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Spock Gives Up the Con

Unknown Lamer posted about 3 years ago | from the retire-long-and-prosper dept.

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tverbeek writes "Leonard Nimoy announced at the Creation Con in Chicago, celebrating the 45th anniversary of Star Trek, that this would be his last appearance at a Trek convention. He spoke for an hour, which at least suggests that he's making this move by choice and not out of necessity. He's 80 years old. 'Live long and prosper,' he told the crowd."

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Nerds (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37602626)

Enough said!

(Awaits lynch mob...)

Re:Nerds (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37602668)

Eat dick and prosper, nerdlinger!

damn those titles (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37602660)

who did not think he kicked the bucket ?

Re:damn those titles (1)

XanC (644172) | about 3 years ago | (#37602680)

I didn't, because the page layout always obscures the first few letters of the article title.

Re:damn those titles (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37602824)

I'd like to think that when Leonard Nimoy dies, even slashdot will be able to come up with a classier headline than "Spock Gives Up the Con"

Re:damn those titles (3, Funny)

jellomizer (103300) | about 3 years ago | (#37602886)

Like... DeForest Kelley's dead, Jim.
or
Star Trek's Scotty Dies at 85

  Yes Slashdot is all full of class.

Re:damn those titles (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37604016)

no, no, no. He's done with Spock. You have to go after his other rolls.

In Search Of Leonard Nimoy's Ghost (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0894176/).

Re:damn those titles (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 3 years ago | (#37602890)

Leonard Nimoy lived long, prospered, but now he's dead (Jim)

Re:damn those titles (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37603254)

I thought the article was about him revealing that he was actually Andy Kaufman milking Leonard Nimoy's fame for money and attention.

I think it's commendable (4, Insightful)

cyberfin (1454265) | about 3 years ago | (#37602710)

that he did so many cons so far in time. He deserves to live long and prosper himself, devoting his last years uninterrupted to what he feels he has the will and time to do.

Re:I think it's commendable (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 3 years ago | (#37604184)

that he did so many cons so far in time. He deserves to live long and prosper himself, devoting his last years uninterrupted to what he feels he has the will and time to do.

So true, so true. An elder statesman of an actor and an example (largely ignored) to the actors of today. Remarkable professionalism and a great sense of humour.

Babylon 5 quote (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37602748)

It is as if millions of nerds cried out at once, and were suddenly silenced.

-Guinan (played by Oprah Winfrey)

Re:Babylon 5 quote (3)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | about 3 years ago | (#37602790)

and were suddenly silenced.

And there was much rejoicing.

Re:Babylon 5 quote (2)

Stele (9443) | about 3 years ago | (#37603404)

And nothing of value was lost.

Re:Babylon 5 quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37602972)

Hand over your nerd badge, troll. You know what you've done...

Re:Babylon 5 quote (2)

camperdave (969942) | about 3 years ago | (#37603680)

Hmph! Oprah Winfrey indeed! Everyone knows that was the Peacekeeper Aeryn Sun (played by Freema Agyeman) while stationed on the Visitor MotherShip who said that Babylon 5 quote, during that episode where the Serentity gets frozen in an orbit so vast that it returns 504 years in the future, only to find that apes have blown up Caprica and the other colonies.

Re:Babylon 5 quote (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | about 3 years ago | (#37603890)

Nope, a wizard did it.

Re:Babylon 5 quote (1)

Bucky24 (1943328) | about 3 years ago | (#37603330)

I've never watched Babylon 5 but Guinan was from TNG.

Re:Babylon 5 quote (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | about 3 years ago | (#37603364)

Are you really that dumb?

Re:Babylon 5 quote (1)

Bucky24 (1943328) | about 3 years ago | (#37603518)

No, I'm not. But I may be ignorant. If my statement was wrong then please correct me rather than just throwing out a blanket insult.

Re:Babylon 5 quote (0)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | about 3 years ago | (#37603558)

*facepalm* The person you responded to made the post wrong intentionally and you fell for it like an idiot.

Re:Babylon 5 quote (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37603952)

Lunix Nutcase, just STFU. Trolls like you with meaningless responses are what's killing Slashdot.

Re:Babylon 5 quote (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37603630)

Star Wars quote attributed to Babylon 5, to a TNG character with the wrong actress cited.

Re:Babylon 5 quote (2)

snorris01 (571733) | about 3 years ago | (#37603720)

Troll quotes are a thing these days....

http://www.trollquotes.com/ [trollquotes.com]

Or just google troll quotes for more.

