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Nimoy glad to be back with 'Fringe'

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Leonard Nimoy, who played the character Mr. Spock in the TV series "Star Trek," speaks at a ceremony following the landing of the Space Shuttle Enterprise at John F. Kennedy International Airport on April 27, 2012 in New York City. Enterprise is part of NASA's retired space shuttle program and will be permanently displayed at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum starting in June. UPI/ Monika Graff | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/84ef3624d6e70b6c1235d9d0e74fc96c/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Leonard Nimoy, who played the character Mr. Spock in the TV series "Star Trek," speaks at a ceremony following the landing of the Space Shuttle Enterprise at John F. Kennedy International Airport on April 27, 2012 in New York City. Enterprise is part of NASA's retired space shuttle program and will be permanently displayed at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum starting in June. UPI/ Monika Graff | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, May 12 (UPI) -- Veteran actor Leonard Nimoy said Fox's "Fringe" had the right stuff to draw him out of retirement and back on to the small screen.

Nimoy made his first on-screen appearance in two years on the latest episode of "Fringe," appearing in person as William Bell, a character for whom he did a voiceover appearance a year ago.

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Nimoy told reporters this week he is a fan of executive producer J.J. Abrams, who also directed the recent film version of "Star Trek" and felt he was a good fit with "Fringe."

"All the characters are fleshed out wonderfully and the chemistry amongst the cast is terrific," he said. "I wanted to be part of this project."

Nimoy also told CNN he and Abrams have been discussing roles in future "Star Trek" films even though he was open to an occasional gig with the right project such as "Fringe." "There are certain special situations that come along that can intrigue me," said Nimoy. "This one did."

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