The son of Jewish immigrants from the U.S.S.R., Leonard Nimoy was born in Boston in 1931. Leonard has been acting since he was eight years old. Nimoy's film debut was in the movie, "Queen for a Day," in 1951. It was a theatrical film based on the popular television series of the early fifties.
Nimoy's first meeting with Gene Roddenberry came when he guest starred in an episode of The Lieutenant. This relationship developed and resulted in Roddenberry casting Nimoy as the Vulcan officer Spock in the much loved Star Trek TV Series.
Nimoy went on to star in the first 6 Star Trek Movies - and also directed Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and was executive producer on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Nimoy also directed Three Men and a Baby which was very popular on release.
Nimoy released an autobiography in 1975 entitled 'I Am Not Spock', before following it up 20 years later with 'I Am Spock'. He has expanded his career into various projects including photography, opening a pet store, flying planes and even music.
In 2014, he revealed that he was suffering from chronic lung disease which he blames on years of smoking.