Syfy to Honor Leonard Nimoy with Special Programming This Sunday
Syfy will honor the extraordinary legacy of Leonard Nimoy with a special five hour programming salute this Sunday, March 1 from 9AM-2PM (ET/PT), kicking off with his role in an episode of the original Twilight Zone series; his guest star arc on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the final Star Trek original cast movie, Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country.
Following is the schedule for the Leonard Nimoy Tribute:
9AM The Twilight Zone/"A Quality of Mercy"
9:30AM Star Trek: The Next Generation/"Unification: Part I"
10:30AM Star Trek: The Next Generation/"Unification: Part 2"
11:30AM Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country
Nimoy had appeared on Broadway in "Full Circle," directed byOtto Preminger, and served as a replacement for Anthony Hopkins as Martin Dysart in the 1973 production of "Equus." In 1996 he directed "The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree" on the Rialto. The actor portrayed Stanley Kowalski in a 1955 Atlanta production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and toured in the role of Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof" in 1971. He also played SHERLOCK Holmes in a play of that name in 1976 as well as Vincent Van Gogh in the solo show "Vincent: The Story of a Hero," which he also produced and directed, in 1978-80. Vincent will be presented by Starry Night Theater Company for three performances only March 20-22, 2015 at the Maxwell C. King Center's Studio Theater. Nimoy adapted the play from hundreds of letters between Vincent and his closest ally, his brother, Theo. The play includes over 100 stunning projections of Vincent's artwork on a large screen.
In 1965, he made his first appearance in the rejected Star Trek pilot, "The Cage", and would go on to play the character of Mr. Spock until 1969, followed by eight feature films and guest slots in the various spin-off series. His character of Spock has had a significant cultural impact and garnered Nimoy three Emmy Award nominations; TV Guide named Spock one of the 50 greatest TV characters. After the original Star Trek series, Nimoy starred in Mission: Impossible for two seasons, hosted the documentary series In Search of..., and narrated Civilization IV, as well as making several well-received stage appearances. More recently, he also had a recurring role in the Sciencefiction series Fringe.
Nimoy's fame as Spock is such that both of his autobiographies, I Am Not Spock (1975) and I Am Spock (1995), were written from the viewpoint of sharing his existence with the character.