Leonard Nimoy

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
Leonard Nimoy as Sherlock Holmes in the short movie The Interior Motive (1975)
Leonard Nimoy as Sherlock Holmes in the play Sherlock Holmes (1976)
Leonard Nimoy in the play The Lost World (1998)

Leonard Nimoy (26 march 1931 - 27 february 2015) was an American actor best known for his role as Mr. Spock in the Star Trek saga from 1973 to 2014. But he has several Doylean links:

In 1975, he played Sherlock Holmes in the educational short movie The Interior Motive with Burt Blackwell as Dr. Watson. In 1976, he also played Sherlock Holmes on stage in the play Sherlock Holmes with Ronald Bishop as Dr. Watson. In 1978, he was the narrator of the documentary In Search of... Sherlock Holmes (S03E12). In 1998, Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie (Q in Star Trek) dedicated one of their series of audio records called Alien Voices to The Lost World, in which all the characters were played by Star Trek actors with Leonard Nimoy reading as Angus McArdle.

Sherlockian link in Star Trek

  • Spock was born in 2230 from a human mother, Amanda Grayson, and a Vulcan father, Ambassador Sarek. In the movie Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, he said: "An ancestor of mine maintained that if you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however unlikely, must be the truth." The author of this quote is Sherlock Holmes. This reference has to be credited to Nicholas Meyer, the writer of the film, which is also author of The Seven Percent Solution pastiche.