History Creator / WIlliamShatner

18th Feb '18 1:33:04 PM nombretomado
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Before ''Star Trek'', Shatner appeared in a supporting role in the widely acclaimed film ''Film/JudgmentAtNuremberg'', played Alyosha in the film version of ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov,'' and was also [[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 ''Series/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'', played Alyosha in the film version of ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov,'' and was also [[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 ''Series/{{Rescue 911}}'' and the UPN version of ''Series/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.



* ChewingTheScenery: Shatner's acting is actually a very good barometer for judging the quality of an episode of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''. It's no coincidence that in all the ''really'' good episodes, Kirk is either remarkably calm ("The Corbomite Maneuver", "The City on the Edge of Forever") or he has a double through whom Shatner can channel his urge to overact (see "The Enemy Within", or that one scene in "Mirror, Mirror"). Or it's a comedy episode, in which case ''Kirk'' is deliberately overacting ("A Piece of the Action"). Gotta give the guy credit... how many other actors can claim four hit series? (''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''Series/TJHooker'', ''{{Rescue 911}}'', and ''Series/BostonLegal''). And while people are quick to remember the "[[SayMyName KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNN!]]" moment[[note]]and people are quick to forget that Kirk was quite probably hamming it up for Khan's benefit; Kirk knew that Spock would bring the ''Enterprise'' around to save them in short order, but Khan didn't[[/note]], reviewers have often praised Shatner's performance in the second movie, particularly for the grief Kirk displays over [[spoiler:Spock's death]]; a scene Shatner actually conceived himself. In fact, in ''all'' of Shatner's ''Franchise/StarTrek'' work, his best acting moments are those centering around [[TheNotLoveInterest Spock]] (but he also does very well opposite [[HeterosexualLifePartners [=McCoy=]]]). ''Star Trek II'' writer-director Nicholas Meyer has said that he intentionally ran Shatner through repeated takes of each scene until he got tired and stopped overacting.

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* ChewingTheScenery: Shatner's acting is actually a very good barometer for judging the quality of an episode of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''. It's no coincidence that in all the ''really'' good episodes, Kirk is either remarkably calm ("The Corbomite Maneuver", "The City on the Edge of Forever") or he has a double through whom Shatner can channel his urge to overact (see "The Enemy Within", or that one scene in "Mirror, Mirror"). Or it's a comedy episode, in which case ''Kirk'' is deliberately overacting ("A Piece of the Action"). Gotta give the guy credit... how many other actors can claim four hit series? (''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''Series/TJHooker'', ''{{Rescue ''Series/{{Rescue 911}}'', and ''Series/BostonLegal''). And while people are quick to remember the "[[SayMyName KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNN!]]" moment[[note]]and people are quick to forget that Kirk was quite probably hamming it up for Khan's benefit; Kirk knew that Spock would bring the ''Enterprise'' around to save them in short order, but Khan didn't[[/note]], reviewers have often praised Shatner's performance in the second movie, particularly for the grief Kirk displays over [[spoiler:Spock's death]]; a scene Shatner actually conceived himself. In fact, in ''all'' of Shatner's ''Franchise/StarTrek'' work, his best acting moments are those centering around [[TheNotLoveInterest Spock]] (but he also does very well opposite [[HeterosexualLifePartners [=McCoy=]]]). ''Star Trek II'' writer-director Nicholas Meyer has said that he intentionally ran Shatner through repeated takes of each scene until he got tired and stopped overacting.
22nd Jan '18 12:53:52 AM KYCubbie
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* BrokeTheRatingScale: A [[https://www.theguardian.com/music/2004/oct/01/popandrock.shopping1 review]] of Shatner's 2004 spoken-word album ''Has Been'' by Pascal Wyse of ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Guardian]]'' landed in this trope's "Impossible to Rate" category. Instead of using the paper's normal 1- to 5-star scale, Wyse called it "[[JustForPun beyond the star system]]".
-->This CD is beyond good or bad. It is from a world where concepts such as "unique" and "indispensible" [''sic''] live happily alongside "hilariously, brain-tearingly wrong".



