On the surface, it seems Leonard Nimoy succeeds at whatever task he tackles. He has acted in films, television, and theater, and most likely will be linked forever to his memorable portrayal of Star Trek's Mr. Spock. He is an author of poetry and other works, as well as a director and a producer. He even recorded almost a dozen albums, and there, unfortunately, is where Nimoy finally faltered. One recording, Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space, is particularly campy. Featured numbers include "Highly Illogical," "Spock Thoughts," and "Amphibious Assault," as well as a cover of "Where Is Love?" from the musical Oliver.
Among the titles of Nimoy's other albums are The Touch of Leonard Nimoy, The Way I Feel, The Martian Chronicles, The War of the Worlds, and The Illustrated Man. A compilation album titled Highly Illogical was also marketed, with covers of "Proud Mary," "If I Was a Carpenter," "Everybody's Talkin'," "Both Sides Now," "If I Had a Hammer," and "Abraham, Martin, John." Die-hard fans of Mr. Spock and dedicated Trekkies who follow similar series-related trivia continue to keep track of the entire list of releases and the albums' availability, as well as similar recordings by William Shatner, who played opposite Nimoy in the role of Captain James T. Kirk.
Nimoy is a native of Boston, MA. His father, Max, was a barber, and mother, Dora, took care of the family's home and children. He acted throughout his childhood in school and amateur productions before heading to Hollywood at the age of 20. He began getting work in films such as The Brain Eaters and Francis Goes to West Point, but nothing memorable until he landed the role of Mr. Spock in 1966. His other series work includes the role of Paris in Mission: Impossible during the early '70s.
Nimoy has been married twice. He wed Sandra Zober in 1954, and the couple had a son and a daughter before divorcing in 1987. He wed Susan Rayh in 1988 and has a stepson with her. ~ Linda Seida, Rovi