Re:Babylon 5 quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37603508)

I believe the point of the post was to be wrong about every single detail.

The quote is modified from Star Wars.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076759/quotes [imdb.com]

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

One of the most iconic quotes from the whole series of movies. It is amazing that it wooshed over your head.

Re:Babylon 5 quote (1)

Bucky24 (1943328) | about 3 years ago | (#37603564)

Well now that you point it out I can see that. I thought it was just an AC being stupid (which has been my experience with ACs of late).

Re:Babylon 5 quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37603946)

*WOOOOOOOOOOSH*

Re:Babylon 5 quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37603532)

isn't that star wars?

Re:Babylon 5 quote (4, Funny)

nobodyknowsimageek (218815) | about 3 years ago | (#37603560)

Dude. Nice nerd honeypot!

Re:Babylon 5 quote (2)

yurtinus (1590157) | about 3 years ago | (#37604084)

I love the Informative mod, myself.

Not surprised (4, Interesting)

Bieeanda (961632) | about 3 years ago | (#37602760)

He's pretty much retired from showbiz as well. Over the last few years he's played an important, though rarely seen, character on Fringe... but in two cases they resorted to CG animations (one of which was turned into an amusing, most-of-episode gimmick) and in one case another actor channeled him in a much more literal way than the Hollywood norm.

Godspeed to him, I say. He's had a hell of a career, and if he wants to finally retire and relax then good on him. He wouldn't be the first high-grossing actor to retire before other obligations and interests drew him away from the soundstage.

Re:Not surprised (1)

Tsingi (870990) | about 3 years ago | (#37602856)

Godspeed to him, I say. He's had a hell of a career, and if he wants to finally retire and relax then good on him.

I totally agree. We should all bid him a fond adieu.

I still watch STTOS occasionally, but I've never been to a conference. Never been much for religion. Do people still go to those things?

Re:Not surprised (1)

Andy Dodd (701) | about 3 years ago | (#37603030)

What I read indicates he's retired from physical acting but not voice acting... Which is consistent with him having a major role in a summer blockbuster movie this year, however in voice-only form. (Sentinel Prime in Transformers 3.)

I found it amusing how they worked a Spock quote into Nimoy's lines in Transformers 3.

Re:Not surprised (1, Informative)

VGPowerlord (621254) | about 3 years ago | (#37603224)

The scary thing is... Leonard Nimoy was in the original Transformers movie. No, not that one [imdb.com] , I mean the one from the 1980s [imdb.com] . Leonard Nimoy voiced Galvatron in it.

Re:Not surprised (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37603326)

But his most memorable voiceover? The intro to Sea-Man for Dreamcast.

Re:Not surprised (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | about 3 years ago | (#37603972)

Or Civ 4.

Re:Not surprised (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37603124)

Don't forget the voice work he did in Transformers: Victoria's Secret.

Giving it up for Photography (4, Informative)

fallen1 (230220) | about 3 years ago | (#37603174)

According to Shatner, during a panel at this year's Dragon*Con, Nimoy was giving up the con circuit to pursue photography full time. He is rather accomplished at it - http://www.rmichelson.com/Artist_Pages/Nimoy/pages/Leonard-Nimoy-Gallery.html [rmichelson.com] and it has been a lifelong passion.

Re:Not surprised (1)

Z00L00K (682162) | about 3 years ago | (#37603178)

Nimoy is still a youngster compared to Kirk Douglas [imdb.com] .

And I think that he's very much part of what made the TOS a great success. (How many other TV series from that time period can you name? I can only think of The Addams Family [imdb.com] )

In great success - count the influence it has had as well as number of viewers over time for the show.

Re:Not surprised (1)

OlRickDawson (648236) | about 3 years ago | (#37603382)

Mission Impossible.. Both Shatner and Nemoy had roles on it. Nemoy had a recurring role as the Great Paris for a season or two.

Re:Not surprised (1)

camperdave (969942) | about 3 years ago | (#37603922)

How many other TV series from that time period can you name?

You're not serious? Gilligan's Island, Hogan's Heroes, My Three Sons, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, The Beverly Hillbillies, Doctor Who, Gunsmoke, Bonanza.

Re:Not surprised (1)

Z00L00K (682162) | about 3 years ago | (#37603962)

Call me a victim of living in a semi-socialist country.

