With the “Vulcan” character of Mr Spock, starring in the television series Star Trek and then in seven motion picture films, he had achieved worldwide fame, becoming along with William Shatner (captain James Kirk) an icon of American pop culture. Today at the age of 83, Leonard Nimoy, American actor and director, but also a writer, poet and photographer, departed for his final journey, died of an illness, the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, which he had announced to suffer a little over a year ago and which soon forced him out of a wheelchair, attached to the oxygen mask.
Us of Mondivirtuali.it like to remember the actor and the character for as we have known in the course of a lifetime, from the earliest roles in a series already famous as “The Twilight Zone” (in the episode “A Quality of Mercy”), to the first clash with Shatner in an episode (“The Project Strigas Affair”) of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” series of 1964, in which the two future heroes of Star Treek were opponents on both sides of the Iron Curtain. In Star Treek Nimoy is Spock, an alien born on Vulcan planet whose name, unspeakable into terrestrial language, will never be revealed (curiously the same thing happen to another character well-known and much loved by fans of science fiction and fantasy worlds worldwide, Doctor Who).
In return Spock (which is a half blood) over the years become more and more human until be understood perfectly with its top and the other members of the Uss Enterprise spacecraft, whose name was given by Nasa to the first prototype of the Space Shuttle, the OV-101 (currently on display in New York as an attraction of the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum, on the deck of the aircraft carrier of World War II, Uss Intrepid Cv-11), confirming the popularity of the series and its stars. Ironically, after the fiasco of the pilot episode of Star Trek (“The Cage”), Nimoy was in danger of losing his job because Spock did not convince the production.
Defended by the executive producer of the series, Gene Roddenberry, Spock remained in the cast and the character of the character was honed by Nimoy, until it is one of the most characteristic of the entire series and one of the most appreciated by lovers of “classic” science fiction. By Nimoy, for example, was the idea of the gesture with which Spock greets, greeting that refers to the Jewish tradition (Nimoy was a son of Jewish immigrants from Ukraine) of the cohanim, priests which still lies the priestly blessing (most of the priestly functions is suspended in the Jewish religion, after the destruction of the second temple in Jerusalem in 70 a.C. by the Roman legions commanded by Tito). As Spock would say: long life and prosperity, Leonard Nimoy.