Multitalented Leonard Nimoy is remembered for little else beyond playing the emotionless, cerebral, pointy-eared Mr. Spock in the hugely popular "Star Trek" television series and movies.
For a man whose interests extended to poetry, music, photography and film direction, the image was confining and gave Nimoy a love-hate relationship with the character that made him famous. He entitled his 1975 autobiography "I Am Not Spock." It took 20 years, and six "Star Trek" motion pictures featuring the original cast, before he was ready to write a second memoir, "I Am Spock."
"I went through a definite identity crisis," Nimoy wrote. Still, his character, Spock, conceived to be half-human, half-Vulcan, represents one of the iconic figures in all of science fiction, a role that enabled "Star Trek" to artistically explore the subject of human emotions. Spock's close relationship with the starship U.S.S. Enterprise's Capt. James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner, mirrored the strong friendship that Nimoy and Shatner shared off-screen.
Nimoy, a Boston native born in 1931, was married twice — once to actress Sandra Zober, which ended in divorce, and also to actress Susan Bay, a cousin of director Michael Bay. Besides "Star Trek," Nimoy appeared in more than 50 other movies and TV shows, including "Dragnet," "Bonanza" and "Perry Mason." Over the years, he continued to exploit his fame as Spock, doing the voiceover of Spock in "Star Trek: The Animated Series" and appearing in two episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation." He also recorded nearly a dozen singing albums, bearing titles such as "The Martian Chronicles" and "The War of the Worlds."
Nimoy died at his Bel-Air home on Feb. 27, 2015, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83.