In the decade between the time the original Star Trek series ended its three-year run and the premiere of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, William Shatner did return as Captain Kirk, but it wasn’t on board the USS Enterprise.
Kirk on the Storybook Squares
In the mid-1970s, the venerable game show The Hollywood Squares would periodically run a special themed version of the show for kids on Saturdays called The Storybook Squares. For these special editions, each square was occupied by a historic or fictional character played by a Hollywood celebrity.
William Shatner appeared in multiple episodes as Captain James T. Kirk, in costume with a phaser and communicator. You can watch one of the episodes featuring Shatner as Kirk and all the ’70s celebrity craziness below, courtesy of The Fun & Games Channel on YouTube.
Joining Shatner on the big board for this episode were a great collection of ’70s celebs:
- Bonnie Franklin as Goldilocks
- Charo as Lady Godiva
- Roddy McDowell as Pinocchio
- Rip Taylor as General George Armstrong Custer
- Doc Severinson as The Pied Piper
- John Byner as Long John Silver.
- Joan Rivers as The Old Woman in The Shoe
- Julie McWhirter as the Good Fairy
According to Wikipedia, other celebrities who appeared during the brief two-year run of Storybook Squares include Milton Berle as Old Mother Hubbard, Anson Williams (who would go on to direct Deep Space Nine and Voyager episodes) as Simple Simon, Florence Henderson as Belle Starr, Soupy Sales as Thomas Edison, Rich Little as Noah, and Vincent Price as Captain Hook. The Hollywood Squares veteran Paul Lynde appeared as Attila the Hun, Frankenstein’s monster, The Wicked Witch, Davy Crockett, and Paul Bunyan.
You can see Shatner below in a photo from a different episode alongside Roddy McDowell as Sherlock Holmes.
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