Today should be a national holiday (in all nations) for it is the birthday of William Shatner. Star Trek’s original Captain James T. Kirk turns 79 years young. All of us here at TrekMovie.com want to wish Bill the happiest of birthdays.
O Captain! My Captain!
William Shatner came on board to Star Trek for it’s second pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before", with his Captain Kirk replacing Jeffrey Hunter. And it was that second pilot which sold the show to NBC and the rest is history. Shatner’s signature style epitomized the show, as seen in this clip from "And the Children Shall Lead."
After Star Trek William Shatner has continued to entertain us and enrich our lives through his TV, film, music and charitable works, and of course he continued on with the Star Trek franchise appearing in seven Trek feature films, books, game voice-overs and more. As such he was part of some of the greatest moments in Trek history, such as the final scenes in Star Trek II.
Over the decades he has continued to reinvent himself. With an ability to laugh at himself, Shatner has relished in a new type of post-ironic persona, going from "Rocket Man" to the Ben Fold’s Album "Has Been".
And Shatner continues to be relevant even today. Bill recently wrapped up his multi-Emmy winning role on Boston Legal (see clips below) and this weekend he will be taping a new pilot as the star of the new sitcom, Sh*t My Dad Says.
Of course in the years before JJ Abrams 2009 Star Trek movie much of fandom (and Shatner himself) kept asking "will we see the original Kirk again?" Now Bill and many fans are asking the same question about the Star Trek sequel. We know it can be done, just like it was done in this 2006 DirecTV commercial.
Regardless of whether or not we see him play Kirk again, William Shatner will always be our captain here at TrekMovie.com.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CAPTAIN
And don’t forget, today is International Talk Like William Shatner Day, so show your love by showing some Shatner.