History Creator / WIlliamShatner

4th Sep '16 10:16:09 PM Tre
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Is currently the host and narrator of a SpeculativeDocumentary series on {{SyFy}} called ''Series/WeirdOrWhat''.

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Is currently Was also the host and narrator of a SpeculativeDocumentary series on {{SyFy}} Creator/{{Syfy}} called ''Series/WeirdOrWhat''.
3rd Sep '16 11:06:41 PM Kalmbach
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Before ''Star Trek'', Shatner appeared in a supporting role in the widely acclaimed film ''Film/JudgmentAtNuremberg'', and was also [[TwilightZone1959 that guy that saw something on the wing]]. Shatner also starred as a cop in ''Series/TJHooker'', and was one of the core cast of ''Series/BostonLegal'', winning an Emmy for his role as the [[LargeHam bombastic]], [[CrazyAwesome possibly insane]] Denny Crane. He has also dabbled in RealityTV, hosting ''{{Rescue 911}}'' and the UPN version of ''IronChef''. His popular ''Tek War'' novels were adapted into a short-lived series and a video game, in both of which he played a supporting role. On the A&E Channel in 2008, he began ''Shatner's Raw Nerve'', an intimate interview show (no studio audience) where he talks with guest much like a news interview but done in a much more casual and friendly setting. In fall 2010, he starred as the title father in the CBS DomCom ''Series/ShitMyDadSays'', which only lasted one season.

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Before ''Star Trek'', Shatner appeared in a supporting role in the widely acclaimed film ''Film/JudgmentAtNuremberg'', and was also [[TwilightZone1959 [[TheTwilightZone1959 that guy that saw something on the wing]]. Shatner also starred as a cop in ''Series/TJHooker'', and was one of the core cast of ''Series/BostonLegal'', winning an Emmy for his role as the [[LargeHam bombastic]], [[CrazyAwesome possibly insane]] Denny Crane. He has also dabbled in RealityTV, hosting ''{{Rescue 911}}'' and the UPN version of ''IronChef''. His popular ''Tek War'' novels were adapted into a short-lived series and a video game, in both of which he played a supporting role. On the A&E Channel in 2008, he began ''Shatner's Raw Nerve'', an intimate interview show (no studio audience) where he talks with guest much like a news interview but done in a much more casual and friendly setting. In fall 2010, he starred as the title father in the CBS DomCom ''Series/ShitMyDadSays'', which only lasted one season.
3rd Sep '16 11:05:58 PM Kalmbach
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Before ''Star Trek'', Shatner appeared in a supporting role in the widely acclaimed film ''Film/JudgmentAtNuremberg''. Shatner also starred as a cop in ''Series/TJHooker'', and was one of the core cast of ''Series/BostonLegal'', winning an Emmy for his role as the [[LargeHam bombastic]], [[CrazyAwesome possibly insane]] Denny Crane. He has also dabbled in RealityTV, hosting ''{{Rescue 911}}'' and the UPN version of ''IronChef''. His popular ''Tek War'' novels were adapted into a short-lived series and a video game, in both of which he played a supporting role. On the A&E Channel in 2008, he began ''Shatner's Raw Nerve'', an intimate interview show (no studio audience) where he talks with guest much like a news interview but done in a much more casual and friendly setting. In fall 2010, he starred as the title father in the CBS DomCom ''Series/ShitMyDadSays'', which only lasted one season.

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Before ''Star Trek'', Shatner appeared in a supporting role in the widely acclaimed film ''Film/JudgmentAtNuremberg''.''Film/JudgmentAtNuremberg'', and was also [[TwilightZone1959 that guy that saw something on the wing]]. Shatner also starred as a cop in ''Series/TJHooker'', and was one of the core cast of ''Series/BostonLegal'', winning an Emmy for his role as the [[LargeHam bombastic]], [[CrazyAwesome possibly insane]] Denny Crane. He has also dabbled in RealityTV, hosting ''{{Rescue 911}}'' and the UPN version of ''IronChef''. His popular ''Tek War'' novels were adapted into a short-lived series and a video game, in both of which he played a supporting role. On the A&E Channel in 2008, he began ''Shatner's Raw Nerve'', an intimate interview show (no studio audience) where he talks with guest much like a news interview but done in a much more casual and friendly setting. In fall 2010, he starred as the title father in the CBS DomCom ''Series/ShitMyDadSays'', which only lasted one season.
22nd Aug '16 12:46:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}}: He was raised (and by most accounts remains) in the Conservative Jewish tradition. This might have helped with his friendship with Creator/LeonardNimoy, who was a member of the not-too-different Modern Orthodox stream; Nimoy, by his own account, helped Shatner get back in touch with his roots and encouraged him to be more observant.
22nd Aug '16 12:45:51 AM Morgenthaler
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-->'''Shatner:''' "While talking to Patrick about his dedication to the craft, it came to me suddenly that during the filming of the series, I'd basically been a lazy bum, turning in hack performances for an easy paycheck. I'd been doing them a complete disservice to the other actors. Unfortunately, it was too late to apologize to JamesDoohan or DeForestKelly, but I did get a chance to apologize to Leonard before he died. The magnanimous son-of-a-bitch forgave me."

