William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy began a decades-long friendship working together as the stars of Star Trek: The Original Series. However, in the years leading up to Nimoy’s passing in 2015, the two had stopped communicating. Shatner is now opening up about his attempts to reconnect with his old friend before his death… and he also has some thoughts on George Takei.
Shatner calls Nimoy his “Brother”… says Takei is “not well”
William Shatner released a new memoir this week titled Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder. As the title indicates, at 91 Shatner has become more reflective. According to the official description, Shatner reflects on “the interconnectivity of all things, our fragile bond with nature, and the joy that comes from exploration in this inspiring, revelatory, and exhilarating collection of essays.”
He is also talking about the book and his life in some new interviews. His video interview with Entertainment Tonight (which you can watch below) includes Shatner talking about the recently passed Nichelle Nichols and the difficult time he had in the final years of Leonard Nimoy’s life. Shatner tells ET:
I don’t know what happened. He wouldn’t answer my calls. I wrote him a heartfelt letter saying how much I loved him and wished him well because he was dying. I wanted to see him and I was so – I am so hurt, so devastated.
And speaking to USA Today, Shatner talked more about Nimoy’s passing and why he believed he wasn’t able to connect at the end:
When you get really ill, you don’t want to see anybody. Maybe that was it. And he died, and I thought, “What happened?” Then I thought, “Well, it’s me again, I guess.” But his daughter (Julie) came to me and said, “He loved you.” The universe is sending me messages back that whatever happened, he loved me as I loved him. Like a brother. He was my brother. We shared a lifetime.
One person Shatner has given up on is his TOS co-star George Takei. The two have had a longtime feud, but Takei’s criticism of Shatner’s flight into space last year, calling him “unfit” and a “guinea pig,” seems to be the final straw. Shatner said to USA Today:
Why would George Takei put that in public? After I came down from space – had this experience, talked about global warming – he would say, “Oh, they probably used him because he was the oldest guy that would go up.” He was so mean-spirited. Again, there is no reason. And I don’t give a cup of tea what his opinion is. But that’s a guy who’s not well.
Shatner’s Boldly Go out now
Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder was released Tuesday, October 4. It is available now at Amazon in hardcover, Kindle ebook, and audiobook (narrated by Shatner).