Remembering Leonard Nimoy on his birthday: Spock’s legacy lives long, and we prosper

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Leonard Nimoy, who died last month from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, would have celebrated his 84th birthday Thursday. The beloved actor is best known for playing the iconic “Star Trek” character Mr. Spock. Author Steve Hockensmith examines Nimoy’s legacy in a guest essay for Hero Complex.

He was Spock — even if, as obituary after obituary recently reminded us, he once tried to deny it.

Fortunately, Leonard Nimoy seemed to have made his peace with the character that largely defined his career. When he passed away in late February at the age of 83, Nimoy was a sort of benevolent father figure to the flourishing nerd culture he helped create.

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock in "Star Trek."  (CBS) Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock in « Star Trek. » (CBS)

Though he’d officially passed the Spock mantle to another actor, he remained a supportive presence in the new “Star Trek” films, continued to (lovingly) spoof his connection to the…

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