Live Long and Prosper: Captain Kirk, Spock related!


Last month, we lost the iconic and beloved actor, Leonard Nimoy, who died at age 83. He is most remembered for his iconic role as Mr. Spock in Star Trek.

In honor of his memory, courtesy of, we found out that Leonard and his co-star William Shatner are actually related!

Leonard Nimoy is William Shatner’s second cousin once removed’s wife’s first cousin once removed’s husband’s great niece’s husband’s fourth cousin’s ex-husband.

The connection between Nimoy and Shatner, courtesy of (Click to Enlarge)

Here are some other facts about his life you may have not known:

  • Yiddish was Leonard’s first language. While he was born in Boston, Massachusetts, his parents were Yiddish-speaking immigrants from Iziaslav, Soviet Union (now Ukraine).
  • He began acting at age 8 in a neighborhood theater, but his big break came  in his 30s, when Star Trek premiered in 1966.
  • Leonard created the famous Vulcan greeting “Live long and prosper” which he attributed to Orthodox Jewish blessings he remembered from his childhood. All his tweets were signed with the Vulcan greeting, LLAP.
  • Mr. Spock wasn’t his only claim to fame. Nimoy was also photographer, poet, writer, musician and director. He released five music albums, published several books including an autobiography, and directed two Star Trek films and the comedy Three Men and a Baby (1987).

What are some of your favorite Leonard Nimoy memories?

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  • Joan Poletti

    April 2, 2015

    In the 70’s I got to meet Leonard Nimoy after the production of “The King And I” where he played The King. There was time to chat, and I gave him a photo of the moon I had taken, since we were both into photography. He was so pleasant and friendly. Such a sweet fellow.

  • Amy Sheidlower Flynn

    April 2, 2015

    Funny, my grandmother always told me we were related to Leonard Nimoy, approximately the same way… Wish I could figure THAT out! 🙂

  • Joan P. Green

    April 2, 2015

    I loved watching Star Trek, both the series and the movies. Loved the technology of the future, also the advancement of the medical technology. I’m 82 now and still watch the reruns. . .have had a thing for the “character” of Mr.Spock for a long, long time. 🙂

  • Douglas

    April 3, 2015

    Enjoy your blog, keep up the good work…..cheers

  • James Patrick

    April 3, 2015

    That great, they seen to be friends and now they are related. To bad they did not find this out when he was a live.

  • John Catley

    April 3, 2015

    It’s life Jim, but not as we know it.

  • brenda holt im a huge fan

    April 4, 2015

    that is so cool . being related to the one and only captain james tiberious kirk

  • Joy

    April 4, 2015

    I loved the In Search Of series in the 1970’s. The family stepped aside to let me own the TV each week to watch it. I remember his wonderful voice, and the look of the show, and the horror and fascination of the possibilities presented. I was already a Spock and Star Trek fan, but I felt this show was between 12 year old me and Mr. Nimoy. That we’d grown up and moved on! 🙂

  • Stephen

    April 5, 2015

    There is no consanguinity – so, really, they’re not related. Still, it’s a nice story of how the two families are linked.