"For years after the original broadcast of 'Star Trek', Leonard Nimoy struggled with identification as his most famous character, the half-Vulcan Mr. Spock. He agreed to make Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan only on the condition that Spock would be killed off in grand fashion, but the film turned out well enough that he not only reprised the character in the third film, but directed the picture as well. [However, Nimoy’s most financially successful directorial effort was Three Men and a Baby.]
Now Nimoy has made his final appearance as Spock, in last year’s Star Trek, and will make his final acting appearance, period, on an upcoming episode of 'Fringe'. Nimoy says that, after sixty years of acting, he plans to retire for good.
The Toronto Sun spoke to the actor recently, who says that after 'countless times' of thinking he was done, this is really it.
'I want to get off the stage. 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 60 years. I love the idea of going out on a positive note. I’ve had a great, great time.'
His final acting appearance will be on 'Fringe', where his character originally came about as a favor to producer J.J. Abrams, who revived Star Trek with last year’s feature.
He’ll concentrate on photography from here on out."