William Shatner


Actor
William Shatner

About

Also Known As
Bill Shatner, William Alan Shatner
Birth Place
Montreal, Quebec, CA
Born
March 22, 1931

Biography

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...

Family & Companions

Gloria Rand
Wife
Married on August 12, 1956; divorced in March 1969; mother of Shatner's three daughters.
Marcy Lafferty
Wife
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.
Vera Montez
Companion
Actor. Reportedly was involved c. 1994-96.
Nerine Kidd
Wife
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.

Bibliography

"Get a Life!"
William Shatner and Chris Kreski (1999)
"Avenger"
William Shatner (1997)
"The Ashes of Eden"
William Shatner, Pocket Books (1995)
"Star Trek Memories"
William Shatner and Chris Kreski, HarperCollins (1993)

Notes

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

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

Biography

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. 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 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.

The son of Jewish-Canadian clothier Joseph Shatner and his wife, Anne, William Shatner was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on March 22, 1931. Shatner's career began as a child in CBC radio productions. Even at that tender young age, Shatner knew he wanted to be a professional actor, but his father's disapproval of the profession temporarily sidelined his ambitions. To please his father, Shatner majored in business at McGill University, but never gave up his dream. After graduating in 1949, Shatner reneged on his promise to join his father's clothing firm and joined the Canadian Repertory Company in Ottawa instead. In 1956, Shatner gained attention with his Broadway debut in Sir Tyrone Guthrie's production of "Tamburlaine the Great." He initially turned down a movie contract to remain with the repertory company, but once moving to NYC, the actor quickly became busy in television.

Shatner's screen acting career could be divided into several phases. In the 1960s, the young actor appeared in a number of TV anthologies, usually playing convincingly earnest, clean-cut men who would ultimately be pushed to increasingly hysterical and emotional heights. His dual appearances on "The Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1959-1964) in the episodes "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" and "Nick of Time" were considered among the most memorable entries of the historic show. In the former, Shatner played a recovering mental patient bedeviled by a gremlin on the wing of his airplane; in the latter, he was half of a newlywed couple bewitched by a fortune-telling machine.

In 1966, the ultimate role fell in his lap - that of James Tiberius Kirk - when he joined the cast of the Desilu-produced Gene Roddenberry creation, "Star Trek." Captain Kirk was a swaggering, devil-may-care sort who was equally credible barking commands, romancing a native, or engaging in fisticuffs. A classic creation, his Captain was both a formidable leader and a good drinking buddy, once you got past his peculiarly halting, yet portentous line delivery. While "Star Trek" quickly became a cult fave among college students and intellectuals of the time, ratings for show were mediocre at best and remained so for its entire run. Faced with low ratings and mounting costs, NBC finally cancelled "Star Trek" in 1969 after three seasons, a full two years short of its supposed five-year mission.

Shatner's career slumped badly during the post-"Trek" 1970s. Wiped out financially following his 1969 divorce from his first wife, Gloria Rand, Shatner desperately took whatever acting gigs came his way. In addition to appearing on the celebrity game show circuit, the actor also returned to features in mostly low-budget genre fare, a la "Big Bad Mama" in 1974; "The Devil's Rain" in 1975; and "Kingdom of the Spiders" in 1977. Around this same period, Shatner also diversified his talents by dabbling in music recording. That Shatner could also be a hoot just to hear was amply demonstrated by his ineffably goofy recordings of spoken word renditions of songs such as "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" and "Mr. Tambourine Man." Years later, Shatner's dramatic performance of Elton John's "Rocket Man" at a televised sci-fi awards show in the late 1970s would remain a highly coveted bootleg video.

As much as he struggled, however, Shatner never successfully escaped the long shadow of Captain Kirk. Ironically, Shatner's career and personal finances were eventually saved by the very show that had been responsible for sinking him in the first place. In the late 1970s, due to popular demand - not to mention the runaway success of 20th Century Fox's "Star Wars," which had been released the previous summer - Paramount Pictures green-lit "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979), a big-budget feature adaptation of the "Star Trek" TV series. Produced by Gene Roddenberry and directed by Academy Award winner Robert Wise, "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" became a box office hit. Though nowhere the money-maker "Star Wars" was, the film earned a more-than-respectable $82 million, despite scathing reviews from critics and a storyline that seemingly went nowhere. Based on the success of the first "Star Trek" movie, Paramount signed Shatner on for a series of sequels which included 1982's "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (considered by fans to be the film series' high point), "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" (1984), "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (1986), "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" (1989) and "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" (1991).

