Leonard Simon Nimoy is an American actor, film director, poet, musician, and photographer. Nimoy's fame rests on his playing the role of Spock in 1966-1969, as well as reprising the role in multiple film, television and video game sequels.
Nimoy began his career in his early twenties, teaching acting classes in Hollywood and making minor film and television appearances through the 1950s, as well as playing the title role to Kid Monk Baroni. In 1953, he served in the United States Army. In 1965, he made his first appearance in the rejected Star Trek pilot, "The Cage", and would go on to play the character until 1969, followed by seven further films and a number of guest slots in various sequels. His character of Spock generated a significant cultural impact and three Emmy Award nominations; TV Guide named Spock one of the 50 greatest TV characters. Nimoy also had a recurring role in and a narrating role in Civilization IV, as well as several well-received stage appearances.
He is now officially retired from acting.
Nimoy's fame as Spock is to such an extent that both his autobiographies, I Am Not Spock and I Am Spock detail his existence as being shared between the character and himself.