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William "Bill" Shatner is a Canadian actor, producer, director and comedian

InformationDetail
BirthdayMarch 22, 1931
NationalityCanadian
FamousProducer, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors, Comedians, Theater Personalities, T V & Movie Producers
SpousesElizabeth Shatner
SiblingsFarla, Joy a
Known asWilliam Bill Shatner
Childrens Leslie Carol Shatner, Lisabeth Shatner, Melanie Shatner
Universities
  • Westhill High School
  • McGill University
Birth PlaceNotre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height177cm
GenderMale
FatherJoseph Shatner
MotherAnna
Net Worth$110 million as of Jun 23,2017
Sun SignAries
Born inNotre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Famous asActor, Producer

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Who is William Shatner?

William Shatner is a Canadian actor, singer, comedian. Shatner initially started off as a stage actor before graduating into television and only got roles in some little known films for some time. However, his career changed completely when he got the role of the iconic Captain James T. Kirk in the cult television series ‘Star Trek’ and Shatner went on to portray the character in the films that followed over the years to become one of the most loved films stars of his generation. Shatner worked in television throughout his life and also wrote some episodes of the TV series titled ‘T. J. Hooker’ that started in 1982. As a television star, Shatner’s most famous role was that of the character Denny Crane in the series ‘The Practice’ and later on in the series ‘Boston Legal’. His performance was widely appreciated and also brought plenty of accolades. He has also appeared in a number of plays at Broadway at different points in his career and his training as a Shakespearean actor has been evident in all those performances.

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Childhood & Early Life

William Shatner was born in Notre-Dame-De-Grace, Montreal, Quebec, Canada on 22 March, 1931 in a Jewish family to Joseph Shatner and Anne Shatner. His father Joseph had a cloth manufacturing business and his mother worked as an elocutionist. Shatner had two sisters.

He studied at West Hill High School and later at Baron Byng High School. He showed a talent for acting as early as eight when he captivated audiences as a member of the Montreal Children’s Theatre. Shatner was also active on radio programmes on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

He became quite popular as a young performer but instead of continuing with it he pursued commerce programme at the prestigious McGill University in Montreal. Shatner was awarded his bachelors’ degree in 1952.

Career

In 1954 William Shatner started off as a performer at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival after having trained in the nuances of Shakespearean acting at the Canadian National Repertory Theatre. Two years later Shatner acted in the play ‘Tamburlaine the Great’ at Broadway.

Shatner acted in plays as well as television programmes for some years before he got his first break in films in the year 1958 when he was cast in the film ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ produced by MGM. The same year, Shatner’s performance in the play ‘The World of Suzie Wong’ was well received.

Throughout the 1960s William Shatner worked in movies and television simultaneously, along with a bit of theatre. He starred in films like ‘Explosive Generation’, ‘Intruder’ and ‘Judgement at Nuremberg among others while on television he was a part of the cast of ‘Thriller’, ‘Twilight Zone’ and ‘The Outer Limits’.

In 1966, Gene Roddenberry decided to cast William Shatner in the role of Capt. James T. Kirk in the famous TV show ‘Star Trek’ and he starred in the show for its entire duration of three years. It was one of the most important roles in Shatner’s career and he went on to star in the Star Trek films that were made later.

In 1968, Shatner began his career in music with the album ‘The Transformed Man’ and went on to produce three more albums in his career. The three albums were ‘Has Been’, ‘Seeking Major Tom’ and ‘Ponder the Mystery’. The last one was released 45 years after his first album was released.

After ‘Star Trek’ was discontinued in 1969, William Shatner’s career went through a bit of a lull as he could not get the sort of roles that he was looking for having become too identifiable with his ‘Star Trek’ character. Around this time Shatner worked mainly in television shows like ‘The Andersonville Trial’, ‘Barbary Coast’ and ‘The Hollywood Squares’ among others.

In 1979, his career took a positive turn with the release of the film ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ where Shatner played the iconic role of Capt. Kirk. Shatner went on to play the role in the subsequent six Star Trek films. He played the role of Captain Kirk in other movies like ‘Airplane: The Sequel’ and ‘National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1’ as well.

He started working in the TV series ‘T.J. Hooker’ in the year 1982 and he also directed some episodes of the series. Seven years later Shatner hosted the popular crime show ‘Rescue 911’ which ran for seven years. He also wrote some science fiction novels at the time and the first published book was ‘TekWar’.

He appeared in the show ‘The Practice’ in the role of the lawyer Denny Crane and the character became so popular that in 2004 he was cast as the same character in the show ‘Boston Legal’. His performances in the latter show earned him rave reviews. Four years later his autobiography ‘Up Till Now- The Autobiography’ was released. He has appeared in a number of TV shows, documentaries and films over the latter part of his career.

Major Works

He has had a long career in television, films and the stage and he has produced excellent work across mediums. However, the most important work of his career was his portrayal of Capt. James T. Kirk in the Star Trek films.

Awards & Achievements

In 2005, William Shatner was awarded both the Golden Globe and the Emmy award for best supporting actor for his portrayal of Denny Crane in the show ‘Boston Legal’.

Personal Life & Legacy

He got married to actress Gloria on 12 August, 1956. The couple had three daughters. The marriage ended in divorce after 13 years.