* ChewingTheScenery: Shatner's acting is actually a very good barometer for judging the quality of an episode of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''. It's no coincidence that in all the ''really'' good episodes, Kirk is either remarkably calm ("The Corbomite Maneuver," "The City on the Edge of Forever") or he has a double through whom Shatner can channel his urge to overact (see "The Enemy Within," or that one scene in "Mirror, Mirror"). Or it's a comedy episode, in which case ''Kirk'' is deliberately overacting ("A Piece of the Action"). Gotta give the guy credit... how many other actors can claim four hit series? (''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''Series/TJHooker'', ''{{Rescue 911}}'', and ''Series/BostonLegal''). And while people are quick to remember the "[[SayMyName KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNN!]]" moment[[note]]and people are quick to forget that Kirk was quite probably hamming it up for Khan's benefit; Kirk knew that Spock would bring the ''Enterprise'' around to save them in short order, but Khan didn't[[/note]], reviewers have often praised Shatner's performance in the second movie, particularly for the grief Kirk displays over [[spoiler:Spock's death]]; a scene Shatner actually conceived himself. In fact, in ''all'' of Shatner's ''Franchise/StarTrek'' work, his best acting moments are those centering around [[TheNotLoveInterest Spock]] (but he also does very well opposite [[HeterosexualLifePartners [=McCoy=]]]). ''Star Trek II'' writer-director Nicholas Meyer has said that he intentionally ran Shatner through repeated takes of each scene until he got tired and stopped overacting.

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* ChewingTheScenery: Shatner's acting is actually a very good barometer for judging the quality of an episode of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''. It's no coincidence that in all the ''really'' good episodes, Kirk is either remarkably calm ("The Corbomite Maneuver," Maneuver", "The City on the Edge of Forever") or he has a double through whom Shatner can channel his urge to overact (see "The Enemy Within," Within", or that one scene in "Mirror, Mirror"). Or it's a comedy episode, in which case ''Kirk'' is deliberately overacting ("A Piece of the Action"). Gotta give the guy credit... how many other actors can claim four hit series? (''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''Series/TJHooker'', ''{{Rescue 911}}'', and ''Series/BostonLegal''). And while people are quick to remember the "[[SayMyName KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNN!]]" moment[[note]]and people are quick to forget that Kirk was quite probably hamming it up for Khan's benefit; Kirk knew that Spock would bring the ''Enterprise'' around to save them in short order, but Khan didn't[[/note]], reviewers have often praised Shatner's performance in the second movie, particularly for the grief Kirk displays over [[spoiler:Spock's death]]; a scene Shatner actually conceived himself. In fact, in ''all'' of Shatner's ''Franchise/StarTrek'' work, his best acting moments are those centering around [[TheNotLoveInterest Spock]] (but he also does very well opposite [[HeterosexualLifePartners [=McCoy=]]]). ''Star Trek II'' writer-director Nicholas Meyer has said that he intentionally ran Shatner through repeated takes of each scene until he got tired and stopped overacting.
8th Jan '18 6:49:49 PM costanton11
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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, such as ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' (where he and Creator/StephenAmell exchange jokes).
** Confirmed on Twitter that he ''is'' indeed [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic a brony]], and appeared in the season 7 episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E13ThePerfectPear The Perfect Pear]]", where he surprised a lot of people expecting a hack job or parody by giving a [[HeReallyCanAct surprisingly heartfelt and complex performance]] that showed a great deal of respect for the material.
** Mr. Shatner [[https://twitter.com/WilliamShatner/status/861397813439025152 apparently frequents]], [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer quote]], "[[ImageBoards /tv/, /b/, sometimes /x/]]". Hard to tell whether he's just joking since he has a reputation for being a TrollingCreator.
** [[https://twitter.com/WilliamShatner/status/942966660356435968 According to Twitter]], he is also a fan of ''Anime/LoveLive'', with Umi being his favorite character.



