Leonard Nimoy Attends His Last Star Trek Convention

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Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Spock, has attended his last Star Trek convention

Nimoy, 80, has said the convention in suburban Chicago celebrating the 45th anniversary of "Star Trek" would be his last, according to the Associated Press.

He spoke for an hour about his life and career, and thanked fans for their support over the years, according to the Associated Press. Some held signs saying: "We love you Leonard! Live long & prosper."

Creation Entertainment organizes the "Star Trek" conventions. Company CEO Adam Malin says the company has toured and collaborated with Nimoy for nearly three decades and that Nimoy "will be missed."

The hit series began in September 1966, and Spock became known for his V for Vulcan sign and the famous phrase: "Live long and prosper."

Nimoy talked to "Star Trek" fan site TrekToday earlier in 2011 about why he keeps doing appearances, when most actors would have retired, and he said it was a "thank you" to his fans, according to OnTheRedCarpet.com.

"I still feel an obligation to be out there for them, to tell them the 'Star Trek' stories and to bring them up to date on what I'm doing, " Nimoy told TrekToday.com, as reported by OnTheRedCarpet.com. "There's still a lot of interest. I don't know when I will stop doing this. I think there is an end in sight. I will not going on doing it indefinitely, but I am scheduled for three or four events for this year."

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