"I've been doing this professionally for 60 years," Nimoy said of his reasons for retiring. "I love the idea of going out on a positive note. I've had a great, great time."
Nimoy's decision to retire means that the actor won't live long and prosper in a planned sequel to last summer's "Star Trek," leaving the much beloved role of Spock entirely to "Heroes" actor Zachary Quinto.
"He's a terrific actor, he looks the part, and it's time to give him some space," said Nimoy. "And I'm very flattered the character will continue."
"I was away from acting for 12 years, so I guess I was seducable," Nimoy said of his reasons for joining the series. "But since J.J. 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'm pretty bummed about the news, but let's face it, Nimoy has accomplished a lot in his time: he was one of the most iconic figures of science fiction history, he played the voice of Galvatron in "Transformers: The Movie," he's demonstrated excellent taste in photography and he has a well-documented relationship with Bilbo Baggins.
Like the man says, he's had a great, great time and is certainly going out on a positive note.
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