The world woke on a somber note today: news broke that Leonard Nimoy, known best as Mr. Spock from the classic Star Trek series, passed away in the early hours of the morning.
Nimoy was rushed to the hospital this past Friday with health complications, prompting a wave of support across the internet from fans, celebrities, and his personal friends. He was a television, film, stage, and voice actor; a philanthropist and humanitarian; and, according to everyone who knew him, a completely wonderful person.
Leonard Nimoy inspired multiple generations with his surprisingly in-depth and emotional portrayal of Spock, a diverse character who often struggled with changing his beliefs and ways of thinking. Spock's incredible line -- "I am, and always shall be, your friend" -- from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, is arguably one of the most memorable quotes in sci-fi history.
Fans, friends and family reacted over social media when the news first broke:
Nimoy leaves a legacy behind him, and stands as one of the most prolific actors in the sci-fi genre. His debut on Star Trek was preceded by over 15 years of acting in B-movie and smaller sci-fi films, along with countless stage productions. He was profound and hilarious at the same time, as one of my most favorite Nimoy moments proudly displays:
Leonard Nimoy's positive influence in sci-fi has helped produce countless three-dimensional supporting roles. His social media presence revealed a caring, kind heart that simply wanted to see the world do better. One only needs to look at his last tweet to sum up the perfect way to remember an actor that had such a distinct impact on so many of our lives:
Thank you, Mr. Nimoy, for everything. You will live on in our hearts and our fandom for ever.