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Father’s Day EXCLUSIVE: Adam Nimoy, Son of ‘Star Trek’ Legend Leonard Nimoy, Talks Their Complicated Relationship and Reconciliation

Following decades of deep conflict, father and son finally resolved their issues shortly before Leonard's death

The relationship between fathers and sons are frequently filled with love, affection and understanding, though many have experienced the opposite, among them Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy and his son Adam, whose relationship was often adversarial and stands at the heart of Adam’s new book, The Most Human: Reconciling with my Father, Leonard Nimoy.

This is how the publisher, the Chicago Review Press, describes The Most Human: “While the tabloids and fan publications portrayed the Nimoys as a ‘close family,’ to his son Adam, Leonard Nimoy was a total stranger. The actor was as inscrutable as the iconic half-Vulcan science officer he portrayed on Star Trek, even to those close to him. Now, his son’s poignant memoir explores their complicated relationship and how it informed his views on marriage, parenting, and later, sobriety. Despite their differences, both men ventured down parallel paths: marriages leading to divorce, battling addiction, and finding recovery. Most notably, both men struggled to take the ninth step in their AA journey: to make amends with each other.

“Discover how the son of Spock learned to navigate this tumultuous relationship — from Shabbat dinners to basement AA meetings—and how he was finally able to reconcile with his father—and with himself.”

The Most Human book cover
The Most Human book coverCourtesy Adam Nimoy

Adam Nimoy was born August 9, 1956 in Los Angeles to Leonard Nimoy and actress Sandra Zober. Professionally, his first job was as an entertainment lawyer, but, answering his true calling, he shifted over to a career in directing during the 1990s, taking on episodes of, among others, NYPD Blue, Babylon 5, Sliders, The Practice, Ally McBeal, The Gilmore Girls and The Outer Limits. He appeared as himself in an episode of The Big Bang Theory and, after his father’s death in 2015, focused on the documentary they were developing together, For the Love of Spock.

The Most Human is both raw and emotionally resonate, showcasing a son desperate for his father’s love and the decades it took for the two of them to put aside their differences and make the most of the time they had left with each other.

WOMANS WORLD (WW): What was the impetus for making you want to put your life out there? Frankly, a lot of people shy away from that sort of thing.

ADAM NIMOY: The central reason for me is that I am in recovery and have been for 20 years, and the story of my reconciliation with my dad is something that I share regularly in meetings — anonymously. A lot of times I’m asked to lead meetings. The formats of those meetings is they invite a speaker to share for 15 minutes about what we call experience, strength, and hope, which is what it was like when we were using what happened to change our lives and what our life is like now in recovery.

And one of the things that I talk about regularly is my reconciliation with my dad. I don’t mention the fact that I’m Leonard Nimoy’s son. I just say that I was estranged from my father for many years. We had trouble connecting and not relating in any way.

Adam Nimoy attends The BUILD Series to discuss "For The Love Of Spock" at AOL HQ on September 6, 2016 in New York City.
Adam Nimoy attends The BUILD Series to discuss For the Love of Spock at AOL HQ on September 6, 2016 in New York City Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic

Then he reached out to me, in kind of a negative engagement way, by sending me this letter where he was very angry with me and trying to prove to me that I was a large part of the problem in our relationship. I tried to use my tools in recovery by not reacting to that and letting him have his say and hoping that things would calm down and we would have a good relationship. Before that, I was told in recovery by a good friend of mine, “No, this is an opportunity to make an amends to your dad.” And once I made that amends, everything changed between us and we had a very close and loving relationship.

So much so that during this family tragedy I had [his first wife died of cancer], my dad became the dad I always needed; I relied on him emotionally during a very trying period of my life. And after these shares, people would come up to me and say they were inspired. “I’m going to call my mother. I’m calling my dad, I’m calling my brother, I’m calling my sister.” People were inspired to believe that through the power of recovery and the tools that we learned in recovery, they could heal.

All of us in recovery aspire to share our story to help somebody else in their own recovery. So it just seemed to me that if I was having that much impact in the meetings, that I should just write it, because I am a writer. And I think it’s a good story of reconciliation.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, 1989
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, 1989©Paramount Pictures/courtesy MovieStillsDB.com

The only difference for me is that my father happened to be famous and adored by millions of people, which made my job even harder, frankly, growing up, because it was very difficult to say, “You’re wrong, dad” when he had millions of people saying, “You can do no wrong, we love you.”

