Burt Reynolds breaks down talking about late 'Star Trek' legend Leonard Nimoy

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A frail-looking Burt Reynolds broke down while talking about his good friend, the late "Star Trek" legend Leonard Nimoy. The actor who was beloved by generations of "Star Trek" fans passed on Friday the 27th. "Nimoy died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, said his son, Adam Nimoy. He was 83," the AP reported.


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Burt was being honored at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, when he steered the conversation to the friend he lost. He could barely get through his emotional words of praise, and ended with a comment that is raising eyebrows.

"I just want to say something. I talked to Leonardy Nimoy the night before he passed away. We were ... two hours on the phone, talking about everything. He was a wonderful, wonderful and I loved him very much. We are going to miss him a hell-of-a-lot more than the other guy."

That unexpected swipe may have been at Nimoy's co-star, William Shatner, who came under a lot of criticism for missing the funeral two weeks ago.

Shatner vehemently defended the decision to miss the funeral, explaining that he was attending a charity event and couldn't get back in time. Shatner, who played Captain Kirk, wrote, "I feel really awful. Here I am doing charity work and one of my dearest friends is being buried." "I chose to honor a commitment I made months ago to appear at a charitable fundraiser. A lot of money was raised. So here I am; Tell me off."


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LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 22: Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock and William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in the STAR TREK episode, 'Plato's Stepchildren.' Original air date, November 22, 1968. Season 3, episode 10. Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
After William Shatner said that he wouldn't be able to make it to Leonard Nimoy's funeral on Sunday due to a prior commitment he had for the Red Cross Ball in Florida on Saturday night, he honored his words by saying he would remember his friend and celebrate his life.
 
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The New York Times has confirmed the actor, best known for his role as Dr. Spock in 'Star Trek,' died at his home friday morning in Los Angeles.
It’s only surrendering slightly to hyperbole to say that, for many people, Leonard Nimoy was 'Star Trek'. Certainly, Spock - the emotionless Vulcan who nonetheless acted as an everyman as often as he did a dispassionate outsider - was not only the role he was most often associated with, it is the longest-loved character inside the franchise, with Nimoy appearing both in the very first episode filmed and the most recent movie, 2013’s 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.
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LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 22: Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock in the STAR TREK episode, 'Where No Man Has Gone Before.' Season 1, Episode 3. Original air date, September 22, 1966. Image is a frame grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Actor Leonard Nimoy presents his photography exhibition and his book 'Shekhina' at the Skirball Cultural Center on September 25,2002 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michel Boutefeu/Getty Images)
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BOSTON - MAY 20: Actor Leonard Nimoy makes the gesture that made him famous when he played Spock on Star Trek, after receiving his honorary degree during the Boston University commencement cereomony on Nickerson Field in Boston, Mass. on Sunday, May 20, 2012. (Photo by Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 06: Actor Leonard Nimoy attends Entertainment Weekly's CapeTown Film Festival presented by The American Cinematheque and sponsored by TNT's 'Falling Skies' at the Egyptian Theatre on May 6, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Leonard Nimoy attends Walter Koenig's induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 10, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 14: Actor Leonard Nimoy arrives at the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Star Trek Into Darkness' at the Dolby Theatre on May 14, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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