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William Shatner’s One-Man Show Coming To Theaters

William Shatner's One-Man Show Coming To Theaters

This April, fans of William Shatner will have the opportunity to see his one-man show “Shatner’s World,” which toured live in recent years, in select US theaters.

The special engagement, which will be shown in more than 630 theaters on Thursday, April 24th and will feature Shatner on-stage as he walks through the story of his life and career.

“I’ve done this one-man show on Broadway and in many cities across the United States,” said Shatner. “At the curtain call, the audiences’ reaction, their love and appreciation, moved me to tears. This show has been one of the highlights of my life.”

“William Shatner takes fans on a unique and exciting journey where they’ll see the human side of his larger-than-life persona,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of Fathom Events. “This Hollywood icon truly offers us an intimate glimpse into the man behind the icon in ‘Shatner’s World’.”

In addition to the two-hour show, fans will also be shown an exclusive welcome from Shatner.

To purchase tickets, visit Fathom Events.

via Broadway World

Happy Birthday, William Shatner!

Happy Birthday, William Shatner!

Today, William Shatner, the actor who played the legendary Captain James Tiberius Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series and seven Star Trek motion pictures, turned 83 years old.

The Montreal-born actor started his career as a Shakespearean stage performer in Stratford, Canada and on Broadway in New York City in the early 1950’s. Though his first appearance in cinema was that of a minor role in the 1951 Canadian film The Butler’s Night Off, Shatner’s prominence in film did not arrive until his second debut in 1958 as Alexey Karamazov in The Brothers Karamazov, a film adaptation of one of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s literary works. During that time, he played a major role as Jim Whitely in The Glass Eye, an episode form the third season of the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In 1959, William Shatner performed on stage in Broadway once again as Lomax in The World of Suzie Wong; his outstanding performance was received very well by critics, which earned him greater repute in the theatrical and film community. In fact, his initial stardom was a precursor to greater achievements in film and television for the next several years before he took on more exploratory, original roles: where no man has gone before.

Shatner in The Twilight Zone

Shatner in The Twilight Zone

His more prominent contributions on-screen during the early 1960’s, though not highly recognized by today’s standards, included an episode of The Twilight Zone entitled “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”, in which Shatner played a paranoid airline passenger who is seemingly the only person aboard aware of a gremlin sabotaging the propeller engines on the wing of the plane (and yes, this WAS the original screenplay that was remade in the fourth segment of the 1983 film Twilight Zone: The Movie, starring 3rd Rock from the Sun’s John Lithgow sitting in Shatner’s seat on the plane (and quite possibly terrified by the same gremlin). In 1964, Shatner guest-starred in The Man from U.N.C.L.E, in which he played as Michael Donfield, an ex-businessman employed by the main character, Napoleon Solo, to expose a plot that would bring the United States and the Soviet Union on the brink of war. In the episode, Solo and Donfield discover co-conspirators Madame Kurasov and her assistant, Vladeck. Interestingly, Vladeck was played by Leonard Nimoy, who would later fill the shoes of Spock from the classic Star Trek: The Original Series. Though these two actors played the roles of enemies in a single episode, fate would unite them in the roles of close friends for an entire series, both on- and off-screen.

Shatner as Kirk in “Where No Man Has Gone Before”

Shatner as Kirk in “Where No Man Has Gone Before”

In 1966, William Shatner was cast as Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek’s second pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” a role in a series that lasted until its abrupt cancellation in 1969. His exceptional performance impacted science fiction for years to come. Despite the low financial status of the show’s budget and its poor reception of the audience at the time, Shatner’s portrayal of Kirk set the standard for many leadership roles in films and shows, from Battlestar Galactica to Star Wars.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

By 1979, Gene Roddenberry and Paramount Pictures resurrected Star Trek and brought Shatner and his old crew back to work in another round of space-faring adventures; this time, William Shatner would not star in a TV series, but in a full-fledged film saga, beginning with Star Trek: The Motion Picture and ending with the sad, though heroic death of James T. Kirk in Star Trek: Generations.

After his film career as Captain Kirk ended (though his acting career was no where near finished), William Shatner refused to let the spirit of Kirk end at just one movie. He continued the Kirk legacy in a series of Star Trek novels wherein Captain Kirk was resurrected to continue his adventures to explore and save the galaxy once again, this time in the 24th century. He also authored the science fiction series TekWar, which was adapted into a video game, a made-for-TV movie, and a comic book series.

He is scheduled to appear at multiple conventions this year, including Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention in Chicago (June 6-8) and Las Vegas (July 31-August 3).

