William Shatner Will Miss Leonard Nimoy Funeral by the Forward

William Shatner Will Miss Leonard Nimoy Funeral

William Shatner cannot attend the funeral of his friend and “Star Trek” co-star Leonard Nimoy because of a prior commitment for a charity ball, the actor said on Twitter on Saturday.

Shatner and Nimoy portrayed the two best-known characters on the original “Star Trek” television series launched in 1966 and in a series of films, with Shatner playing the adventurous Captain Kirk and Nimoy as the logic-bound, half-alien Mr. Spock.

Nimoy, who had battled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), died on Friday at age 83 at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles.

Shatner said in a post on Twitter that he was in Florida, having previously agreed to appear at a Red Cross ball.

“Leonard’s funeral is tomorrow. I can’t make it back in time,” Shatner wrote, adding “I feel really awful. Here I am doing charity work and one of my dearest friends is being buried.”

The Florida Weekly reported the ball in Palm Beach would feature Shatner, actress Shirley MacLaine and singer Wayne Newton.

Nimoy’s portrayal of Spock became one of science fiction’s best-known, most beloved characters. He had many other acting roles, and also was known for his books, poetry and photography.

Shatner, in other posts on Twitter, asked people to go online on Sunday to celebrate and remember Nimoy.

William Shatner Will Miss Leonard Nimoy Funeral

Author

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

William Shatner Will Miss Leonard Nimoy Funeral

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close