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-->'''Shatner:''' "While talking to Patrick about his dedication to the craft, it came to me suddenly that during the filming of the series, I'd basically been a lazy bum, turning in hack performances for an easy paycheck. I'd been doing them a complete disservice to the other actors. Unfortunately, it was too late to apologize to JamesDoohan Creator/JamesDoohan or DeForestKelly, Creator/DeForestKelly, but I did get a chance to apologize to Leonard before he died. The magnanimous son-of-a-bitch forgave me."
11th Aug '16 1:07:46 PM BigJaredMonkey
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* IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney: After his interview with Creator/PatrickStewart for ''Film/TheCaptains'' -- during which Stewart revealed that, at first, he (Stewart) had taken his work on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' a bit '''''too''''' seriously -- Shatner apparently had a personal revelation, realizing that he (Shatner) hadn't bothered to take his role as Captain Kirk seriously at all back in the day, and had basically been phoning in his performances.
-->'''Shatner:''' "While talking to Patrick about his dedication to the craft, it came to me suddenly that during the filming of the series, I'd basically been a lazy bum, turning in hack performances for an easy paycheck. I'd been doing them a complete disservice to the other actors. Unfortunately, it was too late to apologize to JamesDoohan or DeForestKelly, but I did get a chance to apologize to Leonard before he died. The magnanimous son-of-a-bitch forgave me."
11th Aug '16 12:55:58 PM BigJaredMonkey
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William Alan Shatner (born March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor and one of the [[NarmCharm most charming]] [[LargeHam largest hams]] of all time. Most well-known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', he has offered an assortment of [[ChewingTheScenery impossibly intense, emotive performances]], [[PunctuatedForEmphasis often...including! oddly-placed...emphasis and...pauses!]] His recitation of the Preamble to the US Constitution in the episode "The Omega Glory" is legendary: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b56e0u0EgQ WEEEEE . . . the PEEEE-ple!]]"

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William Alan Shatner (born March 22, 1931) is a Canadian Canadian-born American actor (he became a Naturalized U.S. citizen in 2004) and one of the [[NarmCharm most charming]] [[LargeHam largest hams]] of all time. Most well-known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', he has offered an assortment of [[ChewingTheScenery impossibly intense, emotive performances]], [[PunctuatedForEmphasis often...including! oddly-placed...emphasis and...pauses!]] His recitation of the Preamble to the US Constitution in the episode "The Omega Glory" is legendary: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b56e0u0EgQ WEEEEE . . . the PEEEE-ple!]]"
20th Jun '16 5:33:29 PM themisterfree
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* RageQuit: He did this on a celebrity episode of ''WheelOfFortune'' in 1997.

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* RageQuit: He did this on a celebrity episode of ''WheelOfFortune'' in 1997. And let's not forget the infamous chair-throwing incident on ''[[Series/{{Pyramid}} The $20,000 Pyramid]]''....
8th Jun '16 11:07:43 AM jamespolk
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Shatner also starred as a cop in ''Series/TJHooker'', and was one of the core cast of ''Series/BostonLegal'', winning an Emmy for his role as the [[LargeHam bombastic]], [[CrazyAwesome possibly insane]] Denny Crane. He has also dabbled in RealityTV, hosting ''{{Rescue 911}}'' and the UPN version of ''IronChef''. His popular ''Tek War'' novels were adapted into a short-lived series and a video game, in both of which he played a supporting role. On the A&E Channel in 2008, he began ''Shatner's Raw Nerve'', an intimate interview show (no studio audience) where he talks with guest much like a news interview but done in a much more casual and friendly setting. In fall 2010, he starred as the title father in the CBS DomCom ''Series/ShitMyDadSays'', which only lasted one season.

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Before ''Star Trek'', Shatner appeared in a supporting role in the widely acclaimed film ''Film/JudgmentAtNuremberg''. Shatner also starred as a cop in ''Series/TJHooker'', and was one of the core cast of ''Series/BostonLegal'', winning an Emmy for his role as the [[LargeHam bombastic]], [[CrazyAwesome possibly insane]] Denny Crane. He has also dabbled in RealityTV, hosting ''{{Rescue 911}}'' and the UPN version of ''IronChef''. His popular ''Tek War'' novels were adapted into a short-lived series and a video game, in both of which he played a supporting role. On the A&E Channel in 2008, he began ''Shatner's Raw Nerve'', an intimate interview show (no studio audience) where he talks with guest much like a news interview but done in a much more casual and friendly setting. In fall 2010, he starred as the title father in the CBS DomCom ''Series/ShitMyDadSays'', which only lasted one season.
7th Jun '16 2:22:07 PM WolfThunder
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* IAmNotSpock: He's done more than anyone else from the original ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' to escape this {{trope}}, mainly by AdamWesting to such a degree that '''The Shatner''' became an overriding identity, for which Kirk is but one small part. Still, we all know that when he dies, his obituary is going to read "Best known as [[TheCaptain the original Captain James T. Kirk]] from the classic ''Star Trek'' series..." Even Shatner himself is aware of this, and seems to be okay with it, though he also mentions that he's since become better known as [[Series/BostonLegal Denny Crane]].
** This was brought up in his documentary ''The Captains'', specifically in his scenes with Creator/PatrickStewart. He talks about how he originally wanted to distance himself from the role, but eventually he finally realized how important it was to people, and as a result, [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming it became important to him too]].



* OneOfUs:
** Science fiction fan, science fiction ''author'', and the host of several documentaries on fandom.
** He's apparently a ''Anime/SailorMoon'' [[https://twitter.com/WilliamShatner/status/523929612393267200 fan, of all things]].
** He can often be found watching and live-tweeting TV shows at weeknights.



* StarMakingRole: Who knows what would have happened if Jeffrey Hunter had chosen to stay with ''Star Trek''?
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