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Leonard Nimoy dies at 83; 'Star Trek's' transcendent alien Mr. Spock

Leonard Nimoy dies at 83; 'Star Trek's' transcendent alien Mr. Spock

When Leonard Nimoy was approached about acting in a new TV series called "Star Trek," he was, like any good Vulcan contemplating a risky mission in a chaotic universe, dispassionate. "I really didn't give it a lot of thought," he later recalled. "The chance of this becoming anything meaningful was slim." By the time "Star Trek" finished its three-year run in 1969, Nimoy was a cultural touchstone -- a living representative of the scientific method, a voice of pure reason in a time of social turmoil, the unflappable and impeccably logical Mr. Spock. He was, as The Times described him in 2009, "the most iconic alien since Superman"...

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