{4.5/5} “We shared an extraordinary experience that very few people have ever known. We were carried and buffeted by the same winds, and there truly was no one else who could understand what that meant. But beyond all that, beyond the success and the recognition and the applause, I really liked being with the guy.”

Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner with David Fisher, published in 2016

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy were friends from their days on Star Trek until Nimoy passed away in 2015.

Here are a few points of interest:

  • For many years both actors had to take any job — sometimes non-acting jobs — they could get to keep working.
  • Nimoy was instrumental in creating the character of Spock, along with some ideas from Gene Roddenberry — for example, Nimoy came up with the neck pinch and the salute.
  • Once Nimoy had some power, he used it to stand up for his rights and the rights of his fellow actors — for example, getting Nichelle Nichols and George Takei hired for the animated series.
  • Nimoy had a drinking problem for many years, which Shatner was unaware of at the time.
  • Both Shatner and Nimoy got divorces — the hectic schedule of a TV show leaves little time for home life.
  • Shatner and Nimoy really started having fun together when they attended conventions together — conventions initially seemed strange but they came to enjoy them.
  • Nimoy was fascinated by Vincent van Gogh, and performed a one-many play about him called Vincent many times.

Some of the material might be in other books (such as Nimoy’s I Am Spock) but I haven’t read any of those books in a long time.

There are a few mistakes here and there, but on the whole it’s a great book — Star Trek fans who haven’t read other Shatner or Nimoy autobiographies recently will enjoy it.

I’ve previously read both fiction (Star Trek: The Ashes of Eden and others) and nonfiction (Star Trek Memories and Star Trek Movie Memories) by William Shatner.

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