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Wednesday, 31 October, 2001, 17:26 GMT
Star Trek 'drove Nimoy to drink'
Mr Spock
Spock starred in the original Star Trek series
Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy has revealed that working on Star Trek drove him to alcohol, during an interview with the show's former Captain Kirk, William Shatner.

The veteran stars of the globally popular show describe themselves as best friends, and have recorded an intimate chat chronicling their Star Trek years for a video, Mind Meld.

In it they share stories of relationships, the rows with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and the shadow that has been cast over both of them by alcoholism.

The actors interviewed each other in the no-holds barred 75-minute chat, filmed at Nimoy's home.

William Shatner
William Shatner was the first Enterprise captain

Nimoy, who played Vulcan Mr Spock, tells of how the strain of working in the show drove him to drink and an eventual stay in rehab.

"I started drinking regularly, ritually, during the second or third year of our series," he said.

"The minute we finished the last shot I would have a drink. Then it became a series of drinks, little by little.

"Before I knew it I was drinking more and more because my addictive personality was taking over," he is quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph.

He split from his wife Sandra Zober after 32 years in 1987, and a year later he married film executive Susan Bay.


Nimoy says he has not touched a drop of alcohol since finding love with his new wife.

And Shatner speaks of his third wife's long battle against alcohol, which ultimately ended her life.

Nerrine Shatner died in 1999 after drowning in a swimming pool.

An autopsy later revealed she had consumed a large amount of alcohol as well as valium.

Star Trek ship
The Enterprise mission began 35 years ago
And Shatner reveals how his first marriage collapse sent him chasing after women.

He said: "I got divorced in the middle of the series and took affection wherever I could find it - not every week from one the beautiful girls who were on our show."

Speaking about the video, Nimoy said: "We wanted to put something definitive down for the record, but the conditions were two friends talking one-on-one.

"It makes it a revealing, honest interchange of feelings and thoughts that no interview would have been capable of doing,"

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