John Chambers

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Birthday
12, 1922
Birthplace
Illinois
Death Date
Aug 25, 2001 (78)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
12, 1922
Birthplace
Illinois
Death Date
Aug 25, 2001 (78)

About

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 Fame

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.

Trivia

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 John Goodman, he is a character in the Academy Award-winning movie Argo, which tells the story of this unique event.

Family Life

He grew up in Chicago, Illinois, as the son of Irish-American parents. He later settled in Los Angeles, California, with his wife, Joan.

Associated With

He is particularly known for fashioning the trademark pointed ears of Leonard Nimoy's Spock character on the original Star Trek series.