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William Shatner

T.J. Hooker in T.J. Hooker, Capitaine James T Kirk in Star Trek

Photos William Shatner Birth name: William Shatner
Birth date: 1931/03/22 (91 years old)
Birth place : Montreal (Canada)
Height: 1.80 m

French Traduire

Biography for William Shatner

When Shatner was cast to play Captain James Kirk in the "Star Trek" TV show, his small-screen immortality was assured (even though no one knew it at the time). The solidly built, handsome actor had previously worked on Broadway and in live TV before making his movie debut as Alexei in The Brothers Karamazov (1958). Shatner alternated film appearances with episodic TV work; his other early features include Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), The Outrage (1964), and leading roles in The Explosive Generation and the barely seen The Intruder (both 1961), in which he delivered a mature, spine-chilling performance as a racist Southern agitator for director Roger Corman. The immediate post-"Trek" years brought Shatner few opportunities from the major studios, and by the mid 1970s he was toiling in Big Bad Mama (1974), The Devil's Rain (1975), Kingdom of the Spiders (1977), and The Kidnapping of the President (1980). Beginning with 1979's Star Trek-The Motion Picture Shatner returned to the role he made famous on TV, and has appeared in the five bigbudget sequels (even directing 1989's Star Trek V: The Final Frontier He's shown an ability to spoof himself in Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) and National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon I (1993), but he's played it straight in his post-"Trek" TV series, "Barbary Coast" (1975-76), "T.J. Hooker" (1982-87), and "Rescue 911" (1989- ). He published "Star Trek Memories" in 1993, and has written a series of science fiction novels called "Tekwar" which were adapted for TV in 1994. He costarred in the seventh Star Trek movie, Star Trek Generations (1994).


