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William Shatner

Actor, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur

William Shatner has cultivated a career spanning over 50 years as an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, and horseman. He is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable figures and a major philanthropist. His accomplishments in television, film, and stage would take a great deal of time and more space than allotted here. In 1966, Shatner originated the role of “Captain James T. Kirk” in the television series Star Trek. The series spawned a feature film franchise where Shatner returned as Captain Kirk in seven of the Star Trek movies, one of which he directed. Shatner also played the title role in the hit television series T.J. Hooker before hosting television’s first reality-based series, Rescue 911. He won Emmys and his first Golden Globe for his portrayal of eccentric lawyer “Denny Crane” on both The Practice and Boston Legal. He received four more Emmy nominations as well as other Golden Globe and SAG Award nods. Shatner's Raw Nerve, which aired on Bio, was his own edgy, celebrity interview series. Each episode showcased Shatner getting to know his guest on an intensely personal level, touching upon subjects not normally visited on other talk shows.

Shatner's love of music inspired him to record the critically acclaimed album Has Been, which is featured in the documentary Gonzo Ballet. Shatner has authored nearly 30 bestsellers in both fiction and non-fiction genres.He has also been successful in another arena — horse breeding. A longtime dedicated breeder of American Quarter horses, he has had enormous success with the American Saddlebred, winning numerous world championships in several equine events. Shatner continues to act, write, produce and direct while still making time to work with charities and further his passion in equestrian sports.