William Shatner

Infobox actor
name = William Shatner

caption = William Shatner, 2005
birthdate = birth date and age|1931|03|22
birthplace = Montreal, Quebec, Canada
birthname = William Alan Shatner
othername = Bill Shatner
spouse = Gloria Rand
Marcy Lafferty Shatner
Nerine Kidd-Shatner
Elizabeth Anderson Martin
occupation = Actor, Television personality, Spokesperson
yearsactive = 1950–present
website = http://www.williamshatner.com
emmyawards = Outstanding Guest Actor - Drama Series
2004 "The Practice"
Outstanding Supporting Actor - Drama Series
2005 "Boston Legal"
goldenglobeawards = Best Supporting Actor - Miniseries/TV Movie
2005 "Boston Legal"
goldenraspberryawards = Worst Actor
1989 '
Worst Director
awards =Hollywood Walk of Fame
6901 Hollywood Boulevard
Saturn Award for Best Actor (film)
1982 ""

William Alan Shatner (born March 22, 1931) is a Canadian double Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and Saturn Award-winning actor. He gained worldwide fame for playing Captain James Tiberius Kirk, captain of the starship "USS Enterprise", in the television series "" from 1966 to 1969, the animated series and in seven of the subsequent movies. He has written a series of books chronicling his experiences playing James T. Kirk and being a part of "Star Trek" as well as several co-written novels set in the "Star Trek" universe.

Shatner also played the title role as veteran police sergeant "T.J. Hooker", from 1982 to 1986. He has since worked as a musician, bestselling author, producer, director, and celebrity pitchman, most recently as the "Negotiator" for the Priceline.com travel website. He currently co-stars as attorney Denny Crane on the television drama "Boston Legal", for which he has won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.


Early life

William Shatner was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the son of Anna (née Garmaise) and Joseph Shatner, a clothing manufacturer. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/59/William-Shatner.html William Shatner Biography (1931-) ] ] His paternal grandfather, Wolf Schattner, shortened the family name to "Shatner". [http://home.comcast.net/~pschattner/Schattner.html Schattner Genealogy Page ] ] Shatner's grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Poland and Hungary,http://www.thejewishweek.com/viewArticle/c44_a11930/The_Arts/Books.html] and Shatner was raised in Conservative Judaism. [http://www.jewishsf.com/content/2-0-/module/displaystory/story_id/35072/format/html/displaystory.html] He attended Willingdon Elementary School, [ [http://www.hillel.org/about/news/2007/may/shatner_2007May15.htm William Shatner: Horses Make Miracles ] ] in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce in Montreal, Quebec, and earned a Bachelor's degree in commerce from Montreal's McGill University in 1952 .

Early stage, film, and television work

Trained as a classical Shakespearean actor, Shatner performed at the Shakespearean Stratford Festival of Canada in Stratford, Ontario. He played a range of Shakespearean roles at the Stratford Festival in productions that included Shakespeare's "Henry V" and Marlowe's "Tamburlaine the Great". Shatner made his Broadway debut in the latter. In 1954, he was cast as Ranger Bill on the Canadian version of the "Howdy Doody Show". Though his official movie debut was in the 1951 Canadian film entitled "The Butler's Night Off", Shatner's first feature role came in the 1958 MGM film "The Brothers Karamazov" with Yul Brynner, in which he starred as the youngest of the Karamazov brothers, Alexei. In 1959, he received decent reviews when he took on the role of Robert Lomax in the Broadway production of "The World of Suzie Wong". In 1961, he starred in the Broadway play "A Shot in the Dark" opposite Julie Harris and directed by Harold Clurman. Walter Matthau (who won a Tony Award for his performance) and Gene Saks were also featured in this play. Shatner also starred in two episodes of the NBC television series Boris Karloff's Thriller, "Grim Reaper" and "The Hungry Glass".

In 1962, he starred in Roger Corman's award-winning movie "The Intruder". He also appeared in the Stanley Kramer film "Judgment at Nuremberg" and two episodes, "Nick of Time" and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", of the acclaimed science fiction anthology series "The Twilight Zone". He was also in an episode of "The Outer Limits". Shatner guest-starred in "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." in an episode that also featured Leonard Nimoy, with whom Shatner later would be paired in "Star Trek". He also starred in the critically acclaimed drama "For the People" in 1965 as an assistant district attorney with Jessica Walter which lasted only 13 episodes. Shatner also starred in the 1965 Gothic horror film "Incubus", the second feature-length movie ever made with all dialogue spoken in the constructed language Esperanto.

"Star Trek" career

Shatner was first cast as Captain James T. Kirk for the second pilot of "", entitled "Where No Man Has Gone Before". He was subsequently contracted to play Kirk for the "Star Trek" series and held the role from 1966 to 1969. In the episode "Operation Annihilate" he also played the corpse of the recently killed George Samuel Kirk (the brother of James T. Kirk).

In 1973, Shatner returned to the role of Captain Kirk, albeit only in voice, in the . He was slated to reprise the role of Kirk for ', a follow-up series chronicling the second five-year mission of the "Enterprise", but "Star Trek: Phase II" was cancelled in pre-production and expanded into '.