So the real impetus was that I just thought it might be helpful to people to learn a little bit about my own journey of recovery and how I was luckily the miracle of recovery, because I didn’t know what to do with my dad. We’d been at odds for all my life. It wasn’t until I was in my fifties that we finally reconciled, so I’m hoping that it is a source of inspiration for other people.

Adam and Leonard Nimoy at a record store appearance in the 1960s
The Nimoys at a record store appearance in the 1960sCourtesy Adam Nimoy

WW: Your first impulse was to write a scathing letter back to him, to let him know how he let you down, but you didn’t. Not doing so literally changed the course of your life, which is pretty amazing.

ADAM NIMOY: It was taking the letter and apologizing for everything in it. Look, I have my own laundry list of the stuff that my dad had done. It’s in my hard drive. I know, I lived it. The missed opportunities for us to really connect and bond, and times when I needed him and he simply was not there. But as I say in the book, and this is what I have to be very careful of, he is adored by millions of people, so it’s very incumbent on me to be very respectful and reverential towards him in the way I deal with this material, because I do spill some blood on the page.

Leonard Nimoy reading a magazine waiting for interview; circa 1970; New York
Leonard Nimoy reading a magazine and waiting for interview; circa 1970; New York Getty

But I’m careful to always counter it by talking about two things: number one, that he was raised differently than me and had very bad modeling from his own parents withholding and not being that loving. They’re old world Jewish-Russian refugees, really, and struggled to survive in America and didn’t really know how to connect with my dad or my dad’s older brother. So I always had to give him some leeway because of that. And always talking about my sense of pride for my dad; that even though we had these issues, I was always proud of him, always a fan myself of him, always supportive of him, always showed up for him.

William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley pictured in their costumes on the set of the classic 1960's Gene Roddenberry TV series Star Trek
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley pictured in their costumes on the set of the classic 1960’s Gene Roddenberry TV series Star Trek Getty

I mean, I love Spock. Who wouldn’t? I’m 10 years old — it’s just like you and Superman and Planet of the Apes — we’re kids from this golden age explosion of pop culture, of comic books and The Beatles and 60s TV in general, one of the crowning glories being Star Trek. For me, Star Trek was a way for me to connect with my dad, and I do try to emphasize that as well. This is the other weird conundrum about Leonard Nimoy — he really had no visceral connection to pop culture of that era. And he never set out to create a pop culture icon. He was just trying to do good work. That was always his focus.

And the truth is, it changed our lives. I mean, overnight things just changed for us. And Dad was very good with the fans. He was great with the press. He was very professional. Although he once told me that there’s no school for stardom, for celebrity people, so you’re not really prepared for it. You just have to go with the flow, which he did, and he did very well, and that brought even more distance between us, because the more popular, the more work, the more engaged he was with his career, the more distant we became.

WW: You say he wasn’t really engaged in the pop culture thing, but then he turns around and sings that silly “Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” song on TV at the height of the Lord of the Rings‘ popularity at the time. So, he really was all over the place, but it seems that was more about career-building than anything else.

ADAM NIMOY: I don’t know what he was thinking. It’s kitsch, like Bill Shatner singing “Rocket Man.”

WW: With your dad, what would you say we get wrong about him from the outside looking in?

ADAM NIMOY: Let me see how I can put this … my dad was a very complicated and difficult man, and he liked to do things his way. This is the singularity about my dad that I don’t think most people know. And here’s the thing: he bumped heads with a lot of people, including William Shatner, Gene Roddenberry, Paramount Pictures and Nick Meyer.

There was a love/hate relationship with Nick Meyer, who directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and got Star Trek back on track. But the thing is, my dad could be very temperamental and very single-minded and strong-willed. This is, again, the conundrum about it. I mean, this is what helped him to succeed, because this is a guy who was desperate when he came to L.A. — desperate to succeed. He had a singular point of view and mission, and no one was going to get in his way. And he could be very, very difficult.

Director Nicholas Meyer, Kirstie Alley and Leonard Nimoy in a behind-the-scenes moment from 1982's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Director Nicholas Meyer, Kirstie Alley and Leonard Nimoy in a behind-the-scenes moment from 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan©Paramount Pictures/courtesy MovieStillsDB.com

I mean, Nick Meyer once told me that they got in a car and drove from his house somewhere in Laurel Canyon to the studio, and my dad was ranting the whole way about the studio. Like I said, he could be very difficult, but on the other hand, his singularity of mission, his determination, his drive and his passion is what made Leonard Nimoy. This is a guy who came to L.A. at age 18 with nothing. And there’s two sides to the coin. On the one hand, he had the drive and he could be brutal sometimes, but it kept him going in the face of a lot of adversity.

