William Shatner

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Name: William Shatner
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Occupation: actor, director, producer, author
Medium: television, film
Works: Star Trek, Boston Legal, William Shatner "Live" and many others
Official Website(s): IMDb page
Fan Website(s): WilliamShatner.com: The Official Shatner Website (News)
On Fanlore: Related pages

William Shatner (March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor most famous for his role as Capt. James T. Kirk. He played Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series and six subsequent films, as well as voicing Kirk in other Trek-related media. In partnership with Leonard Nimoy, his portrayal helped to inspire K/S fandom, the iconic slash pairing that slash itself derives its name from.

He has had a long career, and worked in different capacities on many television shows and films. Besides Star Trek, he is probably best remembered for his appearances in The Twilight Zone episodes "Nick of Time" and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet". He played Robert Lomax in a long-running Broadway production of The World of Suzie Wong alongside France Nuyen (Dolmen Elaan in the Star Trek episode "Elaan of Troyius"). Between 2004 - 2008, he starred in Boston Legal, and was again paired with a male costar (James Spader) in a relationship that was so slashy, the subtext occasionally became text; ironically, this fandom is small to nonexistent.

Shatner is also a character in Star Trek RPF fandom.

Born in Montreal to a Conservative Jewish family, his faith was important to him and he was involved in "synagogue, bar mitzvah, all the traditional things." Quebec is a notoriously anti-Semitic province, and Shatner had many conflicts and fights as a child. He found acceptance and recognition through dramatics, and as a young man focused on improving his acting talent and his interest in sports. He trained as a classical Shakespearean actor at the Canadian National Repertory Theatre. Today, he is still actively performing and involved in sports. He owns a ranch in Kentucky where he trains and rides American Saddlebred horses.

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