William Shatner

William Shatner
William Shatner
  • Born: March 22, 1931
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Profession: Actor, Author, Producer, Director, Singer









William Shatner, OC is a Canadian actor, author, producer, director and singer. In his seven decades of television, Shatner became a cultural icon for his portrayal of James T. Kirk, captain of the USS Enterprise, in the Star Trek franchise. He has written a series of books chronicling his experiences playing Captain Kirk and being a part of Star Trek, and has co-written several novels set in the Star Trek universe. He has also written a series of science fiction novels called TekWar that were adapted for television.

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Racial tolerance was not possible on American television in the early 1960s Minorities & Women
A director is a choreographer, both politically and creatively.
A series is filled with compromises.
A stage actor has to be 10% aware of the audience as he's performing.
A tree you pass by every day is just a tree. If you are to closely examine what a tree has and the life a tree has, even the smallest thing can withstand a curiosity, and you can examine whole worlds. Life
Acting is easier - writing is more creative. The lazy man vies with the industrious.
Ads need to be little pieces of entertainment.
All any artist can do is please themselves.
All I know is that I am constantly intrigued by something I'm doing.
All in all, Kirk's character is something I am very proud of.
Although I'm a business major out of McGill University, I know nothing... but then I found out much later in life, nobody knows anything. Life ;Business, Commerce & Finance
And I enjoyed the celebrity and the creativity that was involved in Star Trek.
At 40, I went to bed for three days. I thought my life is over. Life
Babies have big heads and big eyes, and tiny little bodies with tiny little arms and legs. So did the aliens at Roswell! I rest my case.
But if you want to know the truth, the weirdest thing that has happened has been my discovery that people who attend the conventions are filled with love. Truth ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Captain Kirk has been a source of pleasure and income for a long time. Time
Death is an absolute marvel. Death
Divorce is probably as painful as death. Death
Energy is the key to creativity. Energy is the key to life. Life
Every day I realized I would not be a star.
Every piece of entertainment is made with the idea that 'This is going to be terrific' and 'This is the best thing I've ever done' and then it hits the public and then the public tells you whether it's good or bad.
Everybody has their 15 minutes, and those 15 minutes should be spent in a private limo and a private plane. It's the ultimate.
Exercise? A Jew doesn't exercise.
Fate gives you the finger and you accept.
Getting that audience approval is always a question mark, and it's always that flag that flutters in front of you.
Gradually the live TV scene simmered out, replaced by film, and that took place in L.A. So many actors left New York.
Here's something pompous - you take your day and artistically create it, so every moment has an artistic flavor.
How do I stay so healthy and boyishly handsome? It's simple. I drink the blood of young runaways.
I also derive a great deal of pleasure from horses and dogs... the ocean... and love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I am not a Starfleet commander, or T.J. Hooker. I don't live on Starship NCC-1701, or own a phaser. And I don't know anybody named Bones, Sulu, or Spock.
I am private.
I believe in taking what happens as inevitable.
I believe that when things happen, they happen with a purpose.
I can't stand the gossip of celebrities' lives, all the time! Every minute! Time
I can't type. Can't do it.
I did a movie in Esperanto.
I didn't realize that, in doing a documentary, there is this process of discovery. It's not like a film or a play with a set script. It sort of reveals itself.
I didn't want to do the sitcom thing, but I didn't know what else to do.
I don't know how I got to this point but it must be as a result of everything that has come before so if I were to change something, I might not be at this point now.
I don't know how to deal with being 80.
I don't read reviews.
I don't think in terms of God. Religion & God
I don't think of myself as being tied.
I don't watch television.
I enjoyed reading all the classic authors like Isaac Asimov and Bradbury.
I envy the people who say, 'oh, well, I've got my name in the golden book and I'm going to be entered into the pearly gates.'
I find age such a foreign concept. I have to be reminded. I still have the extraordinary feeling of adventure, striking out into unknown fields.
I find the whole time travel question very unsettling if you take it to its logical extension. I think it might eventually be possible, but then what happens? Time ;Travel
I frequently dream of being on these horses' backs and running across a field. And the horse and I are one.
I had been in a Shakespeare company for three years and done a lot of Shakespeare. That was fun. That was interesting.
I hate flying, flat out hate its guts.
I have been accused of never saying no.
I know very little about the viral, electronic world, but I use Twitter to communicate not only information that I think some of the fans want to hear about but also ideas.
I like making people laugh. It comes off and shines in everything I do.
I love horses. There's something practical and mystical about them. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love living in Los Angeles. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love technology. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
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 an ignoramus about technology. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I love the concept of togetherness and the entwinement of marriage. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Families, Children & Parenting
I love to evoke the bones and meat and thoughts of characters. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love to go to a movie, get a Diet Coke and a barrel of popcorn, and sit there with my kids and watch a film. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I never watched 'Star Trek.'
I often conduct interviews in my truck.
I played comedies and dramas.