Father and Son on the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation, 1991
Father and Son on the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation, 1991Courtesy Adam Nimoy

So, I’m saying it’s no accident that Leonard Nimoy would one day find a situation where he would get lucky, where his ability would meet opportunity, because he was just so damn determined and nothing was going to stop him. On the other hand, he was in that mindset his entire life and it could be very difficult to deal with that, because his being singular-minded meant he was not open to opposing viewpoints.

WW: Which just had to add to the complications of the relationship that you had with him.

ADAM NIMOY: It’s why I had a lot of conflict with him, because I kept trying to stand up and say, “No, you’re wrong,” and he did not want to hear it. He wrote me this earlier letter in 1973 about the fact that it could be very difficult coming up against him, that it was difficult competing with him because he’s so successful and famous. He said this flat out in the latter. I mean, this was his ego. Bill Shatner had an ego, Gene Roddenberry did and, if you want to look at something like The Beatles, so did John Lennon and Paul McCartney — there’s a lot of ego clash out there, and sometimes it’s brutal with strong-willed individuals like that.

LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1966: Leonard Nimoy with his son Adam Nimoy attend an event in Los Angeles,CA
LOS ANGELES – CIRCA 1966: Leonard Nimoy with his son Adam Nimoy attend an event in Los Angeles,CA Getty

WW: Something that’s been heavily covered over the years, including by yours truly, is that it seemed as though your dad was almost victimized by Shatner’s jealousy at the time, with his counting lines and demanding that Kirk remain the focus of the stories. But what was your dad’s role in that relationship? The reason for the question is that Shatner tends to get the blame for everything. Is that justified?

ADAM NIMOY: My dad confided in me a lot of stuff that happened on the set during that period, not all of which I can share. Look, the problem is that Bill does have a point of view, which is understanding that he’s the star of the show and Spock is getting a lot of attention. He’s different, he’s neat and cool and those of us who love comic book characters and outsiders and Peter Parkers, we love that. We love those kind of outsiders; outcasts who are different from everybody else.

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, 1966
William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, 1966Courtesy Adam Nimoy

So the immediate popularity of Spock created a lot of problems for them. One of the common stories was the fact there was a lot of press around my dad on set, which Bill took exception to. I don’t really blame the guy. I think the difference comes from the fact that they’re two guys with a lot of crap going on. I once said to my dad, “If you had so much trouble with Bill, how is it that you guys are so damn good on camera?”

WW: It’s true. From the first moment they’re together in the second pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” and they’re playing three-dimensional chess, it is just magic. You see and feel that connection from them in that instance and it never went away.

ADAM NIMOY: Yes! And he said, “We were professionals.” That was his answer. They knew what to do when the camera was rolling. So what’s my dad’s role in it? As I’ve been talking about, he had a very strong point of view, a very strong will and it’s unfortunate that they weren’t more collaborative. On the other hand, they were both very invested in the show, which is the good news. In a way, we’re blessed by that difference and that conflict between them. It was like that with The Beatles, too.

Paul would say, “Oh, you’ve got ‘Strawberry Fields?’ Well, I’ve got ‘Penny Lane.’ You know what I mean? It’s that kind of thing. It was a very similar one-up-man-ship kind of situation. I think the difference with my dad, and the reason why sometimes Bill gets a bad rap, is that my dad was much more collegial. He did care about everybody else on the set. He wanted to have good relations with everybody else, even though he was Spock-like and distant and hard to get along with.

WW: He did seem pretty outraged when they produced the animated series in the 1970s over the fact that George Takei and Nichelle Nichols weren’t hired back with the rest of the cast, and refused to do the show unless they were.

ADAM NIMOY: I think one of the singular differences between the two of them is that to my dad, the rest of the cast were not just props. They were individuals and he did carry them as much as he could. Again, they had the same issues that I had with him, which is that this guy’s going to be Spock in and out, on set and off set and very difficult to relate to and connect with.

William Shatner (left) and Leonard Nimoy, former co-stars of the television series Star Trek, appear at the People's Choice Awards show
William Shatner (left) and Leonard Nimoy, former co-stars of the television series Star Trek, appear at the People’s Choice Awards showGetty

WW: But then they actually did become very close, didn’t they?

