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William Shatner

William Shatner has notched up an impressive 50-plus years in front of the camera, most recently displaying comedic talent, and being instantly recognizable to several generations of cult television fans as the square-jawed Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise.Shatner was born in Côte Saint-Luc, Montreal, Canada, to Anne (Garmaise) and Joseph Shatner, a clothing manufacturer. His father was a Jewish immigrant from Bukovina in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, while his maternal grandparents were Lithuanian Jews. After graduating from university he joined a local Summer theatre group as an assistant manager. He then performed with the National Repertory Theatre of Ottawa and at the Stratford, Ontario Shakespeare Festival as an understudy working with such as Alec Guinness, James Mason, and Anthony Quayle. He came to the attention of New York critics and was soon playing important roles on major shows in live television.Shatner spent many years honing his craft before debuting alongside Yul Brynner in The Brothers Karamazov (1958). He was kept busy during the 1960s in films such as Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) and The Intruder (1962) and on television guest-starring in dozens of series such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), The Defenders (1961), The Outer Limits (1963) and Twilight Zone (1959). In 1966, Shatner boarded the USS Enterprise for three seasons of Star Trek (1966), co-starring alongside Leonard Nimoy, with the series eventually becoming a bona-fide cult classic with a worldwide legion of fans known as "Trekkies".After "Star Trek" folded, Shatner spent the rest of the decade and the 1970s making the rounds guest-starring on many prime-time television series, including Hawaii Five-O (1968), Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) and Ironside (1967). He has also appeared in several feature films, but they were mainly B-grade (or lower) fare such as the embarrassingly bad Euro western White Comanche (1968) and the campy Kingdom of the Spiders (1977). However, the 1980s saw a major resurgence in Shatner's career with the renewed interest in the original Star Trek (1966) series culminating in a series of big-budget "Star Trek" feature films including Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), 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). In addition, he starred in the lightweight police series T.J. Hooker (1982) from 1982 to 1986, alongside spunky Heather Locklear, and surprised many fans with his droll comedic talents in Airplane II: The Sequel (1982), Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) and Miss Congeniality (2000).He has most recently been starring in the David E. Kelley television series The Practice (1997) and its spin-off Boston Legal (2004).Outside of work he jogs and follows other athletic pursuits. His interest in health and nutrition led to him becoming spokesman for the American Health Institute's 'Know Your Body' Programme to promote nutritional and physical health.

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Mar 22, 1931 In Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Gunsmoke 1955-09-10
Latest Project:
Series The Real History of Science Fiction 2014-04-19

Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 17 wins & 36 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Star Trek: The Original Series
The Real History of Science Fiction Self - Star Trek 2 episodes, 2014 2014-04-19
The Queen Latifah Show Unknown 2013
Brand X with Russell Brand Unknown 2012-06-28
Piers Morgan Live Unknown 2011-01-17
American Pickers Unknown 2010-01-18
Weird or What? Self - Host 27 episodes, 2010-2012 2010-04-21
Hot in Cleveland Unknown 2010-06-16
Conan Unknown 2010-11-08
$#*! My Dad Says Dr. Edison Milford Goodson III 18 episodes, 2010-2011 2010-09-23
Rookie Blue Unknown 2010-06-24
Castle Unknown 2009
Pioneers of Television Self / ... 3 episodes, 2011-2014 2008-01-02
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
Psych Unknown 2006-07-07
The Contender Unknown 2005-03-07
Dancing with the Stars Unknown 2005-06-01
Hell's Kitchen Unknown 2005-05-30
Balls of Steel Unknown 2005-08-19
Squidbillies Unknown 2005-10-16
The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
Atomic Betty Unknown 2004-09-17
Boston Legal Denny Crane 101 episodes, 2004-2008 2004-10-03
Chilly Beach Unknown 2003-09-03
Star Trek: Enterprise Unknown 2001-09-26
Futurama Unknown 1999-03-28
Hercules Unknown 1998-08-31
Perversions of Science Unknown 1997-06-07
The Practice Unknown 1997-03-04
Space Cadets Unknown 1997-07-15
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
3rd Rock from the Sun Unknown 1996-01-09
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Les muppets Unknown 1996-03-08
TekWar Walter H. Bascom 18 episodes, 1994-1996 1995-01-07
Room 101 Unknown 1994-07-04
Space Ghost Coast to Coast Unknown 1994-04-15
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Unknown 1993-01-03
WWE Raw Unknown 1993-01-11
SeaQuest 2032 Unknown 1993-09-12
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Unknown 1993-01-27
The Larry Sanders Show Unknown 1992-08-15
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Eek! The Cat Unknown 1992-09-11
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unknown 1990-09-10
Have I Got News for You Unknown 1990-09-28
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
The Ray Bradbury Theater Unknown 1985-05-21
Wheel of Fortune Unknown 1983-09-19
T.J. Hooker Sgt. T.J. Hooker 90 episodes, 1982-1986 1982-03-13
Police Squad! Unknown 1982-03-04
Mork & Mindy Unknown 1978-09-14
The Oregon Trail Unknown 1976-01-10
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
The Six Million Dollar Man Unknown 1974-01-18
Police Woman Unknown 1974-09-13
The Magician Unknown 1973-03-17
Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Star Trek: The Animated Series Capt. Kirk 22 episodes, 1973-1974 1973-09-08
Kung Fu Unknown 1972-02-22
Columbo Unknown 1971-03-01
Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
L'homme de fer Unknown 1967-09-14
Star Trek: The Original Series Capt. Kirk / ... 79 episodes, 1966-1969 1966-09-08
Mission: Impossible Unknown 1966-09-17
The Big Valley Unknown 1965-09-15
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Unknown 1964-09-22
The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
One Step Beyond Unknown 1959-01-20
The Twilight Zone Unknown 1959-10-02
Naked City Unknown 1958-09-30
Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02