Shatner is notable for having participated in the first interracial kiss in a U.S. television drama series between fictional characters, with Nichelle Nichols, in the 1968 "Star Trek" episode "Plato's Stepchildren". The scene provoked controversy and was seen as groundbreaking, even though the kiss was portrayed as having been forced by telekinesis; it is also frequently misremembered as "the first interracial kiss on US TV" even though it took place after Sammy Davis, Jr., and Nancy Sinatra had openly kissed on the variety program "Movin' With Nancy" in December 1967. The episode was not telecast in some Southern cities for fear of protest in those states; nevertheless, most viewer reaction was positive. Shatner has claimed in his memoirs that no one on the set felt the kiss to be very important until a network executive raised fears of a Southern boycott and the kiss was almost written out of the script. Gene Roddenberry supposedly made a deal that the scene would be shot both with the kiss and with a cut-away shot which merely implied a kiss, and then a subsequent decision would be made about which scene to televise. The footage of the actual kiss was eventually used. Some cast members have written that this was because Shatner deliberately ruined the take for the implied-kiss footage by looking into the camera and crossing his eyes to force the real kiss to be used. [Nichelle Nichols also claimed this to be fact in an August 2006 Comedy Central online interview, recorded the day of her participation in the network's roast of Shatner.]

For years, Shatner was accused of being difficult to work with by some of his "Star Trek" co-stars, most notably James Doohan and George Takei. In the 2004 "Star Trek" DVD sets, Shatner seemed to have buried the hatchet with Takei, but the gulf between Shatner and Doohan was more difficult. In the 1990s, Shatner made numerous attempts to patch things up with Doohan, but was unsuccessful for some time; however, an Associated Press article published at the time of Doohan's final convention appearance in late August 2004 stated that Doohan had forgiven his fellow Canadian Shatner and they had mended their relationship. [ [http://news.yahoo.com/s/eo/20040702/en_celeb_eo/14442 Yahoo News] ]

Between 1979 and 1991, William Shatner played Captain Kirk in the first six "Star Trek" films, and directed the fifth. In 1994, he returned to the role of Captain Kirk in "Star Trek Generations"ndash his character's final appearance in the movie series. 1997 marked his final appearance as Captain Kirk in the movie sequences of the video game "", although he recently reprised this role briefly for a Trek-parody DirecTV advertisement which began airing in late summer 2006.

In the summer of 2004, rumors circulated that the producers of "" were considering bringing William Shatner back into the "Trek" fold. Reports in the media indicated that the idea was given serious thought, with series producer Manny Coto indicating in "Star Trek Communicator" magazine's October 2004 issue that he was preparing a three-episode story arc for Shatner. Shortly thereafter, "Enterprise" was cancelled, likely ending all hope that Shatner would return to "Star Trek".

Shatner has not been "offered or suggested" a role in the new film "Star Trek", as of October 2007. [Cite news|url=http://trekweb.com/articles/2007/10/19/William-Shatner-Says-He-is-Not.shtml|title=William Shatner Answers Rumors, Says He Is Not In New Star Trek Movie|date=2007-10-19|publisher=TrekWeb.com] [Cite news|url=http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Movies/10/26/people.williamshatner.ap/index.html|title= Shatner: How come I'm not in new 'Star Trek'?|date=2007-10-26|publisher=Cnn.com] 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." [Cite news|url=http://www.startrek.com/startrek/view/news/article/2303393.html|publisher=Official site|title=Comic-Con Transcript: "It was logical!"|date=2007-07-27|accessdate=2007-09-22] As a result, Shatner had invented his own idea about the beginning of "Star Trek" with his latest novel, "Star Trek: Academy - Collision Course." [Cite web|url=http://trekweb.com/articles/2008/01/03/William-Shatner-on-His-Vision-of-Young-Kirk-and-Young-Spock-in-Collision-Course.shtml|publisher=TrekWeb.com|title=William Shatner on His Vision of Young Kirk and Young Spock|author=GustavoLeao|date=2008-01-03|accessdate=2008-01-06]

In 2008, he joined "Star Trek: The Tour" in Long Beach, Californiandash an exhibition which is planned to tour 40 cities in the U.S. and Canada. In an interview, he spoke about accepting the dominance of "Star Trek" in public recollection of his career, and coming to terms with the adoration of fans. [ [http://www.ocregister.com/entertainment/tour-star-people-1961754-trek-series Shatner talks about "Star Trek: The Tour" in Long Beach] , OC Register, 2008-01-18.]

