Leonard Nimoy says goodbye to 'Star Trek' fans

Leonard Nimoy starred as Mr. Spock in the orginal 'Star Trek' TV series and several motion pictures. Now, Leonard Nimoy has decided to walk away from 'Trek' conventions

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In this 2009 file photo, Leonard Nimoy arrives at the premiere of "Star Trek" in Los Angeles. The 80-year-old actor has said the "Star Trek" convention in suburban Chicago celebrating the 45th anniversary of the TV series would be his last.

Leonard Nimoy has attended his final "Star Trek" convention.

The 80-year-old actor, best-known for playing Mr. Spock in the original TV series that began in September 1966, formed four fingers into a V for Vulcan sign and intoned to fans Spock's most famous phrase: "Live long and prosper."

Nimoy has said the convention in suburban Chicago celebrating the 45th anniversary of "Star Trek" would be his last.

He spoke for an hour about his life and career, and thanked fans for their support over the years. Some held signs saying: "We love you Leonard! Live long & prosper."

Creation Entertainment organizes the "Star Trek" conventions. Company CEO Adam Malin says the company has toured and collaborated with Nimoy for nearly three decades and that Nimoy "will be missed."

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