|Leonard Nimoy as Spock|
And then he was cast as Spock in Gene Roddenberry’s initial pilot for Star Trek. Titled “The Cage,” the NBC network brass felt the show was far too cerebral, and Roddenberry was forced to revamp the show and shoot another, more action-oriented pilot. Only Spock remained from the original cast, and although the original Star Trek TV series lasted only three seasons, Nimoy’s life was never the same.
Arguably more than any other actor involved with Star Trek, even his co-star William Shatner, Nimoy became the most deeply identified with the steadfast sci-fi franchise, thanks to both his indelible performance as the logic-driven, half-Vulcan, half-human science officer, and the many iconic tropes of the character, including his pointed ears, slanted eyebrows, and unique Vulcan salute.