Shatner writes in "Star Trek Memories" that "The Devil in the Dark" was his favourite original "Star Trek" episode. [William Shatner, Star Trek Memories, Harper Torch, 1994 paperback, p.200] From his perspective, the episode was "exciting, thought-provoking and intelligent, it contained all of the ingredients that made up our very best "Star Treks"." [Shatner, op. cit., p.200]

Post-"Star Trek" career

Shatner did a number of television commercials for the Ontario, Canada based Loblaws supermarket chain in the 1970s, and finished the ad spots by saying, "At Loblaws, more than the price is right. But, by Gosh, the price is right." [http://www.tvparty.com/johnk.html]

Shatner was an occasional celebrity guest on "The $20,000 Pyramid" in the 1970s, once appearing opposite Nimoy in a matchup billed as "Kirk vs. Spock". His appearances became far less frequent after a 1977 appearance, in which, after giving an illegal clue ("the "blessed" for Things That Are Blessed) at the top of the pyramid ($200) which deprived the contestant of a big money win, he threw his chair out of the Winner's Circle. [cite video |url = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UyxR9g7xi4&NR |title = William Shatner blows $20K for a contestant |publisher = YouTube
format = .SWF |people = Dick Clark, William Shatner |medium = Video |accessdate = 2007-02-05
] He appeared on the Match Game, though he was never a regular on this program.

Shatner had a long dry spell in the decade between the original "Star Trek" series and the first "Trek" film, which he believes was due to his being typecast as Captain Kirk, making it difficult to find other work. Moreover, his wife Gloria Rand left him. With very little money and few acting prospects, he lived in a truck bed camper in the San Fernando Valley until acting bit-parts turned into higher paying roles. Shatner refers to this part of his life as "that period", a humbling one in which he would take any odd job, including small party appearances, to support his family. Perhaps the nadir was his role in "Big Bad Mama", prized by Shatnerites for his nude scene with Angie Dickinson. He did however land a starring role in the western-themed secret agent series "Barbary Coast" during 1975 and 1976, as well as a major role in the horror film "The Devil's Rain". He also made guest appearances on many 1970s television series such as "The Six Million Dollar Man", "Columbo", "The Rookies", "Kung Fu" and '. The dry spell ended for Shatner (and the other "Star Trek" cast members) when Paramount produced ' in 1979, under pressure from loyal fans of the series. Its success re-established Shatner as an actor, and Captain Kirkndash now promoted to Admiralndash as a cult icon.

While continuing to film the successful series of "Star Trek" movies, he returned to television in the 1980s, starring as a police officer in the "T.J. Hooker" series from 1982 to 1986. He then hosted the popular dramatic reenactment series "Rescue 911" from 1989 to 1996. During the 1980s, Shatner also began dabbling in film and television directing, directing numerous episodes of "T.J. Hooker" and the feature film "".

As the unwilling central figure of a widespread geek-culture of Trekkies, Shatner is often humorously critical of the sometimes "annoying" fans of "Star Trek". He also has found an outlet in spoofing the cavalier, almost superhuman character persona of Captain Kirk, in films such as "" (1982) and "National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon" (1993). During a guest-host spot on "Saturday Night Live", in a skit about a Star Trek convention, he advised a room full of Trekkies to "Get a life", repeating a popular catch-phrase. 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.

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 Ron Goulart. [In an Entertainment Weekly article, Goulart described his role on the "TekWar" books as that of "adviser," though Shatner also credits him with doing rewrites and generally playing a more active role. cite web |url=http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20216787,00.html/ |title=I'm Typing as Fast as I Can |publisher=Entertainment Weekly |date=1993-01-15 |accessdate=2008-10-08] The first, published in 1990, was "TekWar". This popular series of books led to a Marvel Comics series, to a number of television movies, in which Shatner played a role, and to a short-lived television series in which Shatner made several appearances; he also directed some episodes. In 1995, a first-person shooter game named "William Shatner's TekWar" was released, and was the first game to use the Build engine.

In the 1990s, Shatner appeared in several plays on National Public Radio, written and directed by Norman Corwin. In the television series "3rd Rock from the Sun", Shatner appeared as the "Big Giant Head", a womanizing party-animal and high-ranking officer from the same alien planet as the show's protagonists in several episodes. The role earned Shatner a nomination for an Emmy. In 2003, Shatner appeared in Brad Paisley's "Celebrity" country music video along with Little Jimmy Dickens, Jason Alexander, and Trista Rehn.

In 2004, Shatner was cast as the eccentric but highly capable attorney Denny Crane for the final season of the legal drama "The Practice", for which he was awarded an Emmy, and reprised the same character in the subsequent spin-off, "Boston Legal", for which he won a Golden Globe, an Emmy in 2005 and was nominated again in 2006. 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. Even rarer, Shatner and Spader each won a second consecutive Emmy while playing the same character in two different series.

Also in 2004, Shatner was a guest photographer for Playboy Magazine, shooting former playmate Deanna Brooks. [cite web |url=http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2004/apr/16/vegasbeat----timothy-mcdarrah-during-trek-shatner-/ |title=During trek, Shatner shoots |publisher=Las Vegas Sun |date=2004-04-16 |accessdate=2008-06-25]

In 2005, Shatner executive-produced and starred in the Spike TV reality miniseries "Invasion Iowa". On October 19, 2005, while working on the set of "Boston Legal", Shatner was taken to the emergency room for lower back pain. He eventually passed a kidney stone, recovered and soon returned to work. In 2006, Shatner sold his kidney stone for US$75,000 to GoldenPalace.com. [cite web |url = http://www.williamshatner.com/Article188.phtml |title = Getting Stoned
publisher = William Shatner |author = William Shatner |date = 20 Jan 2006 |accessdate = 2007-02-05
] In an appearance on "The View" on May 16, 2006, Shatner said $75,000, with an additional $20,000 raised from the cast and crew of "Boston Legal", paid for the building of a house by Habitat for Humanity.

