Actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Mr. Spock on the television series Star Trek, died at the age of 83, reports The Guardian. As stated by the actor’s wife Susan Bay Nimoy, the cause of death was a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the last stage.
Nimoy himself believed that his disease was caused by smoking, and he quit 30 years ago.
Nimoy played Spock in the television series Star Trek, and also in feature films about that universe. He also gained fame as a film director, photographer and screenwriter.
Nimoy was born on March 26, 1931 in Boston in a family of Jewish immigrants. He garnered success after a small role in the TV series The Lieutenant. The producer of The Lieutenant, Gene Roddenberry offered Nimoy the role of Spock in his new project – the television series Star Trek. The actor was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In the feature films based on the Star Trek TV series – Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Nemesis (2013) – he played the old Spock. The role of the young Spock was given to Zachary Quinto.