Ironically, Shatner found far greater immediate commercial success on TV as L.A. police officer "T.J. Hooker" (ABC, 1982-85; CBS, 1985-87) than he did as Kirk. With his career as a viable leading man resuscitated, Shatner signed on to play a middle-aged police detective who improbably returns to uniformed cop duty because he feels he can do more good on the streets. Amusingly clich├ęd and bombastically Shatner, the mediocre but nevertheless popular "T.J. Hooker" owed much of its success to its star's popularity - that, and the sexy appeal of Shatner's newcomer co-star Heather Locklear.

After that show's cancellation, Shatner took off on a long, comfortable stint hosting "Rescue 911" (CBS, 1989-1995), a popular reality-based program. He also published his first novel, a futuristic techno-thriller entitled TekWar. This fast-moving sci-fi potboiler was so successful, that it inaugurated a lucrative multimedia franchise. Shatner went on to become a prolific novelist as well as the co-author of two collections of "Trek"-related memoirs and one meditation on "Trek" fandom titled Get a Life - a line from his hilarious 1986 "Saturday Night Live" hosting gig in which he mockingly browbeat a convention full of obsessed Trekkies. Shatner was also the credited author of a series of "Star Trek" novels starring James T. Kirk (ghost-written by husband and wife authors Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens). He also remained a regular presence on TV, often appearing as a knowing and good-natured self-parody on talk shows and specials, notably hosting "Star Trek: A Captain's Log" (CBS, 1994) and co-hosting along with "Star Trek" cohort, Leonard Nimoy "The Museum of Television & Radio Presents: Science Fiction - A Journey into the Unknown" (Fox, 1994).

Toward the mid-1990s, Shatner created, executive produced, directed and co-starred in a 1994 TV-movie adaptation of "TekWar," also overseeing and appearing in three subsequent "TekWar" telefilms that season. In addition, Shatner served as executive producer, recurring character and occasional director on the cable TV series spin-off, "TekWar" (USA Network, 1994-95). Finally, in 1994, Shatner returned to the helm of the U.S.S. Enterprise for one last adventure as captain of the Enterprise in the successful "Star Trek: Generations" (1994), wherein Kirk passed the baton and the franchise over to Patrick Stewart's Captain Picard. Although the film was not as fulfilling as many had hoped, Shatner's performance as Kirk was one of his most endearing in years, showing the good captain's self-deprecating side. On a different note, Shatner revisited his questionable singing talents in the late 1990s and early 2000s when, as a pitchman for the Internet travel website Priceline.com, he filmed several commercials singing Shatner-ized pop standards; not only did the spots rocket the company into the public eye, they also increased stockholder Shatner's portfolio. In 2009, Shatner celebrated his ten year anniversary as the company's pitchman.

Shatner found himself making headlines for a more unfortunate reason in 1999 when his estranged third wife, Nerine Kidd, drowned in the swimming pool of their Los Angeles home. Kidd, a recovering alcoholic, had reportedly returned to drinking toward the end of her life - a problem that caused a schism in the Shatner's two-year marriage (Shatner had divorced his second wife, Marcy Lafferty, in 1994 after 21 years). On the evening of Aug. 9, 1999, Shatner returned home to find Kidd floating face down near the deep-end of their swimming pool. After alerting 911, the panicked Shatner dove into the pool to recover her, but was unable to revive her. Nerine Shatner was declared dead at the scene by paramedics at 10:30pm. The next day, the visibly shaken icon held a press conference and made the following brief statement: "My beautiful wife is dead. She meant everything to me. Her laughter, her tears and her joy will remain with me the rest of my life." An official investigation of Kidd's death, conducted by the L.A.P.D., quickly ruled out foul play and the death was subsequently ruled an accident.

