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Leonard NimoyTrekkies of the world... we have some very bad news. Leonard Nimoy has announced that he's retiring from acting which, of course, means that the pointy-eared Vulcan, Spock, will not be making an appearance in J.J Abrams' Star Trek sequel. Or any other sequels for that matter.

"I want to get off the stage." the 79-year-old actor told The Toronto Sun. "Also, I don't think it would be fair to Zachary Quinto (who plays young Spock in the Star Trek reboot). 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."

Find out more after the jump... Leonard NimoyTrekkies of the world... we have some very bad news. Leonard Nimoy has announced that he's retiring from acting which, of course, means that the pointy-eared Vulcan, Spock, will not be making an appearance in J.J Abrams' Star Trek sequel. Or any other sequels for that matter.

"I want to get off the stage." the 79-year-old actor told The Toronto Sun. "Also, I don't think it would be fair to Zachary Quinto (who plays young Spock in the Star Trek reboot). 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."

Nimoy added that he will be retiring from acting once he finishes up his final appearance as Dr. William Bell in the US TV show Fringe: "I've been doing this professionally for 60 years. I love the idea of going out on a positive note. I've had a great, great time."

The veteran actor was in Canada for this weekend's Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo and admitted that he may retire from attending fan conventions too. Possibly his last trip as a Trek ambassador will be this Friday when he visits the town of Vulcan in Southern Alberta where he will be unveiling a bronze Spock bust and giving his Vulcan salute in a handprint ceremony.

For those of you still harking back to the good old days, William Shatner has said recently that he'll be reprising the role of Captain Kirk in the next Star trek film set for release in 2012. Until then, all we can say is... Mr Nimoy, live long and prosper.