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William Shatner as Captain Kirk

William Alan Shatner (born March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor and novelist. He gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for his portrayal of James T. Kirk, captain of the starship USS Enterprise, in the television series Star Trek from 1966 to 1969, Star Trek: The Animated Series and in seven of the subsequent Star Trek feature films. He has written a series of books chronicling his experiences playing Captain Kirk and being a part of Star Trek as well as several co-written novels set in the Star Trek universe. He has also authored a series of science fiction novels called TekWar that were adapted for television.

Shatner also played the title veteran police sergeant in T.J. Hooker from 1982 to 1986. He has since worked as a musician, author, producer, director, and celebrity pitchman. From 2004 to 2008, he starred as attorney Denny Crane in over 100 episodes of the television dramas The Practice and its spin-off Boston Legal, for which he has won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. As of 2009, Shatner stars as the voice of Don Salmonella Gavone on the animated series The Gavones.

William Shatner

William Shatner

Trivia:

His third wife, Nerine Kidd, accidentally drowned in the swimming pool at their home in Studio City. [9 August 1999]

Daughter Lisabeth Shatner wrote the script for the “T.J. Hooker” (1982) episode “Partners in Death” (1986).

Breeds and shows American Saddlebreds and Quarter Horses.

Has 3 daughters, Leslie Carol (born 1958), Lisabeth Shatner(born 1960) and Melanie Shatner (born 1964). He and his wife live in Southern California. Also has a 360 acre horse farm in Kentucky.

Hobbies: horses and tennis.

He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song “Voices That Care”.

Attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Its Students University Centre was later named after him.

Shortly after the original series of “Star Trek” (1966) was cancelled, his wife Gloria Rand left him and took him to the cleaners. With very little money and acting prospects now, he lived in a truck bed camper until acting bit-parts turned into higher paying roles.

Shatner is the CEO of the Toronto-based Core Digital Effects company that did the effects for the 1996 film Fly Away Home (1996).

Is fluent in French and Esperanto.

Wrote some Star Trek fiction novels, among them “The Ashes of Eden”, “The Return”, and “Avenger”.

Children with Gloria Rand: Leslie Carol (born August 31, 1958, married to Gordon Walker, two children: Grant and Eric); Lisabeth Mary (born June 12, 1960, married to Andy Clement); Melanie Ann (born August 1, 1964, married to actor Joel Gretsch).

Daughter Lisabeth Shatner was Miss Golden Globe 1985.

Both his daughters Melanie Shatner and Lisabeth Shatner appeared in “Star Trek: Miri (#1.8)” (1966).

His daughter Melanie Shatner had a small role in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) that was directed by her father.

In 2001, he married Elizabeth Martin, a horse trainer who lost her husband to cancer in 1997. Their grief and their love of horses drew them together they currently live in Southern California.

His face appears on the cover of the official First Aid handbook issued by the National Safety Council, from his time hosting “Rescue 911″ (1989).

Produces and hosts the annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show which he founded in 1990. Over 1.25 million dollars has been raised for children’s charities, such as Ahead With Horses, L.A.’s BEST and Children’s Museum of Los Angeles.

Wrote and directed a college musical ….”The Red, White and Blue Revue”.

He understudied Christopher Plummer in a stage production of “Henry V”.

Bill was born to Ann and Joseph Shatner on March 22, 1931 in Montreal, Canada.

Has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University in Montreal.

His favorite “Star Trek” (1966) episode is “Star Trek: The Devil in the Dark (#1.25)” (1967).

His clipped, dramatic narration, peppered with dramatic pauses, is often referred to as “Shatnerian”.

In the late 1960’s he recorded an LP titled “The Transformed Man”, which is considered a camp classic today. One track was a spoken cover version of “Mr. Tambourine Man”, in which he gave an over-dramatic performance that some compared to a man on a bad drug trip. Shatner today embraces his checkered reputation as a “camp” performer.

His version of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was voted as the worst massacre of a The Beatles song ever in May 2003.

Is a vegetarian.

Did most of his own stunts for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), even though he had a stunt double, John Meier.

During the filming of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) a fire broke out on the studio lot that threatened to destroy the Genesis planet sets. Shatner was one of a few cast and crew members who helped try to put the fire out, grabbing a fire hose and spraying it at the fire.