Ever the trooper, Shatner soldiered on, soon becoming a ubiquitous presence on TV as the host, narrator or subject of countless cable series, specials and documentaries. In 2002 he released the DVD/video project "Mind Meld: Behind the Voyages of a Lifetime," in which he and his "Trek" co-star and best friend Nimoy engaged in a filmed conversation about their shared experiences. The unusually intimate interview was, as Mr. Spock would say, "quite fascinating," as the two actors - polar opposites in personality and appearance - discussed the development of their unlikely bond and their personal issues such as Nimoy's alcoholism, Shatner's troubled relationships with his wives, and the resentment they both encountered from their "Star Trek" co-stars.

Entering what appeared to be the post-"Trek" phase of his career, Shatner embraced the kitschy side of his appeal in the 2000s and deftly employed his dry, self-deprecating wit to stay in the public eye. Shatner adroitly spoofed both his hammy reputation and his sci-fi icon status in dozens of film, TV and commercial projects, typically by playing himself. Some of Shatner's most memorable comedic turns as himself included "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98), "Futurama" (Fox, 1999-2003), the Eddie Murphy-Robert De Niro comedy "Showtime" (2002), the sports comedy "Dodgeball" (2004) and, most effectively, in the charming 1998 feature film comedy "Free Enterprise." The latter movie, an autobiographical memoir of a sci-fi and film-obsessed director and his screenwriter buddy, was conceived by director Mark Robert Burnette and screenwriter/sci-fi journalist Mark Altman. At first, the pair approached Shatner to play himself as the super cool, Kirk-like idol of their youths but instead, Shatner himself personally convinced the filmmakers to go the other way. Misunderstood, unlucky at love and grandly delusional, the switch resulted in an effective and endearing performance from Shatner as Shatner.

Forging ahead into the new millennium, the actor forged yet another fresh career arc. After successful second and third acts, the septuagenarian Shatner revitalized his career yet again by reinventing himself as a wily, self-deprecating comedian. In 2003, Shatner shocked his fans by making a switch back to dramatic acting, appearing in six episodes of the final season of the long-running ABC legal drama "The Practice" (1997-2004). In a winning performance as James Spader's mentor, the eccentric legal legend Denny Crane, Shatner won an Emmy as Best Guest Actor in a Dramatic Series. "Practice" creator David E. Kelley eventually carried the character over into the spin-off series "Boston Legal" (ABC, 2004-08). Reprising his role as Crane, Shatner won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries, Movie or Series for his portrayal in the first season, followed by another Emmy in 2005; this time as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. That same year, Shatner revisited his musical ambitions with the 2004 album Has Been, which was produced by popular singer-songwriter Ben Folds. Unlike Shatner's earlier efforts, however, this album was well-received, and its tunes ranged from the intentionally amusing to the profoundly moving.

Clearly having a ball, the newly hip Shatner had a fun turn in the 2004 comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" as the Chancellor of the playground game turned ESPN-8 competitive sport. He also voiced Ozzie, a possum given to highly theatrical death scenes when "playing possum," in the CGI-animated adaptation of the comic strip "Over the Hedge" (2006). Less successful was a decidedly over-the-top stint as the game show host on the short-lived 2006 ABC effort "Show Me the Money." On the other hand, Comedy Central scored major ratings with its 2006 televised roast of the actor, in which the notorious ham was skewered by such friends, co-stars and fellow celebrities as Jason Alexander, Sandra Bullock, Ben Stiller, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols and Kevin Pollack.

