Zachary Quinto pays tribute to ‘father figure’ Leonard Nimoy

Quinto took over from the late actor as 'Star Trek''s iconic Mr Spock

Zachary Quinto has paid tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy, his predecessor as Star Trek‘s iconic Mr Spock.

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.

Quinto, who succeeded Nimoy as the half-human, half-Vulcan character in 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, both of which featured cameo appearances from Nimoy, has now recalled his “very profound friendship” with the late actor in an interview with The Guardian.

“It was the initial connection, but eventually our relationship had very little to do with Spock. It was a springboard to get to know each other on a much deeper level,” Quinto recalled.

“Leonard lived his life so beautifully and with such grace. He was a very honourable person, and his life reflected that. His family reflects that,” Quinto continued. “I lost my father at a very young age, and Leonard came to occupy a space in my life that was like a father figure. I had this person that I could look to with such respect. He was refined. And he cultivated a sense of dignity and respect for other people. I look at the life he lived and aspire to that level of fulfilment.”

Nimoy’s funeral, a small, private ceremony, took place in Los Angeles on Sunday (March 1). He is survived by his second wife Susan, whom he married in 1989, and his two children.