Leonard Nimoy will be best remembered as Spock. Nimoy died yesterday. At one point in the 1970s Nimoy wrote an autobiography called I am not Spock. So it is safe to say he wanted some distance from the role.
In 1995, Nimoy wrote I am Spock. Apparently he got over his need for distance. I have never read it or his first autobiography. Maybe I should.
Spock is a classic role. Nimoy was always good, even in a few lesser episodes. He later appeared in Star Trek the Next Generation, and in the rebooted Star Trek. His scene as Spock Prime at the end of Star Trek with Zachary Quinto (as Spock or new Spock) was interesting and kind of moving.
He played characters other than Spock. He was on Mission Impossible. He was on the Outer Limits. He was a memorable villain in an episode of Columbo and he was in the Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
He also directed movies, including Star Trek III and Star Trek Four Some people think Star Trek IV was the best film in the series. (I might be one of those people.) His best known non-Star Trek film as a director might be Three Men and a Baby.
He will be missed.