One of Leonard Nimoy’s many ‘Star Trek’ co-stars, George Takei, is truly sad over the loss of his longtime friend. In an interview, George reacts to Leonard’s death and reveals that he was a very ‘noble’ person.
George Takei, 77, is one of the first original Star Trek cast members to react to the tragic news of Leonard Nimoy‘s death. In his first interview on Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC from Leonard’s hometown of Boston, Mass., George revealed that the actor, famously known for his role as Mr. Spock, was an ‘extraordinary’ man whose passing the Star Trek family felt very much.
George Takei Reacts To Leonard Nimoy’s Death — So Sad
This is a truly sad day for Trekkies everywhere, whether they are former or current cast members, or just part of the massive beloved fan base. The original Mr. Spock, Leonard Nimoy, has died.
“You know, the word extraordinary is often overused, but I think it’s really appropriate for Leonard,” his longtime friend and co-star, George, told Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC after the heartbreaking news broke. “He was an extraordinarily talented man, but he was also a very decent human being.”
George, who played Captain Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek, went on to share how Leonard fought for George and other cast members to be included in Star Trek‘s first-ever animated feature.
“Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and I were not cast but when he found that out, he said, ‘Star Trek’ is about diversity and the people that most represent diversity are Nichelle and George and Walter. If you can’t have them, then they can’t have him.”
It sure sounds like George had nothing but the utmost respect for his friend and co-star, and we definitely feel his loss as Leonard was such a beloved fan and character.
Once again, our thoughts remain with Leonard’s friends and family during this difficult time.
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— Lauren Cox