Big Bang Theory: Who was Leonard Nimoy? When did he star in The Big Bang Theory?

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Who was Leonard Nimoy?

Leonard Nimoy was an American actor and director from Boston, Massachusetts.

He was also a well-known photographer, author, singer, and songwriter.

Big Bang Theory fans will know him best as Spock from the Star Trek franchise.

Nimoy portrayed Spock in both television and film for almost 50 years of his career.

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He first played the role in the show’s pilot episode in 1964 and last appeared as Spock in his final film performance in 2013.

Nimoy began acting in his early 20s and landed his first role in 1951 in the film Queen for a Day.

He then went on to star as in Paul ‘Monk’ Baroni in the film Kid Monk Baroni.

Nimoy is also well known for his performance as Narab in the 1952 movie Zombies of the Stratosphere.

From 1959 until 1962, he appeared in four episodes of Wagon Train in four different roles.

In 1964, he made his first appearance in the Star Trek television pilot.

He played the role for almost 50 years, appearing in eight feature films and in guest roles in several spin-off series.

For his performance as Spock, he earned three Emmy Award nominations.

In 2010, he announced he was retiring from playing Spock, citing his old age and his want to give actor Zachary Quinto the attention he deserved for playing Spock in the Star Trek reboot films.

However, in 2013, Nimoy reprised his role as Ambassador Spock in a cameo appearance in Star Trek Into Darkness.

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Spock became a cultural phenomenon and Nimoy even published two autobiographies, I Am Not Spock (1975) and I Am Spock (1995) from the viewpoint of sharing his life with the character.

In 2015 an asteroid was named 4864 Nimoy in his honour.

In February 2014, Nimoy revealed publicly that he had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Sadly, on February 27, 2015, Nimoy died of complications from COPD at the age of 83.


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When did Leonard Nimoy star in The Big Bang Theory?

Leonard Nimoy and the character of Spock were mentioned frequently throughout the sitcom’s 12 seasons.

Sheldon’s (played by Jim Parsons) obsession with Nimoy and Spock was a running joke throughout the series.

In season five, episode 20, titled The Transporter Malfunction, Nimoy provided the voice of Spock to a Spock action figure in the series.

Following Nimoy’s death, The Big Bang Theory paid tribute to the actor at the end of the episode.

A vanity card included a picture of Nimoy with the caption “The impact you had on our show and on our lives is everlasting.”

The sitcom continued to honour Nimoy’s legacy in 2015, in season nine, episode seven titled The Spock’s Resonance.

In the episode, Nimoy’s son Adam visited Sheldon and tried to recruit him to star in a documentary about his famous father.

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