Re:Not surprised (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37604046)

Ha!
Except for Doctor Who, that's the lineup of a a local TV channel, they are a ME-TV affiliate -- they're the only ATSC channel around here broadcasting in 480i. I get to grab Twilight Zone on the PVR every night.

Re:Not surprised (1)

vlm (69642) | about 3 years ago | (#37603988)

How many other TV series from that time period can you name?

Despite the belief by the youth that Star Trek was a "pre-hippies 60s show", the last episode of TOS was just months before the first All in the Family, a rather iconic 70s show.

Re:Not surprised (1)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | about 3 years ago | (#37604150)

Only those youth who never saw "The Way to Eden".

Re:Not surprised (1)

dOxxx (8571) | about 3 years ago | (#37603608)

Over the last few years he's played an important, though rarely seen, character on Fringe... but in two cases they resorted to CG animations (one of which was turned into an amusing, most-of-episode gimmick) and in one case another actor channeled him in a much more literal way than the Hollywood norm.

Even better, it was a *female* actor (Anna Torv) who "channeled" him and did a pretty good job of it too.

Re:Not surprised (1)

rishistar (662278) | about 3 years ago | (#37603888)

He also had a significant role in the Star Trek reboot as well - I thought Spock prime would feature in the next movies as an elder advisor character, though that tramples on Sareks turf.

Spock Transform! (1)

DarthVain (724186) | about 3 years ago | (#37604014)

I am pretty sure he was the voice of Sentinel on the new Transformers movie.

Even caught the trek reference quote: "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." Thought that was a funny bit that likely few people got.

Dude is 80 years old (5, Funny)

phil_aychio (2438214) | about 3 years ago | (#37602776)

...and he's still the only one that gets laid at those things.

Re:Dude is 80 years old (2)

Archangel Michael (180766) | about 3 years ago | (#37602840)

It does give new meaning to "live long and prosper" ;)

Re:Dude is 80 years old (1)

phil_aychio (2438214) | about 3 years ago | (#37602998)

I don't know if 'prospering' is getting laid by a nerd groupie insisting that he 'put the ears on'. I'd quit too.

Re:Dude is 80 years old (3, Insightful)

haruchai (17472) | about 3 years ago | (#37603072)

Dude, check back with us when you're 80 to let us know that you refused some young hottie's offer to wax your wick and dance on your pole because you couldn't be bothered to "put the ears on"

Re:Dude is 80 years old (1)

phil_aychio (2438214) | about 3 years ago | (#37603240)

yeah, because all the hotties flock to those conventions. I'm talkin' nerd groupies.

Re:Dude is 80 years old (1)

Bucky24 (1943328) | about 3 years ago | (#37603354)

There are some pretty damn good looking nerd chicks. Not saying it's the norm, but there are exceptions.

Re:Dude is 80 years old (1)

phil_aychio (2438214) | about 3 years ago | (#37603468)

None of that for Shatner though...he's as gay as the day is long. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Re:Dude is 80 years old (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 3 years ago | (#37603434)

"I just know she's hot under that Klingon makeup... and that latex... WOW!!!!"

Re:Dude is 80 years old (1)

haruchai (17472) | about 3 years ago | (#37604180)

There are more than a few. Besides preferences change with time - when you're 80, you must might be shocked at how may chicks will fit your definition of fuckably hot.

Yeah right (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37602788)

Who publishes a book titled "I Am Not Spock" followed by a book titled "I Am Spock"?

Clearly someone who can't decide how to wean himself away from a TV character.

Re:Yeah right (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | about 3 years ago | (#37602888)

Or maybe his powerful Vulcan mind has mastered the 4th dimension.

Re:Yeah right (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37603070)

Or it was a Schrödinger's rice picking machine.

It's about Time (1, Insightful)

RobinEggs (1453925) | about 3 years ago | (#37602794)

I very much understand and respect why he might want to be done. I'm not saying that I know his reason, but I know it's frustrating for a lot of actors, musical artists, etc. to be stuck with their most famous roles or a particular genre to the point where former devotees actually turn on them for trying something new or giving up the constant fan service. Their fans can grow up, try new things, experience different phases of life like anyone else, but many of those same fans won't allow their creative idols to change or be living people.

Re:It's about Time (1)

jellomizer (103300) | about 3 years ago | (#37602968)

The problem is Lenord Nemoy and even Williman Shatner were really good actors on what otherwise would be a mediocre show.
They made the show great and popular. So unfortunately they got stuck with the show and became too iconic.

