Leonard Nimoy Dead: Hollywood Mourns 'Star Trek' Star
William Shatner, current Spock Zachary Quinto and George Takei shared their thoughts on the actor who died Friday.
Hollywood is mourning the news that Leonard Nimoy, best known for his long and prosperous run as Star Trek's Spock, has died. Nimoy, who tweeted last month that he had lung disease, was 83.
He signed the tweet with "LLAP," an acronym for his character's catchphrase, "Live Long and Prosper."
That sentiment is being repeated by fans and friends of his in the entertainment industry who took to social media to share their thoughts. Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the current Star Trek film franchise, posted a heartbreaking note with a photo of Nimoy on Instagram.
"My heart is broken. I love you profoundly my dear friend," Quinto wrote. "And I will miss you everyday. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
J.J. Abrams, the man who launched Paramount's latest iteration of the Star Trek franchise, and directed the first two films in the series, paid tribute to Nimoy. His production company, Bad Robot, tweeted a photo of a handwritten note from Abrams that read, "Dearest Leonard, What a man you were. What a life you lived. As funny and thoughtful and generous and loving as you were talented. You taught us all at every encounter. We will miss and love you forever."
Nimoy's longtime Star Trek co-stars William Shatner and George Takei also shared their thoughts. Shatner said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, "I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent and his capacity to love."
Takei called in to MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports, speaking with guest host Kristen Welker about Nimoy.
"The word extraordinary is often overused, but I think it's really appropriate for Leonard," Takei said. "He was an extraordinarily talented man, but he was also a very decent human being. His talent embraced directing as well as acting and photography. He was a very sensitive man. And we feel his passing very much, he had been ill for a long, long time. And we miss him very much. He'd been there for a long, long time, and we miss him very much."
Takei went on to elaborate on Nimoy's talent in front of and behind the camera, calling him "one of the most thoughtful, most analytical of actors. He understands what the scene needed immediately and he was able to give guidance to us, and that's why he was such a gifted director as well."
He also called Nimoy "academic" and "noble."
Another member of the Star Trek family, Patrick Stewart, said of Nimoy, "It is with sadness that I heard this morning of the death of friend and colleague Leonard Nimoy. I was lucky to spend many happy hours with Leonard socially and in front of the camera. The caliber and serious commitment of his work on Star Trek was one of the things all of us on Star Trek: The Next Generation sought to match and be inspired by. His work will not be forgotten."
The son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, also reflected on Nimoy's passing.
"The death of Leonard Nimoy is indeed an immense loss to us all. I only hope that during this difficult time we can all take comfort in the everlasting impact he has made," the Roddenberry Entertainment CEO said in a statement. "As Spock he portrayed the first Roddenberry character, an outsider who truly let us see ourselves. Leonard Nimoy's talent allowed millions to learn more about who we are and who we want to be. I will always thank him for that."
As Takei noted, Nimoy was both an actor and a director, stepping behind the camera to helm the 1987 movie 3 Men and a Baby, among other films.
One of the stars of 3 Men and a Baby, Steve Guttenberg, said of his director on the beloved comedy, "Leonard Nimoy was smart, warm and had a personality that made everyone feel comfortable. He was a talented actor, director, poet and photographer. But his most enduring quality was his kindness and his desire to make you the most you could be. Like everyone who knew or knew of him, I will miss him."
Guttenberg's co-star Tom Selleck said in a statement, "Leonard was a good friend and a fine director. His contribution to 3 Men and a Baby could never be overstated."
Simon Wiesenthal Center founder and dean, Rabbi Marvin Hier, also took a moment to share his memories of Nimoy, who was a friend of the center and lent his voice to Hier and Rick Trank's documentary The Prime Ministers.
“Leonard Nimoy was not only a talented actor and a remarkable Dr. Spock, but he was always a first class Mensch," Hier and Trank said in a statement. "Whenever the Simon Wiesenthal Center approached him to narrate one of our films, he always made himself available. In 2014, when we needed someone to be the voice of the late Israeli Prime Minister, Levi Eshkol in our documentary, The Prime Ministers, he enthusiastically volunteered and relished the opportunity to show off his impeccable Yiddish. He will be sorely missed."
The Big Bang Theory executive producer Bill Prady and The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean also tweeted about Nimoy, who made guest appearances on both shows.
See what other stars are saying about Nimoy on social media.
"Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most... human.” Live long and prosper.— Bill Prady (@billprady) February 27, 2015
RIP Leonard Nimoy. "When I put on those ears, it's not like just another day. When I become Spock, that day becomes something special."— Ben Sherwood (@bensherwood) February 27, 2015
Beam me up! R.I.P Leonard Nimoy.— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) February 27, 2015
I just saw that Leonard Nimoy has passed on. We didn't know each other well, but I'm glad I spent the time with him I did. A wonderful man.— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) February 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy brought us one of the greatest, noblest characters in the history of American storytelling. Someone find the Genesis planet.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 27, 2015
Over time you hear all kinds of things about all kinds of people. I never heard anything but the loveliest love for Leonard Nimoy. RIP— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) February 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy will always be a beloved legend— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) February 27, 2015
One of my heroes. Goodbye, Mr Nimoy. And thank you. #LLAP— Thomas Sadoski (@ThomasSadoski) February 27, 2015
LLAP— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) February 27, 2015
. @TheRealNimoy I have been, and always shall be, your fan. Thank you.— Nathan Fillion (@NathanFillion) February 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy was more than Mr. Spock. But Mr. Spock is his gift to us all. Live long and prosper. HANX.— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 27, 2015
#LeonardNimoy illustr8d th blessing of Th High Priest on Star Trek-every1 who watched th show received his loving intentions thru his hands.— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) February 27, 2015
RIP Leonard Nimoy pic.twitter.com/uIcnvI8wNN— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 27, 2015
So sad about Leonard Nimoy, who was ever engaged, vital, interesting, and interested.— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) February 27, 2015
There is sorrow in my heart. A beautiful star has faded. #LeonardNimoy Your spirit will live long and prosper with us always.— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) February 27, 2015