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Leonard Nimoy Retires From Star Trek

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the live-long-and-prosper dept.

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DesScorp writes "Leonard Nimoy is hanging up his Vulcan ears for good and retiring from the role of Spock in the Star Trek franchise, reports the Daily Mail. Nimoy apparently wants to pass the torch: 'Nimoy, one of the most recognizable and best loved characters from the sci-fi series that began in 1966, announced that he wanted to "get off the stage" and give young actor Zachary Quinto a clear run at the role he took over for last year's Star Trek movie.' Nimoy, at age 79, appears to be retiring from acting, period. He has, in recent years, undertaken another career in photography, as well as other pursuits, but seems to be preparing to retire from the public eye altogether."

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Again? (2, Funny)

kentrel (526003) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960488)

Thats.. three times now? Star Trek 2 Star Trek 6 Star Trek: Reboot?

Re:Again? (5, Insightful)

TrisexualPuppy (976893) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960500)

Mr. Nimoy, live long and prosper.

Re:Again? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31960862)

As my customary farewell would seem oddly self serving, I will simply say... good luck.

Re:Again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31960916)

He's already done one of those... question is, what about the other :)

True Story (3, Interesting)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#31961030)

Well, CRAP! Here's the deal.

He's going to be in Calgary, Alberta, (Canada) this weekend for our Comics & Entertainment Expo. There is a small town (maybe population 300) about half an hour outside of town called "Vulcan" - so of course he swung through there and all the daily papers made the pun about how Spock was in Vulcan. Anyways, back to the issue.

I told my girlfriend I'd take her to the mountains tomorrow. And I told my room mate we'd go snowboarding on Sunday, before the season ends, and seeing how I backed out on our plans to go last weekend, there's a bit of an obligation. I've never seen Leonard Nimoy before besides the Star Trek Series (despite his numerous trips around the globe for these kinds of events) - so it'd be nice to check it out before he puts in the towel.

So now I'm faced with a Dilemma. If I back out on my wingman, he'll likely get pissed, which could translate into a cruel prank at the house. Or do I put myself in the doghouse with the girlfriend, ditching out on our romantic trip for a geek fest? I know what you guys are going to say, bring both of them to the Expo and I'm sure they'll have fun. I'm not so sure they would enjoy it as much as the other plans we've made.

I think I have a worthy submission for Ask Slashdot.

Re:True Story (5, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 3 years ago | (#31961332)

The solution to your problem is simple: do all three. Go up to the mountains with your girlfriend, tell your friend to meet you there. Find a coffee shop you and your girlfriend can hang out at and sit there with her for a few minutes. Then, tell her you're having some gastrointestinal distress from some bad shrimp you ate the night before, and excuse yourself. Run up to the slopes, and snowboard down the mountain with your friend, then hop in the car and burn rubber down to wherever Nimoy is hanging out. Hang out there for a few minutes, then book it back to the coffee shop, sneak in the back way, into the bathroom, flush a few times, and go back and sit down with your girlfriend. After a minute or two, repeat the whole process.

If Three's Company has taught me anything, this should work at least until the second commercial break.

Re:True Story (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31961356)

Why are you replying to the "Re:Again?" post when yours is not related?

all the daily papers made the pun about how Spock was in Vulcan.

That's not a pun.

So now I'm faced with a Dilemma.

Dilemma is not a proper noun.

Re:True Story (1)

obarthelemy (160321) | more than 3 years ago | (#31961442)

French comic Pierre Desproges had a very un-comical set, starting with "I got a story to tell you. An authentic story. I insist that it is authentic, because it is more or less its only interest". It was something about buying batteries, but not by lot of 4... Would you be related, perchance ?

Re:True Story (4, Informative)

MachDelta (704883) | more than 3 years ago | (#31961552)

Saturday:
1. Get up early and be at the head of the Mr.Nimoy line. Bring a bucket. Get autograph, perform vulcan salute, high-five, hurl in bucket (if applicable) and then bolt.
2. Swing by nearest liquor store, purchase bottle of champagne and bag of ice. Rinse out bucket, put ice and champagne in bucket, throw in trunk of car.
3. Pick up girlfriend, drive to Banff (or wherever you're headed). Rent cosy little faux-log-cabin hotel room. Put ice-bucket in room.
4. Have dinner with girlfriend. Return to hotel room, break out champagne.
5. ???
6. Profit?