Re:It's about Time (2)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 3 years ago | (#37603530)

While ST:TOS had its clunky episodes, by and large it was anything but a mediocre show. There's no doubt the actors played a large part in it, but there was some damned good writing going on behind the scenes as well, and what the production team was able to do on often skimpy budgets and the special effects available to them in the mid to late 1960s was technically impressive as well. And let's not forget that the "trinity" of Kirk, Spock and McCoy was as much the product of the unsung hero of Star Trek, Gene L. Coon, as Roddenberry or the actors.

Want mediocre Star Trek, look no further than Voyager, which was gawdawful, despite having significantly better technical resources at its disposal. Bad writing, poorly acted by mediocre actors who couldn't at least cast a warm atmosphere over the more dismal episodes.

If Star Trek had begun with a series like Voyager or Enterprise, I doubt anyone would be talking about it today.

Re:It's about Time (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37603970)

Voyager at least brought us Barbie-Borg.

Re:It's about Time (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 3 years ago | (#37604010)

There were no lack of hot scantily-clad babes in TOS. Didn't one of the guest-starring babes have to have her dress kept on with plastic tape?

Re:It's about Time (0)

LWATCDR (28044) | about 3 years ago | (#37603512)

Yes it is terrible to be famous in a role and make so much money from it that you can do what every you want. Sorry I have known lots of actors and they go from role to role hopping to make it "big" so they don't have be wait staff or go from little theater to little theater for the rest of their lives. Frankly it is just a bit silly to be annoyed by it. In some ways I think it shows a great intelectual disconnect between those in "entertainment" and those in science and technology. Star Trek inspired generations of people all the fields of Science as well as becoming a cultural icon. They have probably done more good for the world than most actors ever will yet the complain about it. Boo Hoo.

Re:It's about Time (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37603688)

Yes it is terrible to be famous in a role and make so much money from it that you can do what every you want.

Strawman arguments are lies.

Re:It's about Time (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | about 3 years ago | (#37603980)

I suggest you look it up. A straw man argument is when you make a comparison to a superficially similar yet unequivalent proposition. I did not do that. To be angry over becoming so famous in a role that you can not make a living acting anymore is one thing. That never happened to Nimoy. He left Star Trek and got a role on Mission impossible followed by other roles. Guess what acting is hard and very few actors ever get one big role. Thing is that he kept milking that role and making more and more money. Heck if Star Trek fans hadn't loved the show as much as they did he still might have been typecast but with out that paycheck. Then he would have been that guy working at Denny's that used to be on TV. Instead got fame, money, and a place in history it is too sad that he doesn't understand how lucky he has been and take joy in it.
 

80 is not that old for a Vulcan (2)

erroneus (253617) | about 3 years ago | (#37602806)

Hell, at over 80 T'pol is pretty damned hot right?

Yes, T'Pol is hot, but Trekkie nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37602928)

who hated Enterprise are lame.

Trekkies (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37602858)

Doesn't this mean that the leagues of Trekkies/Trekkors/Trekwhatevers should respect his decision to back away from the public spotlight and leave him alone if they see him on the street(or from the bushes outside his house). At the worst this announcement should mean that he can leave those god-forsaken pointy ears in his rear view.

Pretty sure it's out of necessity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37602878)

He was barely ambulatory in the Trek reboot, and I think that's also why they used him in a voiceover role on Fringe. It's a bummer, because he makes about any show or movie watchable for me.

Re:Pretty sure it's out of necessity (1)

SlippyToad (240532) | about 3 years ago | (#37603774)

He was barely ambulatory in the Trek reboot,

which evidently you have never seen.

Am I the only one? (0)

hedwards (940851) | about 3 years ago | (#37602954)

Who read the title as Spock gives up on Khan?

Re:Am I the only one? (1)

TommydCat (791543) | about 3 years ago | (#37603008)

Truly a good title with multiple meanings. Is there hope for /. yet?

Re:Am I the only one? (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | about 3 years ago | (#37603994)

Of course, it should have been "Spock gives up of KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!"

Ballad of Bilbo Baggins (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37602974)

Does it mean he'll finally have time to write a followup song to The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins [youtube.com] ?

Upcoming book: (1)

BenSchuarmer (922752) | about 3 years ago | (#37603042)

I am not Spock again

title correction - (1)

Lead Butthead (321013) | about 3 years ago | (#37603320)

I am not Spock anymore, and get off my %!!@! lawn!
(Get a LIFE!)

