“Live long, and prosper.” It’s the motto of Star Trek’s logical Vulcan race, and nobody typifies that more than alien and human hybrid Spock, played by Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy, still energetic at 80, has lived long, prospered and had a fantastic career as an actor, writer, director and photographer. But all good things must come to an end, and it seems that Nimoy’s side career of attending fan conventions may be now finally over.
Phoenix Comicon, held over this memorial day weekend, will welcome him along with many other Star Trek alum, including George Takei (Mr. Sulu) and Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Other celebs from such shows as Buffy: The Vampire Slayer to True Blood will also be there to meet their fans in person. But for Nimoy, he says the motivations – both emotionally and financially – are all but gone for him.
In an interview with College Times, the still active octogenarian says, “Several museums now hold my work around the country,” he says. “But the most important [reason] is my family. I have a great family life, with wonderful people that I love dearly. I’ve had a great, great run and I’m a very grateful guy.”
Though Nimoy has said he’d be retiring before, that didn’t keep the popular actor from appearing in a recurring role on the hit TV show, Fringe. Recently, he starred in a raunchy music video for Bruno Mars. However, now it appears he’s resigned to leave the public appearances – at least at the often jam-packed Star Trek science fiction fan conventions – to others from his fictional starship Enterprise.