Was the first person to appear on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” (1993) sketch “Celebrity Secrets,” which has since become a regular sketch on the show featuring major celebrities such as Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, and his fellow “Star Trek” captains, Patrick Stewart and George Takei.

Has appeared in productions at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

According to Debra Hill, a Halloween mask in Shatner’s likeness was painted white and used as the mask of Michael Myers in the original Halloween (1978).

Worked as a camp counselor, as a teen, at Camp B’nai Brith in the Laurentian Mountains in Quebec.

At first, Shatner believed that as the star of “Star Trek” (1966), he was supposed to “outshine” the rest of the actors. He said later he came to appreciate the merits of an ensemble cast, and each member’s contribution, working on the show.

In his early performing days, Shatner was once required to play the piano in a scene (with music supplied off-camera), then pull a weapon from a drawer to kill another actor. First the piano cue went badly, then the only “weapon” available turned out to be a corkscrew. Shatner carried on, and in his own words, “I screwed him to death!”

His 1986 “Saturday Night Live” (1975) appearance mocked Iran-Contra figure Oliver North (with Shatner standing mute in a green uniform), his own recently-cancelled “T.J. Hooker” (1982) and even overzealous “Star Trek” (1966) fans, when a sketch had him addressing a convention with the words “Get a life!”. So many fans asked him later if he’d meant anything by the sketch (he hadn’t, it was written by the “Saturday Night Live” (1975) staff) that “Get a Life!” became the title of his fan memoir.

Did a concert with crooner Brian Evans in Key West, joining the singer for his own style and rendition of the songs “Lady Is A Tramp” and “What Kind of Fool Am I”.

Has appeared in episodes of six different series with Leonard Nimoy: “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” (1964); “Mission: Impossible” (1966); “Star Trek” (1966); “Star Trek” (1973); “T.J. Hooker” (1982) and “Futurama” (1999).

He had some worries about appearing in “Futurama: Where No Fan Has Gone Before (#4.12)” (2002). He spoke with Billy West, who told Shatner that the cast and crew had nothing but respect for him. He agreed to continue.

He joins Sylvester Stallone, Prince, Kevin Costner, Roberto Benigni and Tom Green as being the only actors to direct themselves in performances that would “win” them a Razzie Award for Worst Actor.

Once bought a horse from Chelsea Field’s father who is also the father-in-law of Scott Bakula.

Has appeared in episodes of three different series with George Takei and Nichelle Nichols: “Star Trek” (1966), “Star Trek” (1973) and “Futurama” (1999).

Is of Ukrainian-Jewish descent and is mentioned in “The Simpsons: Like Father, Like Clown (#3.6)” (1991) as being a famous Jewish entertainer. He is also mentioned by Adam Sandler in “The Hanukkah Song” (“You don’t need Deck The Halls or Jingle Bell Rock/When you can spin a dreidel with Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock”).

During his marriage to Marcy Lafferty he was the son-in-law of Perry Lafferty.

Was one of the guests at Sandra Bullock’s and Jesse James’ wedding.

The most popular TV-star in Germany, elected in on-line-voting by the spectators of the national TV-channel KabelEins. Appeared in the final TV-show (aired 10/19/ 2005) to receive the honor personally.

Suffers from tinnitus (ringing in the ears), along with “Star Trek” (1966) co- star Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy’s right ear and Shatner’s left ear are affected. Their hearing was apparently damaged during the filming of the episode “Arena” when they were both too close to a special effects explosion.

Auctioned a kidney stone to GoldenPalace.com for $75,000. The money went to Habitat for Humanity, a charity that builds houses for the needy.

Is an expert equestrian (horse rider), which was put to good use in Star Trek: Generations (1994). Co-star Patrick Stewart, despite his classical background, had very little experience with horses, so Shatner helped teach him. One of Shatner’s tips was to wear pantyhose under his pants, to reduce chafing.

Wrote the TekWar (1994) (TV) series of sci-fi books, completely unrelated to “Star Trek”. These were turned into several made-for-TV movies and a short-lived series. Shatner himself costarred, and directed several episodes.