Sunday:
7. Wake up early, leave cash and note on nightstand that girlfriend is to spend day shopping.
8. Locate friend, hit slopes.
9. Have dinner with friend and girlfriend (if possible)
10. Return home autographed, sucked off and covered in white powder. These three things will now constitute "the best weekend of my life".

You can thank me later.

Re:Again? (1)

Erinnys Tisiphone (1627695) | more than 3 years ago | (#31961066)

And yet, it should be noted, that in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world, a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish. He did not feel this sacrifice a vain or an empty one - and we will not debate his profound wisdom at these proceedings. Of my friend, I can only say this... of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most ... human.

Re:Again? (4, Funny)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960520)

Let's hope he does not perform the "Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" again. Once was barely forgiveable.

Re:Again? (2, Informative)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960560)

That needs to be remixed. (4, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960624)

Or mashed up with a Shatner piece..

OH, I KNOW, Shatner needs to do a spoken word version of Lenard Nimoy's "Ballad of Bilbo Baggins".
 

Whimper... (4, Funny)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960974)

Shatner needs to do a spoken word version of Lenard Nimoy's "Ballad of Bilbo Baggins".

The mind boggles. The stomach retches. The spirit withers.

Re:That needs to be remixed. (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | more than 3 years ago | (#31961234)

I want to hear that now. Someone needs to inform Mr. Shatner of the gaping hole that is in all of our lives.

Re:Again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31960746)

I'd rank his talent in that as higher than any of Shatner's "singing" (or spoken) song attempts.

On the other hand, there's his photography. Now we have to sit through tons of fans who will say, "Oh, and he's such a talented photographer," when they have no background in the field to judge that.

Re:Again? (4, Insightful)

RobDude (1123541) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960792)

I don't need a background in something to know what I *like*.

Subjective things are subjective.

Re:Again? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#31961074)

True, but you do need one to determine is someone is talented.

You can argue over weather on not you like a stake, but if it's burnt, then you can't argue over weather or no it was prepared properly.

His photography is pretty snappy.

Re:Again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31960532)

He's dead, Jim.

Re:Again? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31960892)

They're all dead, Dave.

Re:Again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31961104)

3,000,000 Years?!?!?!

Re:Again? (3, Informative)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960870)

Well there is some difference.

Trek 2 and 6 were kinda meant to stop the series.

Star Trek 2 Was design to redeem itself from Star Trek the Motion Picture. But trek was on its path of loosing popularity... Unfortunately the made the movie too good and people wanted more.

Star Trek 6 Was because the Cast was getting too old, They were acting Old in Star Trek 2 but by Star Trek 6 they were really showing their age. (Star Trek 7 the search for Kirks Teeth) As well many of the characters were kinda dying.

Star Trek Reboot, Really kept it going they just made it a way to have a new younger cast to continue on, So it would be safe to say Spock is retiring...

Re:Again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31961176)

The Daily Mail is hardly a reliable source. If it told me it was raining I'd not believe it till I got wet. http://www.dananddan.com/

Re:Again? (1)

Obyron (615547) | more than 3 years ago | (#31961406)

The Canadian TV show InnerSPACE reports the same thing (specifically in relation to his cameo role as William Bell on Fringe). It's not just the Mail.

79? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31960516)

Damn I hope I look that good at 79...

Anyway who can blame him? Spock was the ultimate typecasting.

Re:79? (1)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960816)

I laughed out loud when he was Mustafa Mond in the Brave New World movie. That was some typecasting.

Re:79? (2, Insightful)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960882)

I laughed out loud when he was Mustafa Mond in the Brave New World movie.

Actually, I thought he did it fairly well. Klaus Kinski might have been better, if he had not been dead already. Nimoy was a good choice.

Hope for one last appearance: Civ5 (5, Insightful)

Rhys (96510) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960550)

I can only hope he has already done the voice acting/narration of technologies for Civ5, as in Civ4. His reading of the little quotes with each technological advance were spot-on almost every time. The deadpan delivery of Space Flight/Sputnik's "Beep. Beep. Beep." is probably the best, but Bureaucracy isn't far behind.

