William Shatner
Actor
William Shatner
William 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.
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How to control your Windows 10 PC using VoiceAttack
Yahoo News - 25 days
Use voice commands to control applications, compose text, and make Windows talk like William Shatner.
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Celebrities React To Carrie Fisher's Untimely Death
Huffington Post - about 2 months
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Carrie Fisher Reportedly 'Stabilized' After Medical Emergency On Airplane
Huffington Post - about 2 months
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Celebrities React To News Of Alan Thicke's Untimely Death
Huffington Post - 2 months
Alan Thicke, beloved TV actor and star of “Growing Pains,” died on Tuesday after reportedly suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his son Carter. He was 69.  Thicke’s agent, Tracy Mapes, confirmed his death to The Huffington Post. “He was charming, witty, talented, an icon,” Mapes said in a statement. “I was so blessed to have him in my life. Today is a very sad day.” Celebrities who knew and loved Alan took to Twitter to remember the actor and share their condolences.  His former daughter-in-law, Paula Patton, who was married to his son Robin Thicke, shared a quote attributed to Mother Teresa shortly after the news broke:  ❤️ pic.twitter.com/g0fknOd1JR — Paula Patton (@PaulaPattonXO) December 14, 2016 See more celebrity remembrances below:  I'm sad beyond words that Alan Thicke has passed away. I've known you since I was 8 years old… https://t.co/GLXSTK1nd7 — Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure) December 14, 2016 ...
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What Canada Needs To Do
Huffington Post - 3 months
Unlike most Americans, I have travelled extensively in Canada. Been to Vancouver for a wedding, Montreal for a day trip when I was six, and to Windsor Ontario two or three times to work comedy clubs. A quick primer on Canada; it is our immediate neighbor to the north, it inhabits roughly thirty million people, (compared to the U.S. with three hundred million) it has one payer healthcare, almost zero crime and everyone there loves hockey. Wayne Gretzky is revered like a Pagan God. What you might not know is that Canada has ten provinces and three territories. The territories are way up north and very few people live there, so we won't concern ourselves with them. The provinces, from west to east, are British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan (that's right, named after Bigfoot!), Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador. Now you're saying "Wait a minute, that's eleven." No, Newfoundland and Labrador is once province. Weird, r ...
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Which SNL Cast Member is Buddies With Guy Fieri?
Huffington Post - 4 months
NEW YORK - Like most BUILD Series conversations, there was a discussion about Saturday Night Live when Guy Fieri stopped by BUILD with his new book Guy Fieri Family Food. What did you think about that, when Bobby Moynihan does you on Weekend Update? "I met Bobby. Ironically enough..I was at a SNL taping and I'm sitting there and William Shatner is doing a schtick right beside me. It's the weirdest thing and I love SNL. I've always loved SNL and I think Bobby kills it. I think Bobby is hysterical. As a matter of fact, we've become buddies." "When Hunter [Fieri's son] turned 18, I asked Bobby to send... I do a little video, all my buddies I had them do little videos, and I put them together as a little comprise thing for his birthday, and Bobby did one..and it was really cool. He's a true artist. He's able to pick out the nuances and point them out to the fifteen-millionth-degree. But it's funny and you gotta laugh at yourself. Unfortunately, in this business in today's ...
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The 50-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History Of 'Star Trek'
Huffington Post - 5 months
By Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman     WHAT A LONG STRANGE TREK IT'S BEEN   HOLLYWOOD IS THE ONLY BUSINESS WHERE YOU GET TO SHAKE HANDS WITH YOUR DREAMS —writer/director NICHOLAS MEYER Sitting across from me at a small table in a cluttered room in a Miami cemetery was the bearded rabbi with a small yarmulke resting atop his mop of thick gray hair, who was about to conduct my grandmother Edna's graveside funeral. As we all sat around in a melancholy haze as the fateful time approached to bury Edna, I'll never forget the words he shared with me when he found out what I did for a living at the time. "I love Star Trek," he stammered excitedly. "You know why I think that show is so significant? Every story had a moral; it was a parable for the same ethical issues we grapple with in religion every day. I think it's a very meaningful and important show. The original, at least. The others were crap." Now, I wouldn't necessarily say "amen" to that (although admittedly some of the s ...
