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77 Reasons Why William Shatner Is Awesome March 22, 2008

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Today is William Shatner’s 77th birthday. The original Captain Kirk is still going strong both acting as well as with all his other myriad of activities (as pitchman, writer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, etc.). He is an endless source of inspiration and entertainment and so we thought we would honor him with a list of the 77 reasons why we think he is awesome.

TrekMovie.com’s 77 reasons why William Shatner is awesome

77. Sold kidney stone for charity

76. Co-wrote "Believe," a book about hypothetic match between Houdini vs. Arthur Conan Doyle

75. Inducted Jerry Lawler into the Wrestling Hall of Fame

74. Drives race cars and motorcycles

73. Has traveled the world

72. Swam with dolphins and a 50 foot whale shark

71. Favorite color: leaves changing

70. Played beauty pageant host in a movie, then in real life a year later

69. Para glided at 72

68. Has building named after him at Montreal’s McGill University

67. Punked an entire town

66. Reported seeing UFO in Mojave desert in 1967

65. Did live TV in 50s

64. Has great recipe for cappuccino muffins

63. Is friends with Henry Rollins, did a duet "I can’t get behind that"…recreated here by puppets

62. Was immortalized in Lego

61. Talked to Koko, the signing gorilla

60. In "Fight Club" when Brad Pitt asks Edward Norton what celeb he would fight, he replies "Shatner"

59. Breeds horses

58. Speaks French

57. Can sell anything from Law Offices, to Bran Cereal, to Computers

56. Nominated for Emmy for playing character named "The Big Giant Head"

55. Appeared as himself in cult hit "Free Enterprise"

54.Was portrayed by John Belushi…and many since

53. Has his own fan club and a podcast dedicated to him called "Look At His Butt!"

52. On The Hollywood Walk of Fame and in the Broadcast & Cable Hall of Fame

51. Sang "My Way" to George Lucas

50. Shows his transformation and embrace of fandom in ironically titled memoire "Get a Life!"

49. Made movie about God in 1989, appeared as Satan on Comedy Central in 2005

48. Narrated the book of Exodus for CD

47. Plays paintball

46. Had his own customized limited edition Heinz ketchup bottle

45. King of 70s  celebrity guest game shows

44. Competes in the "World Poker Tour"

43. Is the CEO of a computer animation company

42.Willing to laugh at himself

41. Was guest photographer for Playboy

40. First film role, "Brothers Karamazov" 1958…with more to come still

39. Knows how to handle a woman

38. Starred in movie made entirely in Esperanto, "Incubus"

37. Is active in environmentalism

36. Studied with Tyrone Guthrie, and won the Tyrone Guthrie Award

35. Name can easily be converted to adjective (Shatnerific, Shatastic, etc)

34. Has a degree in business

33. Was fired by a theater as business manager, then hired that same day as an actor

32. The Negotiator

31. Is Canadian

30. Is Jewish

29. Is a Vegetarian

28. Kingdom of the Spiders

27. Appeared on both "Circus of the Stars" and "Battle of the Network Stars"

26. Never appeared on either "Love Boat" or "Fantasy Island"

25. Brought Kirk back from the dead in his own "Shatnervese" books

24. Has his own video blog, ShatnerVision

23. Tek War

22. Michael Meyer’s mask from "Halloween" movies based on Shatner/Kirk mask

21. Set the standard for cops jumping on car hoods (+ boats, buses, planes, etc)

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20. Inspired art show

19. Inspired a ballet

18. Inspired song "If William Shatner Can, I Can Too"

17. Took the term "Has Been" and turned it into a hit album

16. His 40+ year friendship with Leonard Nimoy

15. Appeared in 3 Broadway plays

14. Two words: Kirk-fu     (or is that one word?)

13. Worked with role model, Spencer Tracy.

12. Is an award-winning equestrian

11. Did two great Twilight Zone episodes

10. Won two Emmys (plus a Golden Globe and a Saturn)

9. Nickname at Montreal West Hills High School: ‘Toughie’

8. Was the first TV interracial kisser (with Nichelle Nichols)

7. Killed a 9 foot tall kodiak bear with bow and arrow on ABC "The
American Sportsman"

6. Rocket Man

 

