“Spock” in the Original Star Trek Series
“Since the news of Star Trek’s cancellation....I will be back on the sound stages”
NIMOY, Leonard (1931-2015). American actor, film director, singer and photographer. Best known for his role as “Spock” in the original Star Trek Series (1966-69). Playing the part of first officer of the Starship Enterprise he became a folk hero.
Very scarce typed letter signed, two pages, on the imprinted letterhead of Paramount Television, Hollywood, California. To Hy Gardner (1908-1989) (entertainment reporter, syndicated columnist for the New York Herald Tribune, host of the Hy Gardner Show and writer of a gossip column ‘Glad You Asked That’ .” May 12, 1969, Nimoy writes in part: “....I am very sorry that I haven’t written to you sooner, but my intentions were good. I have been delaying this letter in the hope that I could give you some definitive newsworthy items about my activities. However, I can give you some interim information, and perhaps fill in some more detail later. Since the news of “Star Trek’s” cancellation, I am very happy to say that I have had much activity in the way of offers and inquiries. NBC has expressed very strong interest in establishing a contract exclusively with that network. Universal studios has offered an all purpose contract to include work in their “World Premieres”, movies for television, various other shows and possibly a series. I have also been offered a position as host on a series of talk shows on Metromedia. At present we are in negotiation for a tour in a production of “A Thousand Clowns”, which would take me into Illinois, Ohio and Missouri....I have also been receiving various motion picture scripts, and in fact have been offered four different roles, on as many motion pictures for television, to be made by Paramount and 20th Century Fox. As this writing, the only thing I have expressed definite interest in, is the tour in “A Thousand Clowns”. For various reasons, I have passed on the motion pictures for television which have been offered, and have continued discussions with NBC and Universal Studios but have arrived at no specific conclusion. What I am trying to do is relate to specific projects and specific scripts, rather than become involved in an all purpose contract which would limit my opportunities for selectivity. I am extremely pleased at the amount of activity which has been offered and in general, am also pleased with the nature of it. I am sure that in the near future we will find some meaningful material which I would enjoy playing, and I will be back on the sound stages....I too, am sorry that I missed you in Miami. Perhaps, next time!” Signed in full. An extraordinary letter in two separate pages, thus excellent for framing. Together with a copy of Hy Gardner‘s letter to Nimoy...$350.00