After 60 years, Leonard Nimoy will say goodbye to film and television for good Thursday night with a final guest-star appearance on Fox’s science-fiction drama "Fringe.” No more Mr. Spock from the original 1960s "Star Trek” series, where Nimoy first gave us the Vulcan phrase "Live long and prosper.” No more from "Fringe’s” William Bell, the morally ambiguous scientist Nimoy portrays who can travel between alternate universes. And though he’s retired before and was compelled to return to acting in the 2009 "Star Trek” movie as the older Spock, he’s adamant that his decision this time is final. He’s ready to turn his most famous character over to Zachary Quinto, who portrayed the younger Spock in the latest film, and move onto other ventures. "Sixty years, I think, is long enough,” Nimoy said during a recent conference call with reporters. "I decided some time ago that I didn’t want to do this anymore.” Nimoy, 79, isn’t slowing down. A longtime photographer, he is making prints for his first solo exhibition at a major museum, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibit, "Secret Selves,” will open July 31. Nimoy said he acted in "Fringe” as a favor to J.J. Abrams, who directed the latest "Star Trek” movie and who is creator of the Fox television show about paranormal phenomena, now in its second season. "He did a great job with the ‘Star Trek’ movie and treated me extremely well,” Nimoy said. "The work on ‘Fringe’ has turned out to be excited and interesting.” He added, "I’m very grateful for all the great opportunities I’ve had and the people I’ve met and the people I’ve worked with. The ‘Star Trek’ character has been a blessing to me because I find it very dignified and a positive character and a great role model for a lot of people.”
ON TELEVISION→"Fringe” season finale: "Over There, Part 2,” 8 p.m. Thursday on Fox.
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