Ever-busy, he is also scheduled to star in a new home-improvement show The Shatner Project, which is set to premiere on the DIY Network in October.

William Shatner, writer, actor, stage performer, and science fiction enthusiast, is a man of many talents. His popularity as the legendary Captain Kirk earned him a reputation that not only lasted for half a century, but will endure for centuries to come. Look anywhere, Star Trek or not, one can still see the mark of Captain Kirk in everything, from television series and movies to music and art. Today, we shall celebrate Mr. Shatner’s turning of age as well as the great fortunes he has laid out for us.

Captain, today we at TrekNews.net wish you a very happy and healthy 83rd birthday.

You can follow William Shatner on Twitter at @WilliamShatner.

William Shatner To Star In New DIY Network Home-Renovation Series ‘The Shatner Project’

William Shatner To Star In New DIY Network Home-Renovation Series 'The Shatner Project'

Star Trek’s original Captain Kirk, William Shatner is set to star in a new home-renovation show, The Shatner Project.

Produced by Scott Sternberg Productions, The Shatner Project, will be a five (possibly six)-episode series on the DIY Network.

Each episode of the series will follow Shatner and his wife, as they “gut their 1970s-style California home, including the kitchen, living room and dining room. The couple also will renovate the front patio area in order to create the perfect place for big family parties, as well as remodel Shatner’s favorite hangout spot, the media room.”

“I am embracing change,” said Shatner. “Our home will be unfamiliar territory for a while but I am excited by all of it.”

The Shatner Project is slated to debut on the DIY Network in October.

via Variety

First Guests Announced For 2014 Las Vegas Star Trek Convention

First Guests Announced For 2014 Las Vegas Star Trek Convention

Next July, Creation Entertainment’s annual Las Vegas Star Trek Convention will return to the Rio Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In addition to the guests already announced, Scott Bakula, who played Captain Johnathan Archer on Star Trek: Enterprise has been added.

Bakula at the 2012 Las Vegas Star Trek Convention

Bakula at the 2012 Las Vegas Star Trek Convention

The loaded line-up of previously announced guests, include William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, Colm Meaney, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Chase Masterson, John de Lancie, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonis, Suzie Plakston, Tim Russ, Anthony Montgomery, Max Grodenchik, Aron Eisenberg, John Billingsly, Tony Todd, Robert O’Reilly, JG Hertzler, and Grace Lee Whitney.

The four-day event takes place July 31 – August 3, 2014.


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For more information and a full guest list, visit Creation Entertainment.

WATCH: “Eat, Fry, Love” a Turkey Fryer Fire Cautionary Tale By William Shatner

WATCH: "Eat, Fry, Love" a Turkey Fryer Fire Cautionary Tale By William Shatner

William Shatner along with the folks at All Hands Fire and State Farm Insurance have released a video to explain the danger associated with frying turkeys.

Entitled “Eat, Fry, Love”, the video features the former Captain Kirk as he ignores the recommended precautions associated with safely frying a turkey.

Shatner warns “it’s a great taste, but you’ve got to be safe.”

Official description:

“Eat, Fry, Love” is presented by William Shatner and State Farm. It is a turkey fryer cautionary tale with excellent video of the dangers associated with using turkey fryers. It shows how fire can rapidly intensify, spread, destroy and cause serious injury. Enjoy this video, learn from it and stay safe.

Check out the video below.


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William Shatner Talks New TNG Documentary, Killing Off Kirk, New Star Trek TV Series

William Shatner Talks New TNG Documentary, Killing Off Kirk, New Star Trek TV Series

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Star Trek‘s original Captain Kirk discussed a myriad of topics, including his new TNG documentary, killing off Captain Kirk, J.J. Abrams and why he hasn’t appeared in any of his films.

On the topic of Whacky Doodle, his upcoming documentary on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Shatner said:

That’ll be the ninth documentary that I will have made. We are editing it now and calling it Wacky Doodle. All of the writers in the documentary said the show was all wacky doodle, so that’s what I’m calling it. It’s about the shenanigans that went on in the first two years of making Star Trek: The Next Generation. I did The Captains, which also got wonderful notices. And I’ve made other documentaries involving science fiction.

He went on to briefly speculate why a new Star Trek series isn’t currently on television.

That’s because they’re making the movies.

On why he hasn’t appeared in either of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek film, he said:

Well, I said to [Leonard] Nimoy, “You know you’re old when you go back in time and you’re still old.” I don’t know how they’d handle the aged captains.

