One year ago, on February 27th, 2015, Leonard Nimoy died at the age of 83. On the eve of what would have been his 85th birthday on March 26th, we remember the actor and artist with a special audio clip read by his longtime friend, William Shatner, which is an excerpt from his audio book, Leonard.
In the biography about Nimoy, an emotional Shatner (who turned 85 this week on March 22nd) recounts details about the man who he felt was like a brother (or as he explains here, “a Siamese twin”) after they spent time together during 79 television episodes and six feature films of the Star Trek franchise — not to mention countless fan events around the globe. Although they had been extremely close for most of their lives, Nimoy admitted before his death that he had lost touch with Shatner, which came as a shock to those aware of their mythological bond. Shatner acknowledges the fact early on in the book when he states he’d once had “a very rare, very enviable” friendship with Nimoy “and then I lost it.”
As Shatner reveals in this clip, Nimoy said to him while filming a documentary about Star Trek: “You’re my best friend. Live long and prosper.” It serves as a poignant reminder of how bonds between people are forged but can then grow apart.