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William Shatner

William ShatnerAKA William Alan Shatner

Born: 22-Mar-1931
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: Canada
Executive summary: Captain Kirk on Star Trek

In his first TV show, William Shatner played Ranger Bob on Howdy Doody in 1954. In a beloved 1963 episode of The Twilight Zone, he played a passenger with a severe fear of flying. He played a crusading district attorney on the CBS series For the People in 1965, while Gene Roddenberry was filming the pilot for a science fiction series called Star Trek. When CBS cancelled For the People, and NBC told Roddenberry to shake up the cast and film a second Star Trek pilot, Shatner replaced Jeffrey Hunter as the captain of the Enterprise. While Star Trek went on to great success on television and in movies, Shatner's Captain Kirk has become more identified with camp. With Shatner's overacting, bad toupee, and his trademark delivery of lines with lengthy dramatic pauses, his performance as Kirk has been parodied endlessly, often by Shatner himself. Most of the cast and crew of Star Trek remember Shatner as an egotistical pain in the butt. He had a long-running friendship and feud with co-star Leonard Nimoy, who has said that Shatner's sense of humor basically consists of bad puns and practical jokes.

After Star Trek, Shatner remained a TV star with the western Barbary Coast, the cop show T.J. Hooker, the sci-fi TekWar based on his novels, and as a fading but still egotistical lawyer on Boston Legal. He co-wrote and directed the fifth Star Trek movie -- generally considered the worst. It is the only Star Trek film or episode to include a fart joke. Shatner has also directed episodes of T.J. Hooker, the 1990s Kung Fu, in addition to a horrendous science fiction movie called Groom Lake, starring Shatner and Dick Van Patten. In Invasion: Iowa, a 2005 reality series for Spike TV, Shatner travelled to Captain Kirk's attributed home town of Riverside, Iowa, and pretended to film a movie, essentially "punking" the whole community.

Shatner owns a horse-breeding facility in Kentucky, and was sued by ex-wife Marcy Shatner when she alleged she received frozen horse semen for breeding purposes, when their divorce agreement spelled out that the horse semen was to be "fresh cooled".

Shatner memorably destroyed "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" on his 1968 album The Transformed Man. In 2004 Shatner released another album, Has Been, which included a Shatner-Joe Jackson duet covering Pulp's "Common People", and Shatner warbling "I Can't Get Behind That" with Henry Rollins.

Father: Joseph Shatner
Mother: Anna (Garmaise) Shatner
Wife: Gloria Rand (m. 12-Aug-1956, div. 1969, three children)
Daughter: Leslie Carol Shatner (b. 31-Aug-1958, with Rand)
Daughter: Lisabeth Mary Shatner (sculptor, b. 12-Jun-1960, with Rand)
Daughter: Melanie Ann Shatner (actress, b. 1-Aug-1964, with Rand)
Wife: Marcy Lafferty (actress, m. 20-Oct-1973, sep. 1994, div. 1996)
Girlfriend: Vera Montez (actress, dated 1994-96)
Wife: Nerine Kidd (m. 15-Nov-1997, d. 9-Aug-1999 drowning)
Wife: Elizabeth Anderson Martin (m. 13-Feb-2001)
Mistress: Heather Locklear
Mistress: Kirstie Alley
Mistress: Joan Collins

    High School: Baron Byng High School, Montreal, PQ Canada
    University: BA Business, McGill University

    William Shatner
    Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame
    Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses 1994
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 6901 Hollywood Blvd.
    Canada's Walk of Fame 2000
    Endorsement of Blizzard Entertainment World of Warcraft (2007)
    Endorsement of Blockbuster Video
    Endorsement of Commodore Business Machines Vic-20 (1980)
    Endorsement of DirecTV
    Endorsement of Kellogg
    Endorsement of Priceline (1998-2012)
    Endorsement of Wendy's
    Endorsement of Western Airlines (1985)
    Risk Factors: Toupee, Claustrophobia, Sleep Apnea

