The veteran actor celebrates the landmark on Saturday (26Mar11), just four days after his longtime friend reached the milestone.
Nimoy, like Shatner, shot to fame in the 1960s TV series in his career-defining role as Spock, which he last reprised in 2009 for a brief cameo appearance in J. J. Abrams' film Star Trek, alongside Zachary Quinto as a younger version of his pointy-eared character.
We now celebrate Nimoy's long running career and hope that he can 'live long and prosper' in his 80s.
Wenn has compiled 10 fascinating facts to remember Nimoy's achievements.
- Nimoy has written two autobiographies - I Am Not Spock (1977) and I Am Spock (1995), both in reference to his famous Star Trek character.
- He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army in the 1950s, alongside actor Ken Berry and famed architect Frank Gehry.
- Nimoy went on to play an Army sergeant in the 1954 sci-fi film Them!
- The actor has been married twice and is father to two children. His current wife, actress Susan Bay, is a cousin to Transformers director Michael Bay.
- Nimoy voiced the character of Galvatron in 1986's The Transformers: The Movie, based on the popular kids' action figure range and TV show.
- Nimoy worked as a singer following the success of Star Trek, releasing five albums.
- He stepped behind the camera in 1985 to direct a music video for The Bangles. The Going Down To Liverpool promo also featured a brief cameo appearance from the actor, whose son Adam went to college with the band's lead singer Susanna Hoffs.
- Nimoy studied photography at the University of California, and in 2000 he announced his retirement from Hollywood to concentrate on his work behind the camera. He later returned to showbusiness.
- He is a keen poet and has published many of his works, including a collection called A Lifetime of Love: Poems on the Passages of Life in 2002.
- He has remained close friends with William Shatner since their Star Trek days and he acted as best man at Shatner's third wedding in 1997.
World renowned architect FRANK GEHRY, the man who designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain has teamed up with BRAD PITT's Make It Right Foundation to come up with the layout for the charity's new set of duplex houses for displaced families in New Orleans, Louisiana, who were left homeless by 2005's Hurricane Katrina.
Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt is taking a year out from his Hollywood career
to make a documentary about celebrated architect Frank Gehry.
The actor is to become a permanent fixture in the UK while he
records the progress of Gehry's $450 million project on the
historic King Alfred site in Hove, south east England.
Gehry is best known as the architect behind the famous Guggenheim Museum in
Pitt is reportedly dating his Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-star Angelina Jolie, who
has chosen Britain as her base after buying a lavish country house in
Project developers Karis expect filming to commence in the autumn. A Karis spokesman says, "Brad's been involved in the project for nearly two years. We're in discussions with the BBC and with Brad's production company Plan B about a documentary."
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The Matrix Revolutions will have its world premiere Oct. 27 at the Disney Hall, an new futuristic structure in the downtown area of Los Angeles, Variety reports.
Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the $217 million concert hall will have its official opening only four days before the preem of the last installment in the Matrix series. When Revolutions producer Joel Silver, a friend of Gehry, saw the building for the first time during a construction tour last spring, he knew he wanted it to be the place for the premiere. Silver broached the idea to his friend and the designer agreed immediately.
"This is the right building for The Matrix Revolutions," Silver told Variety. "Frank Gehry has a very cinematic style of architecture. People will be blown away by the space and by the picture. When the lights go down, you'll be in the world of the Matrix; when they come up, you'll be in the world of Frank Gehry, which is some futuristic place that is not now."
Though the venue was only recently deemed usable as a film theater, the hall has 2,265 seats, many of which are on the side as well as some which would be behind the screen, Variety reports. Silver estimated the number of total seats available for the premiere would be around 1,800 and that some adjustments may be made to the enhance the acoustics as well.
The hall has an unusually tight schedule of galas, concerts and rehearsals during that first week and will most likely not be available for a film premiere for another year, due to a jam-packed live-performance schedule, Variety reports.
The Matrix Revolutions opens in theaters Nov. 5.