The 83-year-old actor had end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition he blamed on a smoking habit he had given up 30 years ago.

Nimoy will forever be inseparable from Mr. Spock, his ultra-logical half-Vulcan alter ego. But over his long and productive career, Nimoy accomplished much more both in front of and behind the camera.

Here’s a look at some highlights, with accompanying photos.

Nimoy began his acting career in the 1950s, landing his first title role in 1952’s “Kid Monk Baroni,” about a street thug turned professional boxer. The movie flopped at the box office, and Nimoy spent years in relative obscurity, with parts in films such as “Them!” (1954), “The Brain Eaters” (1958) and “The Balcony” (1963). He also appeared in television series including “Perry Mason,” “Dragnet” and “The Twilight Zone.”

Nimoy’s big break came with “Star Trek,” which premiered in 1966 and turned him into a star. The show ran three years and would eventually spawn a film series.

After “Star Trek” ended, Nimoy spent two seasons on “Mission: Impossible,” playing an ex-magician and makeup expert. He would go on to act on the big screen, as in the western “Catlow” (1971) and the sci-fi remake “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1978); onstage, as in “Fiddler on the Roof” (1974) and “Sherlock Holmes”; and in TV movies and miniseries, as in “Marco Polo” (1982) and “The Sun Also Rises” (1984).

Nimoy reprised his role as Spock in the “Star Trek” film series, which began in 1979, and he directed the third and fourth installments: “The Search for Spock” and “The Voyage Home.”

Nimoy’s directing credits also include “Three Men and a Baby” (1987), “Funny About Love” (1990) and “Holy Matrimony” (1994).

After appearing in the “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” in 1989 and “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” in 1991, Nimoy spent the rest of the ’90s directing, voicing animated projects and occasionally acting. He also began focusing on his photography and philanthropy.

In 2001, Nimoy donated $1 million to the 2 1/2-year, $63-million renovation and expansion of the Griffith Observatory.

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