I see myself as an actor with a love of music. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Music, Chants & Rapps
I see people putting text messages on the phone or computer and I think, 'Why don't you just call?'
I sometimes find that in interviews you learn more about yourself than the person learned about you.
I spent years doing 'Star Trek' bits and things, and a lot of people loved it, a lot of people mocked it.
I think making a good film shot is joyful.
I think of doing a series as very hard work. But then I've talked to coal miners, and that's really hard work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think that prog rock is the science fiction of music. Science fiction speculates on what the future might be and look like and how we'll get there, and yet there's always a central theme of humanity, or there should be. Progressive rock has the same concept of exploration into the parts of the music world that hasn't been explored. Future ;Music, Chants & Rapps ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I think the acting satisfies the need and desire for approval.
I think the supernatural is a catch-all for everything we don't understand about the vast other parts of life that we cannot perceive. Life
I thought I was loved.
I was always working. Maybe you weren't aware of the movies I was making, or the television I was doing, or the shows I was creating, or the books I was writing; there have been thirty. But I have always been solidly at work, running as fast as I can. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I was built for the long run, not for the short dash, I guess.
I watch movies and sports. I can count on the fingers of my hand the number of times I have watched an hour show. I never watch a half-hour show, and I never watch myself. Sports & Athletics ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
If I'm given an opportunity to do something, I do it. Or else I fool around with it.
If saving money is wrong, I don't want to be right! Money, Coins & Minting
If someone criticizes my acting, they may be right.
If we can clean up our world, I'll bet you we can achieve warp drive.
If you make a fool of yourself, you can do it with dignity, without taking your pants down. And if you do take your pants down, you can still do it with dignity.
If you read my books, especially the Star Trek books and the Quest for Tomorrow books, you'll see in them the core theme of the basic humanistic questions that Star Trek asked.
I'm a performer, comedian, entertainer, writer and director.
I'm always open to the possibility that somebody's got a better idea than I have. It happens with some frequency.
I'm an optimist.
I'm anxious to make another film.
I'm gonna reveal something to you that's going to come as a shock: If you're a stupid young man, you're usually a stupid old man. Most people, including myself, keep repeating the same mistakes.
I'm just quizzical about how things work and why things are. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'm looking for the perfect paintball movie.
I'm not out to convince anybody of anything.
I'm not technically adept at music, but I'd love to be part of a discussion of where progressive rock ends and country music begins. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Music, Chants & Rapps
I'm surfing the giant life wave. Life
In entertainment, whether it's movies or television or whatever, I'm a great audience, but I don't remember the names of the people I've seen or the groups that I've heard. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
In my proudest moments, I think I had a real hand in the creative force of making 'Star Trek.' But most of the time, I don't think about it. Time
Instead of playing something heavily, I play it lightly. Since people like to cast cyclically, once you've done one thing, people want to put you in that bag again. And since I want to work, I let it happen. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It was the early 1970s and I was recently divorced. I had three kids and was totally broke. I managed to find work back east on the straw-hat circuit - summer stock - but couldn't afford hotels, so I lived out of the back of my truck, under a hard shell. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It's irksome to read about someone I don't recognize. It frightens me.
It's very easy to say no to leaving the house.
I've been approached to do some things with astronauts and the preparation that astronauts go through.
I've been breeding Dobies for years. Almost won the breed in Westminster at one time. Time
I've been in that angst of loneliness, where you're really alone in the universe, except for the dog.
I've blundered my way through life. Life
I've got rock 'n' roll in my blood.
I've never been without a dog. I've made trips across the country with a dog.
I've never not appeared in front of a live audience for any longer period than a month or two.
Marriage is a reflection of your life in general: how you treat people, how you argue, how secure you are in your own thoughts. How vehemently do you argue your point of view? With what disdain do you view the other's point of view? Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
Montreal is a very cosmopolitan, sophisticated, erudite, educated, glorious city today. But it wasn't quite that way when I was growing up there. There was a lot of anti-Semitism. And I had to deal with that in an area of the city that had very few Jews.
Most people, including myself, keep repeating the same mistakes.
My beautiful wife is dead. She meant everything to me. Her laughter, her tears and her joy will remain with me the rest of my life. Life
My dad died of a stroke. Families, Children & Parenting
My dad was good with actions. Families, Children & Parenting
My fear is dying badly, through illness or injury. But what a glorious demise it would be to burn up in space.
My kids say if there's any family dinner that doesn't result in somebody crying, it's not a good dinner. They cry because it helps relieve them of a guilt or some onerous emotional burden. It's like a family tradition. Families, Children & Parenting
My mother was an exuberant, silly lady.
My name is William Shatner, and I am Canadian!
My plan has always been to return to Broadway every 50 years.
My site has the whole thing - blogs, information, video interviews.
My understanding is, the fans are so ravenous in Canada, they gnaw on the stars.
