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Also Known As: Bill Shatner, William Alan Shatner Died:
Born: March 22, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Montreal, Quebec, CA Profession: actor, novelist, director, producer, TV host, playwright, assistant theater manager, spokesman, horse breeder

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A pop culture legend and one of American television's most enduring stars, the multi-talented William Shatner started out as simply an actor. By the twilight of his career, however, Shatner successfully managed to transmogrify into something more. By turning his amiable persona into a one-man, multi-million dollar cottage industry, Shatner's legacy in show business survived for more than five decades. Breaking into show business during television's golden age of drama in the 1950s, Shatner became a regular face on the guest star circuit before landing the role that would forever immortalize him; that of the dashing, supremely confident Captain James T. Kirk of "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-69). After "Trek" went off the air, Shatner became haunted by the persistent spirit of the Enterprise captain, despite starring in seven "Star Trek" features, most notably "The Wrath of Khan" (1982) and "The Voyage Home" (1986). Eventually, however, he made peace with his famous alter ego and even learned to embrace Kirk for siring a new career for the actor as camp persona, which he put on display on albums with spoken word renditions of "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." In the 1980s, he enjoyed a...

A pop culture legend and one of American television's most enduring stars, the multi-talented William Shatner started out as simply an actor. By the twilight of his career, however, Shatner successfully managed to transmogrify into something more. By turning his amiable persona into a one-man, multi-million dollar cottage industry, Shatner's legacy in show business survived for more than five decades. Breaking into show business during television's golden age of drama in the 1950s, Shatner became a regular face on the guest star circuit before landing the role that would forever immortalize him; that of the dashing, supremely confident Captain James T. Kirk of "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-69). After "Trek" went off the air, Shatner became haunted by the persistent spirit of the Enterprise captain, despite starring in seven "Star Trek" features, most notably "The Wrath of Khan" (1982) and "The Voyage Home" (1986). Eventually, however, he made peace with his famous alter ego and even learned to embrace Kirk for siring a new career for the actor as camp persona, which he put on display on albums with spoken word renditions of "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." In the 1980s, he enjoyed a successful television run as "T.J. Hooker" (ABC, 1982-85; CBS, 1985-87) and later in his career, did a series of camp commercials for travel website Priceline. Naturally, he received acclaim for his Emmy-winning role as the eccentric attorney Denny Crane on the hit drama, "Boston Legal" (ABC, 2004-08), which underscored his uncanny ability to confound critics and exceed expectations of his delighted fans.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Hollywood Starr (1985) Director
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  TekWar (1994) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Quantum Quest (2012)
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 Fanboys (2009)
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 Transcendent Man (2009)
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 Gonzo Ballet (2009)
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 Wild, The (2006)
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 Over the Hedge (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

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Began acting career in radio with Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC)
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Performed at Shakespearean Stratford Festival of Canada in Stratford, Ontario
1951:
Made movie debut in Canadian film "The Butler's Night Off"
1956:
Made Broadway debut in Sir Tyrone Guthrie's production of "Tamburlaine the Great"
1957:
Appeared with Ralph Bellamy as a father and son legal team on "The Defender" episode of "Studio One" (CBS)
1958:
Made Hollywood feature debut in "The Brothers Karamazov," starring Yul Brynner
1961:
First leading role in a feature, "The Explosive Generation"
1965:
Made TV series debut on critically acclaimed CBS drama "For the People"; show lasted only 13 episodes
1966:
First cast as Captain James T. Kirk in Gene Roddenberry's popular sci-fi series "Star Trek" (NBC)
1975:
Cast an undercover agent in Western-themed secret agent series "Barbary Coast" (ABC)
1978:
Portrayed American revolutionary Paul Revere in syndicated miniseries "The Bastard"
1979:
Reprised role of Captain Kirk for first franchise feature "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"
1981:
Narrated syndicated series "This Was America"
1981:
Directed Los Angeles production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"; starred his then wife Marcy Lafferty
1982:
Returned to series TV, starring as a police officer on "T.J. Hooker" (ABC); aired on CBS for its final season; also directed episodes
1989:
Made feature directorial debut with "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier"
1989:
Hosted dramatic reenactment series "Rescue 911" (CBS)
1989:
Published first novel <i>TekWar</i>
1991:
Co-hosted (with Leonard Nimoy) "The Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special" for syndication
1993:
Co-wrote memoir <i>Star Trek Memories</i>
1993:
Hosted First Annual TekWar Symposium
1994:
TV series producing debut, "TekWar" and "TekLords" (USA Network); also played recurring role and occasionally directed
1998:
Spoofed his image, playing himself in feature comedy "Free Enterprise"
1999:
Garnered Emmy nomination for playing the Big Giant Head on an episode of NBC sitcom "3rd Rock From the Sun"
2000:
Played beauty pageant host Stan Fields in Sandra Bullock vehicle "Miss Congeniality"
2001:
Voiced animated character Mayor Phlegmming in "Osmosis Jones"
2002:
Appeared as himself in comedy "Showtime," starring Robert De Niro and Eddie Murphy
2004:
Joined final season of ABC's legal drama "The Practice" as Denny Crane, an eccentric senior law partner
2004:
Played minor role of the Dodgeball Chancellor in Ben Stiller comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story"
2004:
Reprised role of attorney Denny Crane on "The Practice" spin-off "Boston Legal" (ABC); earned SAG (2006, 2009) and Emmy (2006, 2007, 2008) nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series; also earned Golden Globe (2008) and Emmy (2009) nominations for Best Supporting Actor
2005:
Reprised role of Stan Fields in "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous"
2006:
Voiced Ozzie, a dramatic possum in animated comedy "Over the Hedge"
2008:
Published autobiography <i>Up Till Now</i>
2010:
First starring role in a sitcom "$#*! My Dad Says" (CBS)
2011:
Wrote, directed, executive produced, and starred in documentary "The Captains"
2013:
Voiced character of villain General Shanker in computer animated feature "Escape from Planet Earth"
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Education