Re:Hope for one last appearance: Civ5 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31960672)

'I got pig iron. I got all the pig iron.'

Re:Hope for one last appearance: Civ5 (1)

biryokumaru (822262) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960994)

Ten points if you actually knew what that was from when you first played the game.

Re:Hope for one last appearance: Civ5 (1)

EPAstor (933084) | more than 3 years ago | (#31961390)

Bizarrely, I did - despite being born in 1987. Skiffle's not really my thing, either. But I took this class on the Beatles in college, and well, you can't AVOID skiffle, given how heavily it influenced them.

Goodbye inappropriate hand gestures (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31960580)

I always knew he was giving the invisible middle finger. "Live long and proper" my ass.

Thank You Leonard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31960594)

Dear Mr. Nimoy,
    You have been an inspiration to many for the intelligence, values, character, and hope you have portrayed over the many years of work and service you have given to the world in your career. We wish you well. Live long and prosper.

Class (5, Insightful)

PSandusky (740962) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960620)

That man has quite a bit of class, and as one actress (Kim Cattrall?) noted, he is indeed a renaissance man. I wish him well. He has earned both deep respect and a well-deserved retirement.

Re:Class (5, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960692)

He's earned his place as a cultural icon, and spent a lot of years in the public eye. He's almost 80, and it seems like a good time to bid adieu. Better, I think, than the way Jimmy Doohan spent his finally years, his battle with Alzheimer's at least semi-public, and certainly a lot better than the never-ending George Takei-William Shatner hatefest (we get it, you guys are both preening egomaniacs). Do what Katherine Hepburn did, retire to your own little corner and enjoy your last years without having to put up with us pathetic Trekkies.

Photography (5, Interesting)

soupforare (542403) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960660)

I got a chance to see some of his work at a show in Amherst, MA. He really is a fine photographer, I went in not expecting much.

Live long and prosper? Check and check. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31960662)

I am, and have always been, your fan. ;)

That sucks! (1)

SeanBlader (1354199) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960664)

That's unnacceptable! WTF! I refuse to accept this resignation. Spock must live on! I call upon all fans to put his face on your t-shirt and signs and post it around the world in honor of the Spock and Nimoy. Spock forever!

Re:That sucks! (3, Interesting)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960722)

I actually thought Zachary Quinto did probably the best job of anyone in the reboot. I'm not sure I buy the whole Spock-Ururah thing, but all in all Quinto did a damned good Spock, and I think Nimoy's actually pretty lucky that he has someone he can leave his signature character in the hands of.

Re:That sucks! (2, Interesting)

biryokumaru (822262) | more than 3 years ago | (#31961022)

I actually thought Zachary Quinto did probably the best job of anyone in the reboot.

Maybe, but he didn't get the best line.

"As you were."

Re:That sucks! (1, Insightful)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960896)

Spock must live on!

That seems to be the point of Nimoy retiring, and this is partly his way of saying Spock > Nimoy. He has certainly earned the right to a private retirement. I will miss him on future Futurama episodes, however.

Who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31960698)

Damn turnip truck!

a class act who shall be missed (5, Funny)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960716)

Let's hope Shatner follows his lead. I'd really like to miss him.

Re:a class act who shall be missed (3, Informative)

JDmetro (1745882) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960794)

Then don't watch STAR TREK and miss him all you want. Kirk is my favorite character.

Re:a class act who shall be missed (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#31961134)

Have you seen "Shatner's Raw Nerve."?

It's is excellent. I'm glad to start seeing interview shows popping up that actually talks to the person, instead of a 7 minute set of sound bites.

And yes, your joke was excellent.

May the force be with him. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31960730)

Bwahahaha. ;)

What about Fringe? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31960740)

He still got some 'splainin to do on that show!

But he's William Bell! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31960742)

How is he going to retire completely when he's William Bell in Fringe?

Re:But he's William Bell! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31960828)

Fringe doesn't count; it's a documentary.

Re:But he's William Bell! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31960838)

I'm sure the entire season is filmed already, so he can retire now. I kinda expect him to die in the finale, but definitely sounds like he's gone next season.

