William Shatner

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William Shatner

Shatner at the 2020 GalaxyCon Richmond
Born (1931-03-22) March 22, 1931 (age 93)
EducationMcGill University (BComm, 1952)
  • Actor
  • author
  • producer
  • director
  • musician
Years active1951–present
  • 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
HonoursOfficer, Order of Canada
Space career
Space tourist
SelectionBlue Origin 2021

William Shatner OC (born March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor, author, director, producer, screenwriter, singer and space tourist. He became famous for playing James Tiberius Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven more movies.

Shatner has written a series of books telling his experiences playing James T. Kirk and being a part of Star Trek. He also played the 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 notably for Priceline.com.

He played attorney Denny Crane on the television drama Boston Legal, for which he has won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award.

Shatner is of Jewish descent.

On October 13, 2021 he was the oldest person to go into space, at age 90, on board the Blue Origin NS-18; He went beyond the Kármán line.[1]

Early work[change | change source]

He trained as a Shakespearean actor and appeared in many plays. Before Star Trek, Shatner appeared in other TV shows such The Outlaws, 1960's The Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone, and movies. His first movie was in 1951. He starred in the movie Incubus that was filmed only in Esperanto.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Star Trek's William Shatner blasts into space on Blue Origin rocket". BBC News. 2021-10-13. Retrieved 2021-10-13.

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