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Live Long and Prosper, Spock: Leonard Nimoy Attends His Last 'Star Trek' Convention

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 4th 2011 8:45AM
Leonard NimoyTake a deep breath and pull up a chair, Trekkies: Spock has beamed off the ship.

While his evergreen erstwhile 'Star Trek' co-star William Shatner keeps on working like he's still in his 60s, Leonard Nimoy has decided it's time to hang up the pointy ears for good.

Last month he announced that he'd be attending his last 'Star Trek' convention in Chicago this week, and now it's happened. The AP reports that Nimoy parted from fans with the traditional four-fingered Vulcan salute and salutation: "Live Long and Prosper."

Nimoy had earlier Tweeted: "45 years ago. The start of an amazing voyage. Thanks to all for the support for so long!! LLAP."

At the convention he spoke for an hour about his life and career, and thanked fans for their support over the years. Some held up signs saying: "We love you Leonard! Live long & prosper."

Creation Entertainment organizes the 'Star Trek' conventions, and company CEO Adam Malin told the AP that the company has toured and collaborated with Nimoy for nearly three decades, and that he "will be missed."

Nimoy first created the role of Starship 'Enterprise' science officer Mr. Spock in 1966 and has gone on to play him in several spin-off movies, including J.J. Abrams' 2009 prequel, as well as lending his voice to videogames.

As he heads toward fulltime retirement from acting Nimoy's already let it be known that he won't be appearing in any future branches of the 'Star Trek' TV and movie franchise. Most recently he's appeared on TV with a recurring role on 'Fringe,' playing Massive Dynamic founder -- and major league boffin -- William Bell.

The devotion shown to 'Star Trek' shown by the legions of committed conventioneers was famously spoofed by Shatner in the 'Get a Life!' sketch on 'Saturday Night Live.' With many of the original cast now dead or retired, who will step up to fill the giant, Spock-shaped hole in the convention lineup now?

Leonard Nimoy, we salute you, sir! LLAP indeed.

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Didn't Nimoy also say a few years ago that he was retiring from acting? That didn't exactly take. :)

October 04 2011 at 8:51 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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