William Shatner

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William Shatner is a Canadian actor. In a career spanning seven decades, he is best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the Star Trek franchise.

Early Career

Shatner began his screen acting career in Canada before moving into guest-starring roles in various US TV shows. He appeared as Captain Kirk in all the episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series, 21 of the 22 episodes of Star Trek: The Animated Series, and the first seven Star Trek movies.

William Shatner has written a series of books on 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 novels called TekWar.

Outside Star Trek, 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.

Other Work

Shatner appeared in two episodes of the television detective series Columbo almost two decades apart amongst numerous guest star appearances on television from the 1970s until the 2010s.

He appeared in the NBC series 3rd Rock from the Sun as the alien “Big Giant Head”.

Aside from acting, William Shatner had a music career consisting of eight albums, which began with the release of his debut album The Transformed Man (1968). Shatner typically speaks lyrics in an interpretive reading style.

In 2021, Shatner flew to space aboard a Blue Origin capsule. At age 90, he became the oldest person to fly to space.

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