5. Denny Crane!

4. Starred in groundbreaking civil rights movie, "The Intruder" in in
1962

3. Raises money for children’s charities through annual horse show

2. KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN

1. At 77 he is still active and entertaining the world

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILL FROM TREKMOVIE.COM

 

Although a staff effort, this article would be impossible without John Tenuto, our resident Shatnologist

 

Comments

1. Harry Seldom - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, Bill!

2. Marian C. - March 22, 2008

-Wow…happy birthay…Bill…!!!

3. trekmaster - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Bill!!!

4. Harry - March 22, 2008

Happy birthday!

And isn’t that clip with Nimoy just great :)

5. Pah Wraith - March 22, 2008

“Sto lat, sto lat, niech żyje, żyje nam!” from Polish trekkies ;)

6. Herbert Eyes Wide Open - March 22, 2008

The happiest of birthdays to you, Mr. Shatner!

7. Spud - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Bill.

You would think with all the great talent involved with this new movie project. There just has to be some small meaningful way to involve Bill in this movie without ruining it. JJ I just read 77 good reasons why you should at least perhaps try a little bit harder.

8. Garovorkin - March 22, 2008

77 and still going strong, as a pitchman he’s entertaining and second to none. He does drama pretty well and the man flair for cokmedy. A fews back he did wonderful parody of the David Fincher film 7 and he was off the wall funny,then of course there was his laugh out loud role in the less then funny sequel Airplane which I believe had a Star Trek Sight gag in it. Lest we forget the Immortal words “Denny Crane” . Then there is that wonderful historical show that he narrated back in the 1970 called This was America. This man has done everything it seems except run for the white house, President Shatner HM, no I wont go there.Love him or hate him but he’s alway entertaining and the world would be the Poorer for not having known him. I hope he still doing these things on his 100th birthday

9. The Rusted Robot - March 22, 2008

What? As if you could only find 77 reasons!

How about: “I’m Captain Kirk…I’m Captain Kirk”

10. Austin Rhodes - March 22, 2008

It was FUN!

11. Doug - March 22, 2008

I’ve said it before and will do so here again… I hope to be as active and in as good health as Mr. Shatner is when I am 77 (I’ve only 27 years to go)!

Anthony, you left out that he was the co-star in the TV movie ‘The People’ with Kim Darby (also known to us TREK fans as ‘Miri’). it was a cool science fiction/fantasy film that no one seems to remember (but should).

Happy Birthday, Bill!!!!

12. Cranston - March 22, 2008

Awesome list. Love #2.

Hadn’t heard about the bear hunt (real!). I just did a Google search on it, and found this posting from someone who remembered watching the episode:

“I remember William Shatner bow hunting brown bear in Alaska. He shot one, it ran into an alder thicket, and Captain Kirk goes running off through the thicket without his phaser. I thought that a bit stupid, but they found the bear dead.”

So not only did Shatner kill the bear with an arrow, he chased it into the brush *unarmed.*

13. Ahmed Abdo - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Bill !!!

14. SteveinSF - March 22, 2008

What a great man! I love that he lives his life fully and just keeps on going. He’s not afraid to try anything–good example to live by.

Happy 77th birthday and here’s to many, many more.

15. Frank - March 22, 2008

That was great…and don’t forget, first actor to curse on TV – “Let’s get the hell out of here”.

16. Brian - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Bill! Many, many more!

17. Ciarán Martin - March 22, 2008

Bill, have a really happy birthday an we hope you have many, MANY more! I may be a Picard guy, but you’re irreplaceble!

18. KHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Bill! I’m such a big fan, I make sure my daughter was born on your birthday!! Naaa, that was an accident, but a cool one!

Oh, and you forgot a 78th point.. Worked with Heather Locklear!

