The Big Bang Theory Pays Tribute to Leonard Nimoy

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The Big Bang Theory wants to make sure that the legacy of Leonard Nimoy lives long... and prospers.

A few days after the sad death of Nimoy, the CBS sitcom paid tribute to a man its main character had idolized throughout his life.

At the conclusion of The Big Bang Theory Season 8 Episode 17 last night, the following image and message appeared:

Leonard Nimoy Tribute

Jim Parsons' Sheldon Cooper viewed Nimoy as his hero, often referencing Mr. Spock on the series.

In one early episode of The Big Bang Theory Season 2, Sheldon even considered an attempt to clone the actor after Penny gave him a napkin that had been both signed and used by Nimoy at the Cheesecake Factory.

A few years later, Nimoy lent his voice to the top-rated comedy on television for a dream sequence in which Sheldon imagined that his Spock action figure was actually talking to him.

"I thoroughly enjoyed myself," Nimoy told The Hollywood Reporter of his experience at the time. "[They're] a talented company and a smart show; they made me welcome."

The Star Trek icon died of end-stage COPD on February 27 at age 83.

Soon afterward, celebrities around the world honored the veteran star:

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