The late “Star Trek” star would have turned 89 today.
Leonard Nimoy — who was born on this date 89 years ago in Boston — will always be known best, and loved most, for his iconic portrayal of the indefatigably logical Mr. Spock in the enduringly popular Star Trek franchise. But many C&I readers may also recall Nimoy's work during the golden age of television westerns, when he portrayed everything from a cowardly gambler to an Apache warrior in such series as Bonanza, Broken Arrow, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, The Virginian, A Man Called Shenandoah, Laramie, Rawhide and Two Faces West. In 1995, he even took a crack at playing the legendary Frank James in the TV-movie Bonanza: Under Attack.
In this 1960 episode of Tate titled “Apache Scalps,” he guest starred as a Comanche warrior, and actually maintained a straight face while delivering lines such as, “Apache arrow! Everyone knows Apaches are bad Indian! Comanches are good Indian! Everyone knows that! Is that not so?” (Also in the cast: A rising young actor named Robert Redford.)
Nimoy lived a long life and prospered until he passed away Feb. 27, 2015 in Los Angeles at age 83.