William Shatner’s previous trek to South Florida came in March as he reeled from the death of close friend and co-star Leonard Nimoy. On the day of Nimoy’s funeral, Shatner flew to the Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach to headline a fundraiser for the American Red Cross. Followers lashed out at the celebrated “Star Trek” star on Twitter for missing the service (“Lame excuse. Man up,” one tweet read), which Shatner defended with an explanation (“I chose to honor a commitment I made months ago”) and by posting photographs paying tribute to the man celebrated as Mr. Spock.
“That good deed would reverberate for ages, and that’s what I found important in that terrible choice I had to make, which I thought was the right thing to do,” Shatner says. “He would’ve understood. Leonard was a tremendous friend, a dear buddy. And how difficult is it for men to make friends as deep as that?”Memories of Nimoy have lingered in recent months with Shatner, who will return to South Florida for the fan convention Wizard World Comic Con on Friday, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 3.