Gene Roddenberry

How Leonard Nimoy was cast as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek'

How Leonard Nimoy was cast as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek'

His role as Mr. Spock made a lasting impact on pop culture, but Leonard Nimoy barely noticed when he first heard about the role back in 1966.

"I really didn't give it a lot of thought," Nimoy recalled of the time his agent first called about the part.

Nimoy -- who died Friday at 83 -- recalled how he won the landmark role as the relentlessly logical half-human, half-Vulcan Spock during a November 2000 interview with the TV Academy for its Archive of American Television Project.

Writer-producer Gene Roddenberry was developing "Trek" as a pilot for a sci-fi series about a team of...

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