Leonard Nimoy as Spock in 'Star Trek'
Credit: Paramount
Credit: Paramount

The New York Times is reporting the death of Leonard Nimoy, a celebrated actor best known for his decades long role as Spock in in the Star Trek television and movie franchise. Earlier this week it was revealed that Nimoy had been hospitalized for chest pains, and in recent years has worked a reduced schedule attributed to declining health.

Born in 1931, Nimoy began his acting career in the 1950's with a starring role in the film Kid Monk Baroni, a tale about a street kid turned boxer. Nimoy continued acting in guest roles on television shows such as Dragnet and Perry Mason, and in sci-fi film serials such as Zombies of the Stratosphere.

In 1966, Nimoy's career took a leap when he joined the cast of Star Trek as Spock, Enterprise's the half-human, half-Vulcan science officer, a role he played in numerous television shows and films, as recently as 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness. Nimoy's later career also saw a return to the small screen in a guest-starring role on Fringe.

Nimoy spoke of retirement in 2010, but never truly stepped away entirely, continuing in voice roles and in cameo appearances almost until his death. Nimoy was 83 at the time of his passing. His widow, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his cause of death as end-stage obstructive pulmonary disease, an illness Nimoy himself attributed to years of smoking.

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