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Title Role
Horrorween (2007) (pre-production) (in talks) Cameo
Free Enterprise 2 (2006) (pre-production) Bill
Everest '82 (2007) (mini) TV Series
Over the Hedge (2006) (voice) Ozzie
The Wild (2006) (voice) Kazar
Atomic Betty
Last Laugh '05 (2005) (TV) Lucifer
Invasion Iowa (2005) TV Series Col. Shane Yeager/Himself
Miss Congeniality 2 (2005) (filming) Stan Fields
Lil' Pimp (2004) (voix) Tony Gold
Untitled Practice, The (2004) Serie TV Denny Crane
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) Dodgeball Chancellor
Carol Christmas, A (2003) (TV) Dr. Bob/GInvité of Christmas Present
Groom Lake (2002) John Gossner
Full Moon Fright Night (2002) Serie TV Invité
One Hit Wonders (2002) Serie TV Invité
American Psycho 2: All American Girl (2002) (V) Professor Robert 'Bobby' Starkman
Shoot Or Be Shot (2002) Harvey Wilkes
50th Annual Miss USA Pageant, The (2001) (TV) Invité
Iron Chef USA: Holiday Showdown (2001) (TV) Chairman
Kid, The (2001) (TV) (voix) Professor
Osmosis Jones (2001) (voix) Mayor Phlegmming
Falcon Down (2000) Major Robert Carson
Miss Congeniality (2000) Stan Fields
Twist in the Tale, A (1998) Serie TV (voix) Narrator
Free Enterprise (1998) Bill
Land of the Free (1997) Aiden Cardell
Star Trek: Generations (1997) (Jeu Video) (voix) Capt. James T. Kirk
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (1997) (Jeu Video) (voix) Captain James T. Kirk
First Men on the Moon, The (1997) (V) The Grand Lunar, King of the Moon
Prisoner of Zenda, Inc. (1996) (TV) Michael Gatewick
Dead Man's Island (1996) (TV) Chase Prescott
3rd Rock from the Sun (1996) Serie TV Rock/The Big Giant Head/Supreme Ruler of the Galaxy
Star Trek: Judgment Rites (1994) (Jeu Video) (voix) Captain James T. Kirk
TekWar (1994) Serie TV Walter H. Bascom
Janek: The Silent Betrayal (1994) (TV) Bodosh
Star Trek: Generations (1994) Captain James T. Kirk, retired
TekWar: TekJustice (1994) (TV) Walter H. Bascom
TekWar: TekLab (1994) (TV) Walter H. Bascom
TekWar: TekLords (1994) (TV) Walter H. Bascom
TekWar (1994) (TV) Walter H. Bascom
Columbo: Butterfly in Shades of Grey (1994) (TV) Fielding Chase
Family of Strangers (1993) (TV) Earl
Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) Gen. Curtis Mortars
Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Enhanced (1992) (Jeu Video) (voix) Capt. James T. Kirk
voix of the Planet (1991) (mini) Serie TV William Hope
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) Captain James T. Kirk
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) Captain James T. Kirk
Trial of Standing Bear, The (1988) (TV) Narrator
Broken Angel (1988) (TV) Chuck Coburn
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) Admiral/Captain James T. Kirk
T.J. Hooker: Blood Sport (1986) (TV) Sergeant T.J. Hooker
North Beach and Rawhide (1985) (TV) Rawhide MacGregor
Secrets of a Married Man (1984) (TV) Chris Jordan
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) Adm. James T. Kirk
Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) Cdr. Buck Murdock
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982) Admiral James T. Kirk
Visiting Hours (1982) Gary Baylor
T.J. Hooker (1982) Serie TV Sgt. Thomas J. 'T.J.' Hooker
T.J. Hooker (1982) (TV) Sgt. Thomas J. 'T.J.' Hooker
Circus of the Stars #6 (1981) (TV)
Babysitter, The (1980/I) (TV) Dr. Jeff Benedict
Kidnapping of the President, The (1980) Jerry O'Connor
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) Admiral/Captain James T. Kirk
Disaster on the Coastliner (1979) (TV) Stuart Peters
Riel (1979) (TV) The Barker
Crash (1978) (TV) Carl Tobias
Little Women (1978) (TV) Professor Friedrich Bhaer
Third Walker, The (1978) Munro Maclean
Bastard, The (1978) (TV) Paul Revere
How the West Was Won (1978) (mini) Serie TV Capt. Harrison
Kingdom of the Spiders (1977) Dr. Robert 'Rack' Hansen
Testimony of Two Men (1977) (mini) Serie TV Adrian Ferrier
Whale of a Tale, A (1976) Dr. Jack Fredericks
Columbo: Fade in to Murder (1976) (TV) Detective Lucerne/Ward Fowler
Perilous Voyage (1976) (TV) Steve Monroe
Land of No Return (1975) Curt Benell
Tenth Level, The (1975) (TV) Prof. Stephen Turner
Barbary Coast (1975) Serie TV Jeff Cable
Devil's Rain, The (1975) Mark Preston
Barbary Coast (1975) (TV) Jeff Cable
Impulse (1974) Matt Stone
Big Bad Mama (1974) William J. Baxter
Pray for the Wildcats (1974) (TV) Warren Summerfield
Indict and Convict (1974) (TV) Sam Belden
Star Trek (1973) Serie TV (voix) Captain James Tiberius Kirk (1973-1975)
Pioneer Woman (1973) (TV) John Sergeant
Horror at 37,000 Feet (1973) (TV) Paul Kovalik
Go Ask Alice (1973) (TV) Sam, Alice's Father
Incident on a Dark Street (1973) (TV) Deaver G. Wallace
Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1972) (TV) George Stapleton
People, The (1972) (TV) Dr. Curtis
Owen Marshall, Counsellor at Law (1971) (TV) District Attorney Dave Blankenship
Vanished (1971) (TV) Dave Paulick
Andersonville Trial, The (1970) (TV) Lt. Col. N.P. Chipman
Sole Survivor (1970) (TV) Lt. Col. Josef Gronke
Shadow Game (1969) (TV)
Comanche blanco (1968) Johnny Moon/Notah
Alexander the Great (1968) (TV) Alexander
Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966) (TV) Captain James T. Kirk
Star Trek (1966) Serie TV Captain James T. Kirk
Incubus (1965) Marc
For the People (1965) Serie TV David Koster
Outrage, The (1964) Preacher
Intruder, The (1962) Adam Cramer
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) Capt.Harrison Byers, Haywood's Aide
Explosive Generation, The (1961) Peter Gifford
Night of the Auk, The (1960) (TV) Lewis Rohnen
Tactic (1959) Serie TV
Brothers Karamazov, The (1958) Alexi Karamazov
Oedipus Rex (1957) Priest
Billy Budd (1955) (TV)
Howdy Doody (1954) Serie TV Ranger Bob (1954)
Butler's Night Off, The (1951) A crook


Breeds and shows American Saddlebreds and Quarter Horses.

Hobbies: horses and tennis.

He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care".

Attended McGill University, in Montreal.

'The Shatner Building' at McGill University is named after him.

Shortly after the original series of "Star Trek" (1966) was cancelled, his wife Gloria Rand left him and took him to the cleaners. With very little money and acting prospects now, he lived in a truck bed camper until acting bit-parts turned into higher paying roles.

Has done far more than "Star Trek" (1966) and a few other science fiction shows. The face that launched a thousand starships has also performed in radio dramas, on Broadway, participated in live television during the Golden Age and accomplished award winning stage performances.

Shatner is the CEO of the Toronto-based Core Digital Effects company that did the effects for the 1996 film "Fly Away Home".

Is fluent in French.

Wrote some Star Trek fiction novels, among them "The Ashes of Eden", "The Return", and "Avenger".