Shatner also plays on the World Poker Tour in the Hollywood Home games. He plays for the Wells Fargo Hollywood Charity Horse Show. Shatner has appeared in Priceline.com commercials both online and on TV, as the "Chief Negotiating Officer". Shatner is also the CEO of the Toronto, Ontario-based C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures, which provided the special effects for the 1996 film "Fly Away Home".

On August 20, 2006, Shatner was featured on Comedy Central's "Roast" of William Shatner. Jason Alexander acted as roastmaster with (in alphabetical order) Andy Dick, Farrah Fawcett, Greg Giraldo, Lisa Lampanelli, Artie Lange, Nichelle Nichols, Patton Oswalt, Kevin Pollak, Jeffrey Ross, George Takei, Betty White, and Fred Willard performing the roasting duties. Special, pre-taped, guest appearances were made by Leonard Nimoy, Sandra Bullock, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Kimmel, and Clint Howard. [cite web |url = http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/roast_shatner/videos/roast/index.jhtml |title = The Shat hits the fan |publisher = comedycentral |author =
date = |accessdate = 2007-02-05

In October 2006, Shatner accepted to host the new ABC game show "Show Me the Money", which began in November 2006. The show was cancelled in December 2006 due to low ratings. It was Shatner's first unsuccessful attempt at a series since "Barbary Coast" in 1976. Shatner continues to co-star on "Boston Legal".

On March 22, 2007, Shatner was announced as the inductor of legendary professional wrestler/broadcaster Jerry "The King" Lawler at the 2007 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony, set to occur on March 31, 2007, at the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan. Shatner was chosen because of a memorable 1995 appearance on WWF Monday Night Raw in which Shatner, promoting the "TekWar" TV series, pushed Lawler to the ring canvas during an interview segment. Shatner later managed fellow Canadian Bret "Hit Man" Hart in a match against Jeff Jarrett, managed by Lawler. [cite web
url = http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/exclusives/shatnerlawler
title = Shatner to usher in "The King" |publisher = World Wrestling Entertainment |author = Noah Starr |date = 22 Mar 2007 |accessdate = 2007-03-22
] Shatner briefly reprised his role as James T. Kirk for a recent 2006 DirecTV advertisement featuring footage from "Star Trek VI". Shatner has starred in a series of Kellogg's All-Bran cereal commercials in the UK and Canada. [cite web |url = http://www.kelloggs.co.uk/all-bran/home.html |title = Take the All-Bran challenge |publisher = Kelloggs
author = |date = |accessdate = 2007-02-05

In January 2007, Shatner launched a series of daily vlogs on his life called ShatnerVision [cite web |url = http://www.shatnervision.com |title = "Shatnervision" |publisher = Iron Sink Media, Inc
author = Paul Camuso |date = 06 Jul 2007 |accessdate = 2007-07-06
] on the LiveUniverse.com website. Along with his daughter Lisabeth; they provide a unique and unparalleled look into Shatner's private life and adventures in life.

Shatner also appeared in the ABC reality television series "", featuring a dozen celebrities in a stock car racing competition. In the first round of competition, Shatner matched up against former NFL coach Bill Cowher and former volleyball superstar Gabrielle Reece. Shatner was disqualified in the episode for repeatedly crossing a safety line on the track. As of 2007, Shatner is the first Canadian actor to star in three successful TV series on three different networks (NBC, CBS, and ABC).

Shatner has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (for Television work) at 6901 Hollywood Blvd. He also has a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame.

On November 20, 2007, Shatner was featured as part of the "What's Your Game?" national television commercial series for "World of Warcraft" along with Mr. T and Verne Troyer.

Family and other ventures

Shatner has been married four times: to Gloria Rand from 1956 to 1969. His second marriage--his longest marriage thus far--lasted 21 years and was to Marcy Lafferty Shatner from 1973 to 1994. The couple divorced in 1994. His third marriage was to Nerine Kidd-Shatner from 1997 to 1999. That marriage ended when his wife drowned. His current wife is Elizabeth Martin whom he married in 2001. The couple came together shortly after they were both widowed. Shatner has three daughters, Leslie Carol (b. 1958), Lisabeth Mary (b. 1960), and Melanie (b. 1964), from his marriage to Rand. Melanie had a brief career as an actress and is now the proprietor of Dari, an upscale women's clothing boutique. She is married to actor Joel Gretsch, with whom she has two daughters, Kaya and Willow.

