Quinto Remembers Leonard Nimoy

Quinto Remembers Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy passed the baton to Zachary Quinto, signing off on the young actor to portray Spock in Star Trek (2009) and beyond. That could have been it, one man assuming an iconic role from the man who made it iconic. But so much more happened. Nimoy and Quinto became dear friends who spent many hours in each other's company, on screen and off, over the ensuing years, to the point that Quinto came to think of Nimoy as a father figure. Quinto made exactly that point in a touching essay that he wrote for Time Magazine on March 2, less than a week after Nimoy's death at age 83. Today, in honor of Father's Day, we're pleased to share that essay...

While I wasn’t a Star Trek fan growing up (my childhood places me squarely in the Star Wars generation), I had always felt an inexplicable connection to Leonard. Of course, I was aware of — and fascinated by — his work as Spock, and also his series In Search Of…, which I watched as a curious youngster. I don’t know whether it was a kind of prescience or some cosmic awareness that our paths would intersect down the line (or maybe it was just the bowl cut — which I was sporting hard in my youth), but I certainly had an affinity for him even decades before we met.


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