Patriot-Made Audiocast producer and narrator Rita Rich’s thoughts after hearing that actor Leonard Nimoy has passed away today (Friday, February 27, 2015), at 83. All of us at Patriot-Made Audio and Rita Rich say that we’ll miss hearing his voice-over work in animated shows and films, like the Simpsons. Rich says she will always remember him and his role from Mission in Possible as well. Please listen here to this tribute to Nimoy.
#LLAP. Even the White House paused and made mention of Leonard Nimoy’s passing via Twitter.
Leonard was born in 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1953, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to Fort Ord, California, Fort Benning, Georgia, and spent much of his time at Ft. McPherson in Georgia. Leonard was discharged in 1955 as a technician 3rd grade, which was equivalent to the WWII-era rank of staff sergeant (E-5). During his Army career, Leonard worked with the Army’s Special Services branch, where he wrote, narrated and emceed shows. He also played a soldier in a film produced by the U.S. Navy on Combat Psychiatry during the Korean War. You can watch that video here: http://youtu.be/OPF-Tx1QmVY
We honor his service to our country and to the millions of viewers and fans who watched this actor evolve into a character who won a permanent place in pop culture for his portrayal of Mr. Spock in “Star Trek”.
The baby boomer generation came of age under Spock’s tutelage as the half-Vulcan, half-human science officer on the Starship Enterprise who revered reason and eschewed emotion during a time when society was filled with great social emotion.
It’s even more difficult to consider any other star who was so closely and affectionately identified with a single role on TV across America. Although the original “Star Trek” that was created by Gene Roddenberry in 1966 lasted only three seasons, it has never really left the TV screen or our homes. His role lives on and on in reruns, remakes, movie adaptations, comedy skits, Halloween costumes, conventions, memorabilia, fan fiction and parodies on YouTube.
We all loved Spock and have fond memories. We would love to hear about your best memories of Leonard Nimoy, in celebration of his long career and long life.
“Live long and prosper,” and “Don’t grieve … for I have been, and always shall be, your friend.”
We offer our condolences to his family, friends, and countless fans who will miss him.
~ Rita Rich, Debra Grobman and Alice M. Fisher of Patriot-Made Audio