19. Iowagirl - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Bill – And many more!

Have a great day – may the coming year be a healthy one and may you have every success in whatever you do!

Great work guys – a truly stirring, amusing, and inspiring list! :)

20. Iowagirl - March 22, 2008

Oh, and that clip with Nimoy…is.utterly.wonderful.

Not meaning to get too emotional, but you GOTTAWATCHIT, folks!

21. [The] TOS Purist aka The Purolator - March 22, 2008

You forgot to mention that he paintballs!! PAINTBALLS!! Which is a very intense sport, which he does at an “old” age!!

With the Enterprise’s delta badge on his paintball suit, no less!!

THE SHAT IS KING!! Thanks for making this entry. :D

22. john dell - March 22, 2008

I want to have bill’s kids if only i had a womb.

23. Tim Handrahan - March 22, 2008

How about for reason 78 next year:

Appaering once again as Captain James T. Kirk.

There is still time!

24. Timncc1701 - March 22, 2008

Thank God we still have the Shat with us. May he live and contribute for many years to come. We would all be doing something else now but for him. Who else could have carried TOS?

25. Ron Mosher - March 22, 2008

Great list for a great guy. Happy Birthday Bill.

26. Moreah - March 22, 2008

Hippy Birfff day Bill!

Long live the Shat! :D

27. Dif - March 22, 2008

#38 is incorrect – Incubus was the second:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angoroj

Hooray for Shatner! =D

28. number 3 - March 22, 2008

not related, but found some spy pics
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/36031

29. john dell - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Bill Live a bit longer and keep on prospering.

30. Christian Malley - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Bill! You are incredible!

31. number 3 - March 22, 2008

and of course…MANY HAPPY RETURNS TO THE SHATMAN

32. John N - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Bill!

Does anyone know where I can get a high-res copy of the “CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK – I’m sorry… I can’t hear you over the sound of how awesome I am.” poster? I would love to print that out and hang it up… :)

Best I can find is 684X504…

Alternatively, a high-res copy of the picture from that poster? It’s the same picture as in the body of this article…

Thanks,
John

33. Marlena Moreau - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, Shat-Man! And may you live long and prosper!

34. Charles Trotter - March 22, 2008

Happy birthday, Bill!

#28. number 3 — old news, lad :)

35. Tim - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday from a fellow Canadian. I Met you in 1974 in St. Catharines Ontario when I was 8. You were advertising for Lowblaws groceries at that time and had an autograph signing in one of their stores. Star trek was just starting in reruns but that was my first time seeing them and I was an instant fan of the show and yours. You were full of energy that day and greeted me openly. We chatted briefly about school, girls and my home town of Niagara Falls. Your autograph still hangs on my wall. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!

36. Jon Witchell - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Mr Shatner!

37. Montreal Paul - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, Bill. Proud to be a fellow Montrealer!

38. Green-Blooded-Bastard - March 22, 2008

That’s a hell of a list, but i can’t believe you guys left off the real reason Shatner is awesome: He played Captain Kirk in the hit show Star Trek.

That’s actually not on the list, and no, it’s not a given.

39. Greg2600 - March 22, 2008

Best wishes to Bill

40. Dab - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, Bill. From your distant cousin, now in Toronto.

41. Andy Patterson - March 22, 2008

Without reading the list, I’ve always said he was awesome.
Happy Birthday Shat. I still find it hard to believe he’s a total vegetarian though.

42. Andy Patterson - March 22, 2008

14. Two words: Kirk-fu (or is that one word?)

And no, it’s two.

43. Pragmaticus - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Bill! And many more!

44. Xai - March 22, 2008

Happy birthday Bill, I want hair just like yours someday.

45. CmdrR - March 22, 2008

Go for another 77! Happy Birthday, Bill!

46. Spocko - March 22, 2008

Long live Shatner!

Even at 77 he’s still more active then most people are at 40.
William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy will never die, it’s just impossible.

47. CmdrR - March 22, 2008

41. Was guest photographer for Playboy

And you get that gig, how exactly? Happy Birthday anyway.