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William Shatner reflects on 'Star Trek' turning 50
CNN - 5 months
William Shatner, who played Captain James Kirk in the "Star Trek" series, explains why he thinks this cult favorite leaves a lasting legacy. CNN's Richard Quest reports.
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'Star Trek' at 50: The theme song has lyrics. No, really!
LATimes - 6 months
For those who grew up with syndicated UHF programming, the opening to “Star Trek” is about as indelible as it gets.  With delicate orchestral flickers framing an introduction that begins with William Shatner’s stentorian narration “Space… the final frontier,” the familiar, one-minute theme gallops...
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To The Moon, Alice! - Why We Stopped Going There
Huffington Post - 6 months
image courtesy NASA Fifty years ago, two things happened in space. Star Trek, the television series was launched. The USS Enterprise, piloted by William Shatner, playing Captain James T. Kirk rocketed into space. In the first episode, Captin Kirk and his team beam down to the surface of planet M-113 where they encounter Dr. Robert Crater and his wife Nancy, who claim they only need 'salt tablets'. The plot only gets more complicated,and more exciting, after that. Only a few months earlier, Lt. Neil Armstrong, playing himself, piloted the Gemini 8 spacecraft into a docking maneuver with an Agena target vehicle. It worked. Both 'events' were televised. In the next three years, Captain Kirk and his crew would go on to seek out new life, explore new worlds, beam down on countless planets where they would beat people up, outwit computers that had controlled relatively stable societies for thousands of years, travel in time and fight the Klingons with amazing weapons. ...
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Captain Kirk, Klingons and an aria: How the Pacific Opera Project remade Mozart, 'Star Trek'-style
LATimes - 6 months
It’s the final act of Mozart’s “Abduction from the Seraglio” and a tenor channeling ’60s-era William Shatner is belting out a florid aria as he battles a pack of gnarled Klingons. Welcome to the Pacific Opera Project’s update of “Abduction from the Seraglio,” a production that takes Mozart’s tale...
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As ‘Star Trek’ Turns 50, a Complicated Legacy for Creator Gene Roddenberry
Wall Street Journal - 6 months
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'Better Late than Never' hits the road with senior stars
CNN - 6 months
Brian Lowry reviews NBC's 'Better Late than Never' starring Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman.
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Review: 'Better Late than Never' hits the road with senior stars
CNN - 6 months
Brian Lowry reviews NBC's 'Better Late than Never' starring Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, and George Foreman.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of William Shatner
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 84
    In September 2016, Shatner will be attending the 2016 Salt Lake Comic Con as a special guest.
    More Details Hide Details In 2017, Shatner will host as 'captain' of the maiden voyage of a Star Trek-themed cruise entitled "Star Trek: The Cruise". The cruise is the first licensed by CBS Productions to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show. Shatner has been in over 20 films and 30 television shows along with video games and commercials.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Shatner began his musical career with the spoken-word 1968 album The Transformed Man, delivering exaggerated, interpretive recitations of "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." He performed a reading of the Elton John song "Rocket Man" during the 1978 Science Fiction Film Awards that has been widely parodied. Ben Folds, who has worked with him several times, produced and co-wrote Shatner's well-received second studio album, Has Been, in 2004. His third studio album, Seeking Major Tom, was released on October 11, 2011. The fourth, Ponder the Mystery, was released in October 2013 on Cleopatra Records, produced and composed by musician Billy Sherwood (member of Yes). Shatner also has done a concert tour with CIRCA:, which includes an ex and current member of Yes, Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood.
  • 2015
    Age 83
    When Nimoy died in 2015, Shatner stated "I loved him like a brother.
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    Also in 2015, he played Croatoan—main character Audrey Parker's interdimensional, dangerous father—in the last episodes of the fifth and final season of SyFy channel's fantasy series Haven.
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    In 2015, he played Mark Twain in an episode of the Canadian historical crime drama series Murdoch Mysteries.
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  • 2014
    Age 82
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A large portion of the revenue went to charity.
  • 2012
    Age 80
    On September 25, 2012, Shatner portrayed the home plate umpire in the music video "At Fenway", which was written and recorded by crooner Brian Evans.
    More Details Hide Details Evans' work is the first song to be written about Fenway Park to be licensed by Major League Baseball.
    On July 28, 2012, the premium cable TV channel Epix premiered Get a Life!, a documentary on Star Trek fandom starring Shatner that takes its title from his infamous Saturday Night Live line and his 1999 book on the topic.
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    In May 2012, Shatner was the guest presenter on the British satirical television quiz show Have I Got News for You, during which he coined the portmanteau "pensioneer", combining the words "pensioner" and "pioneer".
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    In February 2012, Shatner performed in a new one-man show on Broadway, called Shatner's World: We Just Live in It.
    More Details Hide Details After a three-week run at the Music Box Theatre, the show toured throughout the United States.
  • 2011
    Age 79
    In 2011, Shatner starred in The Captains, a feature-length documentary which he also wrote and directed.
    More Details Hide Details The film follows Shatner as he interviews the other actors who have portrayed starship captains within the Star Trek franchise. Shatner's interviewees included Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, and Chris Pine. In the film, Shatner also interviews Christopher Plummer, who is an old friend and colleague from Shatner's days with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
    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).
    More Details Hide Details He has signed on to continue the role into the 2012 season.
  • 2010
    Age 78
    At a convention held in 2010, Shatner commented on the film by saying "I've seen that wonderful film."
    More Details Hide Details Shatner had invented his own idea about the beginning of Star Trek with his 2007 novel, Star Trek: Academy — Collision Course. His autobiography Up Till Now: The Autobiography was released in 2008. He was assisted in writing it by David Fisher. Shatner has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (for television work) at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard. He also has a star on the Canada's Walk of Fame. Shatner was the first Canadian actor to star in three successful television series on three different major networks (NBC, CBS, and ABC). He also starred in the CBS sitcom $#*! My Dad Says, which is based on the Twitter feed Shit My Dad Says created by Justin Halpern. The series premiered in late 2010 and was canceled May 2011. Shatner is also the host of the interview show Shatner's Raw Nerve on The Biography Channel, and the Discovery Channel television series Weird or What?
  • 2009
    Age 77
    Shatner was not "offered or suggested" a role in the 2009 film Star Trek.
    More Details Hide Details Director J. J. Abrams said in July 2007 that the production was "desperately trying to figure out a way to put him in" but that to "shove him in... would be a disaster", an opinion echoed by Shatner in several interviews.
    Shatner also starred as the voice of Don Salmonella Gavone on the 2009 YouTube animated series The Gavones.
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  • 2008
    Age 76
    In 2008, he launched his video blogs on YouTube in a project renamed "The Shatner Project."
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  • 2007
    Age 75
    In January 2007, Shatner launched a series of daily vlogs on his life called ShatnerVision on the LiveVideo.com website.
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  • 2006
    Age 74
    He also played the voice of Ozzie the opossum in DreamWorks' 2006 feature Over the Hedge.
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  • 2005
    Age 73
    In 2005, Locklear appeared in two episodes of Shatner's Boston Legal as Kelly Nolan, an attractive, youthful woman being tried for killing her much older, wealthy husband.
    More Details Hide Details Shatner's character is attracted to Nolan and tries to insert himself into her defense. Locklear was asked how she came to appear on Boston Legal. She explained "I love the show, it's my favorite show; and I sorta kind of said, 'Shouldn't I be William Shatner's illegitimate daughter, or his love interest?'" For years, Shatner was accused by some of his Star Trek co-stars of being difficult to work with, particularly by George Takei, Walter Koenig and James Doohan, the latter two of whom Shatner acknowledges in his autobiography Star Trek Movie Memories. In the 2004 Star Trek DVD sets, Shatner seemed to have made up with Takei, but their differences continue to resurface. In the 1990s, Shatner made numerous attempts to reconcile with Doohan, but was unsuccessful for some time, Doohan being the only former Star Trek co-star refusing to be interviewed by Shatner for his 1993 memoir Star Trek Memories and its 1994 follow-up, Star Trek Movie Memories. However, an Associated Press article published at the time of Doohan's final convention appearance in late August 2004 stated that Doohan, already suffering from severe health problems, had forgiven Shatner and they had mended their relationship. At a convention directly preceding Doohan's last one, Sky Conway, the convention's head, stated, "At our show: 'The Great Bird of the Galaxy' in El Paso Texas in November 2003, a celebration of Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek, Bill and Jimmy went on stage together.
    With the 2005 Emmy win, Shatner became one of the few actors (along with co-star James Spader as Alan Shore) to win an Emmy Award while playing the same character in two different series.
    More Details Hide Details Even rarer, Shatner and Spader each won a second consecutive Emmy while playing the same character in two different series. Shatner remained with the series until its end in 2008. Shatner made several guest appearances on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, including cameos reciting Sarah Palin's resignation speech, Twitter posts, and autobiography. (Palin herself made a cameo on the show in December 2009, reciting passages from Shatner's autobiography, Up Til' Now in front of Shatner himself.) He has also recited Twitter posts by Levi Johnston, father of Palin's grandson. He also appears in the opening graphics of the occasional feature "In the Year 3000", with his disembodied head floating through space, announcing, "And so we take a cosmic ride into that new millennium; that far off reality that is the year 3000", followed by the tag line, "It's the future, man."
    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 72
    Star Trek: Enterprise producer Manny Coto stated in Star Trek Communicator October 2004 issue that he was preparing a three-episode story arc for Shatner.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly thereafter, Enterprise was cancelled. After David E. Kelley saw Shatner's commercials, he brought Shatner on to the final season of the legal drama The Practice. His Emmy-award winning role, the eccentric but highly capable attorney Denny Crane, was essentially "William Shatner the man... playing William Shatner the character playing the character Denny Crane, who was playing the character William Shatner."
  • 2003
    Age 71
    In 2003, Shatner appeared in Brad Paisley's "Celebrity" and "Online" music videos along with Little Jimmy Dickens, Jason Alexander, and Trista Rehn.
    More Details Hide Details Shatner also had a supporting role in the comedy DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story (2004), which starred Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn.
  • 1999
    Age 67
    In May 1999, Simon & Schuster published Shatner's book, Get a Life!, which details his experiences with Star Trek fandom, anecdotes from Trek conventions, and his interviews with dedicated fans, in particular those who found deeper meaning in the franchise.
    More Details Hide Details Shatner co-starred in the movie Miss Congeniality (2000) as Stan Fields, playing the role of co-host of the Miss United States Pageant alongside future Boston Legal co-star Candice Bergen. He reprised the role in the sequel Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2004), in which Stan Fields was kidnapped in Las Vegas along with the winner of the pageant of the previous year. (Shatner hosted the Miss USA Pageant in 2001 as a real presenter in Gary, Indiana.) In the live-action/animated film Osmosis Jones (2001), he voiced Mayor Phlegmming, the self-centered head of the "City of Frank", a community comprising all the cells and microorganisms of a man's body who is constantly preoccupied with his reelection and his own convenience, even to the detriment of his "city" and constituents.
    In the television series 3rd Rock from the Sun, Shatner appeared in several 1999–2000 episodes as the "Big Giant Head", a high-ranking officer from the same alien planet as the Solomon family who becomes a womanizing party-animal on Earth.
    More Details Hide Details The role earned Shatner an Emmy Award nomination. Shatner has appeared in advertisements for many companies and products. In the early 1980s he appeared in print and television ads endorsing the Commodore VIC-20 home computer. Since the late 1990s he has done a series of commercials for the travel web site priceline.com, in which Shatner plays a pompous, fictionalized version of himself. Although he received stock options for the commercials, Shatner says that reports that they are now worth hundreds of millions of dollars are exaggerated. Shatner was also the CEO of the Toronto, Ontario-based C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures, a special effects studio that operated from 1994 to 2010.
  • 1997
    Age 65
    His third marriage was to Nerine Kidd Shatner, from 1997 until her death in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details On August 9, 1999, Shatner returned home around 10 pm to discover Nerine's body at the bottom of their backyard swimming pool. She was 40 years old. An autopsy detected alcohol and Valium (diazepam) in her blood, but the coroner ruled the cause of death as an accidental drowning. The LAPD ruled out foul play, and the case was closed. Speaking to the press shortly after his wife's death, a clearly shaken and emotional Shatner said that she "meant everything" to him, and called her his "beautiful soulmate". Shatner urged the public to support Friendly House, a non-profit organization that helps women re-establish themselves in the community after suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction. He later told Larry King in an interview that "... my wife, whom I loved dearly, and who loved me, was suffering with a disease that we don't like to talk about: alcoholism. And she met a tragic ending because of it." In his 2008 book Up Till Now: The Autobiography, Shatner discusses how Leonard Nimoy helped take Nerine to treatment for her alcoholism. Shatner writes in an excerpt from his book:
  • 1995
    Age 63
    He also played as a narrator in the 1995 American documentary film Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie directed by Peter Kuran.
    More Details Hide Details He narrated a television miniseries shot in New Zealand A Twist in the Tale (1998).
    In 1995, a first-person shooter game named William Shatner's TekWar was released, and was the second released game to use the Build engine.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1989
    Age 57
    The first, published in 1989, was TekWar, which Shatner claims he developed initially as a screenplay during a Writers Guild strike that delayed production of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
    More Details Hide Details This popular series of books led to four TekWar television movies, in which Shatner played the role of Walter Bascom, the lead character's boss. A short-lived television series followed, airing on USA Network and Sci-Fi Channel in the United States and CTV in Canada, in which Shatner made several appearances in the Bascom role and directed some of the episodes.
    He then hosted the popular dramatic re-enactment series Rescue 911 from 1989 to 1996.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1980s Shatner also began directing film and television, directing numerous episodes of T. J. Hooker and the feature film Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Shatner has enjoyed success with a series of science fiction novels published under his name, though most are widely believed to have been written by uncredited co-writers such as William T. Quick and Ron Goulart.
  • 1982
    Age 50
    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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  • FORTIES
  • 1979
    Age 47
    Shatner and the other original Star Trek cast members returned to their roles when Paramount produced Star Trek: The Motion Picture, released in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details He played Kirk in the next six Star Trek films, ending with the character's death in Star Trek Generations (1994). Some later appearances in the role are in the movie sequences of the video game Starfleet Academy (1997), briefly for a DirecTV advertisement using footage from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country running from late summer 2006, and the 2013 Academy Awards, in which he reprised the role for a comedic interlude with host Seth MacFarlane. Although Trekkies resurrected Star Trek after cancellation, in a 1986 Saturday Night Live sketch about a Star Trek convention, Shatner advised a room full of fans to "get a life". The much-discussed sketch accurately portrayed his feelings about Trekkies, which the actor had previously discussed in interviews. Shatner had been their unwilling subject of adoration for years; as early as April 1968, a group attempted to rip his clothes off as the actor left 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and he stopped attending conventions for more than a decade during the 1970s and 1980s. Shatner also appeared in the film Free Enterprise in 1998, in which he played himself and tried to dispel the Kirk image of himself from the view of the film's two lead characters. He also has found an outlet in spoofing the cavalier, almost superhuman, persona of Captain Kirk in films such as Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) and National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (1993).
  • 1976
    Age 44
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He did a number of television commercials for Ontario-based Loblaws and British Columbia-based SuperValu supermarket chains in the 1970s, and finished the Loblaws ad spots by saying, "At Loblaws, more than the price is right. But, by Gosh, the price is right." He also did a number of television commercials for General Motors, endorsing the Oldsmobile brand, and Promise margarine. After its cancellation, Star Trek engendered a cult following during the 1970s from syndicated reruns, and Captain Kirk became a cultural icon. Shatner began appearing at Star Trek conventions organized by Trekkies. In the mid-1970s, Paramount began pre-production for a revised Star Trek television series, tentatively titled Star Trek: Phase II. However, the phenomenal success of Star Wars (1977) led the studio to instead consider developing a Star Trek motion picture.
  • 1973
    Age 41
    Shatner's second marriage to Marcy Lafferty (daughter of producer Perry Lafferty) lasted from 1973 to 1996.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1971
    Age 39
    Shatner received good reviews as the lead prosecutor in a 1971 PBS adaptation of Saul Levitt's play The Andersonville Trial.
