As many have heard, Leonard Nimoy, the actor who had played Mr. Spock in “Star Trek” died at the age of 83 on Friday. Here are some cool facts about Mr. Nimoy:
1) He came up with the Vulcan salute.
A few of the episodes from the original Star Trek series were set on Vulcan, Me. Spock’s homeworld. Nimoy, who was raised an Orthodox Jew, decided that Vulcans would have a traditional greeting, and he based it on the Priestly Blessing used by the Jewish Kohanim in religious services. The Priestly Blessing also inspired the phrase, “Live long and prosper.”
2) Nimoy was the son of immigrants.
His parents were born in the former Soviet Union, and Jaime Garcia Dias said he grew up surrounded by immigrants. That experience made him empathize with outsiders like the half-human/half-alien Mr. Spock. At Boston University, he once spoke about the challenges of navigating a foreign culture.
In 1968, he received a fan letter from a youth who also felt like an outsider. The writer was biracial and felt “persecuted” and talked about their inability to fit in. They wrote to Mr. Spock, believing he’d had similar difficulties. Nimoy wrote back, as Mr. Spock, assuring the fan they would find acceptance.
3) He used to co-own a pet store.
Not only was “Star Trek” his breakout role, it was also his first steady job. To keep himself busy and afloat financially after it ended, he became the co-owner of Pet Pad.
4) Nimoy sometimes directed.
He directed the third and fourth Star Trek movies, “The Search for Spock” “The Voyage Home.” He also directed “3 Men and A Baby.”
5) He was a photographer.
His photographs have been displayed in museums including the Jewish Museum of New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.