48. T Negative - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday William Shatner!!

The most iconic TV actor of all time.

49. Mr. Poopey face(formerly known as Closettrekker) - March 22, 2008

Happy… Birthday…. to… the Shat!

50. I Love My Moogie - March 22, 2008

Happy 77th to The Shat!

Shat enriches every production he’s in & despite propaganda from some bitter former co-stars, there is no actor more generous to his fellow thespians than Bill.

Most importantly, Shat gave birth & in the artistic sense, is the true creator of Captain James T. Kirk.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shatner—-I salute you, Captain!

51. MDSHiPMN - March 22, 2008

Bill is the greatest of all time. And no, he will NEVER die.

52. Chad N. - March 22, 2008

Long Live The Shat!

Happy Birthday!

53. Adrian Zmed - March 22, 2008

well the first one was editied..I try again, Happy birthday, Bill

54. oztrek - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Bill,

from one of your many admirers in Australia

55. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Dad !!!!!!

56. 1701 over Gotham City - March 22, 2008

Another reason…
Buddies with Adam West.

I remember seeing the “My Way” when it was broadcast, and thinking how easy it is for Trek to trump Wars :) A whole room of Star Wars, and the most memorable thing about the entire show was the performance by the lead Trek actor. Gotta love it!

57. Kirk's Girdle - March 22, 2008

Another favorite:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1CwZgb_iAI

58. Scott Xavier - March 22, 2008

Happy 77th Bill!

59. Pomeranc - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday from Czech Republic too. :)))))

60. Ryan T. Riddle - March 22, 2008

Happy birthday!

61. Hat Rick - March 22, 2008

Happy birthday, Bill!

62. sean - March 22, 2008

#8

The MTV awards! One of the best parodies ever! And far too good to not be included here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVMLivHTXac

“Robert Stack? Are you insane?!?”

63. sean - March 22, 2008

#50

To quote your hero:

“He’s nothing, if not consistent!”

64. The Vulcanista - March 22, 2008

I know you can’t hear us over the sound of how awesome you are, but happy birthday, Bill! Keep being awesome! :-) :-)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

65. sean - March 22, 2008

I should have said, ‘To paraphrase’. Doh!

66. THX-1138 - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, William Shatner! Did you get my card?

I got you the same shirt you got me, now we can go out as twins!

67. SChaos1701 - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Bill! You are the Shat!

68. Iowagirl - March 22, 2008

#38

My first thought when reading the list was “ok, goes without saying”, but now that you’ve mentioned it I think you’re d*mn right!

Here’s to the original and authentic Captain Kirk!

69. MrRegular - March 22, 2008

Reason 49:
The climax of said movie continues to inspire me. It’s right up there with the Burning Bush sequence from The Ten Commandments in terms of an inspired artistic presentation of the Supreme Being.
For that I will be eternally grateful.
Happy Birthday William Shatner!!

70. Mr. Poopey face(formerly known as Closettrekker) - March 22, 2008

#69—-What??????? Are you kidding?

I’m all for wishing the original Captain Kirk a happy birthday (and many more to come), but good grief.

Any notion that The Great Trek Turd (aka STV) is right up there with The Ten Commandments in terms of anything is a bit over the top, to say the least…Let’s keep a little perspective here, please.

71. Go Spock! - March 22, 2008

Joyeaux Anniversaire!
An incredibly Happy Birthday to you!
:)

72. T.'. - March 22, 2008

T.’.

William Tiberius Shatner;

“Risk is our business!”

Happy birthday!

73. Adam Cohen - March 22, 2008

Too too funny. Excellent article.

74. Irish Terran - March 22, 2008

The Shatner is a Legend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

75. Izbot - March 22, 2008

50. I Love My Moogie – March 22, 2008
Most importantly, Shat gave birth & in the artistic sense, is the true creator of Captain James T. Kirk.

Amen! My own love for Trek is heavily, heavily as a result of William Shatner’s Kirk. I can think of no other actor who has created a character so convinvingly and effortlessly his own as the Shat Man has with Kirk.