Released an album titled ‘Has Been’ in 2004. The album was produced by Ben Folds who also plays on the album. Other guest performers on the album include Joe Jackson, Aimee Mann, Henry Rollins and Adrian Belew.

Runs “SPLATT ATTACK!”, a paintball recreation center in the US, and sometimes participates in the competitions.

To this day, still hasn’t fully recovered from the depression brought on by the 1968 death of his father, Joseph Shatner. Roddenberry personally gave permission to postpone shooting scenes with Nimoy (Trek episode “Devil in the Dark”) for him to attend funeral and return within a week.

Mr. Lemli, a character from the original “Star Trek” (1966) series played by Roger Holloway, was named after his three daughters Elizabeth, Leslie and Melanie.

Money from his dad’s Laval, Quebec hardware and furniture business supported him during the actor’s job hunt in the U.S.

Shatner wielded a lightsabre towards the end of “Invasion Iowa”. George Lucas was so flattered that he invited him to speak and croon “My Way” for his Lifetime Achievement ceremony in 2005.

Dr. James Kirkland, Ph.D wrote a 1996 “Star Trek” novel titled, “First Frontier”. And in his acknowledgments, thanked Capt. Kirk (original series episode “Arena”) for inspiration and being his childhood hero.

Overcame his greatest phobia of falling, while directing the Yosemite National Park scenes of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989).

Nearly ten years after acting in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), whose plot involved rescuing humpback whales, Shatner narrated a television documentary about endangered species (including humpbacks), in which he became emotional to the point of weeping.

Leonard Nimoy was the best man at his wedding to Nerine Kidd.

His old house on Bag Ave., in Laval, Quebec was bought by a millionaire.

The hometown of his alter-ego Capt. Kirk, Riverside, Iowa is known by hardcore Trekkers as “the other Kirkland”. Kirkland, Canada is a few miles from Montreal, Quebec.

Was mentioned in David Fincher’s 1999 film, Fight Club (1999). When Tyler asks the Narrator who he’d fight, the Narrator ponders for a moment and replies, “Shatner. I’d fight William Shatner”.

One of his favorite restaurants to eat at while in Montreal is Vichy’s.

Often jogged for charity from 1976-1980. Running to support the Olympics held in his hometown of Montreal and for late Canadian amputee Terry Fox and his cross country marathon.

After the success of his sixth “Trek” film and the rise of “The X Files” (1993), he was interviewed as believing in U.F.O.s’ existence, claiming he, himself, had seen the unexplained when he was younger.

Father-in-law of Andy Clement and Joel Gretsch.

“Trek” novel cover artist Keith Birdsong names Shatner as the most difficult to render. His cheekbone structure, especially, when painting either the series or motion picture eras.

Underwent right hip replacement surgery on June 2008.

Once lived on Giraud Street, in Montreal.

When recording the narration for his “Shatnerverse” Trek novels, he pronounces the name “Cardassian” (normally pronounced “car-DASS-ian”) as with Kimberly Kardashian.

Reprised his Sergeant “T.J. Hooker” (1982) character for Showtime (2002) and Fanboys (2008).

He and his wife, Elizabeth, have two Dobermans.

In the June 17, 2009 episode of “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” (2009) it was revealed he cannot perform the Vulcan salute (‘live long and prosper’) hand gesture.

William Shatner expressed his sadness at not being asked to reprise his iconic role of Captain James T. Kirk for the new “Star Trek” film (2009). In response, Shatner wrote “Star Trek: Academy Collision Course” (with Judith and Garfield Reeves)as his own version of how Kirk and Spock met. In his version of the story, a teen aged Kirk gets into criminal trouble and is given a choice: Go to prison or join Starfleet. He, of course, joins Starfleet and meets Spock. But he does not meet any other major character from the “Star Trek” series. However, the story does tie into the first season episode “The Conscience Of The King” and Kirk meets his Starfleet bully, Finnigan from “Shore Leave”.

Once performed in a movie whose entire dialogue was in Esperanto.

Grew up in the Notre-Dame-de-Grace (NDG) section of Montreal.

Remained friends with Heather Locklear during and after “T.J. Hooker” (1982).

Remained friends with Leonard Nimoy during and after “Star Trek” (1966).

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