William Shatner Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

18th January 2016

Fact: Star Trek icon William Shatner served as narrator for the telecast of the Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California on Sunday night (17Jan16).

6th January 2016

Quote: "There was never a conversation. It would have been interesting to see what their fertile imaginations could have done with somebody who is 20 years older than when Captain Kirk died (in Star Trek Generations) and how they would have explained the difference in appearance. But that never came up." William Shatner tells SFX Magazine he will not be reprising his role as Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek Beyond, despite reports to the contrary.

5th November 2015

Fact: Star Trek icon William Shatner made a surprise appearance at the 2015 Country Music Association Awards by dressing up as a stormtrooper from Star Wars. The actor was supposed to be part of an opening sketch that was "cancelled", and was to feature co-hosts Brad Paisley as 'Guitar Solo' and Carrie Underwood as 'Princess Carrie Fisher'. The blonde beauty's married name happens to be the same as Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher.

15th June 2015

Quote: "We're all gonna plunder and pillage and Tokyo and Osaka and Seoul... We've never been there before... What are those four guys gonna do in that strange country, how are they gonna act and react...? It should be a lot of fun." William Shatner attempts to explain the premise of his new reality series, Better Late Than Never, in which he and fellow U.S. TV icon Henry Winkler and sports stars George Foreman and TERRY BRADSHAW attempt to tackle life in Asia.

15th June 2015

Quote: "I'm driving it from Chicago to Los Angeles... and the weather that's coming in as we speak on the very route that we're taking through Amarillo, Texas and St. Louis is going to be flooded, so I don't know what we're gonna do." Actor William Shatner on his upcoming TV special, during which he rides a futuristic motorcycle, known as The Rivet, across America.

14th July 2014

Tweet: "Oh Argentina! What a game! Congratulations to Germany!" Star Trek icon William Shatner celebrates Germany's 1-0 win over Argentina in extra time to lift the World Cup on Sunday (13Jul14).

25th April 2014

Fact: Star Trek icon William Shatner delighted Queen Latifah on her U.S. talk show on Thursday (24Apr14), by performing a spoken word version of her hit rap song Ladies First.

28th February 2014

Tweet: "Has everyone wished Josh Groban a happy birthday? It's also the birthday of one of my favorite actresses @DameElizabeth". Star Trek icon William Shatner marks pal Groban's 33rd birthday on Thursday (27Feb14), the same day the late Elizabeth Taylor would have turned 82.

19th February 2014

Tweet: "Mocha is doing a bit better. This past weekend was tough. She was in bad shape, we thought about putting her down. Took her to the hospital. The hospital rehydrated her and we brought her home and she started eating a little and drinking. She's on human medication right now." William Shatner has been worrying about the health of his poorly pooch Mocha, who suffers from an autoimmune disease.

20th May 2013

Tweet: "Happy Birthday @Cher ! If we could only turn back time! My best, Bill". William Shatner sends his best wishes to the pop superstar, who turns 67 on Monday (20May13).

12th February 2013

Quote: "He's gone too far this time. I think of him as a buddy of mine... I think it's time for J.J. and I to have another sushi and let me put him straight about two of the largest franchises and not employing me in either one of them; I think it's just foolhardy." William Shatner is not impressed by pal J.J. Abrams' plans to direct both Star Trek and Star Wars.

29th November 2012

Fact: Star Trek veteran William Shatner is heading to Virginia on Saturday (01Dec12) to celebrate the retirement of the famed American aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. The 81 year old, who played James T. Kirk, the Tv show's captain of a fictional spaceship by the same name, will look on as the nuclear-powered vessel is celebrated during its inactivation ceremony at the Naval Station Norfolk.

29th August 2012

Tweet: "Sending good thoughts to those affected by Isaac. Stay safe. My best, Bill." Star Trek legend William Shatner reaches out to send support to victims of Hurricane Isaac.

14th August 2012

Tweet: "Thoughts also go out to the family of Ron Palillo today. My best, Bill". Star Trek icon William Shatner remembers the Welcome Back, Kotter star, who passed away on Tuesday (14Aug12).

