Leonard Nimoy passed away on Friday (February 27) morning at the age of 83.
Most obituaries are, for very logical reasons, concentrating on Nimoy's contributions to the “Star Trek” franchise and its fandom.
And don't let me stop you/them!
But don't forget “Three Men and a Baby” in your tributes.
I mean it.
Perhaps because it's fun to make fun of Steve Guttenberg or because it's fun to make fun of baby-based farces, it's easy to overlook “Three Men and a Baby.”
“Three Men and a Baby” is an enjoyable and well-paced farce and it'll never not be amazing to me that Leonard Nimoy transitioned as a director from “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” to “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” to a nimble comedy with Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and the aforementioned Guttenberg. And he made the transition without skipping a beat.
The reviews for “Three Men and a Baby” were warm, if not rapturous, with many critics agreeing that all three leads were in very fine form. And I think that's a pretty good and accurate representation.
Never forget that “Three Men and a Baby” grossed $168 million, making it the top-grossing movie of 1987. If you adjust that for inflation, it's $346 million, putting it at No.151 on BoxOfficeMojo's list of All-Time Box Office Adjusted for Inflation.
Talk about living long and prospering.
Rest in peace, Leonard Nimoy.