Zachary Quinto: Leonard Nimoy was like a father to me

Zachary Quinto pays tribute to Leonard Nimoy


I first met Leonard Nimoy in 2007 at the Comic-Con conference in San Diego where it was announced I would be taking over the role of Spock. I was really excited to meet him and hopeful he would support me stepping into it. I never imagined how our meetings about the character would evolve into a very profound friendship.

We were introduced on a crowded elevator. It was very hurried and hustled, as we were about to appear in front of a crowd of 6,000 people. When the elevator doors opened on the conference floor he looked at me, said “You have no idea what you’re in for”, and walked out. For more than 40 years, he had trodden the path that I was about to embark on.

In some ways he was grateful to be able to share this character with someone else, because it was something that he had experienced singularly for so many years. I never felt that he was trying to instruct me, to tell me how to do it. He was just there to answer whatever questions I had. He was very supportive of my take on Spock.

It was the initial connection, but eventually our relationship had very little to do with Spock. It was a springboard to get to know each other on a much deeper level.

The first thing that I really took note of with Leonard was his sense of humour. He used it to disarm people. Those who had certain expectations were often surprised by how funny he was. Wise man that he was, he never took anything too seriously, yet he was a very serious man. Read the full tribute here

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