Leonard Nimoy dies at 83: A look back at his life in pictures

Feb. 27, 2015 | 9:50 a.m.
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Leonard Nimoy, famous for his "Star Trek" role as Mr. Spock, has died. Click through the gallery for a look back at his life and career. (Ric Francis / Associated Press)

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Leonard Nimoy's first title role was in the 1952 film "Kid Monk Baroni," playing a street tough turned boxer.

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Nimoy's big break was playing Mr. Spock on the TV series "Star Trek" from 1966 to 1969. (Paramount)

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In 1971, Nimoy played a bounty hunter in the western film "Catlow." (MGM)

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In 1976, Nimoy played the title role in the stage production "Sherlock Holmes." (Los Angeles Times)

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In 1982, Nimoy played Achmet, the devious regent to Kublai Khan, in the TV miniseries "Marco Polo." (NBC)

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Nimoy in the 1984 miniseries "The Sun Also Rises," adapted from the Ernest Hemingway novel. (NBC)

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Nimoy starred in and directed the 1986 film "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home." (Los Angeles Times)

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Nimoy also directed the 1987 comedy "Three Men and a Baby," starring Steve Guttenberg, Tom Selleck and Ted Danson. (Touchstone Pictures)

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Nimoy directing Gene Wilder on the 1990 film "Funny About Love." (Paramount)

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In 2001, Nimoy donated $1 million to the renovation of the Griffith Observatory. (Los Angeles Times)

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Nimoy reprised his role as Spock for the 2009 reboot "Star Trek." (Paramount)

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Nimoy in his recurring role on the sci-fi series "Fringe." (Fox)

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Leonard Nimoy's rubber ears from the "Star Trek" series are shown on display in his Bel-Air home in 2002. (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)

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Leonard Nimoy inside his synagogue, Temple Israel of Hollywood, in 2004. (Los Angeles Times)

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Leonard Nimoy arrives onstage during the Paramount Pictures panel on the new "Star Trek" film at Comic-Con in 2007. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)

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Leonard Nimoy poses for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles in 2009. He returned to the role of Spock for the J.J. Abrams reboot of "Star Trek," released that year. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

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In 2009, Leonard Nimoy guest-starred in the season finale episode of Fox's "Fringe." (Craig Blankenhorn/Fox)

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Leonard Nimoy, left, and William Shatner help host "Science Fiction: A Journey into the Unknown, " a 1994 chronicle of TV shows in the science fiction and fantasy genre.

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Nimoy is amused by a fan's attire on his visit to Walt Disney World in 1995 to sign his new book, "I Am Spock," from Hyperion Press. (Walt Disney World)

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Leonard Nimoy holds up a copy of his autobiography, "I Am Spock," at the Science Museum in southwest London in 1995. (Michael Stephens / Associated Press)

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Leonard Nimoy at his Bel-Air home in 1996, on the 30th anniversary of the "Star Trek" phenomenon. (Perry C. Riddle / Los Angeles Times)

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Leonard Nimoy costars in 1996 as the prophet Samuel in TNT's two-part, four-hour "David" production. (TBS)

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Jane Wyatt is shown with Nimoy in 1966. She played Mr. Spock's mother in the original "Star Trek" TV series. (File photo)

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Leonard Nimoy, voice of King of Atlantis in "Atlantis, the Lost Empire." (Disney Enterprises)

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Leonard Nimoy visits the Kennedy Space Center as host of the Buena Vista Television special "Armageddon: Target Earth," which aired on ABC in 1999. (Business Wire)

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Leonard Nimoy was the guest speaker in 1994 for the induction of five Edwards Air Force Base test pilots into Lancaster's Aerospace Walk of Honor. Nimoy said the pilots were true heroes. (Scott Rathburn / For The Times)

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In 2001, Leonard Nimoy read "The Cooking Poet," a short story by Samrat Upadhyay, at the Getty museum in Los Angeles. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)

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Spock (Nimoy) with Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) and Chekov (Walter Koenig) in the TV series "Star Trek."

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William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy in character. (Gregory Schwartz / Paramount Pictures)

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Captain Kirk (William Shatner) checks the progress of other members of the U.S.S. Enterprise crew as Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) listens in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home." (Bruce Birmelin / Paramount Pictures)

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Jonathan Pryce, left, and Leonard Nimoy in TNT's "David." (Erik Heinila / TBS)

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"Star Trek's" William Shatner, left, and Leonard Nimoy, right, in "The Trouble With Tribbles" episode.

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Leonard Nimoy is shown with Mona Knox, his costar in 1952's "Kid Monk Baroni."

Leonard Nimoy, who played the iconic “Star Trek” character Mr. Spock, died Friday in Bel-Air.

The 83-year-old actor had end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition he blamed on a smoking habit he had given up 30 years ago.

Nimoy will forever be inseparable from Mr. Spock, his ultra-logical half-Vulcan alter ego. But over his long and productive career, Nimoy accomplished much more both in front of and behind the camera.

Here’s a look at some highlights, with accompanying photos in the gallery above.

Nimoy began his acting career in the 1950s, landing his first title role in 1952’s “Kid Monk Baroni,” about a street thug turned professional boxer. The movie flopped at the box office, and Nimoy spent years in relative obscurity, with parts in films such as “Them!” (1954), “The Brain Eaters” (1958) and “The Balcony” (1963). He also appeared in television series including “Perry Mason,” “Dragnet” and “The Twilight Zone.”

Nimoy’s big break came with “Star Trek,” which premiered in 1966 and turned him into a star. The show ran three years and would eventually spawn a film series.

After “Star Trek” ended, Nimoy spent two seasons on “Mission: Impossible,” playing an ex-magician and makeup expert. He would go on to act on the big screen, as in the western “Catlow” (1971) and the sci-fi remake “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1978); onstage, as in “Fiddler on the Roof” (1974) and “Sherlock Holmes”; and in TV movies and miniseries, as in “Marco Polo” (1982) and “The Sun Also Rises” (1984).

Nimoy reprised his role as Spock in the “Star Trek” film series, which began in 1979, and he directed the third and fourth installments: “The Search for Spock” and “The Voyage Home.”

Nimoy’s directing credits also include “Three Men and a Baby” (1987), “Funny About Love” (1990) and “Holy Matrimony” (1994).

After appearing in the “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” in 1989 and “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” in 1991, Nimoy spent the rest of the ’90s directing, voicing animated projects and occasionally acting. He also began focusing on his photography and philanthropy.

In 2001, Nimoy donated $1 million to the 2 1/2-year, $63-million renovation and expansion of the Griffith Observatory.

Though largely retired from acting in his later years, Nimoy did appear on the big and small screens from time to time, as in the 2009 “Star Trek” film reboot and the TV series “Fringe.”

— Oliver Gettell

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