After a 60-plus-year career as an actor and director, Leonard Nimoy has decided to retire. In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Nimoy said he’s not only retiring from acting but he also only plans for a few more public appearances, including this weekend’s Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. Nimoy, 79, recently filmed his final episode of Fringe as William Bell and does not plan to return in the 12th Star Trek film, having appeared in the Trek franchise after 12 years away from acting. Nimoy believes he’s leaving Spock in the good hands of Zachary Quinto and is “very flattered the character will continue” in more Trek films in years to come.
Hit the jump for my thoughts on Nimoy’s retirement.
This is sad news for Trekkers (or Trekkies, if you prefer) the world over, myself included. Leonard Nimoy is such an amazing actor and has had a great career, and it’s good that he is going out on such a high. Nimoy has always been great to his fans and he’s left us with not only Star Trek, but also his two autobiographies and his photography, which has been his focus in recent years. I can’t even say how much Leonard Nimoy’s work has meant to me throughout my life. Like a lot of you guys, I’ve been watching TOS since I was a kid, and I’ve always loved Spock the most. Nimoy created such an enigmatic, memorable character that is being passed on to an incredibly talented actor who will no doubt keep honoring Nimoy’s legacy as Spock in years to come.