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'Big Bang Theory' pays tribute to Leonard Nimoy

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Leonard Nimoy never physically appeared on The Big Bang Theory, but his presence loomed large over the hit CBS series, which even featured that classic childhood game “Rock, Paper, Scissors… Lizard, Spock.”

The Star Trek alum, who died last Friday at the age of 83, was frequently referenced on the show thanks to Sheldon’s (Jim Parsons) obsession with him—and really, when you think about it, who wouldn’t look at Sheldon and say he’s a mix of the harried android C-3PO and the logical Spock?

Nimoy did, however, provide his voice for an episode in which Sheldon dreams that his Spock action-figure is speaking to him, which gave the cast, crew, and creative minds behind the show a chance to meet the veteran actor. Following Thursday’s episode, The Big Bang Theory paid tribute to Nimoy: