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William Shatner

Highest Rated:   100% For the Love of Spock (2016)
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Birthplace:   Montreal, Quebec, Canada
For an actor almost universally associated with a single character -- Captain James Tiberius Kirk of the U.S.S. Enterprise -- William Shatner has found diverse ways to stay active in the public eye, even spoofing his overblown acting style in a way far more hip than desperate. Years after he last uttered "warp speed," Shatner remains a well-known face beyond Star Trek conventions, re-creating himself as the spoken-word pitchman for priceline.com, and starring in a popular series of smoky nightclub ads that featured some of the most cutting-edge musicians of the day.The Canadian native was born on March 22, 1931, in Montréal, where he grew up and attended Verdun High School. Shatner studied commerce at McGill University before getting the acting bug, which eventually prompted him to move to New York in 1956. He initially worked in such live television dramatic shows as Studio One and The United States Steel Hour in 1957 and 1958, as well as on Broadway. His big screen debut soon followed as Alexei in the 1958 version of Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov.Throughout the 1960s, Shatner worked mostly in television. His most memorable appearance came in a 1963 episode of The Twilight Zone entitled "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," in which he plays a terrified airline passenger unable to convince the crew that there's a mysterious gremlin tearing apart the wing. He also appeared in such films as Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) and the bizarrely experimental Esperanto-language horror film Incubus (1963). In 1966, he got his big break, though neither he nor anyone else knew it at the time. Shatner was cast as the macho starship captain James Kirk on Star Trek, commanding a crew that included an acerbic doctor, a Scottish engineer, and a logician with pointy ears, on a mission "to boldly go where no man has gone before." However, the show lasted only three seasons, considered by many to be high camp. After providing a voice on the even shorter-lived animated series in 1973, Shatner must have thought Star Trek too would pass. A costly divorce and a lingering diva reputation from Star Trek left him with few prospects or allies, forcing him to take whatever work came his way. But in 1979, after a decade of B-movie labor in such films as The Kingdom of Spiders (1977) and a second failed series (Barbary Coast, 1975-1976), Shatner re-upped for another attempt to capitalize on the science fiction series with Star Trek: The Motion Picture. This time it caught on, though the first film was considered a costly disappointment. With dogged determination, the producers continued onward with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), at which point fans finally flocked to the series, rallying behind the film's crisp space battles and the melodramatic tête-à-tête between Shatner and Ricardo Montalban.Shatner had to wrestle with his advancing age and the deaths of several characters in Star Trek II and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), but by Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), the actor got to indulge in his more whimsical side, which has since characterized his career. As the series shifted toward comedy, Shatner led the way, even serving as director of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), which many considered among the series' weaker entries. During this period, Shatner also began parodying himself in earnest, appearing as host of Saturday Night Live in a famous sketch in which he tells a group of Trekkies to "Get a life." He also turned in a wickedly energetic mockery of a moon base captain in Airplane II: The Sequel (1982). Shatner made one final appearance with the regular Star Trek cast in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), then served as one of the crossovers to the new series of films in Star Trek: Generations (1994), in which endlessly theorizing fans finally learned the fate of Captain Kirk.The success of the Trek movies reenergized Shatner's TV career, eve

