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Leonard Nimoy Announces His Retirement From Acting

Leonard Nimoy has announced plans to beam himself out of showbiz.

"Countless times, I thought it was done," the 79-year-old actor tells the 'Toronto Sun'.

"I want to get off the stage. Also, I don’t think it would be fair to Zachary Quinto," referring to the actor who portrayed a young Spock in the 'Star Trek' reboot.

"He’s a terrific actor, he looks the part, and it’s time to give him some space. And I’m very flattered the character will continue."

"I was away from acting for 12 years, so I guess I was seducable," Nimoy says. "But since JJ Abrams revived the Star Trek franchise, I felt I owed him something. And I’m glad I did it because he promised me a good story, and it was."

"I've been doing this professionally for 60 years," he says. "I love the idea of going out on a positive note. I've had a great, great time."

In other words, don’t expect to see Nimoy in the 'Star Trek' sequel, scheduled for 2012.

He just also wrapped up filming his final appearance as enigmatic genius Dr. William Bell on 'Fringe'.

April 22, 2010 |

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