By the end of the 1960s, Leonard Nimoy’s name was so synonymous with his wildly popular Star Trek character that he titled his first autobiography I Am Not Spock. But the actor, musician and director did a lot more than just serve as the first officer on the U.S.S. Enterprise.
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The Twilight Zone and Other Early Roles
Nimoy had a colorful career as a recording artist that earned him a significant cult following. Banking on his success on Star Trek, he released his first album in character, 1967’s Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock’s Music from Outer Space. Four more folk albums followed until 1970. In 1997 he released a compilation album, Spaced Out, that featured performances from Shatner.
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Nimoy’s career as a film director began with the Star Trek sequels. After directing the third installment, he made Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, in 1986, which remains one of the most popular films in the franchise. Other directing endeavors include the comedy film Three Men and a Baby, which was the highest-grossing film of 1987.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
He starred with Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldbulm in the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The film was a critical and box office success: It currently holds a 95% fresh rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and is widely considered one of the most successful remakes ever made.