Leonard Nimoy speaks on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 6:00 PM.
Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
Admission: BU Community – Limited Free Seating with BU ID, call the Tsai Box Office for tickets 617-353-8725. General Public – Tickets $25, call 617-353-3697 to reserve your seat. Please leave your contact information.
Leonard Nimoy, a native Bostonian, began his career with small roles in obscure films and serials in the early 50’s. In 1952, he had his first film lead, in Kid Monk Baroni. After a two year stint in the Army, Nimoy returned to feature films, television and theater. During the late 50’s and early 60’s, Nimoy appeared in many well known TV shows of the period, including Wagon Train, Man from U.N.C.L.E., Rawhide, Perry Mason, and Combat. However, it was Nimoy’s portrayal of the character Mr. Spock in the science fiction series Star Trek that earned him iconic status as well as three Emmy nominations. Nimoy also became a successful movie director, responsible for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Nimoy’s additional directorial credits include The Good Mother, starring Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson, the blockbuster hit Three Men and a Baby, Funny About Love and Holy Matrimony.
On stage, Nimoy starred in Camelot, The Man in the Glass Booth, Twelfth Night, Oliver, and a record-setting tour in Fiddler on the Roof. Nimoy toured thirty five cities in Vincent, a one-man play he also produced and directed. Vincent was filmed at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and broadcasted on the A & E Network. The play was based on letters written by Vincent Van Gogh to his brother Theo. The video has been installed in the education department of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Another hit was in the title role of Sherlock Holmes in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s National Tour. On Broadway, Nimoy has starred in Equus and Full Circle.
Nimoy has long been interested in photography, and studied at UCLA with Robert Heineken in the early 1970s. Nimoy’s black and white art photography is represented in several galleries nationwide and is installed in numerous museums and private collections in the US and abroad. His photographic essay on the subject of the feminine presence of God is in publication under the title Shekhina. His second photography publication is titled The Full Body Project and is a commentary on the subject of female body image in American culture.
Aside from his numerous credits as an actor and director, Nimoy is also a successful recording artist and author, having published two well received autobiographies and several volumes of poetry, two of which also feature his photographs. Nimoy has a Masters Degree in Education, an Honorary Master of Fine Arts and four Honorary Doctorates.
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