Actor William Alan Shatner was born in Canada on March 22, 1931. In a seven-decade career, he is best known for playing James T. Kirk in the Star Trek series, from his 1965 television series debut as the Enterprise’s captain in the second pilot to his final appearance as Admiral Kirk in the seventh Star Trek feature film, Star Trek Generations (1994).
Before transitioning to leading roles in several US television shows, Shatner started his screen acting career in Canadian films and television projects. In all 22 episodes of Star Trek: The Animated Series, 21 of the 22 episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series, and the first seven Star Trek films, he played James Kirk. He has written a number of novels that detail his experiences prior to, during, and following his service with Starfleet.
Additionally, he co-wrote a number of books set in the Star Trek world as well as the TekWar series of science fiction books, which were turned into television shows. Outside of Star Trek, Shatner starred in T. J. Hooker (1982–1986) as the titular veteran police sergeant and hosted Rescue 911 (1989–1996), a reality television program that received the People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Dramatic Series.
One of his several such contributions to television programs from the 1970s to the 2010s was his appearances as a guest star in two episodes of the television detective series Columbo, over two decades apart.
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With a net worth of $100 million, William Shatner is a Canadian-born actor, author, producer, director, screenwriter, and singer. His most well-known role is as Captain James T. Kirk in the “Star Trek” series. Shatner has additionally played the lead in popular television programs like “T.J. Hooker,” “The Practice,” and “Boston Legal.”
Shatner was born on March 22, 1931, into a Conservative Jewish family in Montreal, Quebec, Canada’s Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighborhood. Ann (born Garmaise) and Joseph Shatner, a clothes manufacturer, were his parents. He has a younger sister, Farla Cohen (1940-? ), and an elder sister, Joy Rutenberg (1928-).
He is the middle child of three children. His grandpa, Wolf Schattner, anglicized his patrilineal family name, which was Schattner. Shatner’s four grandparents were all Jewish immigrants who arrived from towns that are now in Lithuania and Ukraine but were were part of the Russian Empire and Austria-Hungary.
Shatner graduated from the Montreal Children’s Theatre and attended Willingdon Elementary School and West Hill High School in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce in 1952 after studying economics at the McGill University Faculty of Management in Montreal. 2011 saw him receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from McGill University. In May 2018, the New England Institute of Technology bestowed upon him the same honor.
Shatner secured a position as the Montreal playhouse’s business manager after graduating from college. After that, he enrolled in a Shakespeare acting course at the Canadian National Repertory Theatre. Shatner took on a variety of roles at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival beginning in 1954. Shatner was hired the same year to play Ranger Bob on the Canadian version of “Howdy Doody.” In “The Brothers Karamazov” in 1958, he made his big-screen debut. He was cast in the “The Glass Eye” episode of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.”
Naturally, Shatner’s big break came when he was chosen to play Captain James T. Kirk in the 1966–1969 television series “Star Trek.” He made a voice-only comeback as Captain Kirk in the animated “Star Trek” series in 1973.
Due to syndicated reruns, Star Trek had a cult following in the 1970s after it was cancelled, and Captain Kirk rose to fame as a result. Shatner started showing up at Star Trek events.
On the 1982–1986 television series “T. J. Hooker,” Shatner received a starring part. He played James T. Kirk once more in five “Star Trek” films during the 1980s. During this time, he also started directing motion pictures and television. A number of “T. J. Hooker” episodes as well as the motion picture “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” were directed by William Shatner.
In the year 2000 film “Miss Congeniality,” Shatner co-starred. In the 2004 follow-up, “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous,” he played the part once more.
Shatner played Denny Crane in the final season of the legal drama “The Practice” by David E. Kelley. Shatner played the part of Crane in “Boston Legal,” which he stayed with until its conclusion in 2008.