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    • In 1993, after a referendum held by the student body, McGill University's Student Union building was unofficially renamed "The William Shatner University Centre". The university administration has not officially recognized the name change since that honor is usually bestowed on deceased members of the community or benefactors who have paid for at least half the cost of construction. Mr. Shatner visited the facility for the first time on March 7, 1999.

    • On July 21, 2007, William Shatner returned to his native Montreal to host the self-titled William Shatner Gala at the 25th Annual Just For Laughs festival.

    • William was nominated, along with his Boston Legal castmates, for a 2008 SAG Award in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

    • On December 13, 2007, William Shatner was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the "Actor In A Supporting Role - Series, Mini-Series Or Television Movie" category for his performance in Boston Legal.

    • William stars in one ad in a series of television commercials for the hit online role-playing game World of Warcraft. The ads are currently airing as of November 2007.

    • William provided the voiceover for the Captain Kirk character in the 2006 video game Star Trek: Legacy, which was released on the PC and Xbox 360 platforms.

    • William stars in a DIRECTV satellite television commercial as Captain Kirk. The ad is one in a series of commercials based on well-known movies where an actor breaks out of character and addresses the audience directly while the rest of the scene continues as originally filmed. Shatner's ad features the uniforms and bridge of the Star Trek movies.

    • He won a Tyrone Guthrie Award. The Awards are given annually at Canada's Stratford Festival.

    • He worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) as a pre-teen.

    • William was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2006 for his role in Boston Legal. It is the third year in a row that he has been nominated for an Emmy in recognition of the character Denny Crane, which he initially played on The Practice.

    • William Shatner is the commercial spokesperson for James E. Morris Attorney at Law in New York.

    • William's nickname is Bill.

    • William's trip to Israel in May 2006 with his wife Elizabeth was his second trip to the Middle Eastern nation.

    • William and his wife Elizabeth visited Israel on Memorial Day 2006 (May 29) to promote "therapeutic horseback riding." He hopes to raise $10 million along with the nonprofit Jewish National Fund to promote horseback riding for disabled children. He emphasized that every Israeli citizen, along with Palestinians, Jordanians and Egyptians, will be invited to participate. William hopes to contribute to the establishment of peace in the Middle East through the programs.

    • William has had a longtime affiliation with "Ahead for Horses," a Los Angeles charity that works with physically and mentally disabled children through horseback riding.

    • William and fellow "trekker" Michael Dorn co-starred in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Star Trek: Generations together.

    • William has appeared with Rene Auberjonois in two different productions: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and the currently airing TV series Boston Legal. The two men were "stitched" together in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Trials and Tribble-ations", thanks to CGI.

    • William competes on the World Poker Tour, shown on the Travel Channel.

    • Since taking the role of Denny Crane in Boston Legal, William has done local level television commercials for lawyers across the country.

    • William's daughter Lisabeth says that William has always been the prankster of the family.

    • William hosted the 2-hour special "How William Shatner Changed the World", a show that looked at the influence that the original "Star Trek" series had on famous inventors in the fields of medicine, technology and astronomy. It aired on The History Channel on Sunday, March 12th, in the U.S. It originally aired on Discovery Channel Canada. The show was based on his book "I'm Working on That."

    • In January 2006, William sold his kidney stone for $25,000 USD to benefit the housing charity Habitat For Humanity.

    • One of William's new projects is the William Shatner DVD Club. Subscribers pay $48 a year and receive a new DVD every month, which is theirs to keep. The DVDs focus on the genres of science-fiction, horror and fantasy. The film titles include underground hits, genre classics and independent films.

    • William directed himself in a performance for which he won a Razzie Award for Worst Actor.

    • As a teenager, William worked as a camp counselor at Camp B'nai Brith in the Laurentian Mountains in Quebec, Canada.

    • William earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University in Montreal.

    • In 2004, William released the new album "Has Been," a collaboration with Ben Folds. The album has been described as strange and bizarre. Such comments are similar to those made about "The Transformed Man," his earlier foray into the world of spoken-word singing/poetry. The songs this time are largely autobiographical.

    • William enjoys playing tennis.

    • William owns a 360-acre horse farm in Kentucky.

    • William breeds and shows American Saddlebreds and Quarter Horses.

    • William's daughter, Lisabeth Shatner, wrote the script for the "T.J. Hooker" episode "Partners in Death" (1986).

    • William's fourth wife is Elizabeth Anderson Martin. They married in 2001 and live in Southern California.

    • William married his third wife, Nerine Kidd, in 1997. She died in August 1999.

    • William's second wife was Marcy Lafferty. He married her in 1973. They divorced in 1994.

    • William's first wife was Gloria Rand. They married in 1956. They divorced in 1969. They had 3 children together.

    • "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", The Twilight Zone episode starring William Shatner, has long been considered one of the best of the entire series. William plays Bob Wilson, a newly released patient from a mental institution who encounters a mystery aboard the flight home.

