- Leonard Nimoy invented the Vulcan Hand Salute during the filming of a Star Trek episode. The gesture was borrowed from the Jewish High Holiday services. The Kohanim (priests) bless the congregation by extending “the palms of both hands…with thumbs outstretched and the middle and ring fingers parted.” Nimoy used the same gesture, only with one hand.
- Before he played Mr. Spock, Leonard Nimoy owned a pet store.
- The role of Spock was first offered to Martin Landau. He turned it down, and it went to Nimoy…would later replace Landau when he quit Mission: Impossible.
- In 1973, Nimoy starred in a TV pilot called Baffled! The premise: a race-car driver (Nimoy) gets injured in a crash and suddenly begins receiving visions of murders that haven’t occurred yet. He solves the crimes before they happen with the help of a female student of psychic phenomena. (The show was not picked up to series.)
- At his first Star Trek convention in 1973, Nimoy’s presence caused such chaos that he had to be rushed out by an army of security guards. Nimoy grew reluctant to appear at Star Trek and other science fiction fan conventions because he feared being typecast. He even wrote a book entitled I Am Not Spock. He later came to embrace his popularity, however, and in 1993 wrote another book: I AM Spock.
- Nimoy appeared in costume as Spock in public just once: In 1967, when he was the celebrity grand marshal of the Pear Blossom Parade in Medford, Oregon.
- And then there’s this: