"It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Message, Spock?"
"None that I am conscious of. Except of course, happy birthday."
See below for our birthday tribute for William Shatner.
Happy Birthday to an icon of decades
William Shatner is 78 years old today, March 22nd. In those years, he has brought to audiences iconic characters (Captain James T. Kirk, TJ Hooker, Denny Crane), unforgettable music (from the maligned Transformed Man to the acclaimed Has Been), some of the first cyberpunk television (Tek War), and advertising gems (Priceline is a good example). Yet, perhaps his greatest contribution is that as he ages, Shatner has done so as a role model of how to live a life of enthusiasm and adventure.
For all these gifts, we at TrekMovie send our appreciation to William Shatner. We wish him a happy birthday with this celebration of some of the more unique moments of his life, eight total, one for each of his decades.
1) Bill’s Weirdest Advertisement
2) Nicest Moment with Leonard Nimoy
from ‘Mind Meld’
3) Best Game Show Moment
Plays against himself (and loses) on Pyramid
4) Best Shatner / Sinatra Moment
From the Mike Douglas show
5) Best Shatner doing a dance mix
From Conan O’Brien show
6) Best Shatner parody of himself
From ‘Airplane II’
7) Best patriotic moment
Shatner declares he is a Canadian
8) Best Shatner Rap
from ‘Free Enterprise’
From all of us at TrekMovie…a big happy birthday to William Shatner.
Celebrate International Talk Like William Shatner Day
Renowned voice actor Maurice LaMarche (Pinky and the Brain, Harvey Birdman, Futurama, etc) is a big Shatner fan and has done his voice for a number of shows. And Maurice thinks the best way to celebrate today is to make it ‘International Talk Like William Shatner Day’, and in the video below he teaches you how to do it.
UPDATE: Pollak tribute
Maurice mentioned that the ultimate Shatner impersonator is Kevin Pollak. It just show happens that Pollak chose today to launch his new live Internet chat show. He announced on Twitter that the show will include a tribute to Shatner. You can watch the show at 5PM Pacific. The show will also include LeVar Burton as a guest, taking questions in the chatroom.
Watch the show and participate at kevinpollakschatshow.com