76. Trek Nerd Central - March 22, 2008

Excellent list. . . and I love that the biggest reason of all is assumed & never actually stated:

“Played original slammin’ Kirk on original slammin’ Star Trek.”

Happy B-day to one of the coolest fellows, like, ever.

77. raulpetersen - March 22, 2008

77th hahaha happy birthda shatner star trek v rules so much im going to set up a face book page in its honour!!

78. THX-1138 - March 22, 2008

Jumpin’ catfish! I finally watched that Shatner/Nimoy friendship video.

Anthony, you should have a permanent link to that on the site. I thought for a second that Nimoy might shed a tear at the end of that. What a great testament to friendship. Maybe that is William Shatner’s best birthday gift.

( I have somehow manged to type “that” four times. That’s lame. D’oh! Five!)

79. T'Chert - March 22, 2008

С Днем рождения, мистер Шатнер!
Happy Birthday Mister Shatner!

80. El Ghost Host - March 22, 2008

Geez, those “Twilight Zone” episodes are powerful. And I didn’t know Bill was a fellow vegetarian! Another reason to love the guy.

Anyone ever hear the audio outtakes of a commercial recording session where Bill is less than cordial to the producer? Howard Stern plays them from time to time, and they are a riot.

*EGH*

81. trekkie1415 - March 22, 2008

A lot of people looked up to characters in Star Trek, sometimes almost like a parent. For a lot of people it was Spock, but Kirk was always my hero, and I even like Shatner too.

It’s great to hear he’s doing so well. Happy 77th birthday!

82. sean - March 22, 2008

Shat covering Pulp should be in here somewhere too

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eISBTBwWKeE

83. Batts - March 22, 2008

Mr. Shatner, you are THE MAN!! I wish at that age I could be just as energetic and embrace life as you do!!

84. Benjamin Adams - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, Bill!!!

85. bono luthor - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Bill!

I have never met you, but I love and respect you and your work.

The world is simply better off with William Shatner in it!

86. Jungle Kitty and Lene Taylor - March 22, 2008

Happy birthday, Bill, from your ever-lovin’ Butt Girls (who are so! proud! to have made the list!!!!!!!)–#53

87. Garovorkin - March 22, 2008

Wonder if Shatner is going to help promote promote the new Trek film, that would be kind of cool.

88. James Heaney - Wowbagger - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, Shatner!

89. Windsor Bear - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Bill. The fact that you are so incredibly active at this stage in your life is an inspiration to us all. And… you will always be THE Captain Kirk… no matter how many different actors play the character over the next millenium. Enjoy your 77th, and here’s to at least 77 more!!

90. dan - March 22, 2008

SHAT RULES!

I can’t believe Shatner’s rendition of COMMON PEOPLE is not listed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eISBTBwWKeE

91. Iowagirl - March 22, 2008

#86

Great to have you with us, Ladies! Awesome podcast – and keep up the ever-inspiring Kirk/Brandt, Jungle Kitty!

92. shat hands - March 22, 2008

The man is a god! I watched him so much as a kid that now as a goalie in football (soccer) i have the my nickname. Just nice to be mentioned in the same breath!!!!!!

93. Lousy Canadian - March 22, 2008

God Bless ya, Bill! and I am even more proud to be Canadian because of people like you.

94. I Am Morg Not Eymorg - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shatner. It is obvious from the added bits here that we could do the 100 things that make Shatner awesome easily. :)

And more still.

Keep the Shat coming sir!

95. Katie G. - March 22, 2008

A very happy birthday to you, Captain.

kg

96. DEMODE - March 22, 2008

William Shatner… at 77, he is still my hero, and will be for the rest of my life. Happy Birthday Bill!

97. DonDonP1 - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, Bill! May you continue to boldly go where you’ve gone before: continue to be a celebrity!

