William Shatner was born in Montreal, Canada. Best known for his roles on Boston Legal and Star Trek, Shatner is one of the most recognizable stars working today. He’s also directed, written books, and recorded albums. He made his Broadway debut in 1956; two years later he appeared on television in Hallmark Hall of Fame’s The Christmas Tree.
He also made his film debut in 1958, appearing with Yul Brynner in The Brothers Karamazov. The role that made him famous world‐wide was Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the USS Enterprise, on Star Trek, which premiered September 8, 1966. It became a live‐action film in 1978, again with Shatner at the helm of the Enterprise. Several sequels ensued. His many TV series include T.J. Hooker and The Practice. His Denny Crane in the latter series earned him his first Emmy Award; he earned the second for his work in the spin‐off series, Boston Legal.