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Who is William Shatner?

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

He 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 also co-written several novels set in the Star Trek universe and a series of science fiction novels called TekWar that were adapted for television.

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 also appeared in two episodes of the television detective series Columbo almost two decades apart.

He also 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.

William Shatner is going to space next week (for real)

More than 50 years after the Star Trek franchise took TV audiences to alien worlds, William Shatner will visit space aboard a Blue Origin spacecraft. Shatner, right, is seen here with castmates Nichelle Nichols and Leonard Nimoy in a 1967 episode of the show.
More than 50 years after the Star Trek franchise took TV audiences to alien worlds, William Shatner will visit space aboard a Blue Origin spacecraft. Shatner, right, is seen here with castmates Nichelle Nichols and Leonard Nimoy in a 1967 episode of the show.

Captain James T. Kirk is blasting off into the final frontier. In the latest sign of the strange new world we inhabit, the actor William Shatner will join the crew of Blue Origin’s New Shepard on a spaceflight that’s slated to launch on Oct. 12.

“Yes, it’s true,” Shatner said on Twitter. “I’m going to be a ‘rocket man!’ “

At 90 years old, Shatner is more than twice the average age of NASA’s astronauts. The Canadian actor, singer and writer “will become the oldest person to have flown to space,” Blue Origin said as it announced his upcoming trip into space.

The flight is scheduled to lift off from a launchpad in Texas next Tuesday morning. Blue Origin sent its first human flight into space in July, with billionaire founder Jeff Bezos and others aboard.

Shatner will be part of a four-person crew that includes Planet Labs co-founder Chris Boshuizen and Medidata co-founder Glen de Vries — whom Blue Origin refers to as both customers and astronauts, reflecting the new era of privatized space travel.

The final member of the crew will be Blue Origin executive Audrey Powers, a former NASA flight controller and engineer who oversees the New Shepard program’s flight operations.

William Shatner Biography, Wiki

In 1956, Shatner made his Broadway debut in Tamburlaine the Great, which was directed by Guthrie. He also found work in the emerging medium of television, appearing on such shows as the Goodyear Television PlayhouseStudio One, and Playhouse 90. Playing one of the title characters, Shatner made his film debut in 1958’s The Brothers Karamazov with Yul Brynner. That same year, he returned to Broadway for a two-year run in The Secret Life of Suzie Wong. He won the 1959 Theatre World Award for his performance.

In 1961, Shatner had a small part in the Holocaust drama Judgment at Nuremberg, playing an army captain. He had a lead part in The Intruder (1962) as a racist who fought against school integration. On the small screen, Shatner had his first series, For the People, in 1965. He starred on the short-lived drama as an assistant district attorney in New York City.

William Shatner Biography
William Shatner
BornMarch 22, 1931 (age 90)
Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
EducationMcGill University (BComm, 1952)
OccupationActor, author, producer, director, singer
Years active1951–present
TelevisionThe Twilight Zone, Haven, Star Trek, T. J. Hooker, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Boston Legal, Priceline negotiator, $h*! My Dad Says, Weird or What?, Shatner’s Raw Nerve, Rescue 911, Better Late Than Never, The Indian Detective, TekWar, The UnXplained, Private Eyes
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
AwardsPeople’s Choice Award, Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award
HonorsOfficer, Order of Canada

William Shatner Career

In 1954 William Shatner started off as a performer at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival after having trained in the nuances of Shakespearean acting at the Canadian National Repertory Theatre. Two years later Shatner acted in the play ‘Tamburlaine the Great’ at Broadway.

Shatner acted in plays as well as television programs for some years before he got his first break in films in the year 1958 when he was cast in the film ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ produced by MGM. The same year, Shatner’s performance in the play ‘The World of Suzie Wong’ was well received.

Throughout the 1960s William Shatner worked in movies and television simultaneously, along with a bit of theatre. He starred in films like ‘Explosive Generation’, ‘Intruder’ and ‘Judgement at Nuremberg among others while on television he was a part of the cast of ‘Thriller’, ‘Twilight Zone’ and ‘The Outer Limits’.

In 1966, Gene Roddenberry decided to cast William Shatner in the role of Capt. James T. Kirk in the famous TV show ‘Star Trek’ and he starred in the show for its entire duration of three years. It was one of the most important roles in Shatner’s career and he went on to star in the Star Trek films that were made later.

In 1968, Shatner began his career in music with the album ‘The Transformed Man’ and went on to produce three more albums in his career. The three albums were ‘Has Been’, ‘Seeking Major Tom’ and ‘Ponder the Mystery’. The last one was released 45 years after his first album was released.

William Shatner in 'Star Trek'
William Shatner in ‘Star Trek’

After ‘Star Trek’ was discontinued in 1969, William Shatner’s career went through a bit of a lull as he could not get the sort of roles that he was looking for having become too identifiable with his ‘Star Trek’ character. Around this time Shatner worked mainly in television shows like ‘The Andersonville Trial’, ‘Barbary Coast’ and ‘The Hollywood Squares’ among others.

In 1979, his career took a positive turn with the release of the film ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ where Shatner played the iconic role of Capt. Kirk. Shatner went on to play the role in the subsequent six Star Trek films. He played the role of Captain Kirk in other movies like ‘Airplane: The Sequel’ and ‘National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1’ as well.

He started working in the TV series ‘T.J. Hooker’ in the year 1982 and he also directed some episodes of the series. Seven years later Shatner hosted the popular crime show ‘Rescue 911’ which ran for seven years. He also wrote some science fiction novels at the time and the first published book was ‘TekWar’.

He appeared in the show ‘The Practice’ in the role of the lawyer Denny Crane and the character became so popular that in 2004 he was cast as the same character in the show ‘Boston Legal’. His performances in the latter show earned him rave reviews. Four years later his autobiography ‘Up Till Now- The Autobiography’ was released. He has appeared in a number of TV shows, documentaries, and films over the latter part of his career.

William Shatner Marriages

From 1956 to 1969, Shatner was married to Canadian actress Gloria Rand. The couple had three children together. Shatner married actress Marcy Lafferty in 1973. That marriage ended in divorce in 1996. Shortly thereafter, he married model Nerine Kidd. Kidd’s life came to a tragic end in 1999, when she accidentally drowned in a pool at the Shatners’ home in Studio City, California.

After such a tragic loss, Shatner was able to find happiness again with his 2001 marriage to Elizabeth J. Martin, a horse breeder. In late 2019, it was reported that the 88-year-old actor had filed for divorce.

William Shatner with his fourth ex-wife Elizabeth J. Martin
William Shatner with his fourth ex-wife Elizabeth J. Martin

As part of his own love of horses, Shatner started the annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show to raise funds for children’s charities in 1990.

In late 2017, Canadian Governor General Julie Payette appointed Shatner an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to popular culture and his charity work.

William Shatner Awards

In 2005, William Shatner was awarded both the Golden Globe and the Emmy award for best-supporting actor for his portrayal of Denny Crane in the show ‘Boston Legal’.

William Shatner Net Worth

William Shatner has a net worth of $100 million.

William Shatner FAQ’s

Who is William Shatner?

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

Is William Shatner going to space?

Captain James T. Kirk is blasting off into the final frontier. In the latest sign of the strange new world we inhabit, the actor William Shatner will join the crew of Blue Origin’s New Shepard on a spaceflight that’s slated to launch on Oct. 12. “Yes, it’s true,” Shatner said on Twitter. “I’m going to be a ‘rocket man!’ “

What is William Shatner’s net worth?

William Shatner has a net worth of $100 million.

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