In 2007, Shatner again found himself nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for portraying Denny Crane, a feat he repeated in 2008 and 2009. Meanwhile, he was set to host "Shatner's Raw Nerve" (2007-08), a half-hour talk show on the Biography Channel where he interviewed celebrities and politicians on a wide range of topics. That was, when he was not online making his displeasure with the "Star Trek" (2009) reboot and its director, J.J. Abrams known to fans via the Internet thoughout late 2007 and into 2008. When Nimoy was attached to the film, Shatner found numerous ways to voice his displeasure over not being included - to the point where Abrams was forced to address the issue in interviews, insisting it was nothing personal. Rumors abounded that it was more a financial issue, with Paramount unwilling to pony up the cash for both original "Trek" stars to appear in the reimagining. Regardless, Shatner was in the film in spirit, if not in the flesh, and the franchise enjoyed a great opening weekend and summer haul.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Fire Serpent (2007)
Creator
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Batman vs. Two-Face (2017)
Two-Face
Range 15 (2016)
Malevolent (2016)
Voice
A Christmas Horror Story (2015)
The Sunday Horse (2015)
Quantum Quest (2012)
Voice
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)
Himself
Transcendent Man (2009)
La Veritable Histoire Du Chat Botte (2009)
Voice
Fanboys (2009)
Himself
Gonzo Ballet (2009)
Over the Hedge (2006)
The Wild (2006)
Lil' Pimp (2005)
Voice Of Tony Gold
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005)
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
American Psycho II: All American Girl (2002)
Starkman
Showtime (2002)
Himself
Osmosis Jones (2001)
Voice
Gahan Wilson's The Kid (2001)
Voice
Miss Congeniality (2000)
Stan Fields
Festival in Cannes (1999)
Himself
The Land of the Free (1998)
Free Enterprise (1998)
Himself
Free Enterprise (1998)
Self
Trekkies (1997)
Double Play (1996)
Michael Gatewick
Dead Man's Island (1996)
Chase Prescott
William Shatner's Star Trek Memories! (1995)
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
A Silent Betrayal (1994)
Columbo: Butterflies in Shades of Grey (1994)
A Family of Strangers (1993)
National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)
Star Trek VI: the Undiscovered Country (1991)
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Broken Angel (1988)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
The Canadian Conspiracy (1986)
Blood Sport (1986)
T J Hooker
The Bradbury Trilogy (1985)
Charles Underhill ("The Playground")
Secrets of a Married Man (1984)
Christopher Jordan
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
Visiting Hours (1982)
Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
The Babysitter (1980)
The Kidnapping Of The President (1980)
Jerry O'Connor
Disaster On The Coastliner (1979)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Captain Kirk
Crash of Flight 401 (1978)
Narrator
Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)
Rack Hansen
Perilous Voyage (1976)
A Whale of a Tale (1976)
Dr Jack Fredericks
Impulse (1975)
Snowman (1975)
Curt Benell
The Devil's Rain (1975)
Mark Preston
The Barbary Coast (1975)
Big Bad Mama (1974)
Pray For The Wildcats (1974)
Warren Summerfield
The Horror at 37,000 Feet (1973)
The Pioneer Woman (1973)
John Sergeant
Indict and Convict (1973)
Go Ask Alice (1973)
Sam
Incident on a Dark Street (1973)
The People (1972)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1972)
George Stapleton
Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law (1971)
White Comanche (1968)
Incubus (1965)
The Outrage (1964)
Preacher
The Intruder (1962)
Adam Cramer
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Captain Byers
The Explosive Generation (1961)
Peter Gifford
The Brothers Karamazov (1958)
Alexey Karamazov

Writer (Feature Film)

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
From Story
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Story By

Producer (Feature Film)

Gonzo Ballet (2009)
Executive Producer
Fire Serpent (2007)
Executive Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Miss Congeniality (2000)
Song Performer ("Miss United States")
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins (2000)
Song Performer ("Infinity And Beyond")

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

Festival in Cannes (1999)
Special Thanks To
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)
Special Thanks To

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)
Other

Director (Special)

Hollywood Starr (1985)
Director

Cast (Special)

