Leonard Nimoy had a long and varied television career, appearing in all manner of procedurals, Westerns, and spy shows in an over 60-year career. While many of his post-Star Trek appearances came with a sort of winking nod to his status as a science-fiction icon, the majority of his credits lie elsewhere, in shows every bit as seminal and iconic as Star Trek. Here are a few of the most notable ones.
Dragnet. One of Leonard Nimoy’s first television roles was in a 1954 episode of Dragnet called “The Big Boys.” He played Julius Carver, one of four armed robbers Sgt. Joe Friday spends the episode tracking down. He appears briefly during the episode’s end—with a mustache! Nimoy would return to the show in the 1959 episode “The Big Name” in another role. In a 2010 interview, Nimoy talked about Dragnet‘s ruthlessly efficient, radio-style production.