Today marks the 80th birthday of William Shatner. It’s hard to think of any other actor who’s had such a long and varied career on the small screen. In addition to starring as Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek, one of the medium’s most popular shows, Shatner has starred in seven other shows as well — Star Trek: The Animated Series, Barbary Coast, For the People, T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911, Boston Legal, and currently $#*! My Dad Says.
And, who could forget his memorable guest shots on shows like The Twilight Zone, Dr. Kildare, 77 Sunset Strip, The Defenders (the 1960s original), Mission: Impossible, Columbo, TekWar, 3rd Rock From the Sun, and The Practice?
He’s also starred on Broadway, starred in numerous feature films and TV movies, written many books, released “singing” albums, directed movies, produced and narrated specials, pitched computers and travel deals, and on and on and on. If you follow his online presence, you know that he doesn’t seem to be slowing down in the least.
So, on the occasion of his birthday, what are your favorite memories of Shatner’s work? Favorite roles or shows?