Happy birthday William Shatner, born March 22, 1931.
William Shatner a Canadian-born American Emmy Award-winning actor, became most famous for portraying Captain James Tiberius Kirk of the starship Enterprise in all 79 aired episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series, 21 of the 22 episodes of Star Trek: The Animated Series, and the first seven Star Trek movies. He also directed, and co-wrote the story for, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
In addition, Shatner appeared indirectly (through archive footage) in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Trials and Tribble-ations” and his archive voice-over was used in the final Star Trek: Enterprise episode, “These Are the Voyages…”. He has also voiced the role of Kirk in a number of video games and he is the credited author for a series of Star Trek novels involving Kirk, the first of which was The Ashes of Eden. (His primary “ghost” writers are Judith Reeves-Stevens and Garfield Reeves-Stevens.)
Outside of the Star Trek franchise, Shatner is well-known for his roles on several other television shows, including Bob Wilson in the “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” episode of The Twilight Zone, the title character on the 1980s police drama series T.J. Hooker, and his Emmy Award-winning portrayal of famed attorney Denny Crane on the ABC drama The Practice and its spin-off, Boston Legal.
He is also remembered for hosting the informational program Rescue 911 from 1989 through 1996 and recognized as the official spokesperson for Priceline.com, having appeared in advertisements for the company since 1998.
Much earlier he starred in Incubus, the only movie ever filmed in The International Language – better known as Esperanto.
He also wrote the Tek War book series and starred in the tv series of the same name.
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