Zachary Quinto didn’t just play an amazing younger version of Leonard Nimoy’s character, Mr. Spock, in the recent Star Trek movies, he was also very close to him in real life. Zachary wrote a beautiful tribute to Leonard, who passed away last week at the age of 83. In it, Zachary reflects on getting to know Leonard and paints a picture of a truly wonderful man.
“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.
When I publicly announced I was gay, Leonard’s embrace was unconditional. I shared my relationships with him. We spoke of it often during that period in my life and afterwards. He was supportive and encouraging. He met my boyfriend, and we had dinner together.
The first thing that I really took note of with Leonard was his sense of humor. He used it to disarm people. Those who had certain expectations were often surprised by how funny he was. Wise man that he was, he never took anything too seriously, yet he was a very serious man.”
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