The 37th Annual CMA Awards (2003)
Wake Up Your Smile: The Best of the Ben Stiller Show (2003)
TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV (2003)
NBC 75th Anniversary Special (2002)
America Loves... Star Trek (2001)
Iron Chef USA: Holiday Showdown (2001)
The 28th Annual American Music Awards (2001)
Presenter
Iron Chef USA: Showdown in Las Vegas (2001)
Miss USA 2001 (2001)
CBS: The First 50 Years (1998)
Hollywood Ghost Stories (1998)
An All Star Party for Aaron Spelling (1998)
TV Guide Looks at Science Fiction (1997)
Host
50 Years of Television: A Celebration of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Golden Anniversary (1997)
Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond (1996)
Wernher Von Braun: Threshold of the Stars (1996)
Narration
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995)
Presenter
The Roger Corman Special (1995)
The 105th Tournament of Roses Parade (1994)
Grand Marshal
The 105th Tournament of Roses Parade (1994)
Grand Marshal
The 105th Tournament of Roses Parade (1994)
Grand Marshal
Museum of Television & Radio Presents: Science Fiction, A Journey Into the Unknown (1994)
Coming Up Roses (1994)
CBS Sneak Peek II (1994)
Star Trek: A Captain's Log (1994)
Gene Roddenberry: Star Trek and Beyond (1994)
1994 Billboard Music Awards (1994)
Presenter
The 1992 MTV Movie Awards (1992)
Performer
What About Me? I'm Only 3! (1992)
49th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1992)
Performer
The Horror Hall of Fame II (1991)
Performer
Sea World Star-Spangled Summer (1991)
Voices That Care (1991)
The Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special (1991)
2nd Annual Valvoline National Driving Test (1990)
The 25th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (1990)
Performer
Amazon, Land of the Flooded Forest (1990)
Narrator
Happy Birthday, Bugs!: 50 Looney Years (1990)
Alaska's Killer Whales: Between Worlds (1989)
Host
Friday Night Surprise! (1988)
The 40th Annual Emmy Awards (1988)
Performer
The 22nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (1987)
Performer
The Search For Houdini (1987)
Happy Birthday, Hollywood! (1987)
Top Flight (1987)
Golden Globe Awards (1987)
Host
The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1987)
Performer
The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards (1985)
Performer
Hollywood Starr (1985)
TV's Funniest Game Show Moments (1985)
Host
The Real Trivial Pursuit (1985)
The Night of 100 Stars II (1985)
Battle of the Network Stars XVII (1984)
Circus of the Stars (1984)
Heroes and Sidekicks -- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
TV's Funniest Game Show Moments (1984)
Host
Celebrity Daredevils (1983)
Battle of the Network Stars XV (1983)
Abc Team Captain
Prime Times (1983)
Guest
The Magic Planet (1983)
Narrator
Battle of the Network Stars XIII (1982)
Abc Team Captain
Battle of the Network Stars XII (1982)
Circus of the Stars (1981)
Battle of the Network Stars V (1978)
Swing Out, Sweet Land (1976)
Mitzi and a Hundred Guys (1975)
The Statesman (1975)
Dr Benjamin Rush
Colossus (1963)
Eric Tegman
The Defender (1957)
Kenneth Preston

Director (TV Mini-Series)

TekWar (1994)
Director

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

A Carol Christmas (2003)
Dr. Bob
TekLab (1994)
TekLords (1994)
TekJustice (1994)
TekWar (1994)
Eek! The Cat Christmas Special (1993)
Voice
North Beach and Rawhide (1985)
The Bastard (1978)
Little Women (1978)
Testimony of Two Men (1977)
Vanished (1971)

Writer (TV Mini-Series)

TekLords (1994)
Book As Source Material

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

TekLords (1994)
Executive Producer
TekWar (1994)
Executive Producer
TekLab (1994)
Executive Producer
TekJustice (1994)
Executive Producer

Misc. Crew (TV Mini-Series)

TekWar (1994)
Other
TekLab (1994)
Source Material (From Novel)

Life Events

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

Directed Los Angeles production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"; starred his then wife Marcy Lafferty

1981

Narrated syndicated series "This Was America"

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

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

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"

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"

Photo Collections

The Outrage - Scene Stills
Here are a few scene stills from MGM's The Outrage (1964), directed by Martin Ritt and starring Paul Newman and Claire Bloom.