ADAM NIMOY: Yeah, all of a sudden they’re like best friends. They really found each other and it was wonderful. My sister and I were, like, “What?” when he announced that Bill Shatner was his best friend. And then they’re hanging out together and doing stuff. Then they did the Mind Meld interview, where my dad came out about his drinking issues, and it was a really good relationship. I’m sorry that it eventually soured again — for reasons I can’t get into — and it’s unfortunate there wasn’t another reconciliation.

The Beatles in Let It Be
The Beatles in 1970’s Let It Be©Apple/courtesy MovieStillsDB.com

WW: Sticking with your Beatles analogy, if you look at the crash and burn of Let It Be, which Peter Jackson resurrected as the much more optimistic Get Back, and then you see what they did with Abbey Road, their last studio album … they were like the Phoenix rising from the ashes. Your dad and Bill did that, too, in a lot of ways. Even when Star Trek was at its worst, somehow they elevated it beyond what it was into something greater.

ADAM NIMOY: Because they were really invested in what they were doing in their craft. At the same time, they didn’t know it was going to be this popular. They had no idea. Nobody could. My dad told me a story that Bill did not remember; he claimed very specifically that the two of them were at the commissary at Desilu Studios during the first season, having lunch in the commissary in makeup and wardrobe, and that Lucille Ball was there. I knew she was there a lot. She ran that studio. She went up to them and thanked them for being professional.

Lucy working as President of Desilu Productions
Lucy working as President of Desilu ProductionsGetty

WW: You mean during whatever was going on between them?

ADAM NIMOY: Just the fact that they did the work and they showed up. She had a lot of problems with other actors and a lot other things going on — there were things with some of the cast on other shows that they had going that were very challenging for the studio, but Bill and Leonard just showed up and did the work. And there’s a lot to be said for that.

WW: Most of the Star Trek cast seemed to genuinely struggle for work in the 1970s, but your dad always seemed to be working, whether he was hosting In Search of… or appearing in various stage productions.

ADAM NIMOY: Here’s the thing you need to know about the 70s — it was difficult for everybody. All the plays, all the theater work — that stuff doesn’t pay. Those were to feed his passion, which is what my dad was all about: the passion of the work, of doing the work. Thankfully with In Search of… there was a regular paycheck, which is why it’s so interesting that after he quit Mission: Impossible after two seasons, his agent thought he was nuts. He was making a lot of money every week, but he just hated it. For him, the problem is that he was going from character to character and there was no inner life to who he was playing. There was no character development. I mean, we don’t even really know who his character Paris was.

American actors Leonard Nimoy, Greg Morris, Lesley Ann Warren, Peter Lupus and Peter Graves on the set of the TV series Mission: Impossible
American actors Leonard Nimoy, Greg Morris, Lesley Ann Warren, Peter Lupus and Peter Graves on the set of the TV series Mission: Impossible Getty

The other thing about my dad is that he was very frugal. This was not a guy who spent money. Income streams was what Leonard was about. That’s another difference between us that most people don’t understand — that was not me at all. I was not thinking in those terms. I didn’t have to; we did not grow up during the Depression. We grew up in the 60s, but for my dad it was about the theater work, the records that he did, the personal appearances, the conventions, In Search of…, Mission: Impossible, the music publishing company he started. And then investing in real estate — that was his big nest egg.

He was determined not to live paycheck to paycheck. We did not live a lavish lifestyle — it drove my mother crazy, because we were on a tight budget and he had the money, but would turn it over to his business partner. Thank God Bernie Francis was investing all that money in real estate. I did appreciate that about my dad — he really had an amazing mind for business.

Behind-the-Scenes on 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Behind-the-scenes on 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture©Paramount Pictures/courtesy MovieStillsDB.com

WW: When Star Trek: The Motion Picture finally got off the ground in the late 1970s, was he happy to be back or did he view it as more of a lucrative opportunity?

ADAM NIMOY: What most people don’t really understand is that he was driven by a desire to do good work and things that inspired him, and he felt some sense of obligation. I think he went back because he thought it would be good work, because he thought they could maybe create the magic again. And that is not what happened.

That’s why I think he was really reticent about going back for Star Trek II, and one of the ways they got him in was they were going to kill off Spock in a blaze of glory. As my dad said in an interview, “Why not kill off Spock and let’s end this on a high note?” He thought that would be it. But of course, more opportunities came up. I mean, if he did not direct Star Trek III, there was a very good chance that he simply would not have been in the movie.