On August 9, 1999, Shatner returned home around 10 p.m. to discover the body of his wife Nerine at the bottom of their back yard swimming pool. Alcohol and Valium were detected in an autopsy, and a coroner ruled the death an accidental drowning. The LAPD ruled out foul play and the case has been long 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". [http://bulletin.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=149333 William Shatner: Captain Quirk] ] 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. [ [http://www.scifi.com/sfw/issue124/news.html Science Fiction News of the Week ] ] 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 new 2008 book "Up Till Now: The Autobiography", Shatner discusses how Leonard Nimoy helped to take his third wife Nerine for treatment of her alcoholism. Shatner writes in an excerpt to his book: : "Leonard Nimoy's personal experience of alcoholism now came to play a central role in my life and it helped us bond together in a way I never could have imagined in the early days of Star Trek. After Nerine [Kidd] and I had been to dinner with Leonard and Susan Nimoy one evening, Leonard called and said: "Bill, you know she's an alcoholic?" I said I did. I married Nerine in 1997, against the advice of many and my own good sense. But I thought she would give up alcohol for me. We had a celebration in Pasadena, and Leonard was my best man. I woke up about eight o'clock the next morning and Nerine was drunk. She was in rehab for 30 days three different times. Twice she almost drank herself to death. Leonard took Nerine to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, but she did not want to quit." [ [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-565380/In-bed-Captain-Kirk--William-Shatner-tells-40-year-Star-Trek.html The Daily Mail] May 11, 2008 (scroll two-thirds down the webpage for the article on Nerine)]

In 2000, a Reuters story reported that Shatner was planning to write and direct "The Shiva Club", a dark comedy about the grieving process inspired by his wife's death. The project is still in pre-production.Fact|date=February 2007 Shatner's 2004 album "Has Been" produced with Ben Folds included a spoken word piece titled "What Have You Done" which describes his anguish upon discovering his wife's body in the pool.

Shatner may be related to Mordechai Shatner, who was one of the signators of the Israeli declaration of independence. However, William Shatner states that he has never heard of him.

In his spare time, Shatner enjoys breeding and showing American Saddlebreds and Quarter Horses. Shatner has a convert|360|acre|km2|adj=on horse farm in Kentucky named Bell Reve, where he raises American Saddlebreds. His champion American Saddlebreds include Call Me Ringo, Revival, and Sultan's Great Day.

Musical endeavours

Shatner began his musical career with the spoken word 1968 album "The Transformed Man". Delivered with orchestral backings with the odd "psychedelic" flourish, his exaggerated, interpretive recitations of "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" became instant camp classics.

Shatner performed a reading of the Elton John song "Rocket Man" during the Science Fiction Film Awards, televised in 1978. Dressed in tuxedo ruffles with a hand-rolled cigarette in hand, he spoke with Kirk-like delivery against a synthesizer-laden backdrop of the song. This was spoofed on "Late Night with David Letterman" in 1992, [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56g2gNdWxxw] YouTube - Chris Elliott - Rocketman] in the Music video for the Beck comeback single Where It's At, and in a 2001 episode of "Family Guy".

Shatner provided vocals for "In Love" by Ben Folds on his "Fear of Pop" album. He would later provide vocals for an alternate version of Folds's song "Rockin' the Suburbs", which was contributed to the "Over the Hedge" soundtrack in 2006.

A creative friendship blossomed that led to Folds producing and co-writing Shatner's well-received second studio album, "Has Been", in 2004. The album centers around Shatner's often melancholy and regretful autobiographical ruminations, and features a number of prestigious guest artists such as Aimee Mann, Lemon Jelly, Henry Rollins, Adrian Belew, Brad Paisley, and Joe Jackson. Notably, "Has Been" features the single "Common People", a cover version of the song by Pulp.

He appears on the piece "'64 - Go" by Lemon Jelly, featured on their CD entitled "'64 - '95", on which he was credited as "the creative genius that is William Shatner" and in Brad Paisley's music video for "Celebrity" and "Online." Shatner also appears as a studio producer in the music video for "Landed" by Ben Folds.

In 2007, a ballet called "Common People", set to "Has Been", was created by Margo Sappington (of "Oh! Calcutta!" fame) and performed by the Milwaukee Ballet. Shatner attended the premiere and filmed the event. The filmed footage eventually turned into a feature film called "Gonzo Ballet", due out in 2008.

Friendship with other actors

Shatner's friendship with Leonard Nimoy began in 1964, when both actors guest-starred on an episode of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.", entitled: "The Project Strigas Affair". As co-stars on ', they interacted socially both on and off the set. After classic "Star Treks cancellation in 1969, Shatner and Nimoy reunited in the production of a "Star Trek" 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", in which Shatner starred in the title role, for a few episodes. 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 of his best friend's wife. Nimoy also appeared alongside Shatner at the TV Land Awards (hosted by John Ritter) and was one of the many people to serve as a celebrity "roaster" of Shatner. 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 has also spoken about mutual rivalry between the actors 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. On an A&E Biography Nimoy remarked, "Bill Shatner hogging the stage? No. Not the Bill Shatner I know."

Shatner has been friends with Heather Locklear since 1982, when the then-unknown actress co-starred with him on "T.J. Hooker" as Officer Stacy Sheridan. Locklear was asked by Entertainment Tonight whether it was hard to work on two weekly tv shows at the same time. During the four years Locklear was in "Hooker", she was also appearing in a semi-regular role in a fellow Aaron Spelling production, "Dynasty". She replied "...I'd get really nervous and want to be prepared..." for Shatner and the experienced cast of "Dynasty". After "Hooker" ended Shatner helped Locklear get other roles. Locklear supporting a grieving Shatner in 1999 when he was mourning the death of his wife, Nerine. In 2005, Locklear appeared in a two episodes of Shatner's "Boston Legal" as Kelly Nolan, an attractive, youthful woman being tried for killing her much older, wealthy husband. Shatner plays Crane, a founding partner of a large law firm, and a legendary litigator. Now in the twilight of his career, Crane's flaws outshine his strengths, but he also has moments of insight that he did not before. Crane is attracted to Nolan and tries to insert himself into her defense. He is about the same age as Nolan's deceased husband, so Crane courts death by pursuing Nolan. 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?'"

