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Leonard Nimoy: Diagnosis felt unfair

February 11th, 2014 10:20am EST
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Leonard Nimoy felt it was "unfair" when he was diagnosed with chronic lung disease.
The 82-year-old actor recently revealed he has developed obstructive pulmonary disease, despite quitting smoking 30 years ago, and he admits he has learned a "lesson" about his former deadly habit.
Discussing his diagnosis last May, he said: "I thought, 'This is unfair. I quit a long time ago. Why is this happening to me?'
"But it's a lesson that I had to learn. I damaged the lung cells many years ago and then as age begins the damage of lung cells as well you begin to feel it. So, it's something that can st...
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Leonard Nimoy diagnosed with chronic lung disease

February 7th, 2014 6:20am EST
Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy has been diagnosed with chronic lung disease.
The 82-year-old actor - famous for playing Mister Spock in the original 'Star Trek' TV series and movies - has developed obstructive pulmonary disease, despite quitting smoking 30 years ago, and has urged his fans to ditch the cigarettes before it's too late.
He wrote on Twitter: "I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP
"Smokers, please understand. If you quit after you're diagnosed with lung damage it's too late. Grandpa says learn my lesson. Quit now. LLAP
"I'm doing OK. Just can't ...
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Pharrell Williams emotional after Leonard Nimoy meeting

September 25th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
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Pharrell Williams was left feeling emotional after meeting Leonard Nimoy for the first time as the Star Trek legend has been his inspiration throughout his entire career.

The rapper/producer is a lifelong fan of the sci-fi franchise and even named his first record label Star Trak Entertainment after the series, while his 2001 N.E.R.D. album In Search Of... was also a nod to the programme.

The hip-hop star has long admired Nimoy, who played Spock in the original Star Trek series, and admits it was a dream come true to finally meet his hero.

He tells actress Queen Latifah on her U.S. talk ...
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Leonard Nimoy Takes On Zachary Quinto In New 'Star Trek' Spock-Themed Audi Ad

May 8th, 2013 6:33pm EDT
Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto Spock Audi ad
Star Trek stars Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto, who have both portrayed the Vulcan Spock in the series and on film, star together in a new ad for Audi that's filled with nostalgic Trek references.

The two stars begin by playing chess against each other on tablets before betting on who can make it to the local country club first for lunch. Loser has to buy.

"Stand by to have your wallet emptied by a tractor beam," Nimoy says.

"Anything's possible," Quinto laughs, "but probably not that."

The two get into their cars -- Quinto eases into his Audi S7 while Nimoy struggles to get his clubs...
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Leonard Nimoy In Talks To Appear In 'Star Trek' Sequel

May 2nd, 2012 9:17am EDT
Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy is set to come out of retirement to reprise his Spock role in the new Star Trek blockbuster.

The 2009 sci-fi reboot cast younger actors as the series' famed characters, with Zachary Quinto stepping into the role of Spock.

Nimoy still featured in the hit movie as an older version of the character, but he announced in 2010 he was retiring from acting and was happy to let Quinto take the reins of his iconic hero.

However, new reports have indicated that he will star in the sequel to the reboot.

When asked by CNN whether he would appear in the follow-up, Nimoy replied, "We'...
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Stephen Hawking To Guest Star On 'The Big Bang Theory'

March 13th, 2012 9:12am EDT
Stephen Hawking
Famous physicist Stephen Hawking has signed up to make a cameo appearance in geeky sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

the British cosmologist has frequently been name-checked by the show's scientist characters, and now the lovable losers are set to meet their hero.

Producer Bill Prady says, "When people would ask us who a 'dream guest star' for the show would be, we would always joke and say Stephen Hawking - knowing that it was a long shot of astronomical proportions."

"In fact, we're not exactly sure how we got him. It's the kind of mystery that could only be understood by, say, a Stephen H...
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Leonard Nimoy Attends His Last 'Star Trek' Convention

October 4th, 2011 8:35am EDT
Leonard Nimoy
Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy has retired from the show's hugely popular conventions after almost 30 years.

The actor made his name playing half-Vulcan Spock in the original Star Trek TV series back in 1966.

Nimoy, along with other beloved stars of the show, has been a regular at the annual conventions set up by Creation Entertainment over the last three decades.

However, the 80 year old has decided to step down, and has confirmed his last appearance was at the 45th anniversary event in Chicago, Illinois last weekend.

At the convention, he spoke to fans about his life and thanked th...
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'Modern Family' Dominates The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards (See List Of Winners)

September 19th, 2011 7:41am EDT
Modern Family
Modern Family came full circle at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, winning the very first honors of the night and closing the show by topping the prestigious Comedy Series category.

