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William Shatner Biography

Birth Name:
William Alan Shatner
Birth Place:
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Profession
Actor, director, producer, writer

Fast Facts

  • Began acting career as a child on Canadian radio
  • Made Broadway debut in Tamburlaine the Great (1956)
  • Made film debut in The Brothers Karamazov (1958)
  • Early TV career included memorable episodic turns on The Twilight Zone's "Nick of Time" (11/18/60) and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (10/11/63), and The Man from U
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  • 's "The Project Strigas Affair" (11/24/64) with future Star Trek costar Leonard Nimoy
  • Shared TV's first interracial kiss on the Star Trek episode "Plato's Stepchildren" (11/22/68) with Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt
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  • Mask of killer Michael Myers in the original Halloween (1978) was a likeness of his Star Trek character, Captain Kirk, painted white
  • Title of his memoir Get a Life! (1999) was derived from a 1986 Saturday Night Live skit spoofing fans of Star Trek
  • Varied (and much spoofed) music career includes cult classic The Transformed Man (1968), featuring unique covers of "Mr
  • Tambourine Man" and "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," and Has Been (2004), with Ben Folds, Aimee Mann, Henry Rollins and others
  • Made several talked-about appearances reading Sarah Palin's speeches as beat poetry on The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien in 2009

Awards

  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2007Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2005Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: winner

Relationships

  • Leslie Shatner -- Daughter
  • Lisabeth Shatner -- Daughter
  • Melanie Shatner -- Daughter
  • Gloria Rand -- Ex-wife
  • Marcy Lafferty -- Ex-wife
  • Joseph Shatner -- Father
  • Anne Shatner -- Mother
  • Elizabeth Martin -- Wife
  • Nerine Kidd -- Wife (deceased)