"We should all be so lucky to live half as fulfilled a life as he lived," Quinto said

By Alex Heigl
Updated March 18, 2015 08:30 AM
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Zachary Quinto inherited Leonard Nimoy‘s role as Spock in the Star Trek franchise, but he took a lot more from the elder actor than some prosthetic ears.

Tuesday night on Conan, Quinto and host Conan O’Brien fondly reminisced about the time they spent with the recently departed actor.

“We were very, very close,” Quinto said. “I feel so grateful that I knew him and that he was such an instrumental figure in my life.

“He stood for, and stands for, such an ideal,” Quinto added. “The character [Spock], of course, but he imbued that character with so many of his finest qualities that he really carried that energy through his life.

“We should all be so lucky to live half as fulfilled a life as he lived,” Quinto concluded.

Quinto is currently appearing in The Slap and recently popped up in HBO’s Girls. He’s also on board for the as-yet-untitled third film in the rebooted Star Trek franchise, slated for a 2016 release. (Coincidentally, the third Star Trek film in the original franchise was subtitled The Search for Spock.)

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