Leonard Nimoy Remembered: Stars Pay Tribute To The Beloved ‘Star Trek’ Actor
As the world mourns the death of Leonard Nimoy, beloved actor best known for creating the character of Spock on the original Star Trek, celebrities from President Obama to Star Trek co-stars William Shatner have paid tribute on social media.
Star Trek Remembers Leonard Nimoy
Many members of the Star Trek cast – both original and spinoff – have released statements following Nimoy’s death, including Zachary Quinto, who took over the role of Spock in the recent Star Trek films, both of which Nimoy appeared in.
Rest in peace with the stars, my dear friend. pic.twitter.com/D2dVG6I9Xi
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 27, 2015
“I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.” -William Shatner https://t.co/U8ZN98tVYp
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 27, 2015
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) February 27, 2015
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) February 27, 2015
It is with sadness that I heard of Leonard Nimoy’s death. I was lucky to spend many happy, inspiring hours with him. He won’t be forgotten.
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) February 27, 2015
We stood on your shoulders, and wouldn’t have had a galaxy to explore if you hadn’t been there, first. Thank you, Leonard, Rest in peace.
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) February 27, 2015
There is sorrow in my heart. A beautiful star has faded. #LeonardNimoy Your spirit will live long and prosper with us always.
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) February 27, 2015
— Star Trek (@StarTrek) February 27, 2015
President Obama Honors Leonard Nimoy
President Obama released a statement honoring Nimoy, saying, “I loved Spock.”
“Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future.
I loved Spock.
In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for ‘Live long and prosper.’ And after 83 years on this planet – and on his visits to many others – it’s clear Leonard Nimoy did just that. Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless fans who miss him so dearly today.”
President Obama’s sentiments were echoed throughout the government, with tweets honoring Nimoy from the White House, the US Department of the Interior and NASA.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 27, 2015
— US Dept of Interior (@Interior) February 27, 2015
— NASA (@NASA) February 27, 2015
Celebrities Remember Leonard Nimoy
RIP Leonard Nimoy pic.twitter.com/uIcnvI8wNN
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy was more than Mr. Spock. But Mr. Spock is his gift to us all. Live long and prosper. HANX.
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 27, 2015
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) February 27, 2015
“Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.” ~ Leonard Nimoy
— bob saget (@bobsaget) February 27, 2015
— Larry King (@kingsthings) February 27, 2015
— The Simpsons (@TheSimpsons) February 27, 2015
Syfy is also planning a small tribute to Nimoy this weekend. The science-fiction channel will air five hours of Leonard Nimoy programing on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.