Leonard Nimoy, recognized world-wide for his Emmy Award-nominated portrayal of Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek series and feature films, is executive producer of Deadly Games, a new science fiction action-adventure series from Viacom Productions for broadcast on UPN.
In addition to serving as executive producer, Nimoy also directed the premiere episode. In recent years, the legendary actor's resume has begun to list more credits behind the scenes. He directed the feature films "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" and "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home," the latter hailed as the most successful of the Star Trek films to date. His other contributions to Star Trek include story writing credit on "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" and "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," which he also executive produced.
Additional directorial credits include "The Good Mother," starring Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson; the blockbuster hit "Three Men and a Baby," starring Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg; "Funny About Love," with Gene Wilder, Christine Lahti and Mary Stuart Masterson; and "Holy Matrimony," starring Patricia Arquette.
Nimoy's enormous success in Star Trek, which premiered in 1966, came 15 years into his acting career, which had already spanned film, television and theater. During the late '50s and early '60s, Nimoy appeared in all of the well-known television shows of the period, including Wagon Train, Man From U.N.C.L.E., Rawhide, Perry Mason and Combat. Later, he spent two years on Mission: Impossible and appeared in a number of television movies, including A Woman Called Golda, opposite Ingrid Bergman, for which he received an Emmy nomination for Best Actor in a Dramatic Special. In 1991, he was seen on TNT in Never Forget, in which he portrayed a survivor who fought a successftil court battle against Holocaust deniers. The show, which he also co-produced with partner Robert Radnitz, was nominated for a Cable ACE Award. Most recently, he appeared in an episode of a new version of the television series The Outer Limits, directed by his son Adam Nimoy, who will also direct an episode of Deadly Games.
Nimoy has starred in numerous stage productions, including "Equus" and "Full Circle" on Broadway. Other theater credits include "Fiddler on the Roof," "Camelot," "Oliver," "Vincent," a one-man play which he also produced and directed, and the title role of "Sherlock Holmes" in the Royal Shakespeare Company's National Tour.
In addition to his acting, directing and producing, Nimoy, a native of Boston, is the author of three well-received books of poetry, an autobiography, "I Am Not Spock," and a sequel, "I Am Spock," to be published this Fall. He also recorded 10 narrative albums and co-authored, with the preeminent science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, a story that is the basis for "PriMortals," a monthly comic book published by Techno Comix.
Deadly Games is produced by Viacom Productions for broadcast on UPN.
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