have to fix it, obviously. Time travel to the rescue.

    - Kirk knows Spock from the future. He'll be looking for a way to restore Vulcan now.

    - Spock (new) obviously will figure out he's in two places at the same time.

    They need at least two more movies to fix everything. One to get Kirk and Young Spock in a position where they know both how and why they must restore Vulcan. I don't yet know why, but I'm not the screenwriter either. And one to actually do it. After that, then movies keep coming to let villains and victims try to take revenge, Cmdr. Pike's story, and some excuse to see more slave girls.

    Pretty much as pathetique as Star Wars. Why can't we have a Blade Runner sequel, eh? Nobody has any Vaseline for the lenses? Do it in digital, ok? A set of Red cams isn't that damned expensive.

    • by EggyToast (858951) on Friday April 23, 2010 @06:00PM (#31961480) Homepage
      I believe one of the major differences between the "reboot" franchise and the old franchises is that they're not going to fix anything. They don't need to fix anything, after all -- there's plenty of stories and intrigue leaving the universe as it is. Getting everything back to zero is old sci-fi.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by NiceGeek (126629)

      The point of the new movie was to completely break away from the old "Trek universe" - This isn't the universe of TOS, TNG, DS9 etc, it's an alternate reality created by the time travel. The old universe is still there.

      • by rickb928 (945187)

        Agh! Just an excuse to re-do the sets, and make us buy more tickets... I'm ruined, ruined!

    • Why can't we have a Blade Runner sequel

      Be careful what you ask for. There are plenty of good SF stories out there waiting to be filmed. Not all of them were written by Philip K Dick.

      But if a sequel is made I think it should be done at a remove from the original. I don't have a problem with 2010, for example, because Peter Hyams made no attempt to be Stanley Kubrick.

  • by Rene S. Hollan (1943) on Friday April 23, 2010 @05:29PM (#31961032)

    One can see the resemblance between Spock and Nimoy. However, Quinto needs a lot more makeup to play the role... because he has to look like the "original" Spock, who looked, pretty much, like Nimoy.

    It's a case of the actor not so much portraying the character, but rather his predecessor's portrayal of the character.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      One can see the resemblance between Spock and Nimoy.

      The mind boggles.

      • You miss my point, methinks.

        Makeup can make a character appear VERY DIFFERENT from the actor or actress that portrays him or her.

        This is not the case with Nimoy and Spock (ears notwithstanding), but IS the case with Quinto and Spock, because Quinto "has to" look like Nimoy's portrayal of Spock.

        Conversely, Pine looks very little like Shatner's portrayal of Kirk (at least to me): he does not look like Shatner very much at all.

        Of course, both Quinto and Pine do an excellent job of capturing their respective ch

  • In Mr. Nimoy's defense, I'm sure his response would be identical to the farmer who purposefully threw himself into a thorn bush, to wit, "It seemed the thing to do at the time."

  • Twitter? (Score:3, Informative)

    by adenied (120700) on Friday April 23, 2010 @05:35PM (#31961114)

    He's been pretty active on Twitter lately. Doesn't seem like the thing one would do if they're "dropping out of public life". http://twitter.com/therealNimoy [twitter.com]

  • ...why did he just start playing William Bell on "Fringe?"
  • Great now he has time for that Bilbo Baggins concept album :-)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ballad_of_Bilbo_Baggins [wikipedia.org]

  • awesome (Score:4, Insightful)

    by pak9rabid (1011935) on Friday April 23, 2010 @05:58PM (#31961462)
    I love this guy. So humble. I wish more people were like him.
  • Thank you! (Score:2, Informative)

    Thank you, Mr. Nimoy, for many years of entertainment that helped to push minds and imaginations. I hope you enjoy your--hopefully many, comfortable, and well-companioned--remaining years, and, should you find it in yourself to continue sharing of yourself with us, thank you again in advance!
  • What a slacker! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Snaller (147050) on Friday April 23, 2010 @06:05PM (#31961558) Journal

    79 is nothing for a Vulcan! He's still a kid!

  • by Asmor (775910) on Friday April 23, 2010 @06:29PM (#31961846) Homepage

    ...live long and prosper, Lenny. I might not like the show you're famous for, but you've always seemed like a great guy who was happy to indulge all of us geeks, and that's something I can respect.

  • In Search Of... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Dan East (318230) on Friday April 23, 2010 @07:00PM (#31962188) Homepage Journal

    When I was a kid (like not even 10) "In Search of..." used to come on in the evening. All Nimoy had to do was start narrating and I would be creeped out immediately. Didn't matter if he was talking about Bigfoot or aliens or The Bermuda Triangle, he scared the crap out of me. I'd probably laugh if I watched that show now, but back then when I was little, it was practically traumatizing. Am I the only one that crawled down a little deeper under the covers at night after watching that show?

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by axl917 (1542205)

      Dude, that is so spot on. There was just something about how they stylized that show, the score and sound effects, and his voice that used to keep me both riveted and flippin petrified at the same time. Like the one about the Eater Island heads, he just made them feel so...I dunno, up-close and present that you could feel how old those things were and get a sense of the passage of time from then to now, how small we are in time compared to these behemoths that endure.

      I've watched some of those old episode

  • by jonadab (583620)
    He probably has to retire because he's losing control of his emotions. That's what happened to his father, you know.
  • Live long(er) and prosper, Leonard.

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