Mad Men looked set to dominate the night, going in with 19 top nominations, and it continued its winning streak for the best drama title for the fourth year in a row.

But the stars of the period drama didn't fair so well - Jon Hamm was a four-time loser for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Kyle Chandler claimed that prize for his role in Friday Night Lights, while Julianna Margulies beat t...
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'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' Blasts Off On Blu-ray & DVD Friday, September 30

September 13th, 2011 9:26pm EDT
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon
Spectacular action, stunning visual effects, non-stop thrills and fan-favorite characters including Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Sam Witwicky rocketed Transformers: Dark of the Moon into the stratosphere, with the latest installment of the wildly popular Transformers franchise surpassing its predecessors to earn over $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office. From Paramount Pictures in association with Hasbro, the breathtaking film redefines the scale, scope and emotional impact of what a blockbuster can be with the ongoing epic story of the mighty Autobots in a thrill-packed adventure that...
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'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' Moscow World Premiere Photos

June 23rd, 2011 5:00pm EDT
Transformers Dark of the Moon
Check out photocall and red carpet photos from the "Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon" global premiere, which took place today in Moscow, Russia.

The interstellar war between the Autobots and Decepticons shifts into overdrive following the discovery of Sentinel Prime (voice of Leonard Nimoy) in this sequel from director Michael Bay.

Only a precious handful of officials in the government and military realize that the 1969 moon mission was the result of an event that threatened profound repercussions for the entire human race. When the Apollo 11 astronauts discover the wrecked remains...
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Leonard Nimoy To Voice Sentinel Prime In 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon'

March 31st, 2011 9:48pm EDT
Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy has been cast in the new Transformers movie - he'll provide a voice for robot warrior Sentinel Prime in the sequel.

Prime, the predecessor of Optimus Prime, is found crash-landed on the moon by the Apollo 11 astronauts in 1969. After being brought to earth, he takes the disguise form of a fire engine and takes part in the film's climactic battle scenes, according to EW.com.

Nimoy, who is related to director Michael Bay through marriage, is no stranger to the Transformers franchise - his was the voice of Galvatron in 1986's The Transformers: The Movie.

Bay admits he wanted N...
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Spock's Ear To Go Under The Hammer

March 26th, 2011 9:00pm EDT
 Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek fans have the opportunity to get their hands on a piece of sci-fi history as a prosthetic ear worn by Leonard Nimoy as Spock goes up for auction.

The veteran actor wore the distinctive pointed ear to play his most famous character in the 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

The iconic memento has been carefully preserved for more than 30 years and is now set to be sold off at an auction of Hollywood memorabilia next month.

Dan Levin, a spokesman for Premier Props, the company behind the sale, says, "This ear was kept by the prop master from the film. It was carefully wra...
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Happy 80th Birthday Leonard Nimoy!

March 26th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy is following in the footsteps of his Star Trek co-star William Shatner as he turns 80 years old this week.

The veteran actor celebrates the landmark on Saturday, just four days after his longtime friend reached the milestone. Nimoy, like Shatner, shot to fame in the 1960s TV series in his career-defining role as Spock, which he last reprised in 2009 for a brief cameo appearance in J.J. Abrams' film Star Trek, alongside Zachary Quinto as a younger version of his pointy-eared character.

We now celebrate Nimoy's long running career and hope that he can 'live long and prosper'...
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Master Thespian William Shatner Turns 80

March 22nd, 2011 8:07am EDT
William Shatner
Star Trek legend William Shatner is preparing to boldy go into his eighties this week - the veteran actor becomes an octogenarian on Tuesday.

After starting out as a classically-trained Shakespearean actor, Shatner swapped the theatrical stage for the bright lights of Hollywood in the late 1950s and went on to win the part that has defined his career - Captain James T. Kirk in classic sci-fi TV show Star Trek.

When the series came to an end in 1969, he reprised his role as Kirk on numerous occasions, including seven Star Trek movies, but has continued to find success on the small screen...
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'Avatar' Dominates Saturn Awards

June 25th, 2010 11:46am EDT
Avatar
James Cameron's Avatar was the toast of the sci-fi world on Thursday after scooping a massive 10 prizes at the Saturn Awards.

The innovative epic triumphed in categories including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Music and Best Special Effects, while Cameron took home the Best Director and Best Writing trophies, as well as The Visionary Award.

The movie's stars were also honored at the event, held by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films in Burbank, California. Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana led the best actor categories and Sigourney Weaver was named Best Supporting Ac...
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Leonard Nimoy Retires From Acting

April 21st, 2010 9:34am EDT
Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy has announced plans to retire from acting after 60 years in the movie business. The Star Trek icon began his acting career in the early 1950s and rose to international stardom as Mr. Spock in the sci-fi series.

