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Happy Birthday, William Shatner

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.

 

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Alex
March 22, 2012 2:00 pm

Happy Birthday, Bill!

March 22, 2012 2:05 pm

Happy birthday, William Shatner! You’re an inspiration to us all!

LongIslandTrekster
March 22, 2012 2:08 pm

Happy Birthday to the original and best Captain in all of Star Trek! Peace, good health and long life sir!

Trekman_dave
March 22, 2012 2:10 pm

Happy Birthday Captain, may your adventures continue with joy

montreal_paul
March 22, 2012 2:12 pm

Happy Birthday to the best Star Trek Captain!!

cd
March 22, 2012 2:12 pm

81 years young! Happy Birthday William Shatner!

DS9 IN PRIME TIME
March 22, 2012 2:13 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. SHATNER YOU ARE THE BEST!!!

Ensign RedShirt
March 22, 2012 2:24 pm

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shatner!

Frank Jay Gruber
March 22, 2012 2:27 pm

Actor, author, director, pitchman and singer–Happy birthday to the single most unforgettable performer of our generation.

Praetor Tal
March 22, 2012 2:32 pm

Warp speed ahead, Bill. Many happy returns.

March 22, 2012 2:34 pm

Happy Birthday Bill Shatner! Live long and prosper.

Amish Electrician
March 22, 2012 2:44 pm

its also twitters 6 birthday

Gary S.
March 22, 2012 2:44 pm

Happy Birthday Bill!

Jan de Vries
March 22, 2012 2:47 pm

Happy Birthday William and many years in good health

AJ
March 22, 2012 2:51 pm

“Don’t mince words, Bones. What do you really think?’

Happy Birthday, William Shatner!

Shatner_Fan_Prime
March 22, 2012 2:51 pm

I get to wish The Shat a Happy Birthday *in person*, tomorrow in Houston. Can’t beat that! :)

P Technobabble
March 22, 2012 2:58 pm

Since you’ve already lived long and prospered, I’ll just say Happy Birthday Mr. Shatner.

Hugh Hoyland
March 22, 2012 2:59 pm

Happy Birthday Mr. Shatner! Thanks for all your great entertainment over the years. With hope of many more to come. :)

Keachick - rose pinenut (F)
March 22, 2012 3:11 pm

Happy Birthday, William Shatner. You are the best – the one to bring me “my captain”. Have a wonderful birthday and may you have many many more!

Old Geezer
March 22, 2012 3:13 pm

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shatner. I hope the year ahead is a good one for you!

March 22, 2012 3:19 pm

Gonna go see Shatner tonight in Dallas in his one man show. Maybe tell him Happy Birthday in person. Anybody else going to be there?

Tallguy
March 22, 2012 3:27 pm

Some of those old pics of Shat really do look a lot like Chris Pine.

Happy birthday, Captain!

Stokiespock
March 22, 2012 3:27 pm

Happy birthday bill 81 and still a legend !!!!

Phil
March 22, 2012 3:39 pm

Happy Birthday. Hope I’m horseback riding at that age, which would be quite a trick seeing that I don’t do it now….
Cheers!!

porthoses bitch
March 22, 2012 3:50 pm

Im put in mind of the ending of DS9’s Trials and Tribulations… what one of us would not wish ourselves in Ben Siskos shoes to wish our Captain a very happy b-day indeed.

Tim
March 22, 2012 3:54 pm

From one Canadian to another, have a Happy Birthday!!! You are the Greatest Captain/Police Officer/ Lawyer/Pitchman/Humanitarian.

Jason
March 22, 2012 3:55 pm

Happy Birthday Bill! I can’t believe you’re 81, but you look great for your age! Looking forward to seeing you in more “Psych” episodes!

Dee - lvs moon' surface
March 22, 2012 4:05 pm

Happy Birthday!!!…… Mr. Shatner is awesome!!!

Trek Lady
March 22, 2012 4:06 pm

My first childhood hero. Happy Birthday!

Kev-1
March 22, 2012 4:08 pm

LLAP, Mr.Shatner.

NOT George Takei
March 22, 2012 4:14 pm

Bill, all the best on your birthday!

I apologize 100% for any misunderstandings we have had in the past, and hope that we can be friends moving forward.

Ensign Ricky
March 22, 2012 4:22 pm

Happy Birthday Mr. Shatner! You are by far, my favorite Captain.

Charla
March 22, 2012 4:31 pm

Happy Birthday!!

March 22, 2012 4:37 pm

Many Happy Returns, and thank you for the Captains film, which I greatly enjoyed.

My earliest memories are of Mysteries of the Gods, Kingdom of the Spiders and T J Hooker, along with your most icon role. Long may you continue to inspire future fans with your work.

Lostrod
March 22, 2012 4:47 pm

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shatner!!

You’re an inspiration to many.

Regards.

Battle-scarred Sciatica
March 22, 2012 4:53 pm

Hippy Bathday!

…..oh my….

VulcanFilmCritic
March 22, 2012 5:02 pm

Gene Roddenberry was indeed fortunate to have found Mr. Shatner for the Captain. There is no other actor who could have imbued Kirk with such energy and verve as he did. Even though Mr. Nimoy got most of the attention over the years, it was Mr. Shatner who did most of the heavy lifting when it came to keeping what might have been a rather turgid space opera afloat.

One can’t help but smile with fondness and remembrance at the sight of these clips. Thanks for the memories, Mr. Shatner, and a very happy birthday.

Goosenecked Fan
March 22, 2012 5:03 pm

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shatner!!!

Thanks for everything you have given us by way of your performances!!

You are an inspiration!!

boborci
March 22, 2012 5:22 pm

Happy Birthday!

Cosmo Kid
March 22, 2012 5:28 pm

Happy B-Day Captain!

Commander/Captain/Ambassador Spock
March 22, 2012 5:37 pm

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shatner!!!!

March 22, 2012 5:39 pm

May you have another 81 years ahead of you, Bill!

Jack
March 22, 2012 5:39 pm

Ditto!

Lt. BAILEY
March 22, 2012 5:46 pm

Happy Birthday Mr Shatner, Oh captain, my captain!

ksmsscu
March 22, 2012 5:52 pm

“I feel young.” You feel it, act it, and even look it! Thanks for all the memories and the ones still to come — Happy Birthday, Bill.

TrekkerChick
March 22, 2012 6:07 pm

Surely, the best of times.

Trekker5
March 22, 2012 6:12 pm

Happy B-Day Mr.Shatner!! :) Thanks for everything!! (Namely Captain Kirk!) :)

Dr. Cheis
March 22, 2012 6:19 pm

Happy birthday!

81 is just like 18, but in the reverse order.

DonDonP1
March 22, 2012 6:42 pm

Happy Birthday, Bill! May you continue to boldly go where almost everyone has gone before! Live long and prosper!

I'm Dead Jim!
March 22, 2012 6:50 pm

Happy birthday, Shat! Surely the best of times!

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