Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for playing Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek television series and movies, has passed away at the age of 83.
Nimoy, who was rushed to the hospital last week with chest pains, died in his Bel Air, Calif. The actor had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Born in Boston, Nimoy got his acting break with the 1952 film Kid Monk Baroni. He went on to have bit parts in Dragnet, Perry Mason and the film Get Smart before being cast as the half-Vulcan, half-human Spock, the role that launched him into stardom. Star Trek ran from 1966 to 1969 and Nimoy earned three Emmy nominations for the role. He later reprised the role in a number of Star Trek feature films.
Nimoy is survived by his second wife Susan; his children, Adam and Julie; a stepson, Aaron,; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild and an older brother.