William Shatner

Actor, Director, Producer
A pop culture legend and one of American television's most enduring stars, the multi-talented William Shatner started out as simply an actor. By the twilight of his career, however, Shatner successfully managed to ... Read more »
Born: 03/21/1931 in Montreal, Quebec, CA

Filmography

Actor (229)

A Toast to 2014! 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

The Shatner Project 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Himself

American Psycho II: All American Girl 2014 (Movie)

Starkman (Actor)

Pioneers of Television 2011, 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The Real History of Science Fiction 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The Soup 1991 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sunday Horse 2014 (Movie)

Kenneth Roubidoux (Actor)

To Be Takei 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

3rd Rock From the Sun 1964 - 1965, 1968 - 1980, 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2000, 2003 - 2007, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bleep My Dad Says 1964 - 1965, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Escape From Planet Earth 2013 (Movie)

General Shanker (Voice)

Hawaii Five-O 1964 - 1965, 1968 - 1980, 2003 - 2007, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hot in Cleveland 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living in TV Land 1964 - 1965, 1968 - 1986, 1993 - 2000, 2003 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Perversions of Science 1964 - 1965, 1968 - 1986, 1993 - 2000, 2003 - 2007, 2009 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

SeaQuest DSV 1964 - 1965, 1968 - 1980, 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 2000, 2003 - 2007, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shatner's Raw Nerve 1964 - 1965, 1968 - 1986, 1993 - 2000, 2003 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

Show Me the Money 1964 - 1965, 1973 - 1975, 2003 - 2007, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Host

Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1964 - 1965, 1973 - 1975, 2003 - 2006, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek 1964 - 1965, 1973 - 1975, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

T.J. Hooker 1964 - 1965, 1968 - 1986, 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 2000, 2003 - 2007, 2009 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1964 - 1965, 1968 - 1980, 1995 - 1996, 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2007, 2009 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Weird or What? 1964 - 1965, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Host

BrandX with Russell Brand 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Psych 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Quantum Quest 2012 (Movie)

The Core (Voice)

Rookie Blue 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

2009 Prism Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Boston Legal 2004 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Fanboys 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Dateline NBC: Going for Gold 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Gonzo Ballet 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Million Dollar Password 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scream 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2008 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Transcendent Man 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Scream Awards 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2006 American Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Atomic Betty: The No-L Nine 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Voice

Comedy Central's Last Laugh '05 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Denis Leary's Merry F#%$in Christmas 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

For the People 1964 - 1965, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Over the Hedge 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Ozzie (Actor)

TV Land Awards 2006 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wild 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Kazar (Actor)

Comedy Central's Last Laugh '04 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Invasion Iowa 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003, 2005 (Tv Show)

Guest

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous 2005 (Movie)

Stan Fields (Actor)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big In '04 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Ask Rita 2002 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2004 (Movie)

Dodgeball Chancellor (Actor)

Lil' Pimp 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Tony Gold (Actor)

The 37th Annual CMA Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The E! True Hollywood Story: Heather Locklear 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Practice 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

America Loves... Star Trek 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Patterson 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Festival in Cannes 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Futurama 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

Gahan Wilson's The Kid 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Iron Chef USA: Holiday Showdown 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Iron Chef USA: Showdown in Las Vegas 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC 75th Anniversary Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Showtime 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Miss USA 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Osmosis Jones 2001 (Movie)

of Mayor Phlegmming (Voice)

The 28th Annual American Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Miss Congeniality 2000 (Movie)

Stan Fields (Actor)

Free Enterprise 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Trekkies 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

An All Star Party For Aaron Spelling 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Prisoner of Zenda Inc. 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide Looks at Science Fiction 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Rescue 911 1989 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Wernher Von Braun: Threshold of the Stars 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

1994 Billboard Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Silent Betrayal 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Sneak Peek II 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: A Captain's Log 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Roger Corman Special 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Columbo: Butterflies in Shades of Grey 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Coming Up Roses 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Eek! The Cat Christmas Special 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

Gene Roddenberry: Star Trek and Beyond 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Generations 1994 (Movie)

Captain James T Kirk (Actor)

TekJustice 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

TekLab 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

TekLords 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

TekWar 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 105th Tournament of Roses Parade 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 1993 (Movie)

General Curtis Mortars (Actor)

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1992 MTV Movie Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

What About Me? I'm Only 3! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey 1991 (Movie)

Captain James Tiberios Kirk (Actor)

Sea World Star-Spangled Summer 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek VI: the Undiscovered Country 1991 (Movie)

Admiral James T Kirk (Actor)

Voice of the Planet 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

2nd Annual Valvoline National Driving Test 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Alaska's Killer Whales: Between Worlds 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Rescue: 911 (04/18/89) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Rescue: 911 (05/09/89) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek V: the Final Frontier 1989 (Movie)

