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Birth information

22 March 1931 Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Nickname

Bill
Billy

How tall is William Shatner?

1.77 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Elizabeth Shatner
Nerine Kidd
Marcy Lafferty
Gloria Rand

Life Story of William Shatner

William Shatner has notched up an impressive 50-plus years in front of the camera, displaying heady 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, Montréal, Québec, Canada, to Anne (Garmaise) and Joseph Shatner, a clothing manufacturer. His father was a Jewish emigrant 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 on 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...

Significant features of William Shatner

Clipped, dramatic narration
Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) and seven of the Star Trek films
Radio disc jockey voice

How much money has William Shatner earned?

Kingdom of the Spiders (1977) 20,000 plus 7 1/2 percentage of the gross

Publications and Magazines about William Shatner

Robert E. Schnakenberg The Encyclopedia Shatnerica. 1998
Dennis William Hauck William Shatner: A Bio-Bibliography. 1994
William Shatner with Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath Shatner: Where No Man... The Authorized Biography of William Shatner. 1979
William Shatner with David Fisher Up Till Now: The Autobiography. 2008
Lisabeth Shatner Captain's Log. 1989
William Shatner; Chris Regan Shatner Rules. 2011

Biographical movies about William Shatner

William Shatner's Star Trek Memories 1995
William Shatner in Concert 2006
Die Akte Enterprise - Ein Raumschiff verändert die Welt 2005
Auto Destruct: One Man's Obsession with William Shatner 2005
E! True Hollywood Story: "William Shatner" Episode #7.12 2002

What movies did William Shatner play or participate?

Producers Filmography
William Shatner War Chronicles: German (2015) , Mutasia (2018) , The Truth Is in the Stars (2017) , God Woke (2016) , William Shatner War Chronicles (2015) , Chaos on the Bridge (2014) , The Captains Close Up (2013) , Still Kicking (2013) , Weird or What? (2012) , Get a Life! (2012) , Shatner's Raw Nerve (2011) , Aftermath with William Shatner (2011) , The Captains (2011) , William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet (2009) , The Shatner Project (2008) , Die Feuerschlange (2007) , Stalking...

Birth information

22 March 1931 Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Nickname

Bill
Billy

How tall is William Shatner?

1.77 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Elizabeth Shatner
Nerine Kidd
Marcy Lafferty
Gloria Rand

Life Story of William Shatner

William Shatner has notched up an impressive 50-plus years in front of the camera, displaying heady 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, Montréal, Québec, Canada, to Anne (Garmaise) and Joseph Shatner, a clothing manufacturer. His father was a Jewish emigrant 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 on 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...

Significant features of William Shatner

Clipped, dramatic narration
Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) and seven of the Star Trek films
Radio disc jockey voice

How much money has William Shatner earned?

Kingdom of the Spiders (1977) 20,000 plus 7 1/2 percentage of the gross

Publications and Magazines about William Shatner

Robert E. Schnakenberg The Encyclopedia Shatnerica. 1998
Dennis William Hauck William Shatner: A Bio-Bibliography. 1994
William Shatner with Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath Shatner: Where No Man... The Authorized Biography of William Shatner. 1979
William Shatner with David Fisher Up Till Now: The Autobiography. 2008
Lisabeth Shatner Captain's Log. 1989
William Shatner; Chris Regan Shatner Rules. 2011

Biographical movies about William Shatner

William Shatner's Star Trek Memories 1995
William Shatner in Concert 2006
Die Akte Enterprise - Ein Raumschiff verändert die Welt 2005
Auto Destruct: One Man's Obsession with William Shatner 2005
E! True Hollywood Story: "William Shatner" Episode #7.12 2002

What movies did William Shatner play or participate?

Producers Filmography
William Shatner War Chronicles: German (2015) , Mutasia (2018) , The Truth Is in the Stars (2017) , God Woke (2016) , William Shatner War Chronicles (2015) , Chaos on the Bridge (2014) , The Captains Close Up (2013) , Still Kicking (2013) , Weird or What? (2012) , Get a Life! (2012) , Shatner's Raw Nerve (2011) , Aftermath with William Shatner (2011) , The Captains (2011) , William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet (2009) , The Shatner Project (2008) , Die Feuerschlange (2007) , Stalking...

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William Shatner in Star Trek: Der Film (1979)

His daughter Lisabeth Shatner wrote the script for the episode T.J. Hooker: Partners in Death (1986).

