Published On: Tue, Aug 16th, 2022

Things We Saw Today: Zachary Quinto Learns How a Distant Relative of His Is Connected to His Iconic ‘Star Trek’ Role

Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Kirk (Chris Pine) face destiny head on in Star Trek.

In the most recent episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, actor and producer Zachary Quinto (best known for his roles in Star Trek, Heroes, and American Horror Story: Asylum) learned that he and his great-grandfather have a major thing in common. In a worker’s union journal, Quinto’s relative, P.J. McArdle, often penned letters, and in at least one entry in 1899, McArdle signed off with the phrase “live long, and prosper.” This is the same phrase Quinto would forever be associated with, due to taking on the role of the legendary character of Spock in three Star Trek films.

This phrase may have an explosive renaissance in pop culture thanks to Leanard Nimoy’s use of the phrase, alongside the Vulcan salute, in the original 1960s production, but it’s been in use for a longer time. There are versions of the phrase in ancient Eygptian blessings and editions of the Bible. From the 1500s to the 1800s, the phrase can be found in works by Shakespeare, George du Maurier, and non-fiction texts.

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