RIP Mr. Spock

"I have been, and always shall be, your friend." — Spock, "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan"

On Friday, Leonard Nimoy died. He is yet another member of the original "Star Trek" crew who is no longer with us. His Spock was unique, and is perhaps the favorite among the vast cannon of "Star Trek" characters. I know he was for me.

Nimoy had an interesting screen presence, one that extended for decades. He will be missed. Below are three of my favorite Nimoy performances.

3. As Dr. William Bell on "Fringe." It was in the midst of his collaboration with J.J. Abrams on the "Star Trek" re-boot that he agreed to appear in a key role in the series, produced and co-created by Abrams. Nimoy was the perfect choice, and his performances — especially in early seasons — was part of what made the show so special.

2. "Star Trek" (2009) as Spock. This was the J.J. Abrams re-boot, which is, perhaps, the second best "Star Trek" film in the cannon. A big reason for that was the appearance of Nimoy as the original, older Spock who helped put things in motion. He was, as always, gracious and perfect in the role.

1. "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" as Spock. This remains the greatest "Star Trek" film for many reasons. There was a great dynamic, the story worked, and the scenes between Nimoy and William Shatner as Capt. Kirk worked really well. His final act sacrifice remains compelling no matter how many times I watch it.


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