Leonard Nimoy directs William Shatner in 1984's Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Leonard Nimoy directs William Shatner in 1984’s Star Trek III: The Search for Spock©Paramount Pictures/courtesy MovieStillsDB.com

WW: Speaking of which, I’m surprised his directing career didn’t last longer than it did.

ADAM NIMOY: There’s a reason for that, too, which is another thing I can’t go into. But like I said earlier, sometimes my dad could be single-minded and it was very difficult to get him to open up and think about other possibilities. Sometimes I would say, “What are you thinking?” and there was nothing I could say to stop him.

WW: So he sabotaged himself, basically.

ADAM NIMOY: We’re all guilty of that at times. Even the studio paying the bills, if they wanted him to change something, he probably didn’t want to change it, so he would refuse to do so. But it wasn’t just that, it was the way he picked projects. The way he made decisions. He did some commercial work where, again, I was, like, “What are you thinking?” But he loved the commercial, he would show it to me proudly and I would just have to keep my mouth shut, because I knew it was wrong. Of course, a lot of times he was right — which was the problem. A lot of times he definitely made really good choices. I mean, Three Men and a Baby was a risk.

WW: For him, though, to go from directing Star Trek III and IV to Three Men and a Baby was huge.

ADAM NIMOY: It was huge. And it was risky. It’s comedy. The script wasn’t well-developed. There were a lot of things involved, a lot of risks involved, but he wanted to do it and felt really passionate about doing it. And it was a great opportunity for him. He worked with great actors and they turned in a great film.

WW: He did a total of six Star Trek movies, the last one released in 1991. But then he reprised the Spock role for J.J. Abrams’ 2009 big screen reboot, followed, briefly, by Star Trek Into Darkness. Was he happy to step back into that character?

ADAM NIMOY: He was really happy, because he believed in J.J. and his vision. He loved the fact — and this is more of the competition with Bill Shatner — that he was being included in the new iteration. Dad just secretly loved the fact that he was in the original pilot [“The Cage”], which Bill Shatner was not in; it was Jeffrey Hunter as Chris Pike. And he’s now in the bookend of it. The new iteration of Star Trek gave him an immense sense of pride in what he had accomplished and that the saga continued.

Leonard Nimoy with wife Sandra and son Adam Circa 1980's
Leonard Nimoy with wife Sandra and son Adam Circa 1980’s Getty

WW: As does his legacy.

ADAM NIMOY: Yes, it does and Spock is still revered and still iconic. This is the most amazing thing to me: he’s everywhere, anywhere you go around the world. That’s so heartening and so inspiring.

WW: Moving back to the relationship between you and him, when you were younger and having those decades of conflict with him, could you have imagined having the reconciliation that you ended up having? Or did that just seem like an impossibility?

ADAM NIMOY: No, I was pretty much resigned to the situation. We were repeating the cycle over and over again of being unable to communicate. And it’s difficult to have taken on a guy like Leonard Nimoy. At one point I gave up and just thought, “I’m just going to let him have his way; I’m not going to disagree with him about anything.” I had to disengage, which was a lot of my Al-Anon work of just detaching with love. I mean, I would call him, I would send him cards, I’d send him gifts. I still respected and loved him as my dad, but he had a lot of anger, a lot of frustration about a lot of things. It had to do with a lot of other things going on with his life. It wasn’t always about me, but I had to keep my distance from him.

The problem was that it drove him crazy, because I think he would’ve preferred that even if we were engaged on a negative level with conflict, it was better for him than no engagement at all. He could not stand the estrangement period. It would weigh on him heavily, and that’s why he sent me the letter. It was very provocative. It was, like, “Come on back into the ring.” And my attitude was, “I’m not going to do it. I just can’t. He’s too powerful a personality and he’s too successful.”

Director Adam Nimoy poses in the pressroom at the 41st Annual Saturn Awards at The Castaway on June 25, 2015 in Burbank, California
Director Adam Nimoy poses in the pressroom at the 41st Annual Saturn Awards at The Castaway on June 25, 2015 in Burbank, California Getty

WW: Yet he’s your father.

ADAM NIMOY: He’s my dad. I stood up for myself as best I could — I’m not a creampuff, but the fact is that it just never got us anywhere. There was never any real resolution with him when we got into conflict.

