With a history spanning nearly 55 years, Star Trek has become a television and film institution. As the decades have rolled by, many of the actors who brought these immortal characters to life have reached the end of their own lives, leaving behind an unforgettable legacy. Here are some Star Trek actors you forgot passed away.
OK, OK. You probably didn't forget this one.
Despite possessing a humorless, cold, and "logical" demeanor, Spock is the heart of all things Trek, and much of the credit for that goes to Leonard Nimoy. When not acting, Nimoy was also a poet, an artist, a photographer, and a musician. And his relationship with the character of Spock could be complicated at times, his first autobiography, for example, was titled I Am Not Spock, whereas the 1995 follow-up was called I Am Spock. He later described himself as feeling a sort of mystical identification with the intellectual, pointy-eared alien, once writing that:
"In Spock, I finally found the best of both worlds: to be widely accepted in public approval and yet be able to continue to play the insulated alien through the Vulcan character."
To the great sadness of the world's sci-fi fans, Leonard Nimoy passed away in 2015, at the age of 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, attributed his death to end-stage chronic pulmonary disease. During his twilight years, Nimoy had continued bringing Spock to life, as the elderly "Spock Prime" version of the character in the rebooted Star Trek movies.
To honor his legacy, the 2016 film Star Trek Beyond made a point to write the Vulcan's death into the script, and to show the impact of his demise upon the younger version of the character, then played by Zachary Quinto.
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Leonard Nimoy | 0:17
Persis Khambatta | 1:34
Anton Yelchin | 2:31
Aron Eisenberg | 3:27
DeForest Kelley | 4:21
Majel Barrett | 5:12
Brock Peters | 6:20
Ricardo Montalbán | 7:07
James Doohan | 8:14
Rene Auberjonois | 8:55
Jon Paul Steuer | 9:47