In 1973, he got married to Marcy Lafferty but this marriage too ended 23 years later in 1996. They had no children.

In 1997, he got married to actress Nerine Kidd but two years after their marriage, Kidd died as a result of drowning in a swimming pool due to the effects of alcohol and Valium.

Shatner got married for the fourth time to Elizabeth Anderson Martin in 2001.

Net Worth

William Shatner has a net worth of $100 million.

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William Shatner awards

YearNameAward

Golden Globe Awards

2005Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionBoston Legal (2004)

Primetime Emmy Awards

2005Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesBoston Legal (2004)
2004Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Practice (1997)

William Shatner biography timelines

  • // 22nd Mar 1931
    William Shatner was born in Notre-Dame-De-Grace, Montreal, Quebec, Canada on 22 March, 1931 in a Jewish family to Joseph Shatner and Anne Shatner. His father Joseph had a cloth manufacturing business and his mother worked as an elocutionist. Shatner had two sisters.
  • // 1952
    He became quite popular as a young performer but instead of continuing with it he pursued commerce programme at the prestigious McGill University in Montreal. Shatner was awarded his bachelors’ degree in 1952.
  • // 1954
    In 1954 William Shatner started off as a performer at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival after having trained in the nuances of Shakespearean acting at the Canadian National Repertory Theatre. Two years later Shatner acted in the play ‘Tamburlaine the Great’ at Broadway.
  • // 12th Aug 1956
    He got married to actress Gloria on 12 August, 1956. The couple had three daughters. The marriage ended in divorce after 13 years.
  • // 1958
    Shatner acted in plays as well as television programmes for some years before he got his first break in films in the year 1958 when he was cast in the film ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ produced by MGM. The same year, Shatner’s performance in the play ‘The World of Suzie Wong’ was well received.
  • // 1966
    In 1966, Gene Roddenberry decided to cast William Shatner in the role of Capt. James T. Kirk in the famous TV show ‘Star Trek’ and he starred in the show for its entire duration of three years. It was one of the most important roles in Shatner’s career and he went on to star in the Star Trek films that were made later.
  • // 1968
    In 1968, Shatner began his career in music with the album ‘The Transformed Man’ and went on to produce three more albums in his career. The three albums were ‘Has Been’, ‘Seeking Major Tom’ and ‘Ponder the Mystery’. The last one was released 45 years after his first album was released.
  • // 1969
    After ‘Star Trek’ was discontinued in 1969, William Shatner’s career went through a bit of a lull as he could not get the sort of roles that he was looking for having become too identifiable with his ‘Star Trek’ character. Around this time Shatner worked mainly in television shows like ‘The Andersonville Trial’, ‘Barbary Coast’ and ‘The Hollywood Squares’ among others.
  • // 1973 To 1996
    In 1973, he got married to Marcy Lafferty but this marriage too ended 23 years later in 1996. They had no children.
  • // 1979
    In 1979, his career took a positive turn with the release of the film ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ where Shatner played the iconic role of Capt. Kirk. Shatner went on to play the role in the subsequent six Star Trek films. He played the role of Captain Kirk in other movies like ‘Airplane: The Sequel’ and ‘National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1’ as well.
  • // 1982
    He started working in the TV series ‘T.J. Hooker’ in the year 1982 and he also directed some episodes of the series. Seven years later Shatner hosted the popular crime show ‘Rescue 911’ which ran for seven years. He also wrote some science fiction novels at the time and the first published book was ‘TekWar’.
  • // 1997
    In 1997, he got married to actress Nerine Kidd but two years after their marriage, Kidd died as a result of drowning in a swimming pool due to the effects of alcohol and Valium.
  • // 2001
    Shatner got married for the fourth time to Elizabeth Anderson Martin in 2001.
  • // 2004
    He appeared in the show ‘The Practice’ in the role of the lawyer Denny Crane and the character became so popular that in 2004 he was cast as the same character in the show ‘Boston Legal’. His performances in the latter show earned him rave reviews. Four years later his autobiography ‘Up Till Now- The Autobiography’ was released. He has appeared in a number of TV shows, documentaries and films over the latter part of his career.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, William Shatner was awarded both the Golden Globe and the Emmy award for best supporting actor for his portrayal of Denny Crane in the show ‘Boston Legal’.

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William Shatner's FAQ

  • What is William Shatner birthday?

    William Shatner was born at 1931-03-22

  • Where is William Shatner's birth place?

    William Shatner was born in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  • What is William Shatner nationalities?

    William Shatner's nationalities is Canadian

  • Who is William Shatner spouses?

    William Shatner's spouses is Elizabeth Shatner

  • Who is William Shatner siblings?

    William Shatner's siblings is Farla, Joy a

  • Who is William Shatner childrens?

    William Shatner's childrens is Leslie Carol Shatner, Lisabeth Shatner, Melanie Shatner

  • What was William Shatner universities?

    William Shatner studied at Westhill High School, McGill University

  • How tall is William Shatner?

    William Shatner's height is 177

  • Who is William Shatner's father?

    William Shatner's father is Joseph Shatner

  • Who is William Shatner's mother?

    William Shatner's mother is Anna

  • What is William Shatner's sun sign?

    William Shatner is Aries

  • How famous is William Shatner?

    William Shatner is famouse as Actor, Producer