William Shatner

Born Mar 22, 1931

William Gveg Shatner is a Canadian actor, musician, recording artist, author, and film director. He gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for his portrayal of James T. Kirk, captain of the USS Enterprise, in the science fiction television series Star Trek from 1966 to 1969, Star Trek: The Animated Series from 1973 to 1974, and in seven of the subsequent Star Trek feature films from 1979 to 1994.… Read More

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1931 Birth Shatner was born on March 22, 1931, in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the son of Anne (née Garmaise) and Joseph Shatner, a clothing manufacturer. … Read More


1952 21 Years Old After graduating from McGill University in 1952, Shatner became the business manager for the Mountain Playhouse in Montreal before joining the Canadian National Repertory Theatre in Ottawa.
1954 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Trained as a classical Shakespearean actor, Shatner began performing at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, beginning in 1954. … Read More
1956 25 Years Old …  Rand and Shatner married on August 12, 1956, and their honeymoon was in Scotland.
1958 27 Years Old In December 1958, he appeared opposite Ralph Bellamy, playing Roman tax collectors in Bethlehem on the day of Jesus' birth in a vignette of a Hallmark Hall of Fame live television production entitled The Christmas Tree directed by Kirk Browning, which featured in other vignettes such performers as Jessica Tandy, Margaret Hamilton, Bernadette Peters, Richard Thomas, Cyril Ritchard, and Carol Channing. … Read More
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In 1959, he received good reviews when he played the role of Lomax in the Broadway production of The World of Suzie Wong.


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In 1964, he guest starred in an episode of the CBS drama The Reporter ("He Stuck in His Thumb").
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In 1965, Shatner guest-starred in 12 O'Clock High as Major Curt Brown in the segment "I Am the Enemy" and in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in an episode that also featured Leonard Nimoy, with whom Shatner would soon be paired in Star Trek.
Shatner starred in the 1966 gothic horror film Incubus, the second feature-length movie ever made with all dialogue spoken in Esperanto.
1968 37 Years Old In his role as Kirk, Shatner famously kissed actress Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura) in the November 22, 1968, Star Trek episode, "Plato's Stepchildren". … Read More
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After the cancellation of Star Trek in early 1969, Shatner experienced difficulty in finding work in the early 1970s, having become somewhat typecast from his role as Kirk. … Read More


1971 40 Years Old Shatner received good reviews as the lead prosecutor in a 1971 PBS adaptation of Saul Levitt's play The Andersonville Trial. … Read More
1973 42 Years Old Shatner's second marriage to Marcy Lafferty (daughter of producer Perry Lafferty) lasted from 1973 to 1996.
1976 45 Years Old Richard Dawson, during an Archive of American Television interview, mentioned that Shatner was Mark Goodson's first choice to host the Family Feud pilot in 1976, but gave the job to Dawson instead. … Read More
1979 48 Years Old Shatner and the other original Star Trek cast members returned to their roles when Paramount produced Star Trek: The Motion Picture, released in 1979. … Read More


1982 51 Years Old Besides the Star Trek films, Shatner landed a starring role on television as the titular police officer T. J. Hooker, which ran from 1982 to 1986.
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He then hosted the popular dramatic re-enactment series Rescue 911 from 1989 to 1996. … Read More


1995 - 2004 7 More Events
Shatner took the Crane role to Boston Legal, and won a Golden Globe, an Emmy in 2005, and was nominated again in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 for his work.
2006 - 2008 3 More Events
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Shatner also starred as the voice of Don Salmonella Gavone on the 2009 YouTube animated series The Gavones.
2010 79 Years Old At a convention held in 2010, Shatner commented on the film by saying "I've seen that wonderful film." … Read More
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Also in 2011, Shatner appeared in the episode of Psych titled, "In For a Penny" on the USA Network as the estranged father of Junior Detective Juliet O'Hara (Maggie Lawson). … Read More
In February 2012, Shatner performed in a new one-man show on Broadway, called Shatner's World: We Just Live in It. … Read More
2014 83 Years Old On April 24, 2014 he performed for one night only an autobiographical one-man show on Broadway, which was later broadcast in over 700 theaters across Canada, Australia, and the United States. … Read More
In 2015, he played Mark Twain in an episode of the Canadian historical crime drama series Murdoch Mysteries.
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In 2016, Shatner appeared in the NBC reality mini-series Better Late Than Never, which documented the adventures of Shatner and three other aging celebrities (Henry Winkler, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman) as they travel to Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia. … Read More
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