Actor Leonard Nimoy was in uniform long before he wore the Star Fleet ensemble as Mr. Spock in the original “Star Trek” series, and in all those movies since then.
On Veterans’ Day, Nimoy tweeted a picture of himself as a young man in his Army uniform.
Instead of a phaser, Sgt. Nimoy carried a mop.
(In the photo, he appears to be wearing the rank of staff sergeant, with a “T” that in the 1950s would indicate a technician.)
He served as a soldier from 1953 to 1955. The Army took him to Fort Ord, Calif., Fort Benning, Ga., and Fort McPherson, Ga., Nimoy wrote on Twitter.
Nimoy had many acting credits before and after his Army days. He was cast to play Spock in 1966, and the show ran until 1969, launching both Nimoy and his character into the icon stratosphere.
Nimoy has been playing Spock since then, including a cameo appearance in this year’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” as Spock Prime while actor Zachary Quinto masterfully reprises the role of younger Spock.
The two actors and friends can now be seen together on TV — apparently having enormous fun — spoofing their character in the Audi Spock Challenge ad.
See Nimoy’s tweet at http://twitpic.com/dkxfsc
He also played a West Point cadet in the tv show “West Point,” with writing by Gene Roddenberry before Star Trek.
Clip is from a story where he tries to escape his famous boxing brother’s shadow and lead his own life. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH7b_vBkJVw