My wife and my three kids and my grandchildren are my life, but my horses and my dogs are everything else. Life
Nature is perfect. Nature
No matter how prosaic something is that you've done and been a part of again and again, there is so much more there that you haven't seen.
No, I don't regret anything at this point. That may change on the next phone call, but at the moment I don't regret anything.
Nobody could have imagined the phenomenon that 'Star Trek' became. It's still almost impossible to imagine.
Over the years, I've become barraged by comments from people, such as, 'Beam me up, Scotty!' and I became defensive. I felt they were derisive and engendered an attitude. I am grateful for the success, but didn't want to be mocked. Success
Regret is the worst human emotion. If you took another road, you might have fallen off a cliff. I'm content.
Remember - you can't beam through a force field. So, don't try it.
Sci-fi films are the epic films of the day because we can no longer put 10,000 extras in the scene - but we can draw thousands of aliens with computers. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
So many dot-com companies were formulated on air.
Spencer Tracy was a man who did very much what I do on a set, and that is, he comes down and he does his job, and then he goes back to his dressing room.
Success is different for everyone; everybody defines it in their own way, and that's part of what we do in 'Close Up', finding what it was each person wanted to achieve and what their willingness to sacrifice for that was. Success
Success should always be just beyond your grasp. Success
Tabloid stuff just offends.
The ability to breathe the air and drink the water will be what the wars will be about from here on in. And it's coming with alarming rapidity.
The actor is in the hands of a lot of other people, over which he has no control.
The basic quality that any great story must have is a story that illustrates the human condition.
The conundrum of free will and destiny has always kept me dangling.
The essence of paint ball is the fact that when you get hit by a ball full of paint, it hurts just enough to say, 'Ow, I gotta get out of the way,' but not enough to say, 'I quit.'
The good life is one that's artistically made. Life
The great mystery of our consciousness is beyond our grasp.
The longer I go about living, I see it's the relationship that is most meaningful.
The mysteriousness and mystique of space is such, that science fiction attempts to tantalize you by telling you a story that could possibly be out there and that's the appeal of science fiction. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The name Shatner is Austrian and partly Germanic, and there's Germanic reticence and silence perhaps, but there is passion underneath.
The only subject I know anything about is myself and I don't know that too clearly.
The political scene is already so turgid, it doesn't need more of that from me.
The possibilities that are suggested in quantum physics tell us that everything that we're looking at may not be in fact there, so the underlying nature of being is weird. Nature
The problem is I don't know anything or anyone. I am so focused on the immediate picture in front of me.
There's a joy and a pain about directing where the dreams you have are becoming concrete but the attention to detail, the need for time is such that it's overwhelming at times, and the stream of responsibility. Time
There's an ecstasy about doing something really good on film: the composition of a shot, the drama within the shot, the texture... It's palpable.
There's too many people in the world.
These people who come to Comic-Con and dress up - all across the country, the rest of the population who doesn't understand are scoffing at them.
Things people say strike me as amusing, and I am prone to saying out loud what everybody's thinking.
This is my saddest story: In grade school, they would have us open our Valentine's cards and read them out loud. I always sent cards to myself because nobody else did.
Voice acting is very interesting, I've done several animated projects, and you have to make the voice reflect the character and try and do as much with a word as you can with a look in a live-action film.
We live in grief for having left the womb, for having left the teat, then school, then home. In my case, it was leaving marriages, and the death of my wife. Death
We meet aliens every day who have something to give us. They come in the form of people with different opinions.
Well-written words are music. Music, Chants & Rapps
What is down will go up. At the same time, you have to be prepared for what is up to go down. Time
When I did the film Generations, in which the character died, I felt like a guest for the first time. That made me very sad. Time
When I direct and have to look at filmed scenes of myself, I suck.
When I'm interviewing somebody I don't work from prepared questions. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When there are tiers of meaning in an ad it intrigues the audience and they look for it again and again.
When you've done the technical part, you're then into the joy, the zen, into being. Technology no longer exists for you. You're then into the mystery of the thing you're doing. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Why does the lizard stick his tongue out? The lizard sticks its tongue out because that's the way its listening and looking and tasting its environment. It's its means of appreciating what's in front of it.
With three kids, it was always very, very tight, and it was always a scramble for what was my next job. So I learned never to go into debt because I don't want those monthly payments to preoccupy my thoughts.
Writing an acceptance speech gives you the expectation of winning, and you are therefore devastated or hurt if you didn't win.
Writing is truly a creative art - putting word to a blank piece of paper and ending up with a full-fledged story rife with character and plot. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Yeah, I do stand-up, my own type of stand-up.
You and I and everybody in show business and the entertainment industry fly by the seat of our pants. We don't know quite what is going to happen. Business, Commerce & Finance
You have to create your life. You have to carve it, like a sculpture. Life
You know, the process of making a documentary is one of discovery, and like writing a story, you follow a lead and that leads you to something else and then by the time you finish, the story is nothing like you expected. Time
You need to be silly to be funny. Humor