Sci-fi icon Leonard Nimoy’s days as an active part of Hollywood are numbered. Nimoy recently announced that he’s ready to retire from acting at the ripe old age of 79. What will Star Trek fans around the world do now that he’s permanently out of the spotlight? If you haven’t already, it’s time to warm up to Zachary Quinto because for the next few decades he’s going to be your number one Vulcan.

Nimoy told the Toronto Sun that after his appearance on Fox’s sci-fi series “Fringe” later this season, he’s going to throw in the towel.

“I’ve been doing this professionally for 60 years,” he says with a laugh. “I love the idea of going out on a positive note. I’ve had a great, great time.”

His departure may be a monumental turning point for us but this isn’t the first time he’s gone on hiatus from his profession.

“I was away from acting for 12 years, so I guess I was seducable,” Nimoy says. “But since J.J. Abrams revived the Star Trek franchise, I felt I owed him something. And I’m glad I did it because he promised me a good story, and it was.”

Speaking of Abrams’ Star Trek series, he wants to take some of the spotlight off of him and put it on to his successor Quinto. Ever since he took on the ears, the (lack of) eyebrows, and the Vulcan death grip he doesn’t want to steal his shine.

“Also, I don’t think it would be fair to Zachary Quinto,” he says, referring to the actor who portrayed a youthful Spock in last summer’s smash Star Trek relaunch. “He’s a terrific actor, he looks the part, and it’s time to give him some space. And I’m very flattered the character will continue.”

If “Fringe” is his last acting gig they better make it count. The show has been leading up to a showdown between his character William Bell and John Noble’s Walter Bishop. I’m not saying these two senior citizens should be go at each other with knives and guns but it better be epic.

Thanks Mr. Nimoy for all your years of entertainment and service. Live long and prosper.

How do you feel about Leonard NImoy retiring? What’s you favorite Nimoy performance?