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William Shatner and Persis Khambatta in Star Trek: Der Film (1979)

Breeds and shows American saddlebreds and quarter-horses.

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Has three daughters: Leslie Carol Shatner (born in 1958), Lisabeth Shatner (born in 1960) and Melanie Shatner (born in 1964). He and his wife, Elizabeth Shatner, live in Southern California, and they also own a 360-acre horse farm in Kentucky.

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Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, and DeForest Kelley in Star Trek: Der Film (1979)

His hobbies are horses, horseback riding and playing tennis.

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Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner in Star Trek: Der Film (1979)

He appeared in the music video, and he sang in the choir, in the song "Voices That Care".

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William Shatner, Ed Kemmer, and Christine White in Unglaubliche Geschichten (1959)

Received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Its student university center is currently named after him.

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William Shatner and Christine White in Unglaubliche Geschichten (1959)

Shortly after the original Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) series was canceled, his wife Gloria Rand left him and took a lot of money with her. With very little money and his acting prospects low, he lived in a pick-up truck camper until continually acting in bit parts led into higher-paying roles.

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William Shatner, Nick Cravat, and Christine White in Unglaubliche Geschichten (1959)

Is the CEO of the Toronto-based Core Digital Effects company that did the effects for the adventure drama Fly Away Home (1996).

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William Shatner and Asa Maynor in Unglaubliche Geschichten (1959)

Speaks English and French fluently, from his bilingual upbringing in Montreal, Quebec.

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William Shatner in Unglaubliche Geschichten (1959)

Has written several Star Trek novels, including "The Ashes of Eden", "The Return" and "Avenger".

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William Shatner in Unglaubliche Geschichten (1959)

His children with Gloria Rand: Leslie Carol Shatner (born on August 31, 1958) is married to Gordon Walker, and is the mother of two children, Grant and Eric); Lisabeth Shatner (Lisabeth Mary Shatner) (born on June 12, 1960) is married to Andy Clement); and Melanie Shatner (Melanie Ann Shatner) (born on August 1, 1964) is married to actor Joel Gretsch).

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William Shatner in Unglaubliche Geschichten (1959)

His daughter Lisabeth Shatner was "Miss Golden Globe" 1985.

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William Shatner and Nick Cravat in Unglaubliche Geschichten (1959)

Two of his daughters, Melanie Shatner and Lisabeth Shatner, appeared in the episode Star Trek: The Original Series: Miri (1966) in small uncredited roles.

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William Shatner in Unglaubliche Geschichten (1959)

His daughter Melanie Shatner had a small role in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) that was directed by her father.

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William Shatner in Unglaubliche Geschichten (1959)

In 2001, he married Elizabeth Shatner (Elizabeth Anderson Martin), 30 years his junior. She is a horse trainer who had lost her husband to cancer in 1997. Their grief (Shatner was a widower) and their love of horses drew them together. They reside in Southern California and in Kentucky.

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William Shatner in Silicon Cowboys (2016)

His face appears on the cover of the official first aid handbook issued by the National Safety Council, stemming from his time hosting Rescue 911 (1989).

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Produces and hosts the annual "Hollywood Charity Horse Show" that he founded in 1990. More than $1.25 million has been raised for children's charities, such as "Ahead With Horses", "L.A.'s BEST" and the "Children's Museum of Los Angeles".

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William Shatner and Tori Spelling in Carol und die Weihnachtsgeister (2003)

He wrote and directed a college musical: "The Red, White and Blue Revue".

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William Shatner in Carol und die Weihnachtsgeister (2003)

He was the understudy of Christopher Plummer in a stage production of Shakespeare's play "Henry V" in Canada.

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William Shatner in Carol und die Weihnachtsgeister (2003)

His favorite Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) episode is Star Trek: The Original Series: The Devil in the Dark (1967).

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William Shatner and Doug McClure in Die Küste der Ganoven (1975)

His clipped, dramatic delivery of his lines, peppered with dramatic pauses, is often referred to as "Shatnerian".

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William Shatner in Not Necessarily the News (1982)

During the late 1960s, he recorded an LP record titled "The Transformed Man", that is considered to be a camp classic today. One track was a spoken cover version of "Mr. Tambourine Man" -- one in which he gave an overdramatic performance that some compared to a man on a bad drug trip. Shatner embraces his checkered reputation as a "camp" performer now.

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Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner in Star Trek III: Auf der Suche nach Mr. Spock (1984)

Did most of his own stunts for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), even though he had a stuntman, John Meier, to do the more difficult ones.