    Boston Legal Denny Crane (2004-08)
    The Practice Denny Crane (2004)
    Third Rock from the Sun Rock (leader of the galaxy, 1999-2000)
    TekWar Walter H. Bascom (1994-96)
    T. J. Hooker T. J. Hooker (1982-86)
    Star Trek James T. Kirk (1966-69)
    Dr. Kildare Dr. Carl Noyes (1961-66)
    Howdy Doody Ranger Bob (1954)

    Groom Lake (21-Sep-2002)
    TekWar (23-Jan-1994)
    Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (9-Jun-1989)

    For the Love of Spock (16-Apr-2016) · Himself
    To Be Takei (18-Jan-2014) · Himself
    Escape from Planet Earth (15-Feb-2013) [VOICE]
    Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (21-Jan-2011) · Himself
    Transcendent Man (5-Nov-2009) · Himself
    Fanboys (31-Jul-2008) · Himself
    Over the Hedge (29-Apr-2006) [VOICE]
    The Wild (6-Apr-2006) [VOICE]
    Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (11-Mar-2005)
    Lil' Pimp (11-Jan-2005) [VOICE]
    Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (18-Jun-2004)
    A Carol Christmas (7-Dec-2003)
    Groom Lake (21-Sep-2002)
    American Psycho II: All American Girl (22-Apr-2002) · Starkman
    Showtime (11-Mar-2002) · Himself
    Festival in Cannes (3-Nov-2001) · Himself
    Osmosis Jones (7-Aug-2001) · The Mayor [VOICE]
    Miss Congeniality (14-Dec-2000)
    Falcon Down (2000)
    Free Enterprise (7-Oct-1998)
    Trekkies (18-Oct-1997) · Himself
    Dead Man's Island (5-Mar-1996)
    Trinity and Beyond (29-Sep-1995) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Star Trek: Generations (18-Nov-1994) · Kirk
    TekWar: TekLab (27-Feb-1994) · Walter H. Bascom
    TekWar (23-Jan-1994)
    Loaded Weapon 1 (5-Feb-1993)
    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (6-Dec-1991) · Kirk
    Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (9-Jun-1989) · Kirk
    Broken Angel (14-Mar-1988) · Chuck Coburn
    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (26-Nov-1986) · Kirk
    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1-Jun-1984) · Kirk
    Airplane II: The Sequel (10-Dec-1982) · Murdock
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (4-Jun-1982) · Kirk
    Visiting Hours (18-Apr-1982) · Gary Baylor
    The Babysitter (28-Nov-1980)
    The Kidnapping of the President (15-Aug-1980)
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture (7-Dec-1979)
    The Crash of Flight 401 (29-Oct-1978)
    Little Women (2-Oct-1978)
    Kingdom of the Spiders (31-May-1978)
    The Bastard (22-May-1978)
    The Devil's Rain (Jul-1975)
    Impulse (Oct-1974)
    Big Bad Mama (19-Sep-1974) · William J. Baxter
    Horror at 37,000 Feet (13-Feb-1973)
    Go Ask Alice (24-Jan-1973)
    Incident on a Dark Street (13-Jan-1973)
    Hound of the Baskervilles (12-Feb-1972)
    Vanished (8-Mar-1971)
    The Andersonville Trial (17-May-1970) · Col. Chipman
    Sole Survivor (9-Jan-1970) · Lt. Colonel Josef Gronke
    Comanche Blanco (23-Dec-1968)
    Incubus (26-Oct-1966)
    The Outrage (7-Oct-1964) · Preacher
    The Intruder (14-May-1962) · Adam Cramer
    Judgment at Nuremberg (14-Dec-1961) · Capt. Byers
    The Explosive Generation (Oct-1961) · Peter Gifford
    The Brothers Karamazov (20-Feb-1958) · Alexei Karamazov

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Appears on the cover of:
Fighting Stars, Apr-1974, DETAILS: William Shatner... The fighting star of "Star Trek"

Author of books:
Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V, the Final Frontier (1989, memoir, with Lisabeth Shatner)
Star Trek Memories (1994, memoir, with Chris Kreski)
Star Trek Movie Memories (1994, memoir, with Chris Kreski)
Get a Life! (1999, with Chris Kreski)
Up Till Now: The Autobiography (2008, )memoir, with David Fisher)
Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large (2011)

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