Kirk (Actor)

Friday Night Surprise! 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Search For Houdini 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Top Flight 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Broken Angel 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Golden Globe Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Blood Sport 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek IV 1986 (Movie)

Admiral James T Kirk (Actor)

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XVII 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Starr 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

TV's Funniest Game Show Moments 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Canadian Conspiracy 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Real Trivial Pursuit 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XV 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek III 1984 (Movie)

Admiral Kirk (Actor)

TV's Funniest Game Show Moments 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bradbury Trilogy 1984 (Movie)

Charles Underhill (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars XIII 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Daredevils 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Prime Times 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic Planet 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Narrator

Airplane II: the Sequel 1982 (Movie)

Murdock (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars XII 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Police Squad! 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan 1982 (Movie)

Kirk (Actor)

Visiting Hours 1982 (Movie)

Gary Baylor (Actor)

The Babysitter 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

This Was America 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars V 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Crash 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

How the West Was Won 1976 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: the Motion Picture 1979 (Movie)

Captain Kirk (Actor)

The Kidnapping of the President 1979 (Movie)

Jerry O'Connor (Actor)

Kingdom of the Spiders 1977 (Movie)

Rack Hansen (Actor)

The Land of No Return 1977 (Movie)

Curt Benell (Actor)

Swing Out, Sweet Land 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

A Whale of a Tale 1975 (Movie)

Dr Jack Fredericks (Actor)

Mitzi and a Hundred Guys 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek 1973 - 1975 (TV Show)

Voice

The Barbary Coast 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Bad Mama 1974 (Movie)

William J Baxter (Actor)

Impulse 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Devil's Rain 1974 (Movie)

Mark Preston (Actor)

The Horror at 37,000 Feet 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hound of the Baskervilles 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanished 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Sole Survivor 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1963 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Incubus 1964 (Movie)

Marc (Actor)

The Outrage 1963 (Movie)

Preacher (Actor)

The Intruder 1962 (Movie)

Adam Cramer (Actor)

Thriller 1960 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 (Movie)

Captain Byers (Actor)

The Explosive Generation 1960 (Movie)

Peter Gifford (Actor)

Christmas Tree 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Studio One 1948 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Suspicion 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

The Brothers Karamazov 1958 (Movie)

Alexey Karamazov (Actor)

The Defender 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

A Carol Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

A Family of Strangers (TV Show)

Actor

Climax! (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Man's Island (TV Show)

Actor

Disaster on the Coastliner (TV Show)

Actor

Go Ask Alice (TV Show)

Actor

Haven (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywood Ghost Stories (TV Show)

Actor

Incident on a Dark Street (TV Show)

Actor

Indict and Convict (TV Show)

Actor

Kraft Television Theater (TV Show)

Actor

Little Women (TV Show)

Actor

Mars Rising (TV Show)

Narrator

North Beach and Rawhide (TV Show)

Actor

Perilous Voyage (TV Show)

Actor

Pioneer Woman (TV Show)

Actor

Pray For the Wildcats (TV Show)

Actor

Seasons (Movie)

Narrator (Voice)

Secrets of a Married Man (TV Show)

Actor

Testimony of Two Men (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbary Coast (TV Show)

Actor

The Bastard (TV Show)

Actor

The Horror Hall of Fame II (TV Show)

Actor

The Land of the Free (TV Show)

Actor

The People (TV Show)

Actor

The Statesman (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Gonzo Ballet 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Fire Serpent 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

TekWar (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Music (2)

Miss Congeniality 2000 (Movie)

("Miss United States") (Song Performer)

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins 1999 (Movie)

("Infinity and Beyond") (Song Performer)
Writer (1)

Star Trek V: the Final Frontier 1989 (Movie)

(From Story)
Director (1)

Star Trek V: the Final Frontier 1989 (Movie)

(Director)
Other (1)

Festival in Cannes 2002 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Biography

A pop culture legend and one of American television's most enduring stars, the multi-talented William Shatner started out as simply an actor. By the twilight of his career, however, Shatner successfully managed to transmogrify into something more. By turning his amiable persona into a one-man, multi-million dollar cottage industry, Shatner's legacy in show business survived for more than five decades. Breaking into show business during television's golden age of drama in the 1950s, Shatner became a regular face on the guest star circuit before landing the role that would forever immortalize him; that of the dashing, supremely confident Captain James T. Kirk of "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-69). After "Trek" went off the air, Shatner became haunted by the persistent spirit of the Enterprise captain, despite starring in seven "Star Trek" features, most notably "The Wrath of Khan" (1982) and "The Voyage Home" (1986). Eventually, however, he made peace with his famous alter ego and even learned to embrace Kirk for siring a new career for the actor as camp persona, which he put on display on albums with spoken word renditions of "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." In the 1980s, he enjoyed a successful television run as "T.J. Hooker" (ABC, 1982-85; CBS, 1985-87) and later in his career, did a series of camp commercials for travel website Priceline. Naturally, he received acclaim for his Emmy-winning role as the eccentric attorney Denny Crane on the hit drama, "Boston Legal" (ABC, 2004-08), which underscored his uncanny ability to confound critics and exceed expectations of his delighted fans.