In popular culture

Tim Allen's role as Commander Peter Quincy Taggart/Jason Nesmith in "Galaxy Quest" was also inspired by Shatner and his relationship with his fellow "Star Trek" starsFact|date=May 2008. Allen's role is an analogue of James T. Kirk/William Shatner as known by the public at large; Taggart has a reputation for taking off his shirt at the flimsiest excuse, rolling on the ground during combat, and making pithy speeches at the drop of a hat, while Nesmith is an egomaniac who regards himself as the core of "Galaxy Quest", and tells fans to "get a life". Poking fun at himself, Shatner professed when interviewed to have no idea whom Allen was parodying. [ [http://www.startrek.com/startrek/view/community/chat/archive/transcript/1086.html Startrek.com: Transcript] ]

Entrepreneur Richard Branson, head of the space tourism company Virgin Galactic, offered William Shatner a free ride into space on the inaugural space launch of the VSS Enterprise scheduled for 2008, saving Shatner $200,000; however, Shatner turned it down, and said, "I do want to go up but I need guarantees I'll definitely come back." [citeweb|title=Captain Kirk reveals he won't go boldly into space|url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/showbiznews.html?in_article_id=403931&in_page_id=1773|publisher=dailymail.co.uk|accessdate=2008-04-08]

In the "Halloween" series, Michael Myers wears a Captain Kirk mask that is painted white. [citeweb|title=Michael Myers Unmasked|url=http://www.chasingthefrog.com/unmasked/michaelmyers.php|accessdate=2008-08-23]

The character of Zapp Brannigan in the TV series "Futurama" was conceived as a mixture of both Shatner and Kirk, with Brannigan frequently exhibiting character traits associated with both. On the DVD commentary of Zapp's first appearance, the creators describe him as being "40% Kirk, 60% Shatner", and that the initial premise for the character was "What if the real William Shatner was the captain of the "Enterprise" instead of Kirk." Shatner himselfndash along with most of the rest of the surviving "Star Trek" castndash would appear in an episode during the series' fourth season. In a later episode the character Calculon exclaims "Great Shatner's Ghost!".

On the 1996 MTV Movie Awards, William Shatner reprises his roles as James T. Kirk, T. J. Hooker, and the host of "Rescue 911" in a parody of "Se7en" [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0275881/ 1996 MTV Movie Awards (1996) (TV)] ] .In the "3rd Rock From The Sun" episode "Frozen Dick", John Lithgow's character has a panic attack after seeing something on the wing of an aircraft. This is an allusion to a scene played by Lithgow in "", which itself is an updated version of an original "The Twilight Zone" episode, "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", in which the same role was played by William Shatner. In the later "3rd Rock" episode "Dick's Big Giant Headache", Shatner, playing the Big Giant Head, mentions to Dick that he saw something on the wing of his plane, and Lithgow exclaims, "The same thing happened to me!".

In the animated series "The Critic", which took shots at most of Hollywood, Shatner was a frequent target of satire. In one episode the main character denounces an actor as "worse than Shatner".Fact|date=May 2008

On "The Simpsons", Shatner's singing career is a constant subject of ridicule, specifically in the episode "Dude, Where's My Ranch?".Fact|date=May 2008

The movie "Fight Club" features a scene where characters played by Edward Norton and Brad Pitt ruminate on who would make the ideal opponent for 'the ultimate fight'. Norton thinks for a moment and utters one word: 'Shatner'.

On "Invasion Iowa", Shatner had a fake promotion going on the set. He and his production crew sold theunsuspecting participants baseball caps, known as "Shats".

In the animated television program Family GuyFact|date=May 2008 Shatner has been portrayed with a staccato vocal delivery as well as wildly gesticulating body language; both are wild exaggerations of his distinct style.Fact|date=May 2008

"Weird Al" Yankovic, in his song "eBay" from "Poodle Hat" CD mentions bidding on "Shatner's old toupee" in the satirical song about the variety of odd items available on the auction website.

Students at McGill University elected to name the student union building 'Shatner Hall' in a 1993 referendum. However, the university administration refers to the building as the University Centre. (Traditionally, the administration names buildings in honour of deceased members of the university community or for major benefactors—and Shatner is neither.)

In the "Farscape" episode "Revenging Angel", Harvey dismisses John Crichton's mention of Kirk's heroism by pointing out, "and then he did Priceline commercials!".


In 2004, Shatner won his first Emmy Award for his role as “Denny Crane” on The Practice. In 2005, he won his first Golden Globe award and a second Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Boston Legal.



