In the episode "All Our Yesterdays" of TOS, Spock reveals he is a vegetarian. The other day I was reading that Leonard was a vegetarian in real life. But I also read a 1967 magazine where he said his favorite food was steak.

So was he really a vegetarian or did someone make a mistake?

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    How does Spock being a vegetarian relate to Nimoy being one? – Skooba Dec 16 '17 at 15:11
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    @Kevin - Shall I just wait here while you look up the title of the second autobiography he wrote? – Valorum Dec 16 '17 at 15:52
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    Neither of his autobiographies 'I am not spock' and 'I am spock' [searchable on googlebooks] contains the term(s) vegetarian or vegan. However I have found books online that refer to him as a 'well known celebrity vegetarian' the issues are: are they correct and if so when did he become one. – Simon Bucher-Jones Dec 16 '17 at 16:37
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    There are a large number of references on line to his vegetarianism/vegan status, such as: sfglobe.com/2015/02/27/… Of course these may just be repeating copying a misidentification between Spock and Leonard. – Simon Bucher-Jones Dec 16 '17 at 16:55

Probably not.

As you mention yourself in your question, he was quoted once as saying his favourite food is steak. Despite the many vegetarian / vegan lifestyle web sites that claim he is a vegetarian, I see no hard evidence of this.

Rather, there seems to be evidence to the contrary. Here he is enjoying BBQ with his cast mates during the filming of The Original Series:

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Also, here is an animated version of Nimoy (which he provided the voice for) in The Simpsons enjoying a hot dog:

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I suspect that, if he felt strongly about vegetarianism, he would have objected to this portrayal of himself as a meat eater.

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    in that same episode he's also portrayed as being able to teleport – Valorum Dec 17 '17 at 19:41
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    @Valorum : I suspect he would have no moral objection to being portrayed as a teleporter. While somewhat itinerant, teleporters are by and large good people. – Praxis Dec 17 '17 at 21:23
  • Not if it's a vegetarian hot dog. – Misha R Dec 18 '17 at 5:41
  • It's worth noting that his favourite food being steak and him being a vegetarian are not mutually exclusive concepts. If he was a vegetarian, it's just as plausible it was for reasons other than him disliking the taste of meat. – delinear Dec 21 '17 at 16:09
  • Has anyone seen his son's documentary about him? Surely if he was a vegetarian that must mention it? – Simon Bucher-Jones Dec 27 '17 at 9:31

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