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The actor’s character extended from himself, and fans saw him as a profound and inspirational figure who knew what it meant to feel alien in your surroundings. Though Nimoy was much more than just Spock, it was his constant reprisal of the character and incredible portrayal throughout the franchise that will be most remembered. His character, and his career would impact many, and today, his biggest celebrity fans pay tribute to the man via Twitter who has been, and always shall be… our friend.
William Shatner, Nimoy’s longtime co-star and dear friend opened up on the death of his colleague.
"I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love." -William Shatner http://t.co/U8ZN98tVYp— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 27, 2015
Patrick Stewart remembers his time with the inspirational man.
It is with sadness that I heard of Leonard Nimoy's death. I was lucky to spend many happy, inspiring hours with him. He won't be forgotten.— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) February 27, 2015
A friendship bloomed on Star Trek Into Darkness between the original Spock and his successor, Zachary Quinto.
my heart is broken. i love you profoundly my dear friend. and i will miss you everyday. may flights… https://t.co/WPJmt1X4ox— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) February 27, 2015
George Takei remembers his dear friend from the USS Enterprise.
Rest in peace with the stars, my dear friend. pic.twitter.com/D2dVG6I9Xi— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 27, 2015
Another Star Trek star, Marina Sirtis recalls what a true gentleman Nimoy was.
Woke up to the awful news that Leonard Nimoy passed. RIP to a true gentleman. Not many of those left in our Biz.— Marina Sirtis (@Marina_Sirtis) February 27, 2015
Kim Cattrall remembers the man who was her mentor.
Wil Wheaton shares his gratitude for the galaxy that Nimoy passed down.
We stood on your shoulders, and wouldn’t have had a galaxy to explore if you hadn’t been there, first. Thank you, Leonard, Rest in peace.— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) February 27, 2015
Jonathan Frakes salutes Mr. Nimoy.
Seth MacFarlane thanks Nimoy for his work in bringing alive one of the greatest characters in American storytelling.
Leonard Nimoy brought us one of the greatest, noblest characters in the history of American storytelling. Someone find the Genesis planet.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 27, 2015
Kevin Smith says farewell with a memorable quote.
"Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most... Human." Farewell, Leonard Nimoy - Actor, Director, Pop culture icon.— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) February 27, 2015
Harry Potter author JK Rowling pays tribute in her own way.
RIP Leonard Nimoy pic.twitter.com/uIcnvI8wNN— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 27, 2015
Even President Obama made an official statement recalling his own admiration for Spock and the man behind the character.
And NASA recognizes Nimoy and his time with the cult-classic franchise as the inspiration behind many’s desire to explore space.
Specifically, Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to walk in space, shares his gratitude.
Leonard, you lived long and prospered, and were an inspiration to me and to millions. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/NESJKvTepm— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) February 27, 2015
And plenty more actors remember the lasting effects that Leonard Nimoy and Mr. Spock have had on the entertainment industry and beyond.
Leonard Nimoy was more than Mr. Spock. But Mr. Spock is his gift to us all. Live long and prosper. HANX.— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 27, 2015
. @TheRealNimoy I have been, and always shall be, your fan. Thank you.— Nathan Fillion (@NathanFillion) February 27, 2015
Well done, sir. Many thanks for all you gave us. You'll be greatly missed & forever remembered. https://t.co/YsDKpxtAfJ— Seth Green (@SethGreen) February 27, 2015
And in Leonard Nimoy’s last tweet before his passing, he reminds us that memories are what live on. So with that, our memories of him, will live long and prosper.
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015