As by now many of you reading this will know, today the world lost a beautiful soul. The mild-mannered, talented actor, director, poet and all-round wonderful man Leonard Nimoy has passed away, at the age of 83.
When Star Trek began, few could know what it would become. The show was made on a comparatively shoe-string budget and it would stretch and push at the envelope of social conventions, featuring stories that would challenge existing ideas about race, gender and politics. The fanbase grew and grew and became very passionate, loving the show and its ideas.
One character in particular captured the hearts and minds of fans worldwide – Spock. The half-human, half-Vulcan Mr Spock was a cool, calm, logical man, in complete control of his emotions and able to view every situation from a calm, factual viewpoint. It was tempting to think he might be a cold, even cruel character, but Spock had a warmth to him, a sense of dignity, and everyone would come to love him.
That is down to the brilliant performances of Leonard Nimoy. He breathed life into this character, developed him, and would portray him from 1966 all the way through to 2013, when he made his final, cameo appearance in Star Trek into Darkness.
Leonard Nimoy was always humble. He had such talent, and brought so much joy to so many people, yet he never let it go to his head. He worked hard throughout his career, always wanted to please the fans. He will be sorely missed.
My wife and I have paid our own tribute here, raising a Federation glass to the great man. Rest in Peace Leonard.