In 2001, he married Elizabeth Martin, a horse trainer who lost her husband to cancer in 1997. Their grief and their love of horses drew them together they currently live in Southern California.

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983.

His face appears on the cover of the official First Aid handbook issued by the National Safety Council.

Produces and hosts the annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show which he founded in 1990. Over 1.25 million dollars has been raised for children's charities, such as Ahead With Horses, L.A.'s BEST and Children's Museum of Los Angeles.

In 1999, he was nominated for an Emmy for his guest-starring role in "3rd Rock from the Sun" (1996).

Wrote and directed a college musical ...."The Red, White and Blue Revue".

He understudied Christopher Plummer in a stage production of "Henry V".

Has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University in Montreal.

His favorite "Star Trek" (1966) episode is "The Devil in the Dark".

His clipped, dramatic narration, peppered with dramatic pauses, is often referred to as "Shatnerian".

In the late 1960s he recorded an LP entitled "The Transformed Man", which is considered a camp classic today. One track was a spoken cover verion of "Mr. Tambourine Man", in which he gave an over-dramatic performance that some compared to a man on a bad drug trip. Shatner today embraces his checkered reputation as a "camp" performer.

His version of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" was voted as the worst massacre of a Beatles song ever in May 2003.

Is a vegetarian.

Did most of his own stunts for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), even though he had a stunt double, John Meier.

During the filming of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) a fire broke out on the studio lot that threatened to destroy the Genesis planet sets. Shatner was one of a few cast and crew members who helped try to put the fire out, grabbing a fire hose and spraying it at the fire.

Was the first person to appear on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993) sketch "Celebrity Secrets," which has since become a regular sketch on the show featuring major celebrities such as 'Harrison Ford' , Tom Hanks, and Shatner's fellow Enterprise Captain, 'Patrick Stewart' .

Has appeared in productions at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

According to Debra Hill, a Halloween mask in Shatner's likeness was painted white and used as the mask of Michael Myers in the original Halloween (1978).

Worked as a camp counselor, as a teen, at Camp B'nai Brith in the Laurentian Mountains in Quebec.

Had a *very* brief stint on "WWF Monday Night RAW" (1993) as the "manager" of Bret Hart.

At first, Shatner believed that as the star of "Star Trek" (1966), he was supposed to "outshine" the rest of the actors. He said later he came to appreciate the merits of an ensemble cast, and each member's contribution, working on the show.

In his early performing days, Shatner was once required to play the piano in a scene (with music supplied off-camera), then pull a weapon from a drawer to kill another actor. First the piano cue went badly, then the only "weapon" available turned out to be a corkscrew. Shatner carried on, and in his own words, "I screwed him to death!"

His 1986 "Saturday Night Live" (1975) appearance mocked Iran-Contra figure Oliver North (with Shatner standing mute in a green uniform), his own recently-cancelled "T.J. Hooker" (1982), and even overzealous "Star Trek" (1966) fans, when a sketch had him addressing a convention with the words "Get a life!" (So many fans asked him later if he'd meant anything by the sketch--he hadn't; it was written by the SNL staff--that "Get a Life!" became the title of his fan memoir.)

Did a concert with crooner 'Brian Evans' in Key West, joining the singer for his own style and rendition of the song "Lady Is A Tramp" and "What Kind of Fool Am I."

Has appeared in episode of five different series with Leonard Nimoy: "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964), "Star Trek" (1966), "Star Trek" (1973), "T.J. Hooker" (1982) and "Futurama" (1999).

He had some worries about appearing in the Futurama episode, "Where No Fan Has Gone Before". He spoke with Billy West, who told Shatner that the cast and crew had nothing but respect for him. He agreed to continue.

He joins Sylvester Stallone, Prince, Kevin Costner, Roberto Benigni, and Tom Green (III) as being the only actors to direct themselves in performances that would "win" them a Razzie Award for Worst Actor.


Has 3 daughters, Leslie, Lisabeth, and Melanie. He and his wife live in Southern California. Also has a 360 acre horse farm in Kentucky.

Shatner's third wife, Nerine, accidently drowned in the swimming pool at their home in Studio City. [9 August 1999]

Daughter Lisbeth wrote the script for the T.J. Hooker episode "Partners in Death" (1986).

Children with Gloria Rand: Leslie Carol (born August 31, 1958, married to Gordon Walker, two children: Grant and Eric); Lisabeth Mary (born June 12, 1960, married to Adam Issacs); Melanie Ann (born August 1, 1964, married to actor Joel Gretsch).

Father of Melanie Shatner.

Daughter Lisabeth Shatner was Miss Golden Globe 1985.

Both his daughters Leslie and Lisabeth appeared in the "Star Trek" (1966) episode "Miri".

His daughter Melanie had a small role in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) that was directed by her father.

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  • Creation date: 01/07/2003 by stals
  • Last update: 22/05/2010 by abdest

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