Thursday, March 13, 2008
Born in Canada, William Shatner (1931-) is an award winning actor who gained fame for playing James Kirk, captain of the starship USS Enterprise, in the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven movies. Shatner also played the title role as tough-as-nails police sergeant T.J. Hooker, from 1982 to 1986. He has since worked as a musician, author, producer, director, and celebrity pitchman.
Shatner currently co-stars as attorney Denny Crane on the television drama Boston Legal, for which he has won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award.
Shatner was cast as Captain James T. Kirk for the second pilot of Star Trek. He played Kirk for the Star Trek series from 1966 to 1969. Shatner participated in the first interracial kiss in a U.S. television drama series between fictional characters, with Nichelle Nichols, in the 1968 Star Trek episode "Plato's Stepchildren." The episode was not telecast in some Southern cities for fear of protest.
Between 1979 and 1991, William Shatner played Captain Kirk in the first six Star Trek films, and directed the fifth. In 1994, he returned to the role of Captain Kirk in Star Trek Generations – his character's final appearance in the movie series.
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