Adam Nimoy was born during the Eisenhower administration to Leonard and Sandra Zoberblatt Nimoy. He attended the University Elementary School, a “lab school” run by UCLA, where he was the subject of numerous psychological experiments. Experimentation continued at UC Berkeley in the form of mind-altering substances. In a state of mental confusion, Nimoy attended Loyola Law School. After seven years of law practice, in a moment of mental clarity, Nimoy left the legal field to study filmmaking. After directing forty-five hours of network television, Nimoy’s directing career ended due in large part to drug and alcohol addiction and other character defects. On January 1, 2004, Nimoy began his 12-Step recovery hoping to achieve an attitude adjustment. He taught writing, directing and acting at the New York Film Academy for eight years and now teaches filmmaking at Beit T’Shuvah, an addiction treatment community where the residents keep him on the straight and narrow. Nimoy lives in Mar Vista, California.
Q. If you are in recovery, what was your drug of choice? When did you stop using? A. Pot. 12/31/03
Q. Do you think addiction is an illness, disease, a choice, or a wicked twist of fate? A. Disease
Q. Do you log on to ZOOM 12-step meetings? How often? Do you share? A. Yes. I share regularly.
Q. Anything special in your sobriety Tool-kit that helps keep you sober? A. Membership in the Beit T’Shuvah community.
Q. Where did you grow up? A. Los Angeles
Q. From what school or teacher did you learn the most? A. University Elementary School at UCLA
Q. If you had an extra million dollars, which charity would you donate it to? A. Beit T Shuvah or Ukraine releif
Q. If you are in recovery, are you back to going to in person meetings or sticking with zoom? A. Both
Q. Are you more inclined to believe in UFO’s or life after death, or both? A. Both
Q. Do you believe in God or a Higher Power? A. Yep
Q. What book(s) have you read more than once? A. 1984, The Teachings of Don Juan
Q. Do you have any children? A. Yes
Q. Did you start any new projects after getting sober? A. Wrote a memoir
Q. If and when you retire would you prefer to live by the ocean, lake, river, mountaintop or penthouse? A. Ocean
Q. What is your biggest or littlest pet peeve? A. Biggest: LA traffic
Q. Who has had the biggest influence on you throughout your life? A. Neil Young
Q. If you were giving a dinner party for your 3 favorite authors, living or dead, who would they be? (choose 4 if you think one might be too drunk or stoned to attend.) A. Gore Vidal, Kurt Vonnegut, Ernest Hemingway
Q. What books are you reading now? A. Friday Night Lights, Paul McCartney bio, the Big Book
Q. What is your favorite APP? A. Waze.
Q. Are you binge watching any TV series? If so which ones? A. The Offer, Stranger Things
Q. Which film have you watched the most? A. The Graduate
Q. Who is your favorite director? A. Arthur Penn
Q. What/Who is your favorite band/composer/musical artist? A. The Beatles
Q. What is your favorite Broadway musical/play? A. West Side Story
Q. What is your favorite city? A. Berkeley
Q. What is your favorite museum? A. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Q. What is your favorite restaurant? A. The Chatham. Long gone.
Q. What is the best piece of advice someone gave you? A. Get into recovery
Q. What is the best piece of advice you’ve given someone else? A. Get into recovery
Q. Have you ever been arrested and if so, for what? Leave blank if this is too personal. A. Driving without a license
Q. What is the proudest moment in your life? A. Passing the bar, giving birth