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During the filming of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), a fire broke out on the studio lot that threatened to destroy the Genesis Planet sets. Shatner was one of several cast and crew members who helped to put the fire out, wielding a fire hose to spray that at the fire.

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William Shatner in Star Trek III: Auf der Suche nach Mr. Spock (1984)

He was the first person to appear in the sketch on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) of "Celebrity Secrets". This became a regular sketch on this show featuring major celebrities such as Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, and his fellow Star Trek captains, Patrick Stewart and George Takei.

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Has appeared in productions at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

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William Shatner in Star Trek II: Der Zorn des Khan (1982)

According to Debra Hill, a Halloween mask in Shatner's likeness was painted white and used as the mask of Michael Myers in the original Halloween (1978).

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William Shatner in Star Trek II: Der Zorn des Khan (1982)

He once worked as a camp counselor as a teenager at the Camp B'nai Brith in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec.

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William Shatner in Star Trek II: Der Zorn des Khan (1982)

At first, he believed that as the star of Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), he was supposed to "outshine" the rest of the actors and actresses. He later said that he had come to appreciate the merits of having an ensemble cast, with each member's contribution while working on Star Trek.

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William Shatner in Star Trek: Der Film (1979)

In his early performing days, he was once required to play the piano in a scene (with music supplied off-camera), then pull a weapon from a drawer to kill another actor. First the piano cue went badly, then the only "weapon" available turned out to be a corkscrew. Shatner carried on, and in his own words, "I screwed him to death!".

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William Shatner in Die Entführung des Präsidenten (1980)

His appearance on Saturday Night Live (1975) in 1986 mocked the Iran-Contra Affair figure Oliver North (with Shatner standing mute in a green uniform); his own series T.J. Hooker (1982), recently canceled, and some overzealous Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) fans. This last sketch had him grimly addressing the fans at a Star Trek convention with the phrase "Get a life!" Many Trekkers asked him later if he had meant anything by the sketch. He claimed he had not, but that that had been written by the comedy writers of Saturday Night Live. Shatner later made "Get a Life!" the title of his Star Trek fan memoir.

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Has appeared in episodes of five different series with Leonard Nimoy: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964), Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973), T.J. Hooker (1982) and Futurama (1999).

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Had some worries about appearing in Futurama: Where No Fan Has Gone Before (2002). He spoke with Billy West, who told Shatner that the cast and crew had nothing but respect for him. He agreed to continue.

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William Shatner in Star Trek VI: Das unentdeckte Land (1991)

Has joined Sylvester Stallone, Prince, Kevin Costner, Roberto Benigni and Tom Green as being the few actors who have directed themselves in performances that "won" them Razzie Awards for "Worst Actor".

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Has appeared in episodes of three different series with George Takei and Nichelle Nichols: Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) and Futurama (1999).

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His paternal grandparents, Volf Schattner and Fruma Freyda Lecker, were Jewish emigrants from Kuty, Ukraine and Bukovina, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, respectively. William's father, Joseph Shatner, was born in Bukovina. William's maternal grandparents, Yaakov Garmaise and Yetta Kahn, were Jewish emigrants from Vilkaviskis, in Lithuania. He was mentioned in the episode The Simpsons: Like Father, Like Clown (1991) as being a famous Jewish entertainer. He was also mentioned by Adam Sandler in "The Hanukkah Song" ("You don't need Deck the Halls or Jingle Bell Rock / When you can spin a dreidel with Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock").

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During his marriage to Marcy Lafferty, he was the son-in-law of Perry Lafferty.

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The most popular television star in Germany, elected in on-line-voting by the spectators of the national television channel KabelEins. Has appeared in the final television show (aired 10/19/2005) to receive the honor personally.

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Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner in Star Trek IV: Zurück in die Gegenwart (1986)

Suffers from tinnitus (ringing in the ears), along with Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) co-star Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy's right ear and Shatner's left ear are affected. Their hearing was apparently damaged during the filming of the episode, Star Trek: The Original Series: Arena (1967), when they were both too close to a special effects explosion.

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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.

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Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner in Star Trek IV: Zurück in die Gegenwart (1986)

Is an expert equestrian (horse rider), which was put to good use in Star Trek Generations (1994). Co-star Patrick Stewart, despite his classical background, had very little experience with horses, so Shatner helped teach him. One of Shatner's tips was to wear pantyhose under his pants, to reduce chafing.

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