William Shatner is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable figures, having cultivated a career spanning over 60 years as an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, and recording artist, and philanthropist.
In 1966, Shatner originated the role of “Captain James T. Kirk” in the television series Star Trek. The series spawned a feature film franchise where Shatner returned as Captain Kirk in seven of the Star Trek movies, one of which he directed. Shatner also played the title role in the hit television series T.J. Hooker before hosting television’s first reality-based series, Rescue 911.
Shatner won Emmys and his first Golden Globe for his portrayal of eccentric lawyer “Denny Crane” on both The Practice and Boston Legal. He received four more Emmy nominations as well as Golden Globe and SAG Award nods.
Currently, Shatner is the host and executive producer of The UnExplained on The History Chanell, which is a one-hour, non-fiction series that explores the world’s most fascinating, strange, and inexplicable mysteries.
Shatner’s love of music inspired him to record the critically acclaimed album, Has Been. The Milwaukee Ballet set several dance numbers to songs from the record for their performance, “Common People”, which was featured in the documentary Gonzo Ballet. In October 2020, Shatner released an album titled The Blues, which quickly reached number of on Billboard’s blues chart. Shatner previously released the country music album, What About Me, in August 2018 with Jeff Cook and Heartland Records. Following that, Shatner experienced much success with Shatner Clause, a holiday album released in October 2018, which peaked at number two on the Billboard chart.
Off the screen and broadcast waves, Shatner has authored nearly 30 fiction and non-fiction bestsellers. His autobiography, Up Till Now, was a New York Times bestseller and was followed by Shatner Rules. Shatner’s book, Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man, was released in February 2016 appearing on the New York Times bestseller list. His newest book, Live Long And… What I Might Have Learned Along the Way, was released in September 2018.
In April 2011, Shatner launched his hugely popular one-man show, Shatner’s World on Broadway. He toured in Australia and New Zealand, followed by tours in Canada and over 50 cities in the United States.
Shatner continues to act, write, produce, and direct while still making time to work with charities.