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% For the Love of Spock
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Range 15
  • Richard Chindler
2016
No Score Yet Just in Time for Christmas
  • Coachman Nick
2015
33% Being Canadian
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet A Sunday Horse
  • Kenneth Roubidoux
2015
76% A Christmas Horror Story
  • DJ Dan
2015
71% Thunder and the House of Magic
  • Actor
2014
91% To Be Takei
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Shatner's World... We Just Live in It...
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge
  • Actor
  • Director
2014
33% Escape From Planet Earth
  • General Shanker
2013
No Score Yet William Shatner's Get A Life!
  • Actor
  • Director
2012
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel
  • William Shatner
2011
No Score Yet Transcendent Man
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet The Captains
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2011
No Score Yet Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Horrorween
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Captain's Summit
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Gotta Catch Santa Claus
  • Santa Claus
2008
32% Fanboys
  • Himself
2008
No Score Yet Horrorween 3D
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Stalking Santa
  • Himself
2007
No Score Yet Playboy - Celebrity Photographers 2
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet John Wayne's Tribute To America
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Everest
  • Norman Kelly
2007
No Score Yet Evil Bong
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner
  • Actor
2006
75% Over the Hedge
  • Ozzie
2006
20% The Wild
  • Kazar
2006
No Score Yet A Dream of Color in Black and White
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet How William Shatner Changed the World
  • Actor
2005
15% Miss Congeniality 2 - Armed and Fabulous
  • Stan Fields
2005
No Score Yet Lil' Pimp
  • Tony Gold
2005
No Score Yet Invasion Iowa
  • Actor
2005
70% Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story
  • Dodgeball Chancellor
2004
No Score Yet Poetry Corner
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet The Rose Parade: A Pageant For Ages
  • Host
2003
No Score Yet A Carol Christmas
  • Dr. Bill/Ghost of Christmas Present
2003
No Score Yet Spplat Attack
  • Actor
2002
11% American Psycho II: All American Girl
  • Prof. Robert `Bobby' Starkman
2002
25% Showtime
  • Himself
2002
No Score Yet Groom Lake (The Visitor)
  • Director
  • John Gossner
2002
65% Festival in Cannes
  • Himself
2002
No Score Yet Shoot or Be Shot
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime
  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
2001
55% Osmosis Jones
  • Mayor Phlegmming
2001
No Score Yet Star Wars vs. Star Trek: The Rivalry Continues
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Nukes in Space
  • Narrator
2000
No Score Yet Atomic Journeys
  • Actor
2000
42% Miss Congeniality
  • Stan Fields
2000
No Score Yet Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Aviation Week - Ultimate Dogfighting
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Aviation Week - Superior Airpower
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet La Caída del Halcón
  • Major Robert Carson
2000
83% Free Enterprise
  • Bill
1999
86% Trekkies
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Alien Voices: "The First Men on the Moon"
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Ultimate Trek: Star Trek's Greatest Moments
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet The Land of the Free
  • Aidan Carvell
1998
No Score Yet Inside Star Trek: The Real Story
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Double Play
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet William Shatner's Star Trek Memories
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Prisoner of Zenda, Inc.
  • Michael Gatewick
1996
No Score Yet Star Trek - Thirty Years and Beyond
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Trinity and Beyond (The Atomic Bomb Movie)
  • Narrator
1995
No Score Yet William Shatner's Star Trek Memories
  • Host
1994
49% Star Trek Generations
  • Kirk
1994
No Score Yet TekWar: TekJustice
  • Producer
  • Bascom
  • Director
1994
No Score Yet TekWar: TekLab
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet TekWar: TekLords
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet TekWar
  • Executive Producer
  • Actor
  • Director
1994
No Score Yet Columbo
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Family of Strangers
  • Earl
1993
15% National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1
  • Gen. Mortars
1993
No Score Yet 25-Year Mission
  • Actor
1992
84% Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country
  • Capt. James T. Kirk
1991
53% Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
  • Captain James Tiberios Kirk
1991
No Score Yet Outer Limits - "Cold Hands, Warm Heart"
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Ultimate Survivors - Winning Against Incredible Odds
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet National Geographic
  • Actor
1990
23% Star Trek V - The Final Frontier
  • Director
  • Capt. James T. Kirk
1989
No Score Yet Hollywood on Horses
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Hypnosis
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Broken Angel (Best Intentions)
  • Chuck Coburn
1988
No Score Yet UFOs and Channeling
  • Actor
1988
85% Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home
  • Kirk
1986
No Score Yet Blood Sport
  • T.J. Hooker
1986
No Score Yet Secrets of a Married Man
  • Chris Jordan
1984
79% Star Trek III - The Search for Spock
  • Adm. Kirk
1984
42% Airplane 2 - The Sequel
  • Cdr. Buck Murdock
1982
88% Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • James T. Kirk
1982
15% Visiting Hours
  • Gary Baylor
1982
No Score Yet T.J. Hooker
  • Actor
  • Director
1982
No Score Yet The Babysitter
  • Dr. Jeff Benedict
1980
No Score Yet El Secuestro del Presidente
  • Jerry O'Connor
1980
46% Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Admiral James T. Kirk
1979
No Score Yet Disaster on the Coastliner
  • Stuart Peters
1979
No Score Yet Riel
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Crash of Flight 401
  • Carl Tobias
1978
No Score Yet Little Women
  • Fritz Bhaer
1978
No Score Yet The Bastard
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet The Third Walker
  • Munro MacLean
1978
44% Kingdom of the Spiders
  • Dr. Robert 'Rack' Hansen
1977
No Score Yet Mysteries of the Gods
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet A Whale of a Tale
  • Dr. Jack Fredericks
1976
20% The Devil's Rain
  • Mark Preston
1975
No Score Yet Impulse
  • Matt Stone
1974
71% Big Bad Mama
  • William J. Baxter
1974
No Score Yet Pray for the Wildcats
  • Warren Summerfield
1974
No Score Yet Pioneer Woman
  • John Sergeant
1973
No Score Yet The People
  • Dr. Curtis
1972
No Score Yet Go Ask Alice
  • Sam
1972
No Score Yet Incident on a Dark Street
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Hollywood Television Theatre
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet White Commanche
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet Alexander the Great
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet Star Trek - The Mudd Pack
  • Actor
1966
71% Incubus
  • Marc
1965
No Score Yet The Outrage
  • Preacher
1964
No Score Yet The Intruder
  • Adam Cramer
1962
90% Judgment at Nuremberg
  • Capt. Byers
1961
No Score Yet The Explosive Generation
  • Peter Gifford
1961
22% The Brothers Karamazov
  • Alexey Karamazov
1957
No Score Yet Oedipus Rex
  • Director
  • Actor
1957
No Score Yet Defender
  • Actor
1957
No Score Yet William Shatner's Mysteries of the Way We Feel
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Frank O'Hara
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Rookie Blue
2010-2015
  • Henry McLeod
73% Better Late than Never
2016
  • Reality cast member
No Score Yet Brand X with Russell Brand
2012-2013
  • Guest
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Don Carter Bob Wilson
No Score Yet Police Squad!
1982
  • Actor
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
  • Salvatore
No Score Yet Comic Book Men
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet StarTalk
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Futurama
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet Hell's Kitchen
2005
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Animated Series
1973-1974
  • Voice
  • James T. Kirk
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
0% $#* ! My Dad Says
2010-2011
  • Ed Goodson
No Score Yet Haven
2010-2015
  • Actor
No Score Yet Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Kirk Capt. James T. Kirk Captain James T. Kirk
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
  • Actor
Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Denny Crane
No Score Yet FABLife
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Appearing
  • Guest

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