Shatner as Kirk in Star Trek: Generations

Shatner as Kirk in Star Trek: Generations

In Star Trek: Generations, Captain Kirk was killed off. Discussing the character’s death, he said:

Well, it wasn’t my choice. Although, I wrote a series of books where the character goes on, followed by autobiographical things that happened to me, I foisted on the fictional character.


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With the announcement of Abrams taking over the directorial reigns of the Star Wars franchise, Shatner gave his opinion of whether he thinks Episode VII will be any good, saying:

Yes. J.J. is a wonderful director.

William Shatner’s fifth studio album, Ponder the Mystery will be released next Tuesday, October 8th. The album is a collection of progressive rock songs coupled with Shatner’s original spoken word poetry.

To read the entire interview, visit Rolling Stone.

William Shatner and Jeri Ryan Headline Creation’s Official Star Trek Convention In San Francisco This November

William Shatner and Jeri Ryan Headline Creation's Official Star Trek Convention In San Francisco This November

Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention is set to beam down to San Francisco this November for three days.

Taking place November 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, the convention’s guests will include William Shatner, Jeri Ryan, Jonathan Frakes, Robert Beltran, Gates McFadden, Robert Picardo, John de Lancie, Tim Russ, James Darren, Ethan Phillips, Lee Meriwether, Suzie Plakson, Michael Aron and Jon Stuer. In addition, Max Grodenchik and Aron Eisenberg will appear in costume as their Deep Space Nine characters, Rom and Nog.

Other weekend events include a music video competition, a costume contest, and a character make-up workshop with John Paladin.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Creation Entertainment.

STLV ’13: Day 3 Report With William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, Jonathan Frakes & Terry Farrell

STLV '13: Day 3 Report With William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, Jonathan Frakes & Terry Farrell

The Las Vegas Star Trek Convention continued on Saturday with special guests William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, Jeri Ryan, Terry Farrell, Gates McFadden, LeVar Burton, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, Brannon Braga, and Ira Steven Behr.

The day’s events kicked off with a special “Creating the World of Star Trek” panel — featuring Michael Westmore, Andre Bormanis, Rick Sternbach, and Mike and Denise Okuda. Some of Star Trek‘s most influential and creative minds discussed their process, obstacles that were overcome and comical moments they experienced while working on the Star Trek franchise.

Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

Deep Space Nine star Terry Farrell, looking beautiful in a red dress, hit the stage with tons of energy. Farrell discussed Michael Dorn, her DS9 co-star, saying he was a massive flirt on the set of the show. She talked about playing Jadzia Dax, saying “I wanted to be the female Indiana Jones,” she said of Dax. “I wanted to be Lara Croft.”

Farrell went on to discuss her choice to leave DS9 at the end of the sixth season and the rocky relationships she had with the show’s producers Ira Steven Behr and Rick Berman. She told the fans that while she’s recently mended fences with Behr, she still blames Berman for her leaving the show. She joked about a discussion she recently had with Behr to reshoot the seventh season of the show — to which he warned “Don’t tempt me.”

“I loved every minute I played Dax” Farrell told the audience.

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Gates McFadden, Jonathan Frakes and LeVar Burton

Gates McFadden, Jonathan Frakes and LeVar Burton

Gates McFadden and LeVar Burton were up next. The former TNG stars began their on-stage appearance by auctioning off McFadden’s communicator from First Contact. After a flurry of offers, the winning bid was $2,100.

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Burton discussed the Geordi character, saying that he heard rumors he was originally written to be gay — but never by anyone associated with the show. “Geordi’s kind of a creeper,” he said. On the topic of episodes, Burton picked “Code of Honor” as his favorite and “Relics” as his least.

Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes

Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes

Burton and McFadden’s fellow TNG stars, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, and Marina Sirtis were up next. Frakes demonstrated the “Riker Maneuver” for the fans as he sat down on stage.

“My method is learn the lines and don’t bump into the furniture.” joked Spiner. When asked what her favorite scene, Sitis jokingly said it was her drunk scene in First Contact.

The former castmates, who had been joined on stage by Terry Farrell, bid farewell to the Las Vegas audience by saying “Thank you. We love you!”

Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew

Welcomed by thunderous applause, Star Trek‘s original Captain Kirk, William Shatner began by updating the fans on his recent projects. Shatner told the fans a TNG documentary will follow last year’s release of The Captains. Never one to slow down., Shatner told the fans that he’s also working on a new album with Billy Sherwood, entitled “Ponder the Mystery”.

Kate Mulgrew joins Shatner on stage. After some brief catching up, Mulgrew discussed her new hair color, saying “Red is the new black.” Mulgrew asked Shetner what he thinks would have happened in his life if he was never cast as Captain Kirk, to which he responded “We don’t know.”

“There are things that I’m not proud of and things that I am proud of” Shatner said of choices he’s made in his life.

Discussing mortality, Mulgrew told him that she doesn’t believe he’s scared of death, but instead afraid of not living life.

William Shatner, Joel Grey and Kate Mulgrew

William Shatner, Joel Grey and Kate Mulgrew

Joined by actor Joel Grey, the two discussed their Star Trek characters. “I loved her spirit — I loved that she was brave,” Mulgrew said of Janeway.

Brannon Braga

Brannon Braga

Subsequent panels included former Star Trek producers Brannon Braga and Ira Steven Behr.

Terry Farrell is number 1,085

Terry Farrell is number 1,085

With an original record of 1,041, set back in 2011 and broken by 1,063 fans during the Star Trek London event last year, the Las Vegas fans were determined to break the Guinness Book of World Records for most people in one place in Star Trek costumes. In the course of an hour, 1,085 fans — along with DS9 star Terry Farrell — poured into the DeForest Kelley Theater to once again recapture the award.

RELATED: Terry Farrell & Las Vegas Star Trek Fans Break Guinness World Record

Sunday’s guests included Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Jeri Ryan, and a special Deep Space Nine 20th anniversary reunion panel, with Avery Brooks, Terry farrell, Cirroc Lofton, Nana Visitor, Armin Shimerman, Michael Dorn, James Darren, Rene Auberjonis, Nicole de Boer, Chase Masterson, Andrew Robinson, Casey Biggs, Max Grodenchik, Jeffrey Combs, Marc Alaimo, and Aron Eisenberg. We’ll have a full report and photos from those events, here on TrekNews.net later today.

Boston Star Trek Convention Recap with William Shatner, George Takei, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis and More

Boston Star Trek Convention Recap with William Shatner, George Takei, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis and More

Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention returned to Boston last weekend, after a year-long hiatus.

The event, which took place at the Hynes Convention Center, included a variety of Star Trek actors, writers, and personalities. William Shatner, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden, Denise Crosby, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonis, and more appeared on stage and were available for autographs and photographs with the fans throughout the two-day event.

The convention kicked off on Saturday with Morgan Gendel’s “Journey to the Inner Light,” a presentation discussing the Hugo Award-winning episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “The Inner Light.”

In the early afternoon, Michael Dorn and Suzie Plakston took the stage. Plakston discussed her involvement with the show; playing both the Klingon K’Ehleyr in The Next Generation and the female Q on Voyager. Dorn was asked about the Star Trek television series he pitched last year, saying “unfortunately, it won’t happen,”.

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Suzie Plakston and Michael Dorn

Suzie Plakston and Michael Dorn

Suzie Plakston and Michael Dorn

Suzie Plakston and Michael Dorn

Star Trek: The Original Series star George Takei was up next. When asked which was his favorite, Takei answered “Star Trek: VI,” and joked that it should have been named “Captain Sulu to the Rescue.”

George Takei

George Takei

Gene Roddenberry’s former assistant and Star Trek historian Richard Arnold discussed the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Arnold talked about the initial concept of the show and showed rare photographs. He talked about the evolution of Quark’s makeup and Cirroc Lofton’s mid-series growth spurt, which made him the tallest member of the DS9 cast.

Former TNG costars Brent Spiner and Gate McFadden were up next. Spiner told fans that one of the best parts of working on TNG was being able to meet NASA astronauts and some of the world’s brightest scientists, including Stephen Hawking — whom appeared on the show in the sixth season episode “Descent.”

Spiner said that while they were filming TNG, he had almost no time to decompress after filming — only time to sleep.

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

McFadden talked about her tap dancing scene with Spiner from the episode “Data’s Day.” She said that while filming the episode she was four months pregnant. She noted that her son, whom she was pregnant with at the time, is now 22-years old.

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

When asked if he ever watches old TNG episodes, Spiner said he’s tried to show some to his son, but at this point, he’s more interested in watching Star Wars.

Brent Spiner and Gates McFadden

Brent Spiner and Gates McFadden

On Sunday, the second day of the convention kicked off with former Deep Space Nine castmates Rene Auberjonis and Nana Visitor discussing their time on the show and the relationship between Odo and Kira.

