Today we celebrate the man that has bringing Star Trek Fans joy for over 50 years. Today is William Shatner’s 86th birthday. Here is hoping for many more years with him, and that he somehow gets a cameo in one of the upcoming Star Trek Films. For more on the life of William Shatner get the details below! And, be sure and let us know which Star Trek Movie or TV Episode featuring William Shatner is your favorite AFTER THE JUMP.
In 1966, William Shatner was cast as Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek’s second pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” a role in a series that lasted until its abrupt cancellation in 1969. His exceptional performance impacted science fiction for years to come. Despite the low financial status of the show’s budget and its poor reception of the audience at the time, Shatner’s portrayal of Kirk set the standard for many leadership roles in films and shows, from Battlestar Galactica to Star Wars.
By 1979, Gene Roddenberry and Paramount Pictures resurrected Star Trek and brought Shatner and his old crew back to work in another round of space-faring adventures; this time, William Shatner would not star in a TV series, but in a full-fledged film saga, beginning with Star Trek: The Motion Picture and ending with the sad, though heroic death of James T. Kirk in Star Trek: Generations.
After his film career as Captain Kirk ended (though his acting career was no where near finished), William Shatner refused to let the spirit of Kirk end at just one movie. He continued the Kirk legacy in a series of Star Trek novels wherein Captain Kirk was resurrected to continue his adventures to explore and save the galaxy once again, this time in the 24th century. He also authored the science fiction series TekWar, which was adapted into a video game, a made-for-TV movie, and a comic book series.
Shatner is as busy as ever. In 2016, he released his latest book Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man, appeared at multiple conventions and even threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park’s Star Trek Night, prior to the Boston Red Sox game.