He was one of the better actors in a series that always intrigued me, left me both bewildered and fascinated as a child. Opening new ways in the science fiction film genre, bravely going where no actors had gone before, with cheap decors and overinflated egos, the crew presented us with the enormous possibilities of "what if..."
Since then, the science fiction scene has become a high-tech industry full of special effects and almost magical possibilities, but for the children of the 60's and 70's, Star Trek was the beginning of something totally new.
Of course, I can't resist mentioning a very silly song a few years later, part of which goes...
On the Starship Enterprise under Captain Kirk.
Star Trekkin' across the universe,
Only going forward 'cause we can't find reverse.