Leonard Nimoy’s Death: Reactions From Friends, Co-Stars & The Industry

Friends, co-stars and the industry are weighing in about Leonard Nimoy, who died today at 83. Here is a sampling; we’ll add more throughout the day:

Star Trek actor George Takei, to CNN:
“Leonard was a very dear friend. One extraordinary thing about him I remember: When Star Trek was going to be done as an animated series, they cast Leonard, Bill Shatner, Majel Barrett and Jimmy Doohan only for the voice acting on that. And when he discovered that Nichelle Nicholls and Walter Koenig and I were not cast because of budgetary considerations, he said, Star Trek is about diversity, and if the two people that represent diversity to most, Nichelle and George, then I’m not interested in doing it. … That was an extraordinary thing for an actor, to give up a gig on behalf of other actors. And because Leonard was so necessary to the project, they cast Nichelle and me and offered Walter an opportunity to write a script. He was really an amazing man.”

Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, CEO of Roddenberry Entertainment:
“The death of Leonard Nimoy is indeed an immense loss to us all. I only hope that during this difficult time we can all take comfort in the everlasting impact he has made. As Spock, he portrayed the first Roddenberry character, an outsider who truly let us see ourselves. Leonard Nimoy’s talent allowed millions to learn more about who we are and who we want to be. I will always thank him for that.”

Bob and David Gersh, Co-Presidents of The Gersh Agency:
“He was a remarkable man, well known not only for his acting and directing but also for his photography, contemporary art collection and for his extremely generous philanthropic contributions and support of the arts.”

Actor Steve Guttenberg:
“Leonard Nimoy was smart, warm and had a personality that made everyone feel comfortable. He was a talented actor, director, poet and photographer. But his most enduring quality was his kindness and his desire to make you the most you could be. Like everyone who knew or knew of him, I will miss him.”





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