Well known for playing Jadzia Dax in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Terry Farrell extended her affiliation with the sci-fi franchise when she married the son of Leonard Nimoy. And the happy couple even decided to honor the original Spock with their choice of wedding date. Here’s a look at both their and the late, great actor’s stories.
Born in Boston in 1931, Leonard Nimoy first pursued a career as an acting teacher before showing up on screens himself. Nimoy’s first notable role was in Kid Monk Baroni, the 1952 film noir in which he played a disfigured street-smart teen who takes up boxing. The fledgling actor then starred as one of a trio of extra-terrestrial invaders in Zombies of the Stratosphere later that same year.
But, of course, Nimoy was launched to worldwide fame when he was cast as another alien in 1964. The actor played Spock – the Starship Enterprise’s part-Vulcan first officer renowned for his unusual ears and distinctive hand salute – in Star Trek for five years on the small screen. He also portrayed the character in eight movies and numerous spin-offs.
Then, after the original Star Trek series came to an end, Nimoy enjoyed a two-season stint on another hugely popular franchise, Mission: Impossible. He also presented and narrated the documentary series In Search of… and Civilization IV, respectively, and trod the boards in various productions. And, ultimately, Nimoy would return to the sci-fi genre in the ’00s with a recurring part in Fringe.
However, the star also regularly showcased his talents behind the camera. After his first directorial effort on a 1973 episode of Night Gallery, he helmed the Star Trek films The Search for Spock and The Voyage Home. Nimoy in addition directed Three Men and a Baby, The Good Mother and Holy Matrimony.
But that wasn’t all. Indeed, Nimoy also penned two memoirs – 1975’s I Am Not Spock and 1995’s I Am Spock – published numerous works of poetry and released several albums during his glittering career. Sadly, though, just days after going into a coma in February 2015, the actor passed away due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83 years old.
Barack Obama, Buzz Aldrin and former co-star William Shatner were just a few of the names who paid homage to Nimoy after the actor’s death. But perhaps the most heartwarming tributes came from his two children with first wife Sandra Zober. Both Adam and Julie Nimoy made feature-length documentaries about his life – the former with For the Love of Spock and the latter with Remembering Leonard Nimoy.
Born in Los Angeles in 1956, Adam Nimoy studied at the University of California, Berkeley and Loyola Law School. He then landed a job as an entertainment law attorney before serving as a business affairs exec for a couple of record labels. But as with his father, Adam had many strings to his bow.
For one, Adam would follow in his father’s footsteps by moving into directing. Ally McBeal, Gilmore Girls, NYPD Blue, The Practice and Star Trek: The Next Generation are just a few of the shows on which he’s worked over the years. Adam also directed his dad in the “I, Robot” episode of The Outer Limits.
And Adam’s Star Trek ties continued when he began dating Terry Farrell. Born in the Iowan city of Cedar Rapids in 1963, the actress also found fame in the sci-fi franchise when she was cast as Jadzia Dax in one of its many spin-offs, Deep Space Nine. She later went on to play Regina “Reggie” Kostas in the hit sitcom Becker.
Furthermore, the pair decided to go public with their romance in a way very fitting for the son of a Star Trek legend and the actress of a Star Trek franchise: at a Star Trek convention. Yes, the pair revealed that they were dating when Adam interviewed Terry at a 2017 event in Las Vegas.
Adam and Terry had both gone through divorces prior to meeting each other, however. Terry had been married to Brian Baker – an ex-spokesman for the Sprint Corporation and the father of her child, Max – for 13 years before divorcing from him in 2015. Meanwhile, Adam had been wed to first wife Nancy, with whom he shared two children.
But the pair’s previous failed marriages certainly didn’t put them off the idea of walking down the aisle again. In 2017 movie critic Scott Mantz excitedly tweeted that Adam and Terry had got engaged. Terry then confirmed the happy news when a skeptical fan asked if the announcement was incorrect.
The pair’s engagement was revealed, coincidentally, on an important Star Trek-related date. That’s because the franchise’s creator, Gene Roddenberry, had been born on the exact same day 96 years previously. But the couple decided to honor another much more familiar Star Trek name with their choice of wedding date.
How? Well, the pair got hitched at a ceremony in San Francisco, California, on March 26, 2018 – the exact same date on which Adam’s father would have turned 87. And once again, friend Mantz revealed the news by tweeting a picture of the happy couple standing outside City Hall.
Terry also confirmed the news on her very own Twitter profile. “Freakin AWESOME day!!!!!!!” she excitedly wrote, before adding, “Love ya all! Aka: Mrs. Adam Nimoy.” The bride was then inundated with well-wishes from her 50,000 followers.
Several Star Trek cast members offered their congratulations to the pair, too. Jeri Ryan, who appeared as Voyager’s Borg Seven of Nine, said “Congrats lady!!!! I wish you both a lifetime of love!” And the same spin-off’s The Doctor, a.k.a. Roberto Picardo, would describe Terry and Adam as “a radiant couple.”
Then, a few months later, Adam and Terry made the news again when they were pictured alongside a brand new Spock. Ethan Peck was the man confirmed to play the younger version of the character in CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery. The newlyweds appeared to be happy with Peck’s casting, too.
Alongside Adam’s older sister Julie and her spouse David Knight, Adam and Terry can be seen beaming away while standing next to Peck in a photo posted to Twitter. Adam captioned the image, “There’s a new Spock in town! Welcome to the family, Ethan!”
As for what the recently married pair are doing next? Well, Terry will return to screens in 2019 with a role in The Circuit – an anthology series featuring ten separate stories from ten entirely contrasting genres. Meanwhile, Adam was due to direct the crowdfunded documentary about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, What We Left Behind. However, he announced in late 2017 that he was leaving the project due to “personal commitments and other creative endeavors.”