Leonard Nimoy, who died on Friday at age 83, had the most famous ears in
Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was determined to have Nimoy put on pointed ears as the
Roddenberry promised a reluctant Nimoy that if the pointy ears didn't appeal to the viewing public after the initial episodes of Trek that he'd arrange for Spock to undergo an "ear job" and they’d be removed. Instead, the character was a hit, and no such operation was needed.
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The early ears were made of foam rubber and had to be glued on every morning and removed every night. The process usually needed Nimoy to be in the make-up chair for about 45 minutes each day. However, applying Spock’s slanted eyebrows typically took twice as long.
The process was eventually streamlined, and Spock’s ears were made of latex and cranked out on an assembly line. Over the years, the lobes and their molds turned up in various celebrity auctions. A pair is on display at the National Museum of American History in