Actor-director Dr. Leonard Nimoy, best known for playing Spock, the half-Vulcan first officer of the starship Enterprise in the cult classic Star Trek is about to receive one of the highest honors the theatrical world can pay an actor, an honor which is almost always given posthumously. Leonard Nimoy is going to have a theater named after him. The historic Crest Theatre in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California is to be renamed the UCLA Nimoy Theater.

In 2015 Leonard Nimoy had an asteroid named after him, Asteroid 4864 Nimoy, which to sci-fi fans and hardcore space geeks might seem the bigger deal, but to an actor, having a theater named after you is the greater honor.

Leonard Nimoy as Spock, a production still from the episode “Amok Time”, which originally aired September 15, 1967.

Dr. Leonard S. Nimoy was an actor and a director, a poet, a photographer, and a guitarist. He taught drama classes at a drug rehabilitation center. He published two autobiographies and seven volumes of poetry, and recorded five albums.

He received two honorary doctorates, one from Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio in 2000, and one from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts in 2012. He had previously earned a Master of Arts degree in education from Antioch University. He was nominated for four Emmy Awards, three of them for Star Trek.

It is to be hoped his spirit will inspire all who perform at the UCLA Nimoy Theater.


Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress ”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.