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William Shatner (born March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor, writer, performer of the spoken word, and director, best known for having gained fame for his starring role as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the television show Star Trek: The Original Series from 1966 to 1969 (continuing into seven of the subsequent movies). Shatner has written three books chronicling his experiences playing James T. Kirk and being a part of the Star Trek franchise. He’s also recorded several albums, many of them drawing on sci-fi themes such as his covers of “Space Oddity” and “Rocket Man”.

He has since worked as a writer, producer, director, musician, writer, and celebrity pitchman (most notably for Priceline.com). He has worked with Ben Folds a great deal, both on Folds’ Fear Of Pop project, and more recently on Shatner’s album Has Been (which also featured Joe Jackson on his cover version of Pulp’s “Common People”). Shatner’s other collaborators include Peter Frampton, Bootsy Collins, and Steve Miller among many others (with that just being on one album).

Upon reaching his seventies and beyond, Shatner still shows no signs of slowing down. His acting career reached a new peak when he won two Emmy Awards (in 2004 and 2005) for his portrayal of attorney Denny Crane in the television series The Practice and Boston Legal. In 2008, Shatner stared in his own talk show, entitled Shatner’s Raw Nerve on Bio (the Biography Channel). It focused on the personal lives of celebrities stuff that is not normally discussed.

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  • Sanity_Theorist

    v I think the whole point is that it's downright goofy

    7 Apr 11:38pm Reply
  • TaureDawn

    Bill is underrated in music... he's so strongly associated with being "Captain James T. Kirk" that people don't take him seriously in music. Love ya William <3

    1 Apr 9:38am Reply
  • Keolia

    Ponder the Mystery... Is actually legit good. Wow!

    1 Apr 9:26am Reply
  • IamFlood

    A Transformed Man is one of the greatest achievements in pop history.

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • BrianDorn

    Has Been is one of my favorite albums of all time.

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    MISTER TAMBOURINE MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • MistahJohnson

    He makes being old seem less shitty.

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Lennart111

    Ben Folds (man that understands Music) + Shatner (man with intense speech) = Genius "Has Been"! Sad that he never made real Music after that again...

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • afromme

    I was really looking forward to a new album from Shatner, as I have a sweet spot for "Has been". But listening to "Ponder the mystery", I can't help being utterly disappointed.

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Washtali

    Much love and respect

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • sbsgloria

    "Has been" is super. Never heard anything like this before in spoken-words.

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • deadgrandma

    Seeking Major Tom > Lulu [3]

    15 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Peteblueeyes

    "Has Been" would definitely be on my Top 5 Albums list for the island from which you'll never return!

    13 Dec 2012 Reply
  • satchalicious

    I totally love "Seeking Major Tom" -- are his other albums similar to this?

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
  • WLDB

    Met him and got a pick with him last week. So awesome.

    16 May 2012 Reply
  • fuckam

    JA PIERDOLE JERZY STUHR

    26 Mar 2012 Reply
  • jonnyj24

    HOLY SHATner!!!! It's his 81st birthday today

    23 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Wippersnapper

    By guesting on Seeking Major Tom.

    16 Mar 2012 Reply
  • immortalizepain

    How did Nick Valensi of The Strokes become similar to William Shatner?

    4 Feb 2012 Reply
  • jonnyj24

    So did Shatner co-write 'Struggle' with producer Adam Hamilton on Seeking Major Tom? I need facts

    4 Feb 2012 Reply
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