Few characters are more widely recognized than Leonard Nimoy's half-Vulcan, half-human Mr. Spock. Beginning his storied space career on Star Trek: The Original Series, Spock led a storied career, appearing on The Next Generation as well as numerous entries in the long-running feature saga, from Star Trek: The Motion Picture all the way to the Kelvin Timeline-based Star Trek Into Darkness. With his perpetually inquisitive eyebrows, tragically hip hairdo, and pointy ears, Spock personified the operatic sci-fi franchise as much as William Shatner's James T. Kirk or Ricardo Montalban's Khaaaaaaan (ahem. Sorry). However, the popular Starfleet officer nearly ended his run before his cinematic journey truly started in earnest.
For years, rumors abounded that classic Trek actors were displeased with their roles, as well as their typecasting from the show. After the first film, Nimoy decided to set aside the role indefinitely, if not permanently. To convince Nimoy to sign on for Wrath of Khan, Paramount producer Harve Bennett and screenwriter Jack Sowards offered the actor a juicy death sequence, eventually pushing his final moment until the film's final act. Reportedly, Nimoy enjoyed his last hurrah as Spock so much, he decided to come back for further installments and even direct Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (the whale one).