Spock, though there is a certain poignancy to a comedy about three men and their general lack of domesticity. Nimoy was always keen to explore the theme of self-reinvention. In the end, the men’s experience of caring for a child challenged their perceptions of themselves and each other and revealed an unseen capacity for love, patience and understanding. This oddball comedy was an incongruous addition to the sci-fi icon’s filmography, but there could not have been a better vehicle to showcase a talent and introspectiveness shrouded by heavy typecasting.
Nimoy’s talent and commitment to the arts helped shape Symphony Space, a performing arts organization with which he often performed at The Thalia, a movie theatre on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. At the Thalia, Nimoy regularly hosted readings of classic literature and staged his own plays for live audiences. The theatre was renamed The Leonard Nimoy Thalia in 2002.
“Leonard Nimoy was not only a brilliant actor who graced our stages many times over the past 30 years; he was also a visionary whose generosity made possible the transformation of the old Thalia movie theatre into the beautiful, state-of-the-art Leonard Nimoy Thalia theatre it is today,” said Cynthia Elliott, the president and CEO of Symphony Space, in a statement after his passing.
“I know people ask me what my secret self is, and I have to laugh,” Nimoy said in a 2009 interview with the Los Angeles Times. “I have no secrets left. I revealed it all a long time ago.” These secrets—or lack thereof—continue to provide insight into his impact beyond the final frontier.
Nimoy was additionally a poet who published seven collections of poetry, including several poems in the celebrated online literary journal, The Hypertexts. He played troubled Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh in
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