Missing Leonard Nimoy and the Lasting Power of Mr. Spock

Live long and make cameo appearances

Nimoy and his wife, Susan Bay, arrive at the premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness.

Photographer: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Paramount Pictu

The death of Leonard Nimoy is a profound moment in American geek culture, if that’s not a contradiction in terms. The actor was the soul of the original Star Trek, a brooding pointed-eared presence who played an intergalactic half-breed, his human and Vulcan selves frequently  in conflict. You didn’t have to be a Trekkie to love him. It was logical to do so.

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