Today is William Shatner Day. A day when people the world over celebrate the birthday of a man who has been entertaining us from decades, including his time as Star Trek’s Captain Kirk. Bill turns 81 years old today and so we too at TrekMovie want to wish him a big happy birthday.
Happy Birthday to Our Captain
After Gene Roddenberry’s first pilot for Star Trek ("The Cage") was rejected he decided to try again. The biggest difference for the second pilot (“Where No Man Has Gone Before”) was a change in the Captain’s chair, with William Shatner coming aboard to star as Kirk. The second pilot worked, NBC picked up the show, and the franchise is still going more than 46 years later. So today we remember Bill, and the role that he turned into a cultural icon. This tribute video by filmakr1 gives us a nice history of Kirk’s original five year mission.
Of course Star Trek is just part of Bill’s life. TrekMovie’s resident Shatnerologist John Tenuto has put together a special photo montage of Bill’s life from childhood to today. Check it out.
Trek celebs wish Bill happy bday + help Get Shatner to 1 million followers
So far today we have a few Star Trek celebs who have wished Bill a happy birthday, including Jonathan Frakes, Simon Pegg and LeVar Burton.
And in the last week William Shatner’s wife Liz has been working on to get Bill to a million followers on Twitter. She has almost met the goal, as of now Bill has around 986 thousand followers. You can read more about her plan to "Thrill Bill With A Mil" at his official site.
How are you celebrating William Shatner day?
Don’t forget about Shatner’s World Tour
Bill is currently on the road, touring his show Shatner’s World. Tonight he is in Dallas. He will be visiting Houston, St. Louis, Cincinati, Cleveland, Columbus, Charlotte, and Detroit over the next month. Visit http://shatnersworld.com/tour for more info and tickets. Here is a promo.