      Twilight Zone TV marathons featuring viewers' favorites almost always include this classic episode.

    • William Shatner starred in the 1965 horror movie Incubus, one of the few movies ever to have all the dialogue spoken in the artificial language of Esperanto.

    • In 2004, William won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series playing Denny Crane on The Practice. Both he and James Spader won Emmy Awards in 2004 for their roles on The Practice. They both won Emmy Awards in 2005 for the same roles but on a different TV show, Boston Legal. This is one of the few times, perhaps only time, that an actor has won consecutive Emmy Awards for the same role but on different shows.

    • In August 1999, William discovered his third wife, Nerine, dead at the bottom of their pool. The death was ruled an accident while the autopsy revealed that she had been drinking heavily shortly before her death.

    • William developed tinnitus (ringing in the ears) during the filming of the episode "Arena" from the original "Star Trek" series. In the opening scene, he and Leonard Nimoy are running from bombardment by a hostile alien force. One of the explosive charges detonated a few feet from him. He rolled away from the blast, as can be seen in the footage.

      He did not appear to suffer any serious injuries, but over time, he developed the constant ringing in the ears known as tinnitus. The condition is often caused by extremely loud noises, such as explosions or very loud music (i.e., rock concerts).

    • William revealed that he considered suicide at one time because of his tinnitus (a constant ringing in the ears).

    • In a humorous appearance on Saturday Night Live, William told attendees at a fictional Star Trek convention to 'Get a life!' Toward the end of the skit, his agents explained to the crowd that Shatner was merely portraying the evil Captain Kirk from an episode of Star Trek.

    • William's 1968 album "The Transformed Man" helped to win him his lucrative deal as the Priceline.com spokesman. An employee of the ad agency hired by Priceline had fond memories of the album, which he listened to in his childhood.

    • William became the TV spokesman for Priceline.com in the late 1990s. Priceline initially paid him with stock options. He continues to work for the company as of 2011.

    • William's infamous album 'The Transformed Man' was released in 1968. The album was a strange mix of spoken word-"singing," poetry, storytelling and "performance art" set to music. His performances of "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" have been ridiculed over the years, but he has come to terms with his recording legacy by embracing the comedic aspects of his persona.

    • William was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame on October 24, 2005.

    • In 2005, William won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series playing Denny Crane on Boston Legal.

    • William has appeared in episodes of five different series with Leonard Nimoy: "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "Star Trek," "Star Trek: The Animated Series," "T.J. Hooker" and "Futurama." They also appeared in a TV commercial for Priceline together.

    • William is a vegetarian.

    • William's clipped, dramatic narration, peppered with dramatic pauses, is often referred to as "Shatnerian"

    • William's favorite Star Trek episode is "The Devil in the Dark."

    • William received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983.

    • William speaks French fluently.

    • William is 5'9½" (1.77 m) tall.

    • William was spoofed on several episodes of Family Guy (1999).

    • William has a cameo in Brad Paisley's music video for the song "Celebrity."

  • Quotes

    • William: (when his tinnitus began to affect him) I was in a terrible state. The more you worry about it, the worse it gets. I couldn't sleep or think, and I even thought about suicide.

    • William: (after finding out he was not included in the 2008 "Star Trek" film) How could you not put one of the founding figures into a movie that was being resurrected? That doesn't make good business sense to me!

    • William Shatner: I'm not a Star Fleet commander, or T.J. Hooker. I don't live on Starship NCC-170... or own a phaser. I don't know anyone named Bones, Sulu or Spock. And no, I've never had green alien sex, but I'm sure it'd be quite an evening. I speak English... and French. Not Klingon! I drink Labatt's, not Romulan ale! And when someone says to me "live long and prosper," I seriously mean it when I say, "Get a life."

      My doctor's name is not McCoy. It's Ginsberg. And tribbles were puppets, not real animals. PUPPETS! And when I speak, I never, ever talk like, Every, Word, Is, Its, Own, Sentence. I live in California, but I was raised in Montreal. And I believe in priceline.com, where you never have to pay full price for airline tickets, hotels, and car rentals! I've appeared onstage at Stratford, at Carnegie Hall, Albert Hall, and the Monkland Theatre in NDG. And, yes, I've gone where no man has gone before, but... I was in Mexico and her father gave me permission! My name is William Shatner, and I am Canadian!

    • William Shatner: I love technology. Matches, to light a fire is really high tech. The wheel is REALLY one of the great inventions of all time. Other than that I am ignoramus about technology. I once looked for the 'ON' button on the computer and came to find out it was on the back. Then I thought, anyone who would put the 'on' switch on the back, where you can't find it, doesn't do any good for my psyche. The one time I did get the computer on, I couldn't turn the damn thing off!

    • William Shatner: I love Montreal. I love the color of the French culture. But Toronto has more memories for me.

    • William Shatner: Captain Kirk has been a source of pleasure and income for a long time.

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