Famous for his work on the original Star Trek series and on the Planet of the Apes films, this renowned makeup artist received an Academy Honorary Award in 1968.
Before studying with 20th-century Fox makeup head Ben Nye, Chambers worked as a jewelry designer and built prosthetic arms and legs for soldiers wounded in World War II.
He received the Intelligence Medal of Merit for his key role in securing -- through expert, makeup-based disguises -- the escape of several American hostages from Iran during a 1979 operation known as the "Canadian Caper." Played by
He grew up in Chicago, Illinois, as the son of Irish-American parents. He later settled in Los Angeles, California, with his wife, Joan.
He is particularly known for fashioning the trademark pointed ears of Leonard Nimoy's Spock character on the original Star Trek series.