6th June 2012

Tweet: "Starbuck's operation went well. I will give you an update later. Thank you all for your positive thoughts." William Shatner's sick dog is recovering after undergoing surgery.

5th June 2012

Tweet: "I don't normally ask but my dog Starbuck is undergoing surgery today. If you could send positive thoughts I would be most appreciative." Star Trek star William Shatner worries about his ailing pet pooch.

22nd March 2012

Tweet: "Happy Birthday @WilliamShatner. cant imagine a world where U were not born." Actor Ben Stiller sends his best wishes to Star Trek icon William Shatner on his 81st birthday.

7th January 2012

Quote: "The dogs knew I wasn't very serious about the commands and you could see them not wanting to be bothered with this stuff. They'd have this look, 'Oh God, I'd rather be stroked. You're not serious about having me sit down.' But when I started using a sterner tone the response was, 'Oh you're serious. All right. I'll sit.'" William Shatner has finally managed to train his unruly pooches.

23rd September 2011

Quote: "Star Trek had relationships and conflict among the relationships and stories that involved humanity and philosophical questions. Star Wars was special effects, was Ilm (visual-effects company Industrial Light & Magic) at its best... God knows what those actors looked like in reality with all those special effects... There's no telling what Ilm did for those faces and hairdos. They may have walked around with nothing on." Star Trek actor William Shatner takes aim at rival sci-fi franchise Star Wars.

20th July 2011

Quote: "Look at what it's come to in England... It has risen to that point where the interest in people's lives has you break the law in order to get some... secret. It's terrible." William Shatner is disgusted by British tabloid the News of the World's phone-hacking scandal.

5th June 2011

Fact: Actor William Shatner returned to his alma mater on Thursday (02Jun11) to be handed an honorary doctor of letters degree. The Star Trek icon also addressed 500 graduating students at MCGill University in Montreal, Canada and told them, "Don't be afraid of making an a** of yourself. I do it all the time and look what I got."

25th February 2011

Fact: Star Trek legend William Shatner has signed up to host the 31st annual Genie film awards in his native Canada next month (Mar11).

24th February 2011

Fact: Star Trek legend William Shatner is set to serve as host for the Hollywood Charity Horse Show on 30 April (11). The event, to be held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, will feature a horse reigning competition as well as a performance from animal-loving singer Sheryl Crow.

15th February 2011

Fact: William Shatner served up a Valentine's Day (14Feb11) treat for a young couple who won a TV contest to dine onstage during Monday night's CONAN show in the U.S. - he delivered a spoken-word version of Rihanna's Umbrella at the pair's table.

5th November 2010

Fact: William Shatner's quirky duet with Chinese singing sensation LIN YU CHUN on late-night U.S. TV show LOPEZ TONIGHT! back in April (10) has been watched by over three million people on YouTube.com. The odd couple teamed up for a rendition of Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart.

22nd September 2010

Quote: "I think you need a broad, Irish-looking face to look good in a Stetson. If you have a narrow little Jewish face, you just look like a d**k with a big hat." William Shatner on finding the perfect hat.

22nd September 2010

Quote: "My legs don't work the same way. I can't run like I used to. I dream about running... I've had a hip replacement, and my legs are a little weak." William Shatner isn't as fit as he once was.

17th September 2010

Quote: "Walk upstairs carefully. Be even more careful coming down. That's my sound advice to anybody over 25." Actor William Shatner.

8th September 2010

Quote: "There is no doubt that there is life out there. In my mind, there is no doubt that the universe teems - teems - with life in all its forms." Star Trek legend William Shatner is convinced we are not alone.

6th September 2010

Quote: "Regret is the worst human emotion. If you took another road, you might have fallen off a cliff. I'm content." Star Trek icon William Shatner is happy with the way his life has panned out.

5th May 2010

Fact: William Shatner's tough-talking commercials for online travel company Priceline.com are paying off in a big way - the actor has reportedly made a $600 million (£375 million) fortune because he asked to be paid in stocks instead of cash. Priceline's stock soared to more than $250 (£156) last week (ends30Apr10) - a big jump from when he signed on with the company a decade ago, when stocks were valued at less than $2 (£1.30) a share.

