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We love you Spock, RIP.
FEBRUARY 27, 2015 | 09:21AM PT
Leonard Nimoy lived up to his longtime catchphrase: Live long and prosper. Having achieved success in many arenas during his lifetime, the actor, director, writer and photographer died Friday in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83.
Most widely known for his performance as half-human, half-Vulcan science officer Spock on the classic sci-fi TV show “Star Trek” and its many subsequent film and videogame incarnations, Nimoy was also a successful director, helming “Star Trek” pics “The Search for Spock” and “The Voyage Home,” as well as non-“Star Trek” fare; an accomplished stage actor; a published writer and poet; and a noted photographer. He also dabbled in singing and songwriting.
But despite his varied talents, Nimoy will forever be linked with the logical Mr. Spock. Spotted by “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry when he appeared on Roddenberry’s NBC Marine Corps. skein “The Lieutenant,” Nimoy was offered the role of Spock and co-starred in the 1965 “Star Trek” pilot “The Cage.” NBC execs liked the concept but thought the pilot too cerebral, so they ordered a second pilot of the Desilu production with some script and cast changes (only Nimoy made it through both pilots). The series finally bowed on NBC in the fall of 1966. After three seasons, it was canceled in 1969 but would go on to be a hit in syndication, spawning films and other TV iterations and gaining a huge following of fans known as Trekkers or Trekkies.
After the series wrapped, Nimoy joined the fourth season of spy series “Mission: Impossible” as master-of-disguise Paris, leaving after the fifth season. He went on to star in the 1971 Western “Catlow,” with Yul Brynner and Richard Crenna, and the 1978 remake of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” with Donald Sutherland and Jeffrey Goldblum. The actor also made a series of TV films throughout the ’70s and received an Emmy nomination in 1982 for his role as Golda Meir’s husband in telepic “A Woman Called Golda.”
Also during the ’70s, Nimoy narrated the docuseries “In Search of …,” which investigated unexplained events, paranormal phenomena and urban legends long before these matters become the common fodder of pop culture.
Then the siren call of “Star Trek” beckoned again and Nimoy returned to the role of Mr. Spock for 1979’s “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” The film opened well at the box office, and though not well reviewed, it did spawn enough interest for Paramount to greenlight sequels that would continue into the 1990s: “The Wrath of Khan” (1982), “The Search for Spock” (1984), “The Voyage Home” (1986), “The Final Frontier” (1989) and “The Undiscovered Country” (1991). Nimoy was in all of them, albeit briefly in “The Search for Spock.”
Nimoy also appeared as Spock in a couple of episodes of series spinoff “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” several videogames based on the property and the J.J. Abrams-helmed “Star Trek” reboot, playing Spock Prime to Zachary Quinto’s young Spock in the 2009 film and its sequel.
After directing several TV projects, including episodes of “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery” and his “Star Trek” co-star William Shatner’s “T.J. Hooker,” Nimoy signed on to helm “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.” Variety said the production was “helmed with a sure hand by debuting feature director Leonard Nimoy, who also appears briefly but to good effect as the indestructible half-human/half-Vulcan Spock.” The review went on to say “Nimoy’s direction is people-intensive with less of the zap and effects diversions of competing films.” He went on to direct the next pic in the series, “The Voyage Home,” as well as four other feature films, including the 1987 comedy “3 Men and a Baby,” starring Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg, and the Diane Keaton-Liam Neeson drama “The Good Mother” (1988).
Nimoy also had a long history of stage work. He appeared on Broadway in “Full Circle,” directed by Otto Preminger, in 1973, and as a replacement for Anthony Hopkins as Martin Dysart in “Equus.” In 1996 he directed “The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree” on the Rialto. But he also starred in many regional productions — he played Stanley Kowalski in a 1955 Atlanta production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” — and starred in several touring shows: He was Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” in 1971, Sherlock Holmes in a play of that name in 1976 and Vincent Van Gogh in solo show “Vincent: The Story of a Hero,” which he also produced and directed, in 1978-80.