*"The Butler's Night Off" (1951)
*"Oedipus Rex" (1957)
*"The Brothers Karamazov" (1958)
*"City Out of Time" (1959) (short subject) (narrator)
*"Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961)
*"The Explosive Generation" (1961)
*"The Intruder" (1962)
*"The Outrage" (1964)
*"Incubus" (1965)
*"White Comanche" (1968)
*"Impulse" (1974)
*"Big Bad Mama" (1974)
*"The Devil's Rain" (1975)
*"Land of No Return" (1975)
*"Mysteries of the Gods" (1976) (documentary) (narrator)
*"Kingdom of the Spiders" (1977)
*"A Whale of a Tale" (1977)
*"The Third Walker" (1978)
*"" (1979)
*"The Kidnapping of the President" (1980)
*"" (1982)
*"" (1982)
*"Visiting Hours" (1982)
*"" (1984)
*"" (1986)
*"Seasons" (1987) (short subject) (narrator)
*"" (1989) (also director and writer)
*"" (1991)
*"National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1" (1993)
*"Star Trek Generations" (1994)
*"" (1995)
*"Land of the Free" (1997)
*"Trekkies" (1997) (documentary)
*"Free Enterprise" (1998)
*"Jefftowne" (1998) (documentary)
*"Miss Congeniality" (2000)
*"Falcon Down" (2000)
*"" (2000)
*"Festival in Cannes" (2001) (Cameo)
*"Osmosis Jones" (2001) (voice)
*"" (2002)
*"Showtime" (2002)
*"Shoot or Be Shot" (2002)
*"Groom Lake" (2002) (also director and writer)
*"" (2004)
*"" (2005)
*"Lil' Pimp" (2005) (voice)
*"Over the Hedge" (2006) (voice)
*"The Wild" (2006) (voice)
*"Stalking Santa" (2006) (voice)
*"William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet" (2008)
*"" (2009) (voice)


*"Space Command" (1953 & 1954)
*"Howdy Doody" (1954)
*"Billy Budd" (1955)
*"Studio One" (1957)
*"Tactic (TV series)" (1959-1960)
*"Julius Caesar" (1960)
*"The Night of the Auk" (1960)
*"The Twilight Zone" (1960 & 1963)
*"Thriller (US TV series)" (1961)
*"The Outer Limits" (1964)
*"The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964)
*"For the People (TV series)" (1965)
*"Twelve O'Clock High" (1965)
*"" (1966-1969)
*"Dr. Kildare" (1966)
*"Alexander the Great" (1968) (filmed in 1964)
*"Shadow Game" (1969)
*"Sole Survivor" (1970)
*"The Andersonville Trial" (1970)
*"Vanished" (1971)
*"Owen Marshall, Counsellor at Law" (1971)
*"" (1971-72}
*"Kung Fu" (1972)
*"The People" (1972)
*"The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1972)
*"" (1973-1974)
*"Incident on a Dark Street" (1973)
*"Go Ask Alice" (1973)
*"Horror at 37,000 Feet " (1973)
*"Pioneer Woman" (1973)
*"Inner Space" (1974)
*"Indict and Convict" (1974)
*"Pray for the Wildcats" (1974)
*"Barbary Coast" (1975-1976)
*"The Tenth Level" (1975)
*"Perilous Voyage" (1976)
*"Columbo" (1976, 1994)
*"Testimony of Two Men" (1977)
*"How the West Was Won" (1978)
*"The Bastard" (1978)
*"Little Women" (1978)
*"Crash" (1978)
*"Riel" (1979)
*"Disaster on the Coastliner" (1979)
*"The Babysitter" (1980)
*"T.J. Hooker" (1982-1986)
*"Vegetarian World" (1982)
*"Mork & Mindy" (1982)
*"Secrets of a Married Man" (1984)
*"North Beach and Rawhide" (1985)
*"The Trial of Standing Bear" (1988)
*"Broken Angel" (1988)
*"Rescue 911" (1989-1996)
*"Voice of the Planet" (1991)
*"The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" (1992)
*"Family of Strangers" (1993)
*"SeaQuest DSV" (1993)
*"TekWar" (1994-1996)
*"" (1994)
*"WWF Monday Night Raw" (1995)
*"Prisoner of Zenda, Inc." (1996)
*"Dead Man's Island" (1996)
*"Muppets Tonight" (1996)
*"Space Cadets" (UK, 1997 [2 episodes] )
*"A Twist in the Tale" (1998)
*"3rd Rock from the Sun" (1999-2000 [5 episodes] )
*"Iron Chef USA" (2001)
*"The Kid" (2001) (voice)
*"Full Moon Fright Night" (2002)
*"A Carol Christmas" (2003)
*"The Practice" (2004)
*"Boston Legal" (2004-present)
*"Invasion Iowa" (2005)
*"Merry F %$in' Christmas" (2005)
*"" (2005)
*"How William Shatner Changed the World" (2005)
*"Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner" (2006)
*"Show Me the Money" (2006)
*"Everest '82" (2007)
*"WWE Hall of Fame 2007" (2007)
*"" (2007)
*"Mars Rising" (2007) (voice)

Other work

*"" (1992)
*"" (1993)
*"" (1995)
*"" (2006, video game)
*"" (2006, video game)
* Plays "Chief Negotiating officer" in Priceline commercials


