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Leonard Nimoy

Beaming up Leonard Nimoy's 'Vincent'

Beaming up Leonard Nimoy's 'Vincent'

While the "Star Trek" movie franchise was in its infancy, actor Leonard Nimoy obsessed over another iconic figure with famous ears: the tortured painter Vincent Van Gogh.

Drawn to the passionate "Starry Night" artist's short career, eccentricities and depression, Nimoy bought the rights to and adapted Phillip Stevens' one-man play about the painter, "Vincent," in the late 1970s. While touring the production around the country for two years, Nimoy devoted a 1980 episode of his documentary series "In Search Of…" to Van Gogh, and wrote a 1981 made-for-TV movie about him. "I have a tremendous identification with Vincent, because I really...