TV has an ability to take preserve an actor in time, and it’s easy to forget how old he is. Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock, died today. He was 83 years old.
I still remember him as Spock on Star Trek. I first became a fan of the show in 1976. KTLA ran the show back to back with Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Saturday and Sunday. The kid I was then was magnetized by Uhura because she was a woman in an important position of the bridge. It doesn’t look like as much now, but then, I was being told women could only aspire to be housewives.
But Spock showed that we could all be different and still get along. Spock was always kind of an outsider because he was so different than everyone else. Yet, he was accepted by the people around him. But I found in watching some clips of the character and Uhura, there was a quirkiness between the characters. One of my favorite bits (in the clip) is when Spock comments on Uhura’s skills. High praise, and I don’t think it would have worked with another actor.
Live long and prosper, Leonard Nimoy.