Leonard Nimoy was born in Boston, Mass', USA on March 26th 1931.
His parents, Dora and Max Nimoy already had a five year old son called Melvin.
Dora and Max were Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine. Dora was a housewife and Max owned his own Barbers shop.
Leonard Nimoy was educated at Boston English High School.
Leonard first appeared on stage in a production of "Hansel and Gretel" at the age of 8, and continued to appear in amateur shows until he was 18, when he left home to travel to California to begin his career in earnest.
After only one year in Hollywood, and only just 20, he landed the lead role in a movie "Kid Monk Baroni"
He met Sandy Zober and they married in 1954 while Leonard was serving in the US army.
They have two children, Julie (1955) and Adam (1956).
Leonard continued his career, supplementing his income with various jobs including driving cabs and working in fast food outlets.
The big break came after he appeared in an episode of”The Lieutenant", spotted by Gene Roddenberry, he was offered the part of the Vulcan Mr Spock in Star Trek.
After this success Mission Impossible followed, in which he played the master of disguise, Paris.
In 1973 he had his first photographic showing at a gallery. His poetry book "You and I" was published, and by 1977 he had recorded for the Dot Label and earned a Masters Degree in Education.
In 1987 Leonard was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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In September 2000 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Antioch University for his work in Holocaust Remembrance, the Arts and the Environment.
Leonard and Sandy divorced and Leonard re-married in 1989.
His wife Susan Bay Nimoy has a son by her first marriage, named Aaron.
Leonard has renewed his interest in photography in recent years and still continues to attend conventions, and narrates for various projects.
Leonard and Susan worked together producing and directing the play Shakespear's Will
Leonard and Susan established The Nimoy Foundation in early 2003 which is designed to recognize, encourage, and support the work of contemporary artists.
Due to the fact that individual artists in the last decade have been marginalized and politicized and that financial support for their work has been drastically reduced, the foundation has helped to reverse this trend.
The goals of the Nimoy Foundation's Visual Artists Residencies are fourfold: to fund organizations that support contemporary visual artists through direct fees and/or subsidies of space, supplies and services; to connect contemporary visual artists with institutions that can advance their careers; to support contemporary visual artists working in communities who have a goal of mentoring and teaching others, especially young and aspiring artists; and to inspire other philanthropists to support the arts.
On Thursday July 26th 2007 it was announced Leonard would reprise the role of Spock in Star Trek XI released May 2008. The film has had good reviews.
Leonard has gone on to film episodes of the tv series Fringe, playing Bell,a founder of a conglomerate, continuing a good working relationship with JJ Abrams, the director of the Star Trek movie.
Leonard is the 'voice' of Sentinel Prime in the Transformers movie, 'Dark of the Moon',
and has appeared in the Bruno Mars 'Lazy Song' music video, and voiced Sekhuru in the animated movie Zambezia.
He also 'voiced' Spock in the tv episode 'The Transporter Malfunction' of the popular series 'The Big Bang Theory'
He has announced his retirement from appearances at conventions, but continues to enjoy his photography projects.