The 79-year-old icon, Leonard Nimoy, is retiring from the stage and screen. He's passing the pointy-eared mantle to Zachary Quinto, forever. Which means no more classic Spock in the new Star Trek — or William Bell — ever again.
In an interview with the Toronto Sun Nimoy explained that he made peace with the Star Trek series back in the 80s, but was tempted to make one last Spock movie cameo for J.J. Abams' film:
I was away from acting for 12 years, so I guess I was seducable. But since J.J. Abrams revived the Star Trek franchise, I felt I owed him something. And I'm glad I did it because he promised me a good story, and it was.
But he still feels like he's leaving the character in good hands.
I want to get off the stage. Also, I don't think it would be fair to Zachary Quinto...He's a terrific actor, he looks the part, and it's time to give him some space. And I'm very flattered the character will continue.
As for all his other current roles like the sinister William Bell in Fringe, he's retiring from those as well — he says his next big appearance as Bell, which will be in the season finale, will be his last. And if that wasn't hard enough, he may be giving up the convention circuit as well. Nimoy hinted that the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo might be his "go-round" for that as well.
We're sad to see him leave, but we love him for coming back in a big way the last few years. And we can't think of a better way to celebrate the great work of Nimoy, than with a glorious collection from Nimoy Sunset Pie.