Just don't ask him about Star Trek (3, Interesting)

Jeng (926980) | about 3 years ago | (#37603044)

One of my wives cousins interviewed him for NPR a while back and during a recent family reunion he told us a little bit about meeting Leonard Nimoy and one of those things is do not bring up the topic of Star Trek with him, he hates it.

He has done quite a lot of stuff outside, but I like most people don't really give a shit about it and apparently that pisses him off.

Re:Just don't ask him about Star Trek (1)

uncanny (954868) | about 3 years ago | (#37603280)

Yet he still signed off with "live long and prosper"

Re:Just don't ask him about Star Trek (2)

Bucky24 (1943328) | about 3 years ago | (#37603376)

According to TFS, the conference he said this line at was celebrating Star Trek. So it was appropriate for the setting.

Re:Just don't ask him about Star Trek (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37604088)

By Grapthar's Hammer...

Re:Just don't ask him about Star Trek (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37603282)

No one cares what he did outside of ST because it's all rubbish. His success is completely down to how he played Spock. It that got him many well paying gigs, because the program makers wanted that "logical authoritative voice" leveraged from Spock. He chose to be typecast and milk the character's profile, I'm sure his bank balance is better than most peoples'.

Re:Just don't ask him about Star Trek (1)

x6060 (672364) | about 3 years ago | (#37603338)

Yup, I saw him giving a talk at a convention once and people were told at the door not to bring up star trek. Instead he wanted to talk about his photography and other crap that no one at a Science Fiction Convention wanted to talk about.

One person dared to defy the warning was thrown out of the session for it.

I've heard other tales of him being a douche to fans as well.

Re:Just don't ask him about Star Trek (1)

Machtyn (759119) | about 3 years ago | (#37603908)

He certainly felt trapped by his role in ST:TOS. So much so, that he wrote a book about it. It wasn't until MANY years later that he started to do conventions and other ST type appearances.

Re:Just don't ask him about Star Trek (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37603408)

If you were advertising your polygamy, you probably meant to put an apostrophe on the end of that: One of my wives' cousins.
If you have only one wife, you probably meant: One of my wife's cousins.

Re:Just don't ask him about Star Trek (1)

Jeng (926980) | about 3 years ago | (#37603602)

Although my wife and I have talked about polygamy I think it would be just too much hassle.

Can you imagine two wives, both on the rag at the same time?

Re:Just don't ask him about Star Trek (1)

DragonWriter (970822) | about 3 years ago | (#37603454)

One of my wives cousins interviewed him [...]

Just out of curiosity, did you mean "one of my by wife's cousins" or "one my wives' cousins"?

Re:Just don't ask him about Star Trek (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37604174)

Bilbo, Bilbo Baggins! Best song ever!

Say it ain't so. (1)

quixote9 (999874) | about 3 years ago | (#37603064)

I want him to live forever. And prosper. I guess you can't have everything. /*goes off into corner for a quiet little moan*/

Con? (1)

Stonent1 (594886) | about 3 years ago | (#37603084)

Connnnnnnnnn!

Can I get a... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37603112)

CONNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!

Bruno Mars Might Have Given Him Ideas (1)

Psion (2244) | about 3 years ago | (#37603246)

Leonard doesn't feel like doing anything. http://youtu.be/dULOjT9GYdQ [youtu.be]

classic (2)

pak9rabid (1011935) | about 3 years ago | (#37603656)

Mayor Quimby: And, uh, may the force be with you.
Leonard Nimoy: Do you even know who I am?

Plenty of Money (1)

DanZee (2422648) | about 3 years ago | (#37604052)

Well, considering he had big paydays with Star Trek III and IV, he doesn't need to work anymore. And he has a home up at Lake Tahoe, which is like heaven on earth, so why leave. But if I was in good health at age 80, and I was beloved by generations of fans, I wouldn't mind getting out every once in a while and have somewhere to go and something to do. Shatner seems to love the adoration. But I guess Nimoy never did.

Who cares, what I want to know is...... (2)

genner (694963) | about 3 years ago | (#37604082)

Will Lenard do the voice over for Civilization VI?
Civ IV was the peak of his career and you all know it!

He didn't announce this at the con (bad summary) (1)

el borak (263323) | about 3 years ago | (#37604230)

This was known well ahead of time. A few friends of mine paid dearly to attend this con solely because Nimoy had already revealed that this would be his last.

The "announced at the con" language is not in TFA; just bad reading by the submitter.

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