WW: The psychology is, sorry for the cliche, fascinating, because he carried the burden of estrangement so hard, yet his response is to send you a letter specifically designed to piss you off rather than try something more reconciliatory.

ADAM NIMOY: Welcome to the mindset of Leonard Nimoy!. But, look, I don’t think we’re unique in that respect. Codependent relationships are all based on that. It’s fusing based on negative behavior. But I couldn’t do it anymore. I was in recovery. There we love everybody and I didn’t want to fight with the guy, but the situation was impossible. I would call him up and he was just angry. This I can share: he always wanted clarity. I asked him, “Why write the letter? What’s the purpose?” “I want clarity.” That’s his answer. Clarity of what? He wanted to tell me he was right.

Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner signing copies of their video Mind Meld
Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner signing copies of their video Mind Meld Getty

WW: About what?

ADAM NIMOY: Everything! Yes, he could be very self-righteous. In fact, one of my friends in recovery told me, “Give it to him. Make an amends for the letter. Give him what he wants.” And my argument was, “There’s no way I’m going to give it to him. He is wrong. He’d done plenty of stuff that was wrong. I have my own list of things that he screwed up on. Why would I ever give it to him?” And the answer was because it’s not really for him, it’s for me. It is just to make the amends. Give him what he wants. Let go of your own resentments towards him and move on with your life and watch what happens. That’s what I was told to do.

Zachary Quinto (L) and Adam Nimoy speak onstage at the Tribeca Tune In: For the Love Of Spock event during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre 1 on April 18, 2016 in New York City
Zachary Quinto (L) and Adam Nimoy speak onstage at the Tribeca Tune In: For the Love Of Spock event during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre 1 on April 18, 2016 in New York City Getty

WW: And it worked.

ADAM NIMOY: It turned everything around. And the irony is, and I say this in the book, that that advice was given to me by a guy who used to be my companion in high school who taught me everything I needed to know about drinking and using. It was a guy who was older than me, who was in a group of guys I hung out with and my dad loathed them. But this guy was the one who said, “Make the amends for everything in the letter. Apologize for everything in the letter and let go of your resentment towards your dad and watch what happens.” That’s when, like I said, everything changed.

Leonard Nimoy makes the Vulcan hand greeting at his home March 2, 2002  in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California
Leonard Nimoy makes the Vulcan hand greeting at his home March 2, 2002 in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California Getty

WW: You had all those decades where things were so bad. How many years did you have with him where things were good?

ADAM NIMOY: When I was told to make the amends, it was in 2008 and he died in 2015. So we were really tight for seven years.

WW: Even though it was just seven years, seven good years would seem to put many of those bad years further in the distance.

ADAM NIMOY: I say it in the book that we never looked back at the past. There were times when issues would come up that I knew were hot-button issues, but we both kind of just sidestepped that stuff and it was fine. Here’s the thing: when I finally figured out that I did not have to prove that my father was wrong, everything was fine.

Director Adam Nimoy speaks at the "Smithsonian's Star Trek : Inspiring Culture andTechnology" panel during the 17th annual official Star Trek convention at the Rio Hotel and Casino on August 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Director Adam Nimoy speaks at the “Smithsonian’s Star Trek : Inspiring Culture andTechnology” panel during the 17th annual official Star Trek convention at the Rio Hotel and Casino on August 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada Getty

WW: You’ve spent so many years dealing with the past, with your issues and your addictions, and have worked hard to do that. Having the finished book in your hands, what does it mean to you personally?

ADAM NIMOY: It’s very cathartic, it’s therapeutic, it’s processing, it’s thinking about it, it’s going back over the history. It just makes me feel … relief. Look, the story of Leonard Nimoy and Spock is my story, too. It’s the family story and I talk about the family, how everything changed with the Nimoy family dynamic. At the same time, it’s very satisfying. I love writing. That’s the other thing: my passion is pursuing exactly what my father said I should be pursuing. My passion is really writing and directing. I’m not directing that much right now or at least doing very little of it, but I’m teaching. And that’s another one of my passions.

So I’m really just kind of feeding the passion of writing and telling what I think is a story worth telling.

For the complete history of the original Star Trek, check out The Fifty-Year Mission: The First 25 Years — The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek (available on Kindle for $2.99)

Star Trek: The Fifty-Year Mission
Star Trek: The Fifty-Year MissionThomas Dunne Books
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