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The Saga of SpockEver since we saw the USS Discovery rendezvous with the USS Enterprise in the season one finale of "Star Trek: Discovery," fans have been frantic to find out more.
We have since learned that Capt. Christopher Pike (to be played by Anson Mount) is at the helm of the ship made famous by "Star Trek: The Original Series," and this cosmic encounter is set in the "Star Trek" timeline before the events of the original series episode "The Cage," which means that somewhere on the NCC-1701 is a certain celebrated Vulcan science officer.
With bated breath we waited; who would be cast as Spock? In August, "Discovery" representatives announced that Ethan Peck would appear in the role. Peck will be the ninth actor to have portrayed Spock either on television or in a film — and just in case you can't remember them all, here's the complete list. (Movie and TV credits are via the "Star Trek" fan reference site Memory Alpha and IMDb.)
Leonard NimoySlide 2 of 19
Leonard NimoyWithout a shadow of doubt, Leonard Nimoy made the role of Spock his own. He starred as the venerable Vulcan in two full TV series and guest starred in two epic episodes in a third, together with an amazing total of eight movies — not to mention a number of video games and guest roles on "The Simpsons," "Futurama," "Family Guy" and "The Big Bang Theory."
Where are they now? Nimoy's career was impressive; he starred in many TV shows and movies in addition to "Star Trek," including "Mission: Impossible" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." Nimoy departed this world on Feb. 27, 2015.
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- "Star Trek: The Original Series" (1966-1969) … as Mr. Spock
- "Star Trek: The Animated Series" (1973-1974) … as Mr. Spock
- "Star Trek: The Next Generation" — "Unification" parts I & II (1991) … as Ambassador Spock
- "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979) … as Mr. Spock
- "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982) … as Capt. Spock
- "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" (1984) … as Spock
- "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (1986) … as Capt. Spock
- "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" (1989) … as Capt. Spock
- "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" (1991) … as Capt. Spock
- "Star Trek" (2009) … as Spock Prime
- "Star Trek: Into Darkness" (2013) … as Spock Prime
Billy SimpsonSlide 4 of 19
- "Star Trek: The Animated Series" — "Yesteryear" (1973) … as Young Spock
Where are they now? Simpson dabbled a little in the arts, landing some pretty big roles in the process, including "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln," "The World Through the Eyes of Children" and "Oliver Twist." He also voiced the title role in the Grammy-winning LP of "The Little Prince" with Richard Burton. Sadly, he didn't actually get to work with or meet any other actors during the recording of the animated "Star Trek" episodes — the performance used for the final episode was actually his audition tape. He is currently the voice of "Whimsical Will" on the radio program "The Doctor Demento Show," formally a nationally syndicated show, but now available only online.Slide 5 of 19
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- "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" (1984) … as Spock, age 9
"Ah … Saavik, that's, ah, that's extraordinary," Capt. Esteban replies, pretty much summing up what we all thought at that very moment.
Where are they now? Steven appeared in countless TV shows and movies during the '80s and '90s. However, tragically, he developed an addiction to pills and medication following a tonsillectomy and would sometimes steal to support his addiction. Steven was sentenced to 13 years in prison for armed robbery in 2010 and died on July 31, 2011, at the age of 36, of a heroin overdose while in prison in Tucson, Arizona.Slide 7 of 19
Vadia PotenzaSlide 8 of 19