98. ster j - March 22, 2008

How could they miss my favorite Shatner feature–those amazing, changing eyes??! When he wore the gold uniform, they looked tawny. When he wore the green wrap around, they were hazel green, but never more so than when he wore that red and green number from What Are Little Girls Made Of. The green really glowed.

My one wish in life is to see Mr. Shatner live, up close, eyeball to eyeball, just to see for myself.

99. TK - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, Bill!! I hope you’re having a cracking birthday today!

100. TK - March 22, 2008

#98 totally agree!!!

101. Scott1 - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Bill!

All my hopes for many more to come. Keep on riding!

102. John Beeman - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Mr. Shatner

103. classictrek - March 22, 2008

happy birthday mr shatner. your are our beloved capt kirk and always will be. sorry chris pine, i am looking forward to your version but you understand that this guy has played our hero for 40 years. we love you bill. from everyone on the United Kingdom.

greg
UK

104. MikeG - March 22, 2008

AND MANY MANY MORE!!!!!!

105. VOODOO - March 22, 2008

SHATNER IS STAR TREK. It is a complete and total waste if he is not included in this film. This is sci-fi anything can happen.

The thought of Star Trek XI without William Shatner is depressing and totally unwarranted.

If Shatner wants in and the writers, director/producer supposedly want him in. Why can’t they get it done? Surely they are creative enough (especially in a film that jumps time lines + alt universes) to get the Shat in this film somehow.

Happy 77th Mr Shatner. Star Trek XI will not be complete without you as Captain Kirk.

ps: I still say there is a chance William Shatner is the surprise ending of this film.

106. VOODOO - March 22, 2008

” I told them (J.J. Abrams + co.)the film would be better if William Shatner is in it”

- Leonard Nimoy

107. CanuckLou - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Bill!

The adventure continues…

108. Sara - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shatner!! You are and have been an inspiration in so many ways!

Sara
MD

109. I Love My Moogie - March 22, 2008

#106: ” I told them (J.J. Abrams + co.)the film would be better if William Shatner is in it – Leonard Nimoy”

Nimoy confirms STXI is clearly inferior to what it could be if JJ had cast Shat. Don’t worry, Bill—-no one will be fooled by Chris Pine, you’re our captain!

110. WVtrekker - March 22, 2008

Happy birthday to THE captain of the Emterprise! Best wishes Mr. Shatner!

111. rosequartz - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, Bill!! And MANY more…

112. demon barber of starfleet - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Bill!!!!!

TOS-R on TV tonight to celebrate *w00t*

Kingdom of the Spiders is hilariously hokey. I love it.

113. Bill Peters - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Mr. Shatner!!!

114. SPB - March 22, 2008

AS I’M SURE MANY HAVE ALREADY STATED…

…if… IF… Shatner does indeed pop-up in STAR TREK XI, it’s pretty much a given that 1) they’ll shoot those scenes last if at all possible and 2) we won’t hear about it until a few weeks before TREK XI’s release (’cause good luck trying to keep that a secret up until the last minute).

Point being: It’s still possible. It wouldn’t affect my desire to see TREK XI one iota if he’s NOT in it, but c’mon… news of Shatner officially appearing in TREK ’08 is going to be HUGE, and would certainly bring a smile to my face.

Happy Birthday, ROCK! IT! MAN!

115. SPB - March 22, 2008

AND COULD I ALSO STATE FOR THE RECORD…

…I’m pretty sure I have a man-crush on William Shatner. And I’m not afraid to admit it.

116. sean - March 22, 2008

Can’t we wish Bill a Happy Birthday without drudging up the ‘is he’ or ‘isn’t he’ arguement again?

117. Irish Trekki - March 22, 2008

Shatner sleeps with the light on, not because he’s afraid of the dark, but because the dark is afraid of him!

118. Denise de Arman - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday to the most famous/infamous captain of all-time – I cannot believe he is a fellow vegetarian. Also could have done without knowing that he enjoys hunting and killing animals – why exactly is that something for which he or anyone else should be commended? Really wish I could delete that info from my memorybanks.

119. JKP - March 22, 2008

Shat rules! Long live the Shat!

