The news of Leonard Nimoy's hospitalization because of severe chest pains earlier this week made me shudder at the thought of losing such a great talent. I began reflecting on the icon's career and thought it was time to celebrate his many TV and cinematic accomplishments outside of Star Trek sans the ears that have made him so famous. For the sake of keeping things in focus, I'm concentrating on his other genre appearances and voice work.
The Autobots have run up against a villainous Leonard Nimoy on two separate occasions. He voiced the sinister Galvatron in 1986’s animated The Transformers: The Movie. He also lent his familiar vocal talents to bring to life the traitorous Sentinel Prime for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. We should have known he was evil from the moment we saw the “Mirror, Mirror” evil Spock beard the robot sported.
The actor was taken over by aliens for the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. He plays the part of Dr. David Kibner, who reveals the sinister plans of the intergalactic parasites once he’s been assimilated by them.
Nimoy starred in several episodes of the TV series Fringe, playing Dr. William Bell. The character was Dr. Walter Bishop’s (John Noble) former lab partner and the founder of Massive Dynamic. He kept returning to the role from 2009 to 2012 and racked up thirteen appearances.
He also voiced the Sleestack the Zarn after taking a trip to the Land of the Lost. He’s a treacherous lizard creature who has it out for Will Ferrell and his gang of explorers and the other inhabitants of the bizarre prehistoric-like dimension they find themselves in.
As the great King Kashekim Nedakh of an ancient undersea world, he warned the inhabitants of his kingdom against trusting outsiders. Nimoy does an incredible job delivering an emotional performance as he voices the leader of Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
There are tons of other television shows and movies Leonard Nimoy has starred in that I didn't even get to list above. They include The Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone, Mission Impossible, Zombies of the Stratosphere, Them, The Brain Eaters, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Get Smart, and many more. His is a talent that far surpasses the one role of Mr. Spock that has seemingly defined his 60-year plus acting career.
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