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Zachary Quinto Remembers Leonard Nimoy As His Star Trek Father Figure

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Hollywood lost a legend when Leonard Nimoy passed away on Friday.

One actor in particular was especially hurt by the death, and is opening up about his relationship with the Star Trek star.

Zachary Quinto famously portrayed Spock in the J.J. Abrams adaptation of the sci-fi classic, and now he's speaking out about meeting Leonard for the first time and how their relationship flourished.

In a recent interview, Zachary called Leonard a father figure to him, saying:

"I guess I never could have imagined how close we would become. At the time, I had just hoped that he would support me and my exploration of the role, and be available to me as questions arose, but it was through that process that we forged a friendship. And he became really much more of a father figure to me than anyone else in my life, and it was that that I really cherished and will continue to cherish even in his loss."

That's such a heartfelt sentiment.

[ Photos: 8 Things You Didn't Know About Leonard Nimoy! ]

While Zachary may not have been able to be by Leonard's side as he passed, he was able to say goodbye in a different way.<

"I was shooting in Berlin and felt a million miles away. I was really, really grateful to be able to get in in time to be here for his family and to be here for his funeral and to speak at his funeral and honor him in that way… Even though it was under such sad circumstances, I feel like my grief is counterbalanced by my gratitude for having had him in my life and being able to consider him a dear and life-long friend."

We bet Leonard would have loved your speech, Zachary.

We're glad someone in the Star Trek family was able to pay their respects, considering William Shatner was unable to attend the funeral.

[Image via WENN.]

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