Videos

Movie Clip

White Comanche (1968) -- (Movie Clip) Eat The Peyote! William Shatner as "Johnny Moon" informs William Shatner as evil twin "Notah" that he probably would be dead if he wasn't tripping in the low-budget Western White Comanche, 1968.
White Comanche (1968) -- (Movie Clip) He's The One! Having survived a bar fight, "half-breed" Johnny Moon (William Shatner) takes fire from the showgirl (Rosanna Yanni) recently raped by his Indian twin-brother, then is rescued by Sheriff Logan (Joseph Cotten) in the Italian-Spanish spaghetti Western White Comanche, 1968.
White Comanche (1968) -- (Movie Clip) Take Your Hands Off Me! William Shatner as "Notah," working during a break after the first season of Star Trek on NBC, is not only white but also the only shirtless Comanche raiding a stagecoach carrying Rosanna Yanni (as "Kelly") in the Spanish-made Italian-financed spaghetti Western White Comanche, 1968.
White Comanche (1968) -- (Movie Clip) I Know My Responsibilities Sheriff Logan (Joseph Cotten) meets Johnny Moon (William Shatner) then comes to the aid of Kelly (Rosanna Yanni) who's just been assaulted by Moon's evil twin (also Shatner) in the low-rent spaghetti Western White Comanche, 1968.
Outrage, The (1964) -- (Movie Clip) The Air Hung Heavy Hewing close to Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, including rain, the preacher (William Shatner) listens as the prospector (Howard Da Silva) recounts for the con man (Edward G. Robinson) the trial from the day before, and his discovery of the crime, in Martin Ritt's remake The Outrage, 1964.
Brothers Karamazov, The (1958) -- (Movie Clip) You're Almost A Monk Father Fyodor (Lee J. Cobb) is busy debauching when novitiate son Alexey (William Shatner) drops by to seek funds for his brother, in Richard Brooks' brave attempt to film Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, 1958.
Judgment At Nuremberg (1961) -- (Movie Clip) Beat The Backwoods Of Maine Senator Burkette (Edward Binns) conducts Judge Haywood (Spencer Tracy) into his lodgings, where he meets aide Byers (William Shatner) and servants, early in Stanley Kramer's Judgment At Nuremberg, 1961.
Brothers Karamazov, The (1958) -- (Movie Clip) The Same Depravity Pious Alexey (William Shatner) has just delivered funds to soldier Dmitri (Yul Brynner) from their father, when Katya (Claire Bloom) arrives, hoping to settle a debt owed by her father, his commanding officer, in Richard Brooks' 1958 treatment of Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov.
Incubus (1965) -- (Movie Clip) We Need The Eggs Speaking Esperanto and anticipating Woody Allen as they observe an eclipse, evil succubus Kia (Allyson Ames) meets injured soldier Marc (William Shatner) and sister Amdis (Ann Atman) in Incubus, 1965.
Incubus (1965) -- (Movie Clip) We Can Become One Virtuous injured soldier Marc (William Shatner) speaking Esperanto with Kia (Allyson Ames) on a romantic stroll, unaware she's a spirit plotting to kill an honest man, in director Leslie Stevens' Incubus, 1965.
Incubus (1965) -- (Movie Clip) Same Blood, Same Heart The murderous succubus Kia (Allyson Ames) is stalking the injured soldier Marc (William Shatner) and his sister Amdis (Ann Atmar), speaking Esperanto as they visit the magical well, in Incubus, 1965, from writer-director Leslie Stevens.
Big Bad Mama -- (Movie Clip) Open, Paradise Texas Straight out of the gate, arguing principals Wilma (Angie Dickinson), Polly (Robbie Lee) and Billy Jean (Susan Sennett) into opening credits for director Steve Carver's Big Bad Mama, 1974.

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Family

Joseph Shatner
Father
Clothier.
Anne Shatner
Mother
Leslie Shatner
Daughter
Mother Gloria Rand; born c. 1958.
Lisabeth Shatner
Daughter
Mother Gloria Rand; born c. 1962.
Melanie Shatner
Daughter
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.

Companions

Gloria Rand
Wife
Married on August 12, 1956; divorced in March 1969; mother of Shatner's three daughters.
Marcy Lafferty
Wife
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.
Vera Montez
Companion
Actor. Reportedly was involved c. 1994-96.
Nerine Kidd
Wife
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.
Elizabeth J Martin
Wife
Horse breeder. Born c. 1958; took out a marriage license in Boone County, Indiana in February 2001; married on February 13, 2001.

Bibliography

"Get a Life!"
William Shatner and Chris Kreski (1999)
"Avenger"
William Shatner (1997)
"The Ashes of Eden"
William Shatner, Pocket Books (1995)
"Star Trek Memories"
William Shatner and Chris Kreski, HarperCollins (1993)
"Tek Secret"
William Shatner, G.P. Putnam's Sons (1993)
"Believe"
William Shatner and Michael Tobias (1992)
"Tek Vengeance"
William Shatner (1992)
"TekWar"
William Shatner (1989)
"TekLords"
William Shatner
"TekLab"
William Shatner
"Star Trek Movie Memories"
William Shatner and Chris Kreski, HarperCollins

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.