I was never a Trekker or Trekkie. I have seen but a handful of Star Trek episodes, knowing of the mythos only through the movies.
I was on a retreat this past weekend, and it was only on Saturday when arriving home did I learn of the death of Leonard Nimoy. I think that we should remember his work beyond Mr. Spock, though that role is beyond iconic. I remember him from his hosting duties on In Search Of... and his role in A Woman Called Golda.
However, for better or worse Nimoy will always be Spock. Perhaps he was displeased in being so linked to one character, perhaps he came to reconcile himself to that fate. For myself, I think Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is the Citizen Kane of Star Trek films. It is the standard to which all other Star Trek films are measured. I understand Nimoy returned for the sequel on condition that Spock die. Whatever the reasons, Nimoy's final scenes in Wrath of Khan (both his disabling of Dr. McCoy and his farewell to his very human Captain Kirk) remain some of the best work connected to the Star Trek franchise. It is a loss to his fans, to Trekkers/Trekkies, and to those of us who admire and respect good solid acting.
Live Long And Prosper.