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Be the different one

Leonard Nimoy created one of our culture’s singular fictional characters. Gene Roddenberry gave him the opportunity, but it was Nimoy who developed Spock.

A key moment came in one of the first episodes. Everyone on the bridge was freaking out about something or other, and Spock’s line was a simple word: “Fascinating.”

Nimoy first delivered it in the same excited, scared tone as everyone else.

The director took him aside and said, “be the different one.”

Easy to say, difficult to do.

By being the different one, Spock became a character for the ages, and changed the center of gravity for the series’ narrative.

The same thing could be said for your career, or the impact your organization makes.

Mr. Spock,  Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek half-Vulcan: Passed away

February 27, 2015 | by Lisa Winter

Actor Leonard Nimoy, most famous for his role as the half-human/half-Vulcan Mr. Spock in the Star Trek franchise, passed away in his Los Angeles home on Friday morning at the age of 83.

Nimoy had been hospitalized due to chest pains that were connected to his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The actor attributed the disease to his smoking habit from his youth, though he quit 30 years ago. (Nothing to do with smoking: it is a rare genetic ailment). Complications of the disease ultimately took his life.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1931, Nimoy began acting at an early age. After playing a number of bit roles in television and film, his big break came in 1966 when he was cast as Spock on Star Trek.

Over the years, he reprised the role a number of times in the Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek movies, video games, video shorts, and more. His last film credit was Star Trek: Into Darkness.

Leonard Nimoy gave life to a character who has become absolutely iconic in American entertainment and became a beacon of logic and reason. Many of his friends and co-stars took to social media to express their sadness of the news of his passing:

 

“… yet it should be noted, in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world; a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish.

He did not feel this sacrifice a vain or empty one, and we will not debate his profound wisdom at these proceedings. Of my friend, I can only say this: Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most … human.”
James T Kirk


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