Watch William Shatner "sings a song" about why he deserves a Genie Award. From YouTube.
William Shatner is a guest on CBC's "Q-TV" in 2012. From YouTube.
In 1966 Shatner accepted the role that made him a pop-culture icon, Captain James Tiberius Kirk in Gene Roddenberry's intergalactic science fiction series, Star Trek. While not exactly an emotional volcano, Captain Kirk championed earthly empathy and compassion while his second-in-command Mr. Spock, relied upon pure logic. Shatner's long-running portrayal of this earnest, somewhat absurd figure often displayed humour and refreshing self-parody. The original television show lasted only 3 seasons, 1966-69, and was not a huge ratings hit. But its reputation grew in syndication, and with the special-effects breakthrough that was George Lucas's Star Wars (1977), a movie became possible. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) made $175 million at the box office, and assured that there would be many sequels. In 1989, William Shatner provided the storyline and directed one of the last Star Trek films with the original cast: Star Trek, The Final Frontier. After 7 films made over 15 years, Shatner finally put the Captain Kirk role to rest in Star Trek: Generations (1994).
William Shatner's other television roles include the lead in the police drama TJ Hooker (1982-86; he also directed some episodes of the show), and the recurring character The Big Giant Head in Third Rock from the Sun, which earned him an Emmy Award nomination. In the early 1990s, he wrote a series of sci-fi novels under the title TekWar. Four cable films based on the books were made in 1994, and Shatner served as executive producer and the occasional star of the series of the same name (1995). He hosted the series Rescue 911 from 1989 to 1996, and after playing the role of attorney Denny Crane in the final season of the series The Practice in 2004, he successfully transported the character to the popular series Boston Legal (2004-08). He hosts the weekly programs William Shatner's Raw Nerve (2008- ), a celebrity interview show, and Weird or What? (2010), which examines the unusual and unexplained; he stars in the sitcom $#*! My Dad Says (2010-11) as a shoot-from-the-hip retiree.
William Shatner has not been afraid to capitalize on his Captain Kirk cult status in numerous commercials, and he appeared in Trekkies (1997) as himself, and again in Free Enterprise (1999), mocking his fans. He had a big-screen hit when he appeared in Sandra Bullock's star vehicle, Miss Congeniality, in 2000. His other films include Kingdom of the Spiders (1977), Riel, produced by the CBC in 1979, Airplane II: The Sequel (1982), Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005), and voice work for Osmosis Jones (2001), The Wild (2006), Over the Hedge (2006) and Gotta Catch Santa Claus (2008).
Awards and nominations for William Shatner include the 1996 GEMINI Award nomination for best dramatic series for TekWar; the 2003 ACTRA Montreal Performers Award of Excellence; 5 nominations from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, USA, winning in 1983 for Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan; the 1994 Banff Television Festival Award of Excellence; and 2 Emmy Awards, in 2005 for the outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for Boston Legal and in 2004 for outstanding guest actor in a drama series for The Practice; and the 2005 Golden Globe Award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role for Boston Legal.
In 2000, William Shatner was inducted, with a star, onto Canada's Walk of Fame. The Banff World Television Festival presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. In 2011 he received a GOVERNOR GENERAL's PERFORMING ARTS AWARD and, from McGill University where the William Shatner Univerity Centre is named after him, an honorary doctorate.
Author ALAN HUSTAK Rev: WYNDHAM WISE
Links to Other Sites
Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards
See biographies of recipients of Governor General's Performing Arts Awards. Also, check the menu on the left for links to video clips of recipients' speeches. From the website for the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation.
Canada's Walk of Fame
Check out the celebrity profiles at the Canada’s Walk of Fame website.
A profile of veteran Canadian-born actor William Shatner, who portrayed Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek television show. This CBC site offers a link to Shatner’s official website.
Shatner unveils Tussauds double
Watch a BBC video clip of William Shatner unveiling of a waxwork of himself in his Star Trek days at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood.
THE SHATNER PROJECT.com
William Shatner's Channel on YouTube. See his personal observations on a myriad of topics.
The trek back home
A 1999 news story about William Shatner’s appearance at his alma mater, McGill University. From the McGill Reporter.
A biography of multitalented entertainment personality William Shatner. From biography.com.
Up Till Now: The Autobiography
Read a synopsis and excerpt from William Shatner's autobiography. From the website for Macmillan, a US publisher.
William Shatner - Archive Interview
Watch an extensive personal interview with veteran actor William Shatner from the Archive of American Television.
William Shatner Sings for a Canadian Genie Award
Watch William Shatner sort of sing a song about why he deserves a Genie Award. From YouTube.
Beam up the new Hon Docs, Scotty!
A profile of McGill University alumnus William Shatner. From the "McGill Reporter."
Screen Legends: Small Screen
Click on the images on the right side of the page to see a video vignette devoted to each performer. Part of the "Screen Legends" series from the Historica-Dominion Institute.