120. Jeff K. - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Mr. Shatner.

Many Thanks for all of the adventures that you have given us over the years.

121. indranee - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shatner! Thank you for what you do and have done with such joy and elan every day. May this year be your best yet.

122. Viking - March 22, 2008

Bill, you are the shat, and may you be blessed with 77 more.

And I wanna know how you did it. LOL

123. AAL - March 22, 2008

Technicaly the first interacial kiss was between Kirk and Miramanee….
She was American Indian…..

124. AAL - March 22, 2008

Paradise Syndrome aired before Plato’s Stepchildren…..where the so called “first interacial” kiss between Kirk and Uhura occurred…

Lucky Shat…Miramanee was HAWT….

125. Xai - March 22, 2008

105. VOODOO – March 22, 2008
“SHATNER IS STAR TREK. It is a complete and total waste if he is not included in this film. This is sci-fi anything can happen.

The thought of Star Trek XI without William Shatner is depressing and totally unwarranted.

If Shatner wants in and the writers, director/producer supposedly want him in. Why can’t they get it done? Surely they are creative enough (especially in a film that jumps time lines + alt universes) to get the Shat in this film somehow.

Happy 77th Mr Shatner. Star Trek XI will not be complete without you as Captain Kirk.

ps: I still say there is a chance William Shatner is the surprise ending of this film.

106. VOODOO – March 22, 2008
” I told them (J.J. Abrams + co.)the film would be better if William Shatner is in it”

- Leonard Nimoy
………………….
He also stated that William Shatner was not in the movie and that the reason was that his character “was killed off like four movies ago.” When (Craig) Ferguson noted that he was killed off and brought back, Nimoy replied “I was resurrected immediately, he has been moldering for quite a while.”

This is an old subject and it’s been decided…months ago.

126. Viking - March 22, 2008

#124 AAL – just to rub your nose in it, my wife is half Cherokee……. :-)

127. Q - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Shatner-san! WOOT!!!!!

128. Chris M - March 22, 2008

Awesome!

Happy Birthday to William Tiberius Shatner!

I still think he should be in the new Star Trek movie!

129. Mark - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shatner.

And another reason he is awesome: He appeared with Leonard Nimoy in an episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. about 2 years before Trek debuted. (Plus he and Nimoy autographed a photo for me at the last convention I went to in Las Vegas.)

130. TrekNerd - March 22, 2008

I was having a good time enjoying reading the list…

Until I hit number 7…

My innocence has been shattered.

131. Anthony Pascale - March 22, 2008

moogie
one week ban for trolling…yet again
voodoo and others trying to derail this thread…warning and you should know better

132. sinistersuperspy - March 22, 2008

Mr. Shatner – Here’s to the next 77, courtesy of the Nexus.

133. 7 of 5 - March 22, 2008

Happy Birthday, Shat.

He got a new hip, I got a new hip, probably about all we have in common in real life…..

134. 7 of 5 - March 22, 2008

He’s a vegetarian? Really?

He must eat loads of fried veggies……

135. Buzz Cagney - March 23, 2008

Happy Birthday Mr Shatner! And many, many more to come!
I too think its desperately sad, indeed shocking, that they can’t work out a way to slot him in the new movie. But if its beyond the writers to work it out in an original way then there it is. Just a reflection on the writing talent I guess! :-P

136. Battletrek - March 23, 2008

Shatner was great when he was young, now he’s a joke.

137. joe1306 - March 23, 2008

Happy Birthday! =)

138. Xai - March 23, 2008

#136 Battletrek

Time to let up.

139. Ozzy - March 23, 2008

Happy birthday Mr. Shatner! Greatest Captain of the Galaxy…

Greetings from Turkey!

^^

140. Jorg Sacul - March 23, 2008

Shatner will be long remembered, and his detractors will be long dead.

Happy (belated) birthday, Bill– I’ll do shots of Saurian Brandy with you any time!

141. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - March 23, 2008

How could you guys forget ::: World Renound C*cksman from the list.

