Born In: Montreal, Canada
William Shatner is a Canadian actor, singer, comedian. Shatner initially started off as a stage actor before graduating into television. His career changed completely when he got the role of the iconic Captain James T. Kirk in the cult television series ‘Star Trek.' Shatner went on to portray the character in the films that followed over the years to become one of the most loved film stars of his generation. Shatner worked in television throughout his life and also wrote some episodes of the TV series titled ‘T. J. Hooker’ that started in 1982. As a television star, Shatner’s most famous role was that of the character Denny Crane in the series ‘The Practice’ and later on in the series ‘Boston Legal’. His performance was widely appreciated and he also earned various awards and accolades for the same. He has also appeared in a number of plays at Broadway and his training as a Shakespearean actor has been evident in all those performances.
Also Known As: William Alan Shatner
Spouse/Ex-: Elizabeth Shatner (m. 2001), Gloria Rand (m. 1956–1969), Marcy Lafferty (m. 1973–1996), Nerine Kidd (m. 1997–1999)
father: Joseph Shatner
siblings: Farla, Joy a
children: Leslie Carol Shatner, Lisabeth Shatner, Melanie Shatner
Born Country: Canada
Ancestry: Hungarian Canadian, Austrian Canadian, Ukrainian Canadian, Polish Canadian, Canadian American
Notable Alumni: New England Institute Of Technology, McGill University Faculty Of Management, Montreal Children's Theatre
City: Montreal, Canada
education: Montreal Children's Theatre, McGill University Faculty Of Management, New England Institute Of Technology
William Shatner was born in Notre-Dame-De-Grace, Montreal, Quebec, Canada on March 22, 1931, in a Jewish family to Joseph Shatner and Anne Shatner. His father Joseph had a cloth manufacturing business and his mother worked as an elocutionist. Shatner had two sisters.
In 1954, William Shatner started off as a performer at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival after having trained in the nuances of Shakespearean acting at the Canadian National Repertory Theatre. Two years later Shatner acted in the play ‘Tamburlaine the Great’ at Broadway.
Shatner acted in plays as well as television programmes for some years before he got his first break in films in the year 1958, when he was cast in the film ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ produced by MGM. The same year, Shatner’s performance in the play ‘The World of Suzie Wong’ was well received.
Throughout the 1960s, William Shatner worked in movies and television simultaneously, along with a bit of theatre. He starred in films like ‘Explosive Generation’, ‘Intruder’ and ‘Judgement at Nuremberg among others while on television he was a part of the cast of ‘Thriller’, ‘Twilight Zone’ and ‘The Outer Limits’.
He started working in the TV series ‘T.J. Hooker’ in 1982, and he also directed some episodes of the series. Seven years later Shatner hosted the popular crime show ‘Rescue 911’ which ran for seven years. He also wrote some science fiction novels at the time and the first published book was ‘TekWar’.
He appeared in the show ‘The Practice’ in the role of the lawyer Denny Crane and the character became so popular that in 2004, he was cast as the same character in the show ‘Boston Legal’. His performances in the latter show earned him rave reviews. Four years later his autobiography ‘Up Till Now- The Autobiography’ was released. He has appeared in a number of TV shows, documentaries and films over the latter part of his career.
William Shatner has had a long career in television, films and the stage and he has produced excellent work across mediums. However, the most important work of his career was his portrayal of Capt. James T. Kirk in the Star Trek films.
He got married to actress Gloria Rand on August 12, 1956. The couple had three daughters. The marriage ended in divorce after 13 years.
In 1973, he got married to Marcy Lafferty but this marriage too ended 23 years later in 1996. He did not have any children from this marriage.
In 1997, he got married to actress Nerine Kidd but two years after their marriage, Kidd died as a result of drowning in a swimming pool due to the effects of alcohol and Valium.
Shatner got married for the fourth time to Elizabeth Joyce Martin in 2001. However, they parted ways in 2020.
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|2005||Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||Boston Legal (2004)|
|2005||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Boston Legal (2004)|
|2004||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series||The Practice (1997)|
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