The final curtain fell on some of Hollywood’s favorite stars in 2015, including Leonard Nimoy, but they will live on forever in movies, TV shows and songs.
The “Star Trek” legend Leonard, was haunted by a terrible heartache … the pointy-eared TV character Mr. Spock who made him famous also drove him to drink and almost killed him!
Trapped in a role he hated and felt belittled his acting skills, Leonard confessed, “I started drinking regularly, ritually, during the second or third year of the series. The minute we finished the last shot, I would have a drink.
“Before I knew it, I was drinking more and more.”
Soon he was having lost weekends, with binges that started at noon on Saturday and left him passed out through the next day.
He confessed his boozing wrecked his 33-year marriage to Sandi Zober, the mother of his kids, Julie, 60, and Adam, 59, and they divorced in 1987.
It also left his kids thinking dad really was in space.
“He was in character a lot of the time. And he was absent a lot,” revealed his son.
He was saved by a 12-step program.
But Leonard, who died Feb. 27, from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at the Bel-Air, Calif. home he shared with second wife, Susan, went to his grave without ending his bitter four-decade feud with “Trek” co-star William “Capt. Kirk” Shatner.
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