LeVar Burton and Marina Sirtis

LeVar Burton and Marina Sirtis

Next up, LeVar Burton and Marina Sirtis were welcomed to the stage to huge applause. The former TNG castmates discussed Star Trek’s impact on society and technology. Burton talked about the J.J. Abrams films, saying they lack Gene Roddenberry’s original vision for Star Trek.

Discussing the casting process, Sirtis said she auditioned three times for Tasha Yar and three times for Deanna Troi before she was offered the role of the counselor aboard the Enterprise-D.

Both Burton and Sirtis said they were incredibly thankful for Star Trek: The Next Generation and how playing those characters has positively affected their lives.

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Star Trek‘s original Captain James T. Kirk, William Shatner was up next. Shatner began by talking about projects he’s currently working on. He told fans that his new album, a follow up to “Seeking Major Tom,” will be released later this year. He briefly discussed Fan-Addicts, the documentary series he began work on back in 2011, saying he hopes to launch the series in the near future. He went on to talk about a podcast project he’s working on.

William Shatner

William Shatner

Shatner closed by mentioning his friend and Boston native Leonard Nimoy, saying they were “like family.”

William Shatner

William Shatner

The next guest was Denise Crosby, who played Tasha Yar on TNG. Crosby said she was honored to be the Grand Marshal at yesterday’s Boston Pride Parade. Her favorite episode, she admitted, was “Yesterday’s Enterprise.” She said she loved the vulnerability and mystery of the Tasha character. She went on to say that Gene Roddenberry understood her desire to leave TNG after the first season.

“I didn’t want to just stand on the horseshoe bridge and say ‘Aye aye, Captain,’” Crosby said of her decision to leave the show.

Denise Crosby

Denise Crosby

The final guest of the convention was Nichelle Nichols. She was welcomed onto the stage with huge applause and a standing ovation from the crowd. Nichols discussed her time on Star Trek along with the her career in the performing arts.

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

The Official Star Trek Convention will return to Boston next summer, June 21 – 22, 2014, and will again be held at the Hynes Convention Center.

Photos: Brian Wilkins/TrekNews.net

William Shatner’s ‘Captains Close-Up’ Coming to EPIX on May 16 + Win a Limited-Edition Poster

William Shatner's 'Captains Close-Up' Coming to EPIX + Win a Limited-Edition Poster

On May 16th, a new series called ‘The Captains Close-Up’ will premier exclusively on EPIX. Featuring interviews conducted by William Shatner, former Star Trek captains Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Patrick Stewart, and Scott Bakula will be featured. The series builds upon Shatner’s 2011 documentary, entitled The Captains. In addition, the series will kick off at 8PM on Wednesday with a close-up interview with Shatner himself.

To celebrate, TrekNews.net readers have the opportunity to win a special limited-edition The Captains poster.

To enter, just “Like” TrekNews.net on Facebook (http://facebook.com/treknews) or follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/treknewsnet) and leave your email address in the comments section below. Ten lucky winners will be chosen at random.

EPIX is offering a 14-day free trial of their service, which will include ‘The Captains Close Up’ series when it premiers, at http://www.epixhd.com/freetrial/.

Current EPIX subscribers can watch the original documentary The Captains, produced and directed by William Shatner, now at http://www.epixhd.com/the-captains/

'The Captains' poster

‘The Captains’ poster

WATCH: Shatner Battles The Gorn In New ‘Star Trek: The Video Game’ Spot

WATCH: Shatner Battles The Gorn In New 'Star Trek: The Video Game' Spot

In a new video to promote the upcoming release of ‘Star Trek: The Video Game,’ William Shatner battles the original TOS Gorn in a rematch more than 45 years in the making.

Shatner, who just turned 82 last week, breaks out some of Captain Kirk’s classic hand-to-hand fighting techniques as he battles his old nemesis.

Set between the events of the 2009 film and STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, the game will hit store shelves on April 26th and will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Written by Star Trek (2009) writer-producers Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman of J.J. Abrams’ company, Bad Robot in collaboration with God of War writer, Marianne Krawczyk, the game will allow players experience gameplay as Kirk or Spock as they battle enemies, including an updated version of the Gorn.

Check out the video below.

Compare that to their original battle from the TOS episode “Arena.”

via Yahoo Movies

Happy Birthday, William Shatner!

William Shatner To Star In New DIY Network Home-Renovation Show

Today, William Shatner, the actor who played the legendary Captain James Tiberius Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series and seven Star Trek motion pictures, turned 82 years old.

