Zachary Quinto and George Takei pay tribute to “Star Trek” icon Leonard Nimoy who died today at 83
Some sad news today.
Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy died this morning from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the age of 83.
Nimoy, of course, played half-human, half-Vulcan Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek television series and feature films.
He is being mourned by fans and his co-stars including George Takei and Zachary Quinto.
‘My heart is broken,’ tweeted Quinto who co-starred with Nimoy in the Star Trek feature film franchise reboot.
‘I love you profoundly,’ Quinto added. ‘I will miss you every day.’
Takei, who played Sulu in the original Star Trek TV series and earlier feature film franchise described Nimoy as ‘a very dear friend.’
Speaking to CNN, Takei shared this story: ‘One extraordinary thing about him I remember: When Star Trek was going to be done as an animated series, they cast Leonard, Bill Shatner, Majel Barrett and Jimmy Doohan only for the voice acting on that. And when he discovered that Nichelle Nicholls and Walter Koenig and I were not cast because of budgetary considerations, he said, “Star Trek is about diversity, and if the two people that represent diversity to most, Nichelle and George, then I’m not interested in doing it.”‘
‘That was an extraordinary thing for an actor, to give up a gig on behalf of other actors. And because Leonard was so necessary to the project, they cast Nichelle and me and offered Walter an opportunity to write a script.
‘He was really an amazing man.’
Takei also took to Facebook and posted this tribute: ‘Today, the world lost a great man, and I lost a great friend. We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to “Live Long And Prosper,” and you indeed did, friend. I shall miss you in so many, many ways.’