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'The Big Bang Theory' pays tribute to late 'Star Trek' actor Leonard Nimoy

Mr Spock actor passed away last week at the age of 83

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The Big Bang Theory paid tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy at the end of its latest episode last night (March 5).

The show's creator Chuck Lorre used his vanity card, which he normally fills with a joke or motto, to hail the Star Trek actor's influence on the long-running sci-fi sitcom. A picture of the Mr Spock star was shown on screen accompanied by the words: "The impact you had on our show and on our lives is everlasting."

Jim Parsons' character on the show, Sheldon Cooper, is famously a fan of the half-human, half-Vulcan Star Trek character and Nimoy provided the voice of a Spock action figure during a dream sequence in a 2012 episode of The Big Bang Theory.

Nimoy passed away last week (February 27) from complications pertaining to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The Boston-born actor, who played Mr Spock in the original Star Trek TV series and eight spin-off films, was 83 years old.

Zachary Quinto, his successor as Mr Spock in JJ Abrams' two recent Star Trek films, has since paid tribute to Nimoy, calling him a "father figure".

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