    More Details Hide Details Other television appearances included a starring role in the western-themed secret agent series Barbary Coast during 1975 and 1976, and guest roles on many 1970s series such as The Six Million Dollar Man, Columbo, The Rookies, Kung Fu, Ironside and Mission: Impossible. A martial arts enthusiast, Shatner studied American Kenpo karate under black belt Tom Bleecker (who trained under the founder of American Kenpo Ed Parker). Shatner was an occasional celebrity guest on The $10,000 Pyramid and The $20,000 Pyramid in the 1970s, once appearing opposite Leonard Nimoy in a week-long match-up billed as "Kirk vs. Spock." In a notable 1977 appearance he gave an illegal clue ("you're blessed" for Things That Are Blessed) at the top of the pyramid ($200) which deprived the contestant of a big money win, and reacted strongly, throwing his chair out of the Winner's Circle. Other shows included The Hollywood Squares, Celebrity Bowling, Beat the Clock, Tattletales, Mike Stokey's Stump the Stars and Match Game.
  • 1969
    Age 37
    Shatner left Rand while he was acting in Star Trek: The Original Series, after which she divorced him in March 1969. The divorce was finalized in 1969.
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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.
    More Details Hide Details With very little money and few acting prospects, Shatner lost his home and lived in a truck bed camper in the San Fernando Valley until small roles turned into higher-paying jobs. Shatner refers to this part of his life as "that period", a humbling time during which he would take any odd job, including small party appearances, to support his family. Shatner again appeared in "schlock" films, such as Corman's Big Bad Mama (1974) and the horror film The Devil's Rain (1975), and the TV movie The Horror at 37,000 Feet, which many fans believe is his worst work.
  • 1968
    Age 36
    In his role as Kirk, Shatner famously kissed actress Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura) in the November 22, 1968, Star Trek episode, "Plato's Stepchildren".
    More Details Hide Details The episode is popularly cited as the first example of a kiss between a white man and a black woman on scripted television in the United States. In 1973, he returned to the role of Captain Kirk, albeit only in voice, in the animated Star Trek series.
  • 1966
    Age 34
    Shatner was cast as Captain James T. Kirk for the second pilot of Star Trek, titled "Where No Man Has Gone Before". He was then contracted to play Kirk for the Star Trek series and held the role from 1966 to 1969.
    More Details Hide Details During its original run on NBC, the series pulled in only modest ratings and was cancelled after three seasons.
    He appeared as attorney-turned-counterfeiter Brett Skyler in a 1966 episode of The Big Valley, "Time To Kill."
    More Details Hide Details In 1967, he starred in the little known film White Comanche starring as two characters: Johnny Moon and his twin brother Notah.
    He also starred in an episode of Gunsmoke in 1966 as the character Fred Bateman.
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    Shatner starred in the 1966 gothic horror film Incubus, the second feature-length movie ever made with all dialogue spoken in Esperanto.
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  • 1965
    Age 33
    He also starred in the critically acclaimed drama For the People in 1965, as an assistant district attorney, costarring with Jessica Walter.
    More Details Hide Details The program lasted for only thirteen episodes.
    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.
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  • 1964
    Age 32
    Shatner first appeared on screen with Leonard Nimoy in 1964, when both actors guest-starred in an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. entitled "The Project Strigas Affair."
    More Details Hide Details However, Shatner states in his autobiography that he does not recall meeting Nimoy at that time. As co-stars on Star Trek, they interacted socially both on and off the set. After Star Trek cancellation in 1969, Shatner and Nimoy reunited in the production of Star Trek: The Animated Series, as well as The $20,000 Pyramid, where "Kirk vs. Spock" appeared on two different tables. Nimoy also guest-starred on T. J. Hooker, a show in which Shatner played the title role. The 1999 death of Shatner's third wife, Nerine, served to strengthen the friendship of Shatner and Nimoy, as Nimoy had mourned over the loss. Nimoy also appeared alongside Shatner at the TV Land Awards (hosted by John Ritter). Nimoy summarized his four-decade friendship with Shatner by remarking, "Bill's energy was good for my performance, 'cause Spock could be the cool individual, our chemistry was successful, right from the start." Nimoy spoke about their mutual rivalry during the Star Trek years: "Very competitive, sibling rivalry up to here. After the show had been on the air a few weeks and they started getting so much mail for Spock, then the dictum came down from NBC: 'Give us more of that guy, they love that guy, you know?' Well, that can be... that can be a problem for the leading man who was hired as the star of the show; and suddenly, here's this guy with ears – 'What's this, you know?'" said Nimoy.
