Today, the world of pop culture lost a great and multi-talented entertainer when Leonard Nimoy passed away at the age of 83 from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The man who came to be equated with the phrase “Live long and prosper” did just that, and his 60+ year career was celebratory for fans of nearly every artform and genre. Nimoy was a true renaissance man. Or renaissance Vulcan, if you will.

One would be hard-pressed to find anyone who didn’t appreciate the Boston-born thespian’s work and achievements, and so we’ve put together five reasons why everyone loves Leonard Nimoy. Is five too limited a number? Perhaps, but each reason is the culmination of many years’ worth of effort, so we hope he would approve.

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Rarely has an actor been so tied to a role as Nimoy has with the Vulcan Enterprise officer Mr. Spock, and he exuded little of the jadedness that actors often develop when they’re largely known for one thing. His love for the character shone through in just how many times he reprised the role. His initial performance on the original 1960s Star Trek series was followed by Star Trek: The Animated Series, the first six Star Trek films, a guest spot in Star Trek: The Next Generation, both of J.J. Abrams’ rebooted Star Trek movies, and a whole host of Star Trek video games. If he didn’t truly enjoy playing Spock, he would have been the most miserable person in the world after all that. But the actor never stopped smiling in real life.

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