It may have taken a few times, but this time, Leonard Nimoy is retiring for real.
Every time that Nimoy had retired, or thought he had retired, he kept getting sucked back into work. “Countless times, I thought it was done,” he said.
But Nimoy is ready to be finished with acting now and ready to pass the Star Trek baton to Zachary Quinto. “I want to get off the stage,” he said. “Also, I don’t think it would be fair to Zachary Quinto. He’s a terrific actor; he looks the part, and it’s time to give him some space. And I’m very flattered the character will continue.
“I’ve been doing this professionally for sixty years,” explained Nimoy. “I love the idea of going out on a positive note. I’ve had a great, great time.”
Nimoy came to terms with being identified with Spock and with Star Trek back in the 1980s. “I felt like Star Trek IV was my personal statement on Star Trek,” he said. In the end, Nimoy embraced the character which brought him fame and freed him up financially to do things that he loved. “Since Star Trek began in 1966, I’ve never had to worry about where the next job was,” he said.
Nimoy will concentrate on his photography, where he is becoming known for his photography skills as well as for his acting ones. Recently, when a fan approached Nimoy and Tom Hanks, Hanks asked who would take the photo. “Mr. Nimoy, you’re a wonderful photographer,” said the fan. “Would you take our picture?”