Mar. 22nd, 1931
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
5' 9 1/2
Guest TV Roles
Dr. Carl Noyes
Assistant District Attorney Earl Rhodes
The Big Giant Head
Paul De Vinger
Himself - Guest
Handsome Canadian-born actor who - despite his detractors - has notched up an impressive 50-years-plus in front of the camera, most recently displaying comedic talent, and being instantly recognizable to several generations of cult TV fans as the square-jawed Capt. James T. Kirk, commander of the starship USS Enterprise.
Shatner spent many years honing his craft in TV and live theater before debuting alongside 'Yul Brynner' in The Brothers Karamazov (1958). He was kept busy during the 1960s in films such as The Intruder (1962) and Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) and on television guest-starring in dozens of shows such as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955), "The Defenders" (1961), "The Outer Limits" (1963) and "The 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 TV shows, 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 Comanche blanco (1968) (aka The White Comanche) 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 old "Star Trek" (1966) television series culminating in a series of big-budget "Star Trek" feature films including Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek: 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 cop 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 (I) television shows "The Practice" (1997) and "Boston Legal" (2004).
- Released an album titled 'Has Been' in 2004. The album was produced by 'Ben Folds' (qv) who also plays on the album. Other guest performers on the album include Joe Jackson, Aimee Mann, Henry Rollins and Adrian Belew.
- He joins 'Sylvester Stallone' (qv), 'Prince (I)' (qv), 'Kevin Costner' (qv), 'Roberto Benigni' (qv) and 'Tom Green (III)' (qv) as being the only actors to direct themselves in performances that would "win" them a Razzie Award for Worst Actor.
- Breeds and shows American Saddlebreds and Quarter Horses.
- Often jogged for charity from 1976-1980. Running to support the Olympics held in his hometown of Montreal and for late Canadian amputee Terry Fox and his cross country marathon.
- He understudied 'Christopher Plummer (I)' (qv) in a stage production of "Henry V".
- Has appeared in episodes of three different series with 'George Takei' (qv) and 'Nichelle Nichols' (qv): _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv), _"Star Trek" (1973)_ (qv) and _"Futurama" (1999)_ (qv).
- In the June 17, 2009 episode of _"The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" (2009)_ (qv) it was revealed he cannot perform the Vulcan salute ('live long and prosper') hand gesture.
- Wrote the _TekWar (1994) (TV)_ (qv) series of sci-fi books, completely unrelated to "Star Trek". These were turned into several made-for-TV movies and a short-lived series. Shatner himself costarred, and directed several episodes.