Friday, February 27, 2015

Live Long And Prosper And Pour One Out

Spock, he's gone.

Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for playing Mr. Spock in the ubiquitous sci-fi series Star Trek, passed away today at the age of 83.

The mind meld is over.

The New York Times has a full obituary for Nimoy, who was taken to the hospital earlier this week after suffering chest pains, and died this morning from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Nimoy, who first starred as the half-Vulcan Spock in the original Star Trek series from 1966 to 1969, went on to appear in various shows, films, and video games both in the world of Star Trek and elsewhere. 

As both a fan of Trek and video games, I first knew the work of the man from his voiceover work in games, then later got around to his Spock days.

He starred as himself in the 2000 Dreamcast game Seaman and did voicework for two Kingdom Hearts games as well as the strategy game Civilization IV

Only one voice could wrangle this nightmare.

As another way to endear myself to him, Nimoy also appeared in the best show ever, The Simpsons. One of his most memorable performances came in a classic episode of The Simpsons, "The Springfield Files," in which he narrates.

Go watch that episode right now.

Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most....human.  Have fun in the stars you wonderful man.

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