McGill University: - 1952

Notes

His official Web site is located at www.WilliamShatner.com

The Web address of his official fan club is www.shatner.com

"A dedicated breeder of American Saddlebreds, Shatner has had notable success developing and owning the world champion, Sultan's Great Day. In March 1993, he hosted 'Reining Royale', the third Annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show which benefitted children's charities and featured another of his interests--quarter horses. This New Year's Day (1994), Shatner rides one of his own horses as Grand Marshall of 1994 Tournament of Roses Parade." --From PR for "TekWar"

Shatner is the founder of the Annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show.

"From the start, Shatner's prose has been professionally sleekened by a writing 'consultant' named Ron Goulart, author of more than 60 science-fiction novels. ... 'I'm just an adviser,' Goulart says. 'I just give Shatner my opinion from time to time. I help with timing and tone and other technical things.'"

Shatner has been involved with humanitarian causes including the Juvenile Justice Connection Project, Tourette's Syndrome, Greenpeace and Save the Whales.

"A number of his former "Star Trek" colleagues have set their phasers on 'stun' and taken potshots at their now departed leader. In her new book 'Beyond Uhura', Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura, calls Shatner 'an insensitive, hurtful egotist.' Former Enterprise helmsman George Takei ... writes in HIS new 'Trek' tome 'To the Stars' that Shatner's behavior made him 'the sad, stubborn, oblivious butt of derisive jokes' on the set.

Specifically, Takei and Nichols, backed by Walter Koenig (Chekhov) and James Doohan (Scotty), among others, accuse Shatner of poaching on his supporting players' scenes to give himself more camera time. 'Bill wanted a certain number of lines in each show,' says Herb Solow, who in the '60s ran Desilu Studios, where the TV series was shot. 'If the lines came from other actors, so be it.'"

--From "Beam Him Down" by Stanley Young in People, November 28, 1994.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Gloria Rand. Married on August 12, 1956; divorced in March 1969; mother of Shatner's three daughters.
wife:
Marcy Lafferty. Actor. Born on June 21, 1946; married on October 20. 1973; starred as Maggie in Shatner's staging of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" in L.A.; separated in 1994; filed for divorce in 1996.
companion:
Vera Montez. Actor. Reportedly was involved c. 1994-96.
wife:
Nerine Kidd. Married on November 15, 1997; born c. 1959; Shatner reportedly had filed for divorce on October 21, 1998 after the couple separated on October 14; reconciled before her death from an apparent drowning while swimming in the pool at their Los Angeles home on August 9, 1999.
wife:
Elizabeth J Martin. Horse breeder. Born c. 1958; took out a marriage license in Boone County, Indiana in February 2001; married on February 13, 2001.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Joseph Shatner. Clothier.
mother:
Anne Shatner.
daughter:
Leslie Shatner. Mother Gloria Rand; born c. 1958.
daughter:
Lisabeth Shatner. Mother Gloria Rand; born c. 1962.
daughter:
Melanie Shatner. Actor. Mother Gloria Rand; born c. 1965; graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder; made feature debut in "Star Trek V" (directed by father) and on several TV shows.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"TekWar"
"TekLords"
"TekLab"
"Believe"
"Tek Vengeance"
"Star Trek Memories" HarperCollins
"Tek Secret" G.P. Putnam's Sons
"Star Trek Movie Memories" HarperCollins
"The Ashes of Eden" Pocket Books
"Avenger"
"Get a Life!"
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