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* StarMakingRole: Who knows what would have happened if Jeffrey Hunter had chosen to stay with ''Star Trek''?
3rd Jan '18 7:37:49 AM HelloLamppost
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Before ''Star Trek'', Shatner appeared in a supporting role in the widely acclaimed film ''Film/JudgmentAtNuremberg'', starred as Alyosha in the film version of ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov,'' and was also [[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 ''Series/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'', starred as played Alyosha in the film version of ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov,'' and was also [[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 ''Series/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 Jan '18 7:37:16 AM HelloLamppost
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Before ''Star Trek'', Shatner appeared in a supporting role in the widely acclaimed film ''Film/JudgmentAtNuremberg'', and was also [[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 ''Series/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'', starred as Alyosha in the film version of ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov,'' and was also [[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 ''Series/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.
24th Dec '17 9:52:13 AM nombretomado
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As if his broad over-acting weren't enough, he also saw fit to record an album of spoken-word readings of poetry and pop-song lyrics called ''The Transformed Man'' that has to be heard to be believed. His renditions of "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" are particularly legendary and inspired the ''Golden Throats'' compilations of bad celebrity music recordings. An equally [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lul-Y8vSr0I jaw-dropping video rendition]] of "[[EltonJohn Rocket Man]]" became a favorite bit of nonsense that was re-created years later by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ1JmKW08vI Chris Elliott]] on ''[[Series/LateNight Late Night With David Letterman]]'' and Stewie on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Lesser-known is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBWOmHUvKBw his cover of Harry Chapin's "Taxi"]] on ''The Dinah Shore Show'' circa 1973 (and yes, that's a timecode).

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As if his broad over-acting weren't enough, he also saw fit to record an album of spoken-word readings of poetry and pop-song lyrics called ''The Transformed Man'' that has to be heard to be believed. His renditions of "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" are particularly legendary and inspired the ''Golden Throats'' compilations of bad celebrity music recordings. An equally [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lul-Y8vSr0I jaw-dropping video rendition]] of "[[EltonJohn "[[Music/EltonJohn Rocket Man]]" became a favorite bit of nonsense that was re-created years later by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ1JmKW08vI Chris Elliott]] on ''[[Series/LateNight Late Night With David Letterman]]'' and Stewie on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Lesser-known is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBWOmHUvKBw his cover of Harry Chapin's "Taxi"]] on ''The Dinah Shore Show'' circa 1973 (and yes, that's a timecode).
16th Dec '17 3:16:30 PM costanton11
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* ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov'': One of his earliest roles was Alyosha (the ''nice'' brother) in the movie.
13th Oct '17 12:48:38 PM MarkLungo
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* HeReallyCanAct: Not that his fans would believe otherwise, but in an episode of MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic, he gives a beautifully understated and heartfelt performance that most viewers didn't realize he was playing the character until the end credits.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: "I don't say sabotage. You say 'sabotage,' I say 'sabba-tadge.'"[[note]]Thus the inclusion of the Beastie Boys song "Sabotage" in the [[Film/StarTrek reboot]].[[/note]]

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* HeReallyCanAct: Not that his fans would believe otherwise, but in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E13ThePerfectPear an episode episode]] of MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', he gives such a beautifully understated and heartfelt performance that most viewers didn't realize he was playing the character until the end credits.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: "I don't say sabotage. You say 'sabotage,' I say 'sabba-tadge.'"[[note]]Thus the inclusion of the Beastie Boys Music/BeastieBoys song "Sabotage" in the [[Film/StarTrek reboot]].[[/note]]
13th Oct '17 12:46:44 PM MarkLungo
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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 Creator/JamesDoohan or Creator/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 Creator/JamesDoohan or Creator/DeForestKelly, Creator/DeForestKelley, but I did get a chance to apologize to Leonard before he died. The magnanimous son-of-a-bitch forgave me.
13th Jul '17 5:06:47 AM StFan
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* {{It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY}}: "I don't say sabotage. You say 'sabotage,' I say 'sabba-tadge.'"[[note]]Thus the inclusion of the Beastie Boys song "Sabotage" in the [[Film/StarTrek reboot]].[[/note]]

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* {{It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY}}: ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: "I don't say sabotage. You say 'sabotage,' I say 'sabba-tadge.'"[[note]]Thus the inclusion of the Beastie Boys song "Sabotage" in the [[Film/StarTrek reboot]].[[/note]]



-->'''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 Creator/JamesDoohan or Creator/DeForestKelly, but I did get a chance to apologize to Leonard before he died. The magnanimous son-of-a-bitch forgave me."
* {{Kayfabe}}: On his Twitter feed, Shatner routinely talks to NASA and [[http://www.esa.int ESA (European Space Agency)]]. Not only do they share information on what missions they are conducting, they address him as "Captain."

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-->'''Shatner:''' "While 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 Creator/JamesDoohan or Creator/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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* {{Kayfabe}}: On his Twitter feed, Shatner routinely talks to NASA and [[http://www.esa.int ESA (European Space Agency)]]. Not only do they share information on what missions they are conducting, they address him as "Captain.""Captain".
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