27th April 2010

Fact: A STAR TREK fan has launched an online campaign to win William Shatner a new political role as Governor General of Canada. The unnamed devotee has opened a page on Facebook.com, urging Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper to nominate the actor when Michaelle Jean relinquishes the title in September (10).

22nd April 2010

Fact: William Shatner teamed up with Internet singing sensation LIN YU CHUN on late-night TV in America on Wednesday night (21Apr10) - the pair duetted on a rendition of Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart on Lopez Tonight.

12th May 2009

Fact: William Shatner is offering up his signed invitation to the new Star Trek premiere to the highest bidder to raise cash for the Hollywood Charity Horse Show charity. Ironically, the original Captain Kirk first met the new Star Trek leader, Chris Pine, at this year's (09) Horse Show.

28th April 2009

Quote: "Nobody will tell me anything. I'm lost and bereft, I have no knowledge, I know nothing. So I have no idea what the story of the movie is." Original Star Trek actor William Shatner is disappointed to have been completely shut out of the new J.J. ABRAMS remake.

26th April 2009

Quote: "How could you not put one of the founding figures into a movie that was being resurrected? That doesn't make good business sense. I've become even more popular than when I was playing Captain Kirk." William Shatner does nothing to disguise his jealously that former co-star Leonard Nimoy has reprised his role as Spock for a cameo appearance in the new Star Trek movie.

26th April 2009

Quote: "He just needs attention, constant relentless attention. And he is jealous of anyone else who gets it. He can be charming witty and gracious, but it is all because he needs something." Former Star Trek actor George Takei makes sure that the rift between him and co-star William Shatner is no closer to healing.

17th January 2009

Fact: William Shatner will open the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAGs) by offering a champagne toast on the red carpet at the prizegiving on 25 January (09). The Star Trek legend, a six-time nominee, stands to win his first Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series award for Boston Legal at this year's (09) SAGs. He and his castmates are also up for Best Ensemble.

22nd October 2008

Quote: "He was obviously hiding his homosexuality. Talk about festering... Finally, at the age of 70, he decides to come out of the closet and say 'I'm gay'. Like, who cares?" William Shatner pokes fun at former castmate George Takei, who married partner BRAD ALTMAN in September (08).

17th October 2008

Quote: "I don’t know how my life has become a thing where William Shatner talks to me through YouTube! I was such a huge fan of his, but we wrote a scene for him in the movie and it didn’t feel right... He said publicly that doing a cameo didn’t interest him, which I totally appreciate. But we did try." New Star Trek director J.J. ABRAMS on his attempts to include the original CAPTAIN KIRK, Shatner, in his sci-fi blockbuster. After turning down a cameo, Shatner went public with his disappointment that he would not be involved in cyberspace.

22nd September 2008

Fact: Emmy Award host Heidi Klum changed clothes a total of seven times at the event on Sunday (21Sep08) - where she was joined on stage by William Shatner, who helped co-host TOM BERGERON rip off a modest suit to reveal her first body baring costume change - a black sequin bodysuit.

22nd September 2008

Fact: Emmy Award host Heidi Klum changed clothes a total of seven times at the 60th annual event on Sunday (21Sep08) - where she was joined on stage by William Shatner, who helped co-host TOM BERGERON rip off a modest suit to reveal her first body baring costume change - black sequin hotpants.

7th April 2008

Quote: "Working is good - it means you're still there! You're still breathing. If I'm working, I can't die." Former Star Trek star William Shatner is a hard worker.

28th February 2008

Quote: "We have Oprah sessions. If I'm not working... we lie in bed and on comes Oprah and we do five Oprahs in a row... and the Oprah magazine in the toilet." William Shatner is a huge fan of OPRAH WINFREY.

21st January 2008

Quote: "I think they're coming toward the end of shooting, so they've got another three weeks to hire me." William Shatner jokes about not being cast in the new Star Trek movie.

16th January 2008

Quote: "He came up to me the first day on the job and went, 'You're so big' and he looked at me and said, 'And you have so much hair.' To make him feel at ease, I said, 'Yes, but I have a small penis, so don't worry about it, BILL. It will be fine." Actor JOHN LARROQUETE on his first encounter with William Shatner on the set of U.S. TV drama BOSTON LEGAL.

