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William Shatner has cultivated a career that has spanned 50 years as a professional actor, director, producer, screenwriter, recording artist, author and horseman. He is one of pop culture’s most recognizable figures and has also established himself as a majorHollywood philanthropist.
In September 2004, Shatner won his first Emmy Award for his recurring role as eccentric law firm partner Denny Crane on The Practice, the David E. Kelley-created legal drama that finished its impressive eight-year run on ABC in 2004. Shatner is currently reprising the role as a series regular on Boston Legal; the portrayal garnered him his first Golden Globe award in January, 2005, and he won a second Emmy in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Born in Montreal, Shatner developed an early interest in acting and started working professionally at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) even before he reached his teens. He found himself drawn to the theater and eventually joined the Stratford Shakespeare Festival under Sir Tyrone Guthrie. When Tamburlaine, one of the festival’s productions, moved to Broadway, Shatner was immediately noticed by theNew York critics. He later returned to Canada, winning the Tyrone Guthrie Award soon thereafter. Shatner later moved to New York City and was a part of television’s Golden Age, working on programs such as Playhouse 90 and Studio One. He made his film debut in the 1957 film, The Brothers Karamazov, followed by Judgment at Nuremberg and The Intruder. During the same period, he starred on Broadway in The World of Suzie Wongand A Shot in the Dark.
He has since guest starred in over several hundred television programs, including classics such as The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Mission: Impossible. He also recurred on other staples, including 77 Sunset Strip and Dr. Kildare, before garnering an Emmy nomination for his appearances in 3rd Rock from the Sun.
In 1966 Shatner originated the role of Captain James T. Kirk in television series Star Trek, which rocketed into fame only after the show was cancelled and re-launched in syndication. The series spawned a feature film franchise, and Shatner reprised the role of Captain Kirk in seven of the Stark Trek motion pictures. He has since appeared in other movies such as Airplane II: The Sequel, Loaded Weapon 1, as well as both installments of the Miss Congeniality franchise. Shatner played the title role in the network television series hit T.J. Hooker before hosting the CBS series Rescue 911 for six seasons. Since the show first aired, over 300 lives have been saved by people who learned a life-saving technique from the show.
He made his feature film directorial debut in 1989 with Star Trek V: The Final Frontier(in which he also starred, as well as helped conceive the story). Since then he has directed several other features, television movies and episodics. Most recently he directed (as well as produced and starred in) Groom Lake, a picture about the mysterious area surrounding Roswell, New Mexico.
Since April 1998, Shatner has served as the spokesman for Priceline.com. He was one of the first celebrities in Hollywood to recognize the importance of the Internet and his enduring appeal has proven to be an integral part of the company’s ad campaigns and brand marketing program. As the celebrity spokesperson for Priceline.com, he contributes his trademark sense of humor and entertaining style to the groundbreaking and humorous series of television and radio commercials.
In September 2004, Shatner traveled to Riverside, Iowa, which boasts of being theFuture Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk. Shatner and a crew from Los Angeles filmed Invasion Iowa, a reality series in which an entire town was punk’d into believing that a sci-fi motion picture was being shot. Locals were hired on as cast and crew only to discover that their reactions not a movie were being filmed. The series aired in March 2005 on Spike TV and was very well received by critics and audiences alike.
Shatner’s love and appreciation of music inspired him to go into the studio and recordHas Been, a compilation of songs he recorded with such musical artists as Ben Folds (who also produced the record), Brad Paisley, Joe Jackson, Aimee Mann and Henry Rollins. The album features Shatner’s trademark vocalization and shows off his passion for poetry and lyricism. Has Been was released through Shout! Factory in October 2004.
Off the screen and broadcast waves, Shatner has authored over 20 bestselling books in both the fiction and non-fiction genres. His novel series, TekWar, was turned into a television series for The Sci-Fi Network (in which he starred and directed). Some of his other popular novels include Man O’ War, Star Trek Avenger and Ashes of Eden. He wrote two books on his Star Trek career entitled Star Trek Memories and Star Trek Movie Memories, before penning Get A Life!, a hilarious and endearing look at the cult of Star Trek conventions.
Shatner has also become a success at yet another career horse breeding. A longtime dedicated breeder of American Quarter horses, he has had smashing success with the beautiful American Saddlebred, developing and owning the world champion Sultan’s Great Day. In August 1997, he won the World Harness Championship at Louisville,Kentucky, with his Saddlebred, Revival.
This love for horses led him to his involvement with AHEAD With Horses, a charity organization that gives physically and mentally challenged children the thrill of riding a horse and boosts their confidence and self-esteem. For the past 14 years, he has hosted the Hollywood Charity Horse Show at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. The event, held every spring, benefits AHEAD With Horses and other child-oriented charities in the Los Angeles area. Additionally, he has worked with the American Tinnitus Association, raising awareness of this debilitating illness. Shatner and his wife, Elizabeth, and his three married children and three grand children live in Los Angeles.
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