Relationships

Nerine Kidd Actor

Wife
Married Nov. 15, 1997 Shatner reportedly filed for divorce October 1998, but reconciled before her death Aug. 9, 1999 from an apparent drowning while swimming in the pool at their Los Angeles, CA home

Marcy Lafferty Actor

Wife
Married Oct. 20, 1973 She starred as Maggie in Shatner's staging of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" Divorced Dec. 11, 1996

Vera Montez

Companion
Reportedly involved c. 1994-96 No longer together

Gloria Rand

Wife
Married Aug. 12, 1956 Divorced March 4, 1969

Elizabeth Shatner Actor

Wife
Married Feb. 13, 2001

Lisabeth Shatner Actor

Daughter
Born June 6, 1961; mother, Gloria Rand; named Miss Golden Globe 1985

Joseph Shatner

Father

Melanie Shatner Actor

Daughter
Born Aug. 1, 1964; mother, Gloria Rand; owned upscale women's clothing boutique Dari

Anne Shatner

Mother

Leslie Shatner

Daughter
Born Aug. 31, 1958; mother, Gloria Rand

EDUCATION

McGill University

1952

Milestones

2013

Voiced character of villain General Shanker in computer animated feature "Escape from Planet Earth"

2011

Wrote, directed, executive produced, and starred in documentary "The Captains"

2010

First starring role in a sitcom "$#*! My Dad Says" (CBS)

2008

Published autobiography Up Till Now

2006

Voiced Ozzie, a dramatic possum in animated comedy "Over the Hedge"

2005

Reprised role of Stan Fields in "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous"

2004

Joined final season of ABC's legal drama "The Practice" as Denny Crane, an eccentric senior law partner

2004

Reprised role of attorney Denny Crane on "The Practice" spin-off "Boston Legal" (ABC); earned SAG (2006, 2009) and Emmy (2006, 2007, 2008) nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series; also earned Golden Globe (2008) and Emmy (2009) nominations for Best

2004

Played minor role of the Dodgeball Chancellor in Ben Stiller comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story"

2002

Appeared as himself in comedy "Showtime," starring Robert De Niro and Eddie Murphy

2001

Voiced animated character Mayor Phlegmming in "Osmosis Jones"

2000

Played beauty pageant host Stan Fields in Sandra Bullock vehicle "Miss Congeniality"

1999

Garnered Emmy nomination for playing the Big Giant Head on an episode of NBC sitcom "3rd Rock From the Sun"

1998

Spoofed his image, playing himself in feature comedy "Free Enterprise"

1994

TV series producing debut, "TekWar" and "TekLords" (USA Network); also played recurring role and occasionally directed

1993

Co-wrote memoir Star Trek Memories

1993

Hosted First Annual TekWar Symposium

1991

Co-hosted (with Leonard Nimoy) "The Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special" for syndication

1989

Made feature directorial debut with "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier"

1989

Hosted dramatic reenactment series "Rescue 911" (CBS)

1989

Published first novel TekWar

1982

Returned to series TV, starring as a police officer on "T.J. Hooker" (ABC); aired on CBS for its final season; also directed episodes

1981

Narrated syndicated series "This Was America"

1981

Directed Los Angeles production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"; starred his then wife Marcy Lafferty

1979

Reprised role of Captain Kirk for first franchise feature "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"

1978

Portrayed American revolutionary Paul Revere in syndicated miniseries "The Bastard"

1975

Cast an undercover agent in Western-themed secret agent series "Barbary Coast" (ABC)

1966

First cast as Captain James T. Kirk in Gene Roddenberry's popular sci-fi series "Star Trek" (NBC)

1965

Made TV series debut on critically acclaimed CBS drama "For the People"; show lasted only 13 episodes

1961

First leading role in a feature, "The Explosive Generation"

1958

Made Hollywood feature debut in "The Brothers Karamazov," starring Yul Brynner

1957

Appeared with Ralph Bellamy as a father and son legal team on "The Defender" episode of "Studio One" (CBS)

1956

Made Broadway debut in Sir Tyrone Guthrie's production of "Tamburlaine the Great"

1951

Made movie debut in Canadian film "The Butler's Night Off"

Performed at Shakespearean Stratford Festival of Canada in Stratford, Ontario

Began acting career in radio with Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC)

Bonus Trivia

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Shatner was the founder of the Annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show.

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Shatner provided vocals for "In Love" by Ben Folds on his Fear of Pop (1998) album.

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