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Live long and prosper

Starting his career with TV bit-parts, including as a martian, Leonard Nimoy became a household name around the world as pointy-eared Vulcan Mr Spock in Star Trek.

First appearing in the role in 1966 and featuring in it until the 1990s, he also featured in eight films based on the TV series, writing and directing some acclaimed features.

Born in Boston to parents who had emigrated from the Ukraine to America, he joked that his mother and father had arrived as aliens who became citizens, while he was a U.S. citizen who became an alien.

“Spock is definitely one of my best friends,” he once reflected. “When I put on those ears, it's not like just another day. When I become Spock, that day becomes something special.”

He wrote an autobiography, I am Not Spock then later, another, I am Spock.

A keen photographer from his teens, he was serious about the art and praised for collections including The Full Body Project – a series of body-positive nudes inspired by artists including Botticelli – and was also a poet.

He embraced social media and his last Tweets, posted shortly before he died, included one of his own poems, You and I Have Learned, and a quote from the show which had made him famous and without him, may not have even been a success.

“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. Live long and prosper.”