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Leonard Nimoy, Spock in ‘Star Trek’ movies and series, dies at 83

By Associated Press

Leonard Nimoy laughs during a television interview before appearing as the guest for a luncheon at the San Joaquin Country Club on Friday, March 4, 2005 in Fresno, California.
Leonard Nimoy laughs during a television interview before appearing as the guest for a luncheon at the San Joaquin Country Club on Friday, March 4, 2005 in Fresno, California. Fresno Bee Staff Photo

Leonard Nimoy, world famous to “Star Trek” fans through a beloved cult TV series and a half-dozen films as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.

Nimoy’s son, Adam, says the actor died Friday morning in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83.

Although Nimoy followed his 1966-69 “Star Trek” run with a notable career as both an actor and director, in the public’s mind he would always be Spock.

His half-human, half-Vulcan character was the calm counterpoint to William Shatner’s often-emotional Captain Kirk on one of television and film’s most revered cult series.

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