This Montreal-born actor started his career as a Shakespearean stage performer in Stratford, Canada and on Broadway in New York City in the early 1950’s. Though his first appearance in cinema was that of a minor role in the 1951 Canadian film The Butler’s Night Off, Shatner’s prominence in film did not arrive until his second debut in 1958 as Alexey Karamazov in The Brothers Karamazov, a film adaptation of one of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s literary works. During that time, he played a major role as Jim Whitely in The Glass Eye, an episode form the third season of the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In 1959, William Shatner performed on stage in Broadway once again as Lomax in The World of Suzie Wong; his outstanding performance was received very well by critics, which earned him greater repute in the theatrical and film community. In fact, his initial stardom was a precursor to greater achievements in film and television for the next several years before he took on more exploratory, original roles: where no man has gone before.

Shatner in The Twilight Zone

Shatner in The Twilight Zone

His more prominent contributions on-screen during the early 1960’s, though not highly recognized by today’s standards, included an episode of The Twilight Zone entitled “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”, in which Shatner played a paranoid airline passenger who is seemingly the only person aboard aware of a gremlin sabotaging the propeller engines on the wing of the plane (and yes, this WAS the original screenplay that was remade in the fourth segment of the 1983 film Twilight Zone: The Movie, starring 3rd Rock from the Sun’s John Lithgow sitting in Shatner’s seat on the plane (and quite possibly terrified by the same gremlin). In 1964, Shatner guest-starred in The Man from U.N.C.L.E, in which he played as Michael Donfield, an ex-businessman employed by the main character, Napoleon Solo, to expose a plot that would bring the United States and the Soviet Union on the brink of war. In the episode, Solo and Donfield discover co-conspirators Madame Kurasov and her assistant, Vladeck. Interestingly, Vladeck was played by Leonard Nimoy, who would later fill the shoes of Spock from the classic Star Trek: The Original Series. Though these two actors played the roles of enemies in a single episode, fate would unite them in the roles of close friends for an entire series, both on- and off-screen.

Shatner as Kirk in “Where No Man Has Gone Before”

Shatner as Kirk in “Where No Man Has Gone Before”

In 1966, William Shatner was cast as Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek’s second pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” a role in a series that lasted until its abrupt cancellation in 1969. His exceptional performance impacted science fiction for years to come. Despite the low financial status of the show’s budget and its poor reception of the audience at the time, Shatner’s portrayal of Kirk set the standard for many leadership roles in films and shows, from Battlestar Galactica to Star Wars.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

By 1979, Gene Roddenberry and Paramount Pictures resurrected Star Trek and brought Shatner and his old crew back to work in another round of space-faring adventures; this time, William Shatner would not star in a TV series, but in a full-fledged film saga, beginning with Star Trek: The Motion Picture and ending with the sad, though heroic death of James T. Kirk in Star Trek: Generations.

After his film career as Captain Kirk ended (though his acting career was no where near finished), William Shatner refused to let the spirit of Kirk end at just one movie. He continued the Kirk legacy in a series of Star Trek novels wherein Captain Kirk was resurrected to continue his adventures to explore and save the galaxy once again, this time in the 24th century. He also authored the science fiction series TekWar, which was adapted into a video game, a made-for-TV movie, and a comic book series.

Captain Kirk returns at the 2013 Oscar Awards

Captain Kirk returns at the 2013 Oscar Awards

Earlier this year, Shatner appeared in full Starfleet uniform during the Oscars. He also took part in a Twitter exchange and phone call with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, as he was aboard the International Space Station.

In 2013 Shater appeared in another role he made famous — as the Piceline Negotiator was resurrected alongside his new sidekick Kaley Cuoco.

He is scheduled to appear at several conventions this year, including Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention in Boston (June 8-9) and Las Vegas (August 8-11).

2013 also marks the fifth annual “Talk Like William Shatner” day. For more information on that, check out this Facebook Group.

William Shatner, writer, actor, stage performer, and science fiction enthusiast, is a man of many talents. His popularity as the legendary Captain Kirk earned him a reputation that not only lasted for half a century, but will endure for centuries to come. Look anywhere, Star Trek or not, one can still see the mark of Captain Kirk in everything, from television series and movies to music and art. Today, we shall celebrate Mr. Shatner’s turning of age as well as the great fortunes he has laid out for us.

Captain, today we at TrekNews.net wish you a very happy and healthy 82nd birthday.

You can follow William Shatner on Twitter at @WilliamShatner.