William Shatner

William Shatner

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Shatner at the 2020 GalaxyCon Richmond
Born (1931-03-22) March 22, 1931 (age 90)
EducationMcGill University (BComm, 1952)
Occupation
  • Actor
  • author
  • producer
  • director
  • musician
Years active1951–present
Television
Spouse(s)
Gloria Rand
(m. 1956; div. 1969)
Marcy Lafferty
(m. 1973; div. 1996)
Nerine Kidd
(m. 1997; d. 1999)
Elizabeth Martin
(m. 2001; div. 2020)
Children3; including Melanie
Awards
HonoursOfficer, Order of Canada
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Space career
Space tourist
Flight time
10m 17s
SelectionBlue Origin 2021
MissionsNS-18
Websitewilliamshatner.com

William Shatner OC (born March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor, author, producer, director, screenwriter, and musician. In his seven decades of acting, he is best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the Star Trek franchise.

Shatner began his screen acting career in Canadian films and television productions. He appeared as Captain Kirk in all the episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series, 21 of the 22 episodes of Star Trek: The Animated Series, and the first seven Star Trek movies. Shatner has written a series of books chronicling his experiences playing Captain Kirk, being a part of Star Trek, and life after Star Trek. He has co-written several novels set in the Star Trek universe and a series of science fiction novels called TekWar that were adapted for television. Outside of Star Trek, Shatner also played the eponymous veteran police sergeant in T. J. Hooker (1982–1986) and hosted the reality-based television series Rescue 911 (1989–1996), which won a People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Dramatic Series. Shatner appeared in two episodes of the television detective series Columbo almost two decades apart.

After his final appearance as Kirk in Star Trek Generations (1994), Shatner continued his acting career. From 2004 until 2008, he starred as attorney Denny Crane both in the final season of the legal drama The Practice and in its spinoff series Boston Legal, a role that earned him two Emmy Awards, one on each series. He appeared in both seasons of the comical NBC real-life travelogue with other male companions "of a certain age" in Better Late Than Never, from 2016 to 2018.[1] He appeared in seasons 4 and 5 of the NBC series 3rd Rock from the Sun as the alien "Big Giant Head" to which the main characters reported.

Aside from acting, Shatner has had a music career consisting of eight albums, which began with the release of his debut album The Transformed Man (1968). Shatner typically speaks lyrics in an interpretive reading style. His cover songs usually involve Shatner doing dramatic readings of the lyrics, most famously in his covers of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Mr. Tambourine Man". In 1978, Shatner hosted the 5th Saturn Awards where he performed Elton John's "Rocket Man", which became widely parodied.[2] In 2011, Shatner released his third and most successful album Seeking Major Tom, which features covers of songs such as "Learning to Fly", "Space Oddity" and "Bohemian Rhapsody".[3] In 2021, Shatner flew to space aboard a Blue Origin sub-orbital capsule. At age 90 he became the oldest person to fly to space and one of the first 600 to do so.[4][5] Minutes after the flight Shatner articulated experiencing the overview effect.[6][7]

  1. ^ Pena, Jessica (July 16, 2018). "Better Late Than Never: Cancelled; No Season Three for NBC TV Show". TV Series Finale. Archived from the original on October 20, 2021. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "A history of William Shatner's strange musical career in 11 tracks". Me-TV Network. Archived from the original on April 14, 2021. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  3. ^ "William Shatner releases metal album; Shatner's greatest hits". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on February 10, 2021. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  4. ^ Etherington, Darrell (October 4, 2021). "William Shatner to fly on Blue Origin's next human spaceflight on October 12". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on October 20, 2021. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  5. ^ "William Shatner, TV's Capt. Kirk, blasts into space". AP NEWS. October 13, 2021. Archived from the original on October 13, 2021. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  6. ^ Etherington, Darrell (October 4, 2021). "William Shatner to fly on Blue Origin's next human spaceflight on October 12". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on October 20, 2021. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  7. ^ "William Shatner, TV's Capt. Kirk, blasts into space". AP NEWS. October 13, 2021. Archived from the original on October 13, 2021. Retrieved October 13, 2021.

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