But now the 79 year old, who is currently starring on TV show Fringe, has decided to give up working in front of the camera. He says, "I've been doing this professionally for 60 years. I love the idea of going out on a positive note. I've had a great, great time."

And he's happy to let actor Zachary Quinto, who played Spock in last year's Star Trek prequel, continue...
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William Shatner Sick Of 'Star Trek' Feuds

November 30th, 2009 12:01pm EST
William Shatner Sick Of
William Shatner has given up trying to make peace with his "bitter" former Star Trek co-stars - insisting "nothing seems to work."

The 78-year-old, who shot to fame as Captain Kirk on the original 1960s show, admits his memories of the series have been marred by bitter feuds with former cast mates.

Shatner admitted he was hurt after former co-star George Takei failed to invite him to his wedding to longtime partner Brad Altman last year. Meanwhile, Shatner reached a gentleman's agreement with Leonard Nimoy never to talk Trek in order to salvage their friendship.

However, the sta...
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Expect More Nina Sharp On 'Fringe' And Possible Romance With Agent Broyles

October 13th, 2009 11:16am EDT
Fringe
Fox's sci-fi show Fringe is full of surprises. Leonard Nimoy is the mad scientist William Bell. Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) is traveling to an alternate dimension. Peter (Joshua Jackson) is really an imposter but he doesn't know it. Charlie (Kirk Acevedo) is an imposter and he DOES know it.

But the big shocker from this season's premier that nobody is talking about is the implied romance between FBI agent Broyles (Lance Reddick) and Massive Dynamic maven Nina Sharp (Blair Brown).

"The question for me is: is it completely in the past or is it something that's starting up again?" Reddick...
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Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner Thrill 'Star Trek' Fans At Convention (Video)

September 5th, 2009 10:30am EDT
William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy Attend Star Trek convention
Leonard Nimoy poked fun at Star Trek pal William Shatner during a rare and much-anticipated meeting of the two sci-fi icons at an Atlanta, Georgia convention on Friday.

Organizers of the Dragon-Con event couldn't believe it when the original Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock agreed to converse with each other in what became a comedy event of epic proportions.

Nimoy needled hid old friend about the fact he was not part of the new Star Trek franchise, which opened with a prequel to the original TV series this summer, asking him, "(Have you) seen any good movies lately?"

Shatner, who has adm...
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'Fringe' Panel At Comic-Con Gives Season Two Insight To Fans

July 28th, 2009 11:41am EDT
Fringe
At last year's San Diego Comic-Con, science fiction fans were spoiled with previews into a new FOX show titled "Fringe." Headed by fan favorite J.J. Abrams and compared to "X-Files," the show starred Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, and John Noble. After a very positive first season, the show is returning in the fall for its second, so this time the "Fringe" actors and writers were welcomed to Comic-Con as successful stars. I was lucky enough to check out the panel on Saturday in a room completely packed full with diehard fans.

All the major actors and the production staff were there and excit...
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'Star Trek Scene It?' Bursts Into The Galaxy (Win It!)

June 20th, 2009 8:00am EDT
Scene It? Star Trek Deluxe Edition
Screenlife Games, creator of Scene It?, the number one DVD game, recently announced the release of the "Scene It? Star Trek Deluxe Edition". Featuring trivia questions, on-screen puzzlers and authentic clips from your favorite live-action TV series and movies, the game will challenge and entertain everyone from casual "Star Trek" viewers to the most die-hard fan.

"'Star Trek' is one of the biggest phenomena in pop-culture history, and a Scene It? game that fans have consistently been requesting. We're thrilled with how well it has all come together," said Dave Hoffman, President of ...
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Patrick Stewart Praises 'Star Trek' Movie

June 15th, 2009 10:07am EDT
Patrick Stewart
Former Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Patrick Stewart has praised director JJ Abrams for successfully resurrecting the franchise - insisting he "loved" the new movie.

Abrams brought the sci-fi franchise back to cinemas this year with Star Trek, a prequel to the original 1960s TV show, featuring a new cast of young actors.

Stewart played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series for seven years and brought his character to the big screen in four spin-off films, including 2002's Star Trek Nemesis.

And the British star insists he is delighted the...
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'Star Trek' Return Left Leonard Nimoy In Tears

May 11th, 2009 5:00pm EDT
Leonard Nimoy
Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy continually fought back tears on the set of the sci-fi franchise's new movie - because he couldn't help but recall old pals who have passed away and former cast mates. The original Mr. Spock reprises his unemotional Vulcan role in the new J.J. Abrams' film and admits he was all emotion as he watched characters from the beloved 1960s Star Trek TV series meeting for the first time in the new prequel.