    Also in 1964, he co-starred with Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom, Paul Newman and Edward G. Robinson in the western film The Outrage.
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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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  • 1963
    Age 31
    In 1963, he starred in the Family Theater production called "The Soldier" and received credits in other programs of The Psalms series.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he guest starred in Route 66, in the episode, "Build Your Houses with Their Backs to the Sea."
    In the 1963–1964 season, he appeared in episodes of two ABC series, Channing and The Outer Limits ("Cold Hands, Warm Heart").
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1961
    Age 29
    He appeared twice as Wayne Gorham in NBC's Outlaws (1960) Western series with Barton MacLane, and then in another Alfred Hitchcock Presents fifth-season episode titled "Mother, may I go out to swim?" In 1961, he starred in the Broadway play A Shot in the Dark with Julie Harris and directed by Harold Clurman.
    More Details Hide Details Walter Matthau (who won a Tony Award for his performance) and Gene Saks were also featured in this play. Shatner featured in two episodes of the NBC television series Thriller ("The Grim Reaper" and "The Hungry Glass") and the film The Explosive Generation (1961). Guthrie had called the young Shatner the Stratford Festival's most promising actor, and he was seen as a peer to contemporaries like Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Shatner was not as successful as the others, however, and during the 1960s he "became a working actor who showed up on time, knew his lines, worked cheap and always answered his phone". His motto was "Work equals work", but Shatner's willingness to take any role, no matter how "forgettable", likely hurt his career. He took the lead role in Roger Corman's movie The Intruder (1962) and also appeared in the Stanley Kramer film Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) and two episodes, "Nick of Time" and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", of the science fiction anthology series The Twilight Zone.
  • 1959
    Age 27
    In March 1959, while performing on stage in Suzie Wong, Shatner was also playing detective Archie Goodwin in what would have been television's first Nero Wolfe series, had it not been aborted by CBS after shooting a pilot and a few episodes.
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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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  • 1958
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Shatner had a leading role in an Alfred Hitchcock Presents third-season (1957–1958) episode titled "The Glass Eye", one of his first appearances on American television.
  • 1956
    Age 24
    Rand and Shatner married on August 12, 1956, and their honeymoon was in Scotland.
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  • 1954
    Age 22
    In 1954, he was cast as Ranger Bob on The Canadian Howdy Doody Show.
    More Details Hide Details Shatner was understudy to Christopher Plummer; the two would later appear as adversaries in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Though his movie debut was in the Canadian film, Butler's Night Off (1951), Shatner's first feature role came in the MGM film The Brothers Karamazov (1958) with Yul Brynner, in which he starred as the youngest of the Karamazov brothers, Alexei.
    Trained as a classical Shakespearean actor, Shatner began performing at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, beginning in 1954.
    More Details Hide Details He played a range of roles at the Stratford Festival in productions that included a minor role in the opening scene of a renowned and nationally televised production of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex directed by Tyrone Guthrie, Shakespeare's Henry V, and Marlowe's Tamburlaine the Great, in which Shatner made his Broadway debut in 1956.
  • 1952
    Age 20
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He has two sisters, Joy and Farla. His paternal grandfather, Wolf Schattner, anglicized the family name to "Shatner". All of Shatner's grandparents were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Poland, Hungary, and Ukraine); and he was raised in Conservative Judaism. Shatner attended two schools in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Willingdon Elementary School and Westhill High School (NDG, Montreal), and is an alumnus of the Montreal Children's Theatre. He studied Economics at the McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management in Montreal, Canada, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. In June 2011, McGill University awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Letters.
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