Leonard Nimoy announces retirement ... again

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

His career is dead, Jim. And this time, Leonard Nimoy means it. After having been seduced out of retirement by J.J. Abrams to play Spock Prime in the Star Trek reboot and William Bell in Fringe, the 79-year-old actor says it's time to call it quits, The Toronto Sun reported.

"I've been doing this professionally for 60 years," Nimoy said. "I love the idea of going out on a positive note. I've had a great, great time."

But haven't we already heard this? After all, Nimoy has taken a hiatus from film and TV before.

"I was away from acting for 12 years, so I guess I was seducible," Nimoy said. "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."

Now the actor wants to get out of the way of Zachary Quinto, who's taken over the iconic role of Mr. Spock.

"I want to get off the stage," he said. "Also, I don't think it would be fair to Zachary Quinto. 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."

What do you think? Can an actor ever really get acting out of his blood? Once Nimoy's recent gigs air, do you think we'll ever see him on the screen again?

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