Not only the characters he played who outplaya’ed James Bond and Warren Beatty with the ladies but in real life. Shatner bed some of the most amazingly lovely women in the world!!!! And allegedly Heather Locklear as well !!!! Come on guys Shatner’s little Bill should be Bronzed and put in The Smithsonian !!!

Once again Happy Birthday Dad !!!!!!

142. William Kirk - March 23, 2008

Happy Birthday Mr. Shatner!

Greetings from the Czech Republic…

143. danpaine - March 23, 2008

Happy Birthday Mr. Shatner – thank you for the decades of entertainment…wishing you many many more.

144. Xai - March 23, 2008

Glad the family could read that award you gave “little Bill”
Thanks so much.

145. Xai - March 23, 2008

comment was made to #141 Lord Garth.

146. J. - March 23, 2008

I also wish you a Happy 77th Birthday, Mr. Shatner! (Although I’m a little bit too late…) I’ve admired you since I’ve been 12 years old and I guess I always will for the rest of my life.
I wish you health and all the best for you and your family.

And there’s something else I wanted to say: I find it so sad that so many people, hidden behind the anonymity of the Internet, are saying such mean and disrespectful things about you. But I guess, if someone wants to hate a person, he’ll find a reason…

# 140.Jorg Sacul
“Shatner will be long remembered, and his detractors will be long dead.”

Well said!

147. QuarksBartender - March 23, 2008

Happy Birthday Bill from everyone at Star Trek: The Experience we love ya!!!!

148. Battletrek - March 23, 2008

‘Shatner will be long remembered, and his detractors will be dead’ -not to mention his admirers

149. Irish Trekki - March 23, 2008

Shatner doesn’t sleep, he waits.

150. greg - March 23, 2008

and to prove once and for all his awesomness:
http://www.pollsb.com/polls/poll/7732/the-ultimate-question-once-and-for-all-kirk-or-picard

151. John Trumbull - March 23, 2008

Great list, but I’d say the #1 reason should be: He’s F*cking James Tiberius Kirk!

152. Jesustrek - March 23, 2008

¡¡¡ Feliz Cunpleaños Bill Shatner !!!

153. Shatner4TrekXI - March 24, 2008

Too bad Abrams wasn’t bright enough to see how awesome Shatner is. It’s a real downer.

154. Shatner_Fan_2000 - March 24, 2008

#20 “Not meaning to get too emotional, but you GOTTAWATCHIT, folks!”

I absolutely agree. I own that DVD, and I admit that my eyes got a little moist watching that scene. The apparent love and the chemistry between the two, only more poignant as the years go by, is the reason so many were hoping for a last chance to see them perform together.

#140 … I’m glad to see you sticking around. I quite enjoy your posts!

Great thread, Trekmovie.com!

155. litenbug - March 24, 2008

148. Battletrek – March 23, 2008
“Shatner will be long remembered, and his detractors will be dead’ -not to mention his admirers”
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153. Shatner4TrekXI – March 24, 2008
“Too bad Abrams wasn’t bright enough to see how awesome Shatner is. It’s a real downer.”
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Why does the thread have to be about slamming others?

156. TerPor - March 25, 2008

He should appear on Star Trek Phase II as Captain James T.Kirk

157. Cervantes - March 25, 2008

Bring back REAL Kirk, J.J. !

158. Buzz - March 25, 2008

.

I really love the man…!! Shatner RULES…!!

He is a legend in his own time…! He’ll never die…!

May he live long and keep entertaining us forever…!! ;o)

Congrats, Mr Shatner! Here in Brazil we too love you…!!

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159. ORIGINAL CAST only - Star Trek Fan - March 26, 2008

Happy Birthday to the one and ~ONLY~ Captain James T Kirk!!!!

160. Serenity » Blog Archive » Happy 77th Birthdays - March 26, 2008

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161. Eugene Brannon - April 9, 2011

Well, it is fine, but think about additional choices we have here? Would you mind crafting one more post regarding all of them also? Thanks!

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