*"The Transformed Man" (Decca, 1968)
*"William Shatner Live" (Lemli, 1977)
*"Spaced Out: The Very Best of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner" (Universal International, 1997)
*"Has Been" (Shout! Factory, 2004)
*"Exodus: An Oratorio In Three Parts" (Jewish Music Group, 2007) [ [http://cdbaby.com/cd/williamshatner CD Baby: WILLIAM SHATNER: Exodus: An Oratorio In Three Parts (AVAILABLE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!!!) ] ]



*Tek series, with Ron Goulart:See TekWar
*"Star Trek" series, with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
**"", 1995, ISBN 0-671-52035-0
**"", 1996, ISBN 0-671-52610-3
**"", 1997, ISBN 0-671-55132-9
**"Star Trek: Spectre", 1998, ISBN 0-671-00878-1
**"Star Trek: Dark Victory", 1999, ISBN 0-671-00882-X
**"", 2000, ISBN 0-671-02125-7
**"Star Trek: Captain's Peril", 2002, ISBN 0-7434-4819-7
**"Star Trek: Captain's Blood", 2003, ISBN 0-671-02129-X
**"Star Trek: Captain's Glory", 2006, ISBN 0-7434-5343-3
**"Star Trek: The Academy--Collision Course", 2007 ISBN 141650396X
*Believe (with Michael Tobias), 1992, ISBN 978-0425132968
*War series
**"Man o' War", 1996, ISBN 0-399-14131-6
**"The Law of War", 1998, ISBN 0-399-14360-2
*Quest for Tomorrow series
**"Delta Search", 1997, ISBN 0-06-105274-4
**"In Alien Hands", 1997, ISBN 0-06-105275-2
**"Step into Chaos", 1999, ISBN 0-06-105276-0
**"Beyond the Stars", 2000, ISBN 0-06-105118-7
**"Shadow Planet", 2002, ISBN 0-06-105119-5
*Comic book adaptations
**"Star Trek: The Ashes of Eden", DC Comics graphic novel, 1995, ISBN 1-56389-235-9


*"Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of "", as told by Lisabeth Shatner, 1989, ISBN 0-671-68652-6
*"Star Trek Memories", with Chris Kreski, 1993, ISBN 0-06-017734-9
*"Star Trek Movie Memories", with Chris Kreski, 1994, ISBN 0-06-017617-2
*"Get a Life!", with Chris Kreski, 1999, ISBN 0-671-02131-1
*"Star Trek: I'm Working on That: A Trek from Science Fiction to Science Fact", with Chip Walker, 2002, ISBN 0-671-04737-X
*"Up Till Now: The Autobiography," With David Fisher, 2008, ISBN 0-283-07058-7


External links

*imdb name|id=0000638|name=William Shatner
*ibdb name|id=59726|name=William Shatner
*tv.com person|id=4053|name=William Shatner
* [http://www.WilliamShatner.com William Shatner's Official Website]
* [http://store.yahoo.net/shatner-store/ William Shatner's "Official Store"]
* [http://www.ocregister.com/entertainment/tour-star-people-1961754-trek-series William Shatner talks about 'Star Trek: The Tour' in Long Beach] .
* [http://daily.mahalo.com/2008/01/30/md046-la-art-show-with-william-shatner/ William Shatner at the LA Art Show]
* [http://us.macmillan.com/author/williamshatner Publisher's Author Page]
*William Shatner has made around 40 short interview films on Videojug [http://www.videojug.com/tag/william-shatner "Ask the Expert - William Shatner"]
*Shatner's daily vlogs on [http://www.shatnervision.com "ShatnerVision"]
*Shatner at [http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A1V2YENAXY4HZ2/ Amazon Reviews]
* [http://interviews.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/12/05/1444246&mode=nocomment William Shatner Interview] at Slashdot
*Shatner at [http://www.fametracker.com/fame_audit/shatner_william.php Fame Tracker]
* [http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article3233333.ece The Times (London), January 26, 2008. "Man of Enterprise. As a new series of Boston Legal begins, our critic salutes the many facets of its veteran star William Shatner" by Sophie Davies]
* [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-403931/Captain-Kirk-reveals-wont-boldly-space.html Shatner turns down real offer to go into space] "fearing he would be ill in space or the starship would crash, ironically revealed he's terrified of space travel.", accessed 2008-07-03
*NY Times story on [http://www.brassland.org/ahb/writing/archives/2004/10/william_shatner.html Shatner's "Has Been" album with Ben Folds]
*A Shatner parody of the movie "Seven" [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4487108880480995121&q=shatner&hl=en Sha7ner Video]
*Shatner on [http://www.veoh.com/videos/v37875745xTegsn "Cooking's A Drag"]
* [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8585098960656784707 First] of a 5-part interview at the [http://www.emmys.tv/foundation/archive/interviews.php Archive of American Television] .
*Glenn Beck interviews Shatner, when he says "Galaxy Quest" was "very funny," and his views on overpopulation. [http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/196/10062/]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvQwXOCKNLY William Shatner interprets Rocketman by Bernie Taupin and Elton John]

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