Mar. 22nd, 1931
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Guest TV Roles[none found]
William Shatner OC is a Canadian actor, author, producer, and director. In his seven decades of television, Shatner became a cultural icon for his portrayal of James T. Kirk, captain of the USS Enterprise, in the Star Trek franchise
- 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.
- Suffers from tinnitus (ringing in the ears), along with _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv) co- star 'Leonard Nimoy' (qv). Nimoy's right ear and Shatner's left ear are affected. Their hearing was apparently damaged during the filming of the episode "Arena" when they were both too close to a special effects explosion.
- Both his daughters 'Melanie Shatner' (qv) and 'Lisabeth Shatner' (qv) appeared in the _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv) episode "Miri".
- Did a concert with crooner 'Brian Evans (I)' (qv) in Key West, joining the singer for his own style and rendition of the songs "Lady Is A Tramp" and "What Kind of Fool Am I".
- At first, Shatner believed that as the star of _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv), 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 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.
- Mr. Lemli, a character from the original _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv) series played by 'Roger Holloway' (qv), was named after his three daughters Elizabeth, Leslie and Melanie.
- Auctioned a kidney stone to GoldenPalace.com for $75,000. The money went to Habitat for Humanity, a charity that builds houses for the needy.