Jewish groups and personalities reacted today to the passing of iconic actor Leonard Nimoy.
Nimoy, who often spoke of his Jewish upbringing, died Friday at the age of 83 after being admitted to the hospital last week while suffering chest pains.
“Leonard Nimoy was not only a talented actor and a remarkable Dr. Spock, but he was always a first class Mensch,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean, Simon Wiesenthal Center and Rick Trank, executive producer, Moriah Films.
“Whenever the Simon Wiesenthal Center approached him to narrate one of our films, he always made himself available. In 2014, when we needed someone to be the voice of the late Israeli Prime Minister, Levi Eshkol in our documentary, ‘The Prime Ministers,’ he enthusiastically volunteered and relished the opportunity to show off his impeccable Yiddish. He will be sorely missed.”
“I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent and his capacity to love,” William Shatner said Friday.
From George Takei: “Today, the world lost a great man, and I lost a great friend. We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to ‘Live Long And Prosper,’ and you indeed did, friend. I shall miss you in so many, many ways.”
And from Zachary Quinto, who portrays young Spock in the Star Trek reboot on the silver screen: “My heart is broken. I love you profoundly my dear friend. And I will miss you everyday. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”