Leonard Simon Nimoy was born in Boston; his parents were Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine, and the language at home was Yiddish. He developed an interest in acting at an early age, first appearing on stage at 8 in a production of “Hansel and Gretel.” He took drama classes for a while at Boston College, and after leaving home to pursue his career in Hollywood, he landed his first lead role in the 1952 film “Kid Monk Baroni.”
After serving in the Army from 1953-55, he appeared in small roles in a few films, but mostly found roles in TV series, appearing in episodes of “Dragnet,” “Sea Hunt,” “Bonanza,” “Wagon Train,” “Rawhide,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Untouchables,” “The Outer Limits,” “The Virginian,” “Get Smart” and “Gunsmoke” before rising to fame in “Star Trek.”
Most recently, he recurred on Fox sci-fi series “Fringe” as maniacal, genius professor William Bell, and he voiced Spock for a 2012 episode of “The Big Bang Theory.”
In addition to his work on “In Search Of…,” Nimoy lent his resonant, intelligent voice to a variety of films, TV projects and documentaries, including A&E docu series “Ancient Mysteries.”
He wrote two autobiographies. The first, published in 1977, was called “I Am Not Spock.” Though “Star Trek” fans thought he was distancing himself from the beloved character, Nimoy had always enjoyed playing the character but was also using the book to talk about other aspects of his life. The book features dialogue between the thesp and Spock and touched on a self-proclaimed identity crisis because he became so associated with his character. In his second autobiography, “I Am Spock” (1995), he embraced that association.
He also wrote several books of poetry, including “You and I,” “Warmed by Love” and “A Lifetime of Love: Poems on the Passages of Life.” Some of his poetry books featured his photos.
Nimoy studied photography at UCLA in the 1970s, and his work as a photographer was shown in museums, art galleries and in published works, including “The Full Body Project: Photographs by Leonard Nimoy” and “Shekhina.” He was active in philanthropy and endowed Hollywood’s Temple Israel’s Bay-Nimoy Early Childhood Center.
In music, Nimoy released five albums on Dot Records, the first of which was space-based music and spoken word, “Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space.”
Nimoy was married twice, first to actress Sandra Zober. They divorced in 1987. In 1988, he married Susan Bay, an actress who is the cousin of helmer Michael Bay.
He is survived by his wife; two children from his first marriage, son Adam, a director, and daughter Julie; a stepson; and several grandchildren.
It’s no surprise that there is a vast global divide in life expectancy, with those living in more developed countries far more likely to live into their 70’s and 80’s than those from less-developed countries. The divide is so considerable that the predicted life span of those at the top of the life expectancy table is almost double that of those at the bottom.
But which nations can expect their people to live the longest? Here’s a look at the ten that come closest to immortality.
You don’t have to look far to understand why Aussies can expect a lengthy existence of up to 81.91 years. Most residents live a laid-back, stress-free life, and consume a healthy, balanced diet. The healthcare system in Australia is also of a high standard, and the population is well educated about the importance of health.
Females born in Australia are predicted to live 84.35 years, while males can expect a life span of 79.4 years. But it isn’t all good news for the Aussies, as their life expectancy could plummet in the coming years, due to a steep rise in obesity rates among adults. Hey, nothing lasts forever, even long life.
Guernsey, a small island in the English Channel, inhabits just over 65,000 residents. The island is a British overseas territory, but boasts a far higher life expectancy than mainland Britain. The overall life expectancy for the people of Guernsey is 82.32, in comparison to the 80.1 years of mainland Brits.
Like most entries on this list, the island of Guernsey is very wealthy, which perhaps explains the high life expectancy. Most inhabitants can afford to live a high-quality lifestyle, with lots of residents originally from rich countries such as the UK and France. The island also has very few dangerous manual jobs, and has an excellent healthcare system.
Switzerland, with an overall life expectancy of 82.28 years, has a reputation for being one of the most peaceful nations on earth, with very little conflict and a stable economy and government. Switzerland also has one of the highest GDP per capita rates in the world.
The Swiss are known for having very high standards in all public sectors; including health and education, and the people of Switzerland generally live a high quality lifestyle, consuming a healthy and balanced diet. Swiss women are expected to live an average of 6 years longer than their male counterparts, by the way. Swiss dudes clearly aren’t consuming enough of their country’s delicious chocolate.
After a huge boom in tourist numbers, Andorra has been transformed from one of the poorest countries in Europe into one of the richest in the world. It hosts vast mountains and stunning landscapes, but also a population who firmly believe in living a natural, peaceful, healthy life. It is common for people in their 70’s and 80’s to exercise daily, and the population is well educated about the importance of having a healthy diet. There is also virtually no violence, and Andorra has been labeled as one of the safest places on Earth.
As a result of their lifestyle, Andorrans can expect to live into their 80’s and beyond. At birth, females are expected to live to around 85, while males have a life expectancy of just over 80. The overall figure for Andorra’s life expectancy is 82.58 years, placing it 3rd in the whole of Europe, despite its puny size.
6. Hong Kong
Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of China, makes it onto the list with an overall life expectancy of 82.2 years. This figure is considerably higher than that of China itself, which has an overall expectancy of just 75. Males from Hong Kong have a life expectancy of 79.3 years, while females can expect to live to 85.
Hong Kong is one of the wealthiest cities in Asia, and occupies some of the richest people in the world. It also has a booming economy and very low tax rates, meaning its residents have more money to spend on healthcare and a healthy diet, contributing to a longer life span.
5. San Marino
San Marino, the fifth smallest country in the world (even smaller than Andorra) is mostly made up of Italian immigrants, but its inhabitants can expect to live around two years longer than those in Italy, with an overall life expectancy of 83.12 years.
Like Guernsey, San Marino has very few manual jobs, and residents enjoy a relatively relaxed and stress free lifestyle. They share a similar diet to that of Italy, which is generally healthy and nutritious. Females born in San Marino today are expected to live 85.7 years, while males are once again predicted to live to just over 80.
Singapore boasts an impressive overall life expectancy of just over 84 years. As one of the wealthiest places on Earth, it possesses one of the strongest economies around and can afford to spend freely on improving services for its residents. Thus, it has subsequently developed one of the most efficient healthcare systems in the world, ranking 6th globally in a 2000 study.
The people of Singapore and their lifestyle choice is also a considerable factor influencing life expectancy. As with most countries in East Asia, diet generally consists of naturally sources foods rich in nutrients and antioxidants. The common trend of females outliving males continues, with females expected to live to 85, in comparison to the expected life span of 80 for males.
The Japanese are renowned for their exceptionally healthy lifestyle. Fish, seaweed, and green tea are all prominent in their diet, and contain numerous health benefits that are proved to help prevent the deadliest of diseases, including cancer and heart disease. Their diet and lifestyle has also resulted in Japan having one of the lowest obesity rates in the world, with just 3.5% of the population considered overweight.
At birth, Japanese females have a life expectancy of around 86 years, while males can expect to live to around 82. Overall, Japan’s life expectancy is 84.19 years – a figure which puts most other developed countries to shame.
Like Hong Kong, Macau is a Special Administrative Region of China, with a population of just over half a million people. And their status isn’t the only thing they have in common, with Macau also having a very high life expectancy. Renowned for its casinos and gambling culture, Macau has attracted billions of dollars of foreign investment. It also has one of the highest GDP per capita rates in the world at $77,353, and is a place commonly favored by the rich.
Inhabitants can expect to live well into their 80’s, with the average life span being 84.46 years. Women are once again expected to live longer than their male counterparts, with an average life span of 87.5 years, compared to 81.5 years for males. But if you think that’s amazing …
With an astonishing overall life expectancy of 89.6 years, Monaco outlives everybody else on Earth by a considerable margin. A popular tourist destination and home to super-richimmigrants, Monaco is one of the wealthiest places on earth. At birth, females in Monaco have a life expectancy of a staggering 93.7 years, while males can also expect a lengthy life span of 85.7 years.
Most residents live a lavish lifestyle, with workers usually occupying very well paid jobs. As a result, the people of Monaco can afford the very best in healthcare and diet. So in Monaco, not only can money buy you a luxury yacht in an exclusive marina, but it can also seemingly buy you more time on this Earth.
But no matter where you live, clearly the #1 method to cheating death is: be a lady.
All stats and figures courtesy of the CIA