Re:But he's William Bell! (2, Funny)

lennier1 (264730) | more than 3 years ago | (#31961186)

Since it's Fringe it's probably something along the lines of Nimoy's appearance actually being a disguise to hide from the easter bunny's army of zombie cows.

So long, and thanks for the fish (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960850)

Or something like that :) ( yes i know its a different franchise, don't flame me )

Seriously tho, its a loss for scifi fans, but i know personally i wish him well in retirement.

News for nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31960928)

Stuff that matters

Shatner for Governor General (2, Interesting)

Kenshin (43036) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960936)

Just as Nimoy's in the news, so is Shatner. Right now people are pushing for William Shatner to be named the next Governor General of Canada (an appointed position), and there's a large Facebook group based on it. Even Leonard Nimoy wants him to get the job [thestar.com]:

Nimoy, who was in Alberta for a comic convention, says the job would be perfect because Shatner has just been "sitting around twiddling his thumbs" recently.

He says the job would give Shatner a sense of "self worth" and allow him to "get out and do something."

One last stop in Vulcan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31960958)

He is making one last stop in Vulcan [vulcantourism.com] this week before retiring. He tried to get the world premiere of last years star trek to open there, but the studio wouldn't go for it. He is in Vulcan today. Get your picture taken with him beside the Constitution Class Star Ship [reely.com] with him there.

High School Book Report (1)

methano (519830) | more than 3 years ago | (#31960968)

I'm wondering if anybody RTFA. It was amazingly bad. It reminded me of some high school book report rambling from Nimoy and ending on Gene Roddenberry's academic misadventures. Sounded like something I might write.

Of course he did. (2, Insightful)

rickb928 (945187) | more than 3 years ago | (#31961004)

This last movie broke so many things, they can avoid the 'original' Spock (depending on which timeline you subscribe to) and plow new ground:

- Vulcan is destroyed. They have to fix it, obviously. Time travel to the rescue.

- Kirk knows Spock from the future. He'll be looking for a way to restore Vulcan now.

- Spock (new) obviously will figure out he's in two places at the same time.

They need at least two more movies to fix everything. One to get Kirk and Young Spock in a position where they know both how and why they must restore Vulcan. I don't yet know why, but I'm not the screenwriter either. And one to actually do it. After that, then movies keep coming to let villains and victims try to take revenge, Cmdr. Pike's story, and some excuse to see more slave girls.

Pretty much as pathetique as Star Wars. Why can't we have a Blade Runner sequel, eh? Nobody has any Vaseline for the lenses? Do it in digital, ok? A set of Red cams isn't that damned expensive.

Re:Of course he did. (4, Insightful)

EggyToast (858951) | more than 3 years ago | (#31961480)

I believe one of the major differences between the "reboot" franchise and the old franchises is that they're not going to fix anything. They don't need to fix anything, after all -- there's plenty of stories and intrigue leaving the universe as it is. Getting everything back to zero is old sci-fi.

Re:Of course he did. (2, Insightful)

NiceGeek (126629) | more than 3 years ago | (#31961642)

The point of the new movie was to completely break away from the old "Trek universe" - This isn't the universe of TOS, TNG, DS9 etc, it's an alternate reality created by the time travel. The old universe is still there.

The thing is: Quinto as Spock looks like Nimoy (3, Funny)

Rene S. Hollan (1943) | more than 3 years ago | (#31961032)

One can see the resemblance between Spock and Nimoy. However, Quinto needs a lot more makeup to play the role... because he has to look like the "original" Spock, who looked, pretty much, like Nimoy.

It's a case of the actor not so much portraying the character, but rather his predecessor's portrayal of the character.

Regarding the song about Hobbits. (1)

phrackwulf (589741) | more than 3 years ago | (#31961048)

In Mr. Nimoy's defense, I'm sure his response would be identical to the farmer who purposefully threw himself into a thorn bush, to wit, "It seemed the thing to do at the time."

Thank you! (2, Informative)

e.liz.alleman (1796610) | more than 3 years ago | (#31961488)

Thank you, Mr. Nimoy, for many years of entertainment that helped to push minds and imaginations. I hope you enjoy your--hopefully many, comfortable, and well-companioned--remaining years, and, should you find it in yourself to continue sharing of yourself with us, thank you again in advance!
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