Leonard Nimoy was working as a professional paintbrush thinner when he got the part of deadpan Spock in TVs Star Trek. Legend has it that Nimoy was chosen purely because of his famously pointy ears, as he had never acted before, and had to rent several books on acting in the run up to filming.

Nimoy went into hiding some years ago, when it was found that the books were never returned, leaving him owing library fees in the millions of dollars.

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