4th December 2007

Fact: Colin Farrell, John Cusack, William Shatner and DANNY DeVITO were among the A-list stars who turned out to watch the return performances of Carole King and James Taylor at Los Angeles' legendary music venue The Troubadour. The singer-songwriters gave six performances over three nights (28-30Nov07) on the stage that propelled their careers in the 1970s.

4th September 2007

Fact: The Michael Myers mask from the original Halloween movie was modelled on actor William Shatner's face.

12th April 2007

Quote: "Her little muscles contracted until the scene was over, and 'Bang!' Her water broke. I followed the trail for as long as I could and then I lost it." William Shatner recalls the chaos on the set of TV drama Boston Legal after pregnant co-star Julie Bowen's waters broke on Tuesday (10Apr07). The actress gave birth to baby boy Oliver later that night.

3rd January 2007

Fact: Star Trek actor William Shatner has been named the master of ceremonies for the Space Camp Hall of Fame induction banquet in June (07), celebrating the 25th anniversary of the US Space Camp. The event will honour 10 people who either attended Space Camp or have been major supporters of the program.

28th October 2006

Fact: William Shatner has signed on to host a new TV quiz show in America. The Star Wars icon will front new ABC show SHOW ME THE MONEY.

18th October 2006

Fact: William Shatner has launched his own online movie service, offering fans the chance to rent his own favourite films, including The Butterfly Effect and CLOSE YOUR EYES.

7th October 2006

Fact: Star Trek legend William Shatner will host new US quiz show SHOW ME THE MONEY.

11th September 2006

Quote: "I haven't waited in line for at least 30 years. I hear other people do it quite often." William Shatner comments on the perks of fame.

2nd September 2006

Fact: William Shatner is revisiting his Star Trek character, CAPTAIN JAMES T KIRK, in a series of new children's books. The actor has signed a deal with publishers Simon + Schuster to pen books about the young Kirk and his sidekick MR SPOCK.

31st August 2006

Quote: "I was concentrating on the glisten and curve of her mouth and thinking, 'I can't wait to get my lips on that.'" William Shatner failed to grasp the significance of TV's first interracial kiss when he locked lips with Star Trek co-star Nichelle Nichols in the 1960s.

31st August 2006

Fact: Original Star Trek stars Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner were born four days apart.

7th June 2006

Fact: Former SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN star Lee Majors is teaming up with William Shatner and Robert Wagner to play a team of ageing action heroes in a new TV series. The actors, who have a combined age of 213, will play fallen TV stars who team up with a female private investigator to fight real crime.

11th March 2006

Fact: STAR TREK star William Shatner is to front a new TV study on how important the sci-fi has become around the globe. HOW WILLIAM SHATNER CHANGED THE WORLD will debut on America's History Channel on Sunday (12MAR06).

26th January 2006

Fact: <p>Star Trek actor William Shatner will host the inaugural Golden Groundhog Awards on 2 February (06) to honour the best underground movie of 2005. To qualify, competing films must have made less than $1 million (GBP556,000) at the US box office. </p>

13th January 2006

Fact: <p>Star Trek actor William Shatner wants British singer Sting to play him if a biopic is ever made. </p>

9th November 2005

Quote: <p>"Lenny is a dear friend and so I wanted him to be on the show but just the other day, Lenny said, 'Y'know, I've retired, I've put it all behind me,' so Leonard's not going to play." William Shatner is disappointed that old Star Trek pal Leonard Nimoy has chosen not to play a part alongside him in legal drama Boston Legal. </p>

20th October 2005

Fact: <p>Former SIX FEET UNDER star Joanna Cassidy has signed up to make a three-episode guest appearance on William Shatner's hit TV show Boston Legal. </p>

19th September 2005

Quote: <p>"I'm an example of what can happen if you don't drink, don't smoke, exercise every day, eat carefully, love passionately and eat Wheaties. Wheaties are good." Veteran actor William Shatner has a design for a good life. </p>

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