And there was one scene he really struggled with - when Captain Kirk, played by Chris Pine, met Karl Urban's Dr. McCoy for the first time.

DeForest Kelley, ...
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Leonard Nimoy On The 'Fringe' Finale

May 11th, 2009 10:04am EDT
Leonard Nimoy
The season finale of Fringe promises many answers and new questions. The second season has already been assured, so there's plenty of room to tease things for next year. One thing we know for sure though is that Leonard Nimoy has been hired to play William Bell, the series long-alleged conspirator.

"I have done one scene in what will be the final episode of Fringe for this season, introduced as the character named William Bell, who was talked about in earlier episodes," Nimoy said. "I have agreed to do two more in the next season, we'll see where it goes from there."

Fringe marks...
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'Star Trek' Takes Top Box Office Spot

May 10th, 2009 6:00pm EDT
Chris Pine
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Star Trek" beamed itself up to the top of the box office, earning $76.5 million in its opening weekend.

Paramount Pictures had estimated that the movie would make about $50 million for the weekend, but figured that strong reviews helped carry it to the bigger opening.

Director J.J. Abrams' reboot of the beloved sci-fi franchise made $72.5 million from Friday through Sunday, plus $4 million just in pre-midnight screenings Thursday, the studio said Saturday. That cumulative figure includes a record $8.2 million in IMAX showings.

"Star Trek," which reveals th...
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Another Look At the Cast Of 'Star Trek'

May 9th, 2009 10:41am EDT
Star Trek
The reviews for Star Trek have been mostly positive, so it's okay to assume the sequel that Paramount gave the go ahead to a few weeks ago is going to happen. Here's a quick look at the "cast of unknowns" who actually have a lot of acting credits between them.

Chris Pine starred opposite Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries 2

and Lindsay pre-rehab trips Lohan in Just My Luck. He was nearly unrecognizable in Smokin' Aces, but his least hated project was probably the little seen Bottle Shock.

After a few the less said the better television show appearances, Zachary Quinto joined ...
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Leonard Nimoy On Letterman: Top 10 Lines Never Said In 'Star Trek' (Video)

May 8th, 2009 1:10pm EDT
Letterman Top 10 Star Trek Leonard Nimoy video
Leonard Nimoy was on 'The Late Show With David Letterman' promoting the Star Trek movie and read the Top Ten Lines Never Before Said in a 'Star Trek' film. Watch and read the Top 10 list below.

Watch Leonard Nimoy read "Top Ten Lines Never Before Said in a 'Star Trek' Film"

Text transcript of Letterman Top Ten:

10. Warp factor 8! Arby's closes in 10 minutes.

9. We're entering a breach in the space-time continuum or a wormhole or some crazy crap like that.

8. Set phasers to fabulous!

7. Welcome aboard...
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Faran Tahir Talks 'Star Trek' And 'Iron Man' Rumors

May 4th, 2009 10:51am EDT
Faran Tahir
Faran Tahir, who played the the villainous Raza in the first Iron Man, gets to play something in the new Star Trek film that he usually doesn't ... a character that does not have the adjective "villainous" preceding said character's name. Faran discusses his role as Starship Kelvin Captain Robau (warning: minor spoilers) and talks about some persistent Iron Man rumors as well as the future of that franchise.

Mike: In Iron Man, what was it like working with Jon Favreau as a director?

Faran: The great thing about Iron Man was that the people that were involved in it -- Robert ...
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William Shatner Makes Up With New 'Star Trek' Cast

May 4th, 2009 9:30am EDT
Star Trek
As the Star Trek reboot was in production, William Shatner, the original Captain Kirk, continued to express his interest in appearing in the film. Although the film shows the young Kirk joining his Enterprise crewmates Spock, Bones, Uhura, Chekov, Sulu and Scotty, original Spock Leonard Nimoy got a role.

The man filling Shatner's shoes, Chris Pine, assured Trekkers that Shatner approves of the new crew. "I saw him last night, for the first time, in the flesh and shook hands," Pine said. "He was very busy last night. It was a charity event for him, and he raises money for all the...
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Review: 'Star Trek' Is A Blockbuster That Deserves The Hype

May 1st, 2009 2:24pm EDT
Star Trek XI
When the new "Star Trek" was announced, directed by J.J. Abrams and starring a hot young cast, it was playfully referred to as "Star Trek 90210" and many fans were skeptical of its worth. Reboots of popular series are often very disappointing, and it was especially dangerous with such a diehard fanbase ready to tear apart each and every detail. The Original Series started the Trek world, and it was known to be hilarious, cheesy, and the best sci-fi they had at the time. The Next Generation was sleek and more serious, but personally I always preferred the original cast; especially their movi...
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