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William Shatner has notched up an impressive 50-plus years in front of the camera, most recently displaying comedic talent, and being instantly recognizable to several generations of cult television fans as the square-jawed Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise. Shatner was born in Côte Saint-Luc, Montreal, Canada, to Anne (Garmaise) and Joseph Shatner, a clothing manufacturer. His father was a Jewish immigrant from Bukovina in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, while his maternal grandparents were Lithuanian Jews. After graduating from university he joined a local Summer theatre group as an assistant manager. He then performed with the National Repertory Theatre of Ottawa and at the Stratford, Ontario Shakespeare Festival as an understudy working with such as Alec Guinness, James Mason, and Anthony Quayle. He came to the attention of New York critics and was soon playing important roles on major shows in live television. Shatner spent many years honing his craft before debuting alongside Yul Brynner in The Brothers Karamazov (1958). He was kept busy during the 1960s in films such as Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) and The Intruder (1962) and on television guest-starring in dozens of series 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 television series, 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 White Comanche (1968) 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 original Star Trek (1966) series culminating in a series of big-budget "Star Trek" feature films including Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II: 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 police 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 television series The Practice (1997) and its spin-off Boston Legal (2004). Outside of work he jogs and follows other athletic pursuits. His interest in health and nutrition led to him becoming spokesman for the American Health Institute's 'Know Your Body' Programme to promote nutritional and physical health.  See full bio on IMDb »

William Shatner's Home Prowler Returns, Makes Things Creepier

William Shatner
Mystery Prowler Returns to Home ... Gets Even Creepier

The suspicious man who showed up on William Shatner's property uninvited a couple weeks ago recently returned to the same spot, and took off once again before cops could talk to him. Law… READ MORE >

William Shatner, Cops Called to Home to Hunt for Possible Prowler

William Shatner
Cops Called to Home ... Hunt's on for Prowler

William Shatner had an unwanted visitor outside his home Thursday night, but when the suspicious man was confronted ... he took off at warp speed before cops could catch him. Law enforcement… READ MORE >

- 361 days ago
William Shatner Flipped Over in Horse and Buggy Show, But Not Injured

William Shatner
Flipped in Horse & Buggy Show ... But Not Injured

William Shatner had a buck of a scare when his horse got spooked, and tossed him from the cart it was pulling.   Shatner was participating in a horse and buggy competition Wednesday at… READ MORE >

- 544 days ago
William Shatner Becomes Bunny Rabbit Handler on 'Better Late Than Never'

William Shatner
From Captain Kirk to ... Bunny Handler!!!

William Shatner may have explored new worlds where no man has gone before, but now he's in Sweden ... running around with rabbits. The legendary "Star Trek" actor is in Stockholm shooting for his… READ MORE >

- 584 days ago
William Shatner Sued -- You're My Dad ... Now Beam Me Up $170 Million!

William Shatner Sued
You're My Dad ... Now Beam Me Up $170 Million!

A radio DJ is suing William Shatner for $170 million, claiming the actor is his father and has been denying it for years. Peter Sloan, 59, says Shatner admitted he was his dad back in… READ MORE >

- 1029 days ago
William Shatner -- Jets Back to L.A ... Mum About Leonard Nimoy's Funeral

William Shatner
Jets Back to L.A. Mum About Nimoy Funeral

William Shatner made a surprising return to Los Angeles Sunday ... but was quiet about whether he would attend Leonard Nimoy's funeral.  Shatner tweeted on Saturday ... he would not… READ MORE >

- 1422 days ago
William Shatner -- I Can't Attend Spock's Funeral

William Shatner
I Can't Attend Spock's Funeral

Captain Kirk says he won't be there when Mr. Spock beams up for the last time ... despite their decades of friendship. William Shatner says he's in Florida for a Red Cross Ball -- a commitment he… READ MORE >

- 1423 days ago
William Shatner -- 'Peyton Manning's My Boy' ... Broncos WILL Win Super Bowl

William Shatner
'Peyton Manning's My Boy' Broncos WILL Win Super Bowl

Sorry KC fans, the Chiefs ain't got a Vulcan chance in hell of winning the AFC ... so says "Star Trek" god William Shatner, who tells TMZ Sports the Lombardi Trophy's got Peyton Manning's name… READ MORE >

- 1849 days ago
'Star Trek' Legend William Shatner -- I Support J.J. Abrams Directing 'Star Wars'

'Star Trek' Legend
I Support J.J. Abrams Directing 'Star Wars'

Unlike the rest of the nerd universe, Captain Kirk (aka William Shatner) isn't offended that J.J. Abrams is directing the new "Star Wars" AND "Star Trek" flicks at the same time -- in fact, he… READ MORE >

- 1916 days ago
William Shatner -- Sued for Allegedly Harassing the Help

William Shatner
Sued for Allegedly Harassing the Help

William Shatner purposely "harassed and berated" a former employee ... all because the employee refused to sign a waiver after getting injured on the job -- this according to new legal docs. Oscar… READ MORE >

- 2330 days ago
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