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Emmy-Award Winning Actor, Known for "Star Trek" & "Boston Legal"

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 William Shatner Biography

In 1956, William Shatner made his Broadway debut in "Tamburlaine the Great," and he also found work in the emerging medium of television, appearing on such shows as the "Goodyear Television Playhouse," "Studio One" and "Playhouse 90." Playing one of the title characters, Shatner made his film debut in 1958's "The Brothers Karamazov" with Yul Brynner. That same year, he returned to Broadway for a two-year run in "The Secret Life of Suzie Wong." He won the 1959 Theatre World Award for his performance.

The role that made Shatner famous around the world was that of Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise, a starship traveling through space in the twenty-third century. In "Star Trek," Kirk encountered all sorts of unusual aliens and challenging situations during his journeys. The series lasted for three seasons. The show, however, continued to live on in syndication and became even more popular.

"Star Trek" became a Saturday morning cartoon that ran during the mid-1970s, and it was resurrected a live action film in 1979. Returning to the role of Kirk, Shatner starred in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and in the sequel "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" in 1982.

He then appeared on "T. J. Hooker" as a veteran police officer who turned in his detective's badge to return to a street beat. Unlike the original "Star Trek" series, this show was immediately popular with television audiences.

Shatner, however, never abandoned the part that made him famous. During the run of T. J. Hooker, Shatner appeared in two more "Star Trek" films, "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" and "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home." For "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier," Shatner not only returned as Kirk, but made his debut as a feature film director as well. He remained a fixture on television even after T. J. Hooker went off the air, becoming the host for "Rescue 911" in 1989.

The next installments were "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" and then "Star Trek Generations," where the character of Kirk dies. Shatner moved forward in new directions. He appeared as a beauty pageant host on "Miss Congeniality" and its sequel, and in 2003, Shatner made a guest appearance as a talented, but eccentric lawyer on "The Practice." His turn as Denny Crane brought him his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2004. He had been previously nominated for his guest appearance on the science fiction sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun" in 1999.

"The Practice" creator David E. Kelley created a spin-off series, "Boston Legal," featuring Shatner's character Denny Crane in 2004. Shatner won his second Emmy — this time for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series—in 2005. Two nominations in this category followed in 2006 and in 2007.

In 2008, Shatner began work on "Shatner's Raw Nerve," a celebrity interview program on the Biography Channel, and "Aftermath with William Shatner" in 2010.

Shatner has written screenplay "TekWar," a work of science fiction featuring a middle-aged private detective working in the twenty-second century. More Tek titles followed and were later adapted for television. More recently, Shatner has worked with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens to create a series of Star Trek novels.

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William Shatner Biography

In 1956, William Shatner made his Broadway debut in "Tamburlaine the Great," and he also found work in the emerging medium of television, appearing on such shows as the "Goodyear Television Playhouse," "Studio One" and "Playhouse 90." Playing one of the title characters, Shatner made his film debut in 1958's "The Brothers Karamazov" with Yul Brynner. That same year, he returned to Broadway for a two-year run in "The Secret Life of Suzie Wong." He won the 1959 Theatre World Award for his performance.

The role that made Shatner famous around the world was that of Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise, a starship traveling through space in the twenty-third century. In "Star Trek," Kirk encountered all sorts of unusual aliens and challenging situations during his journeys. The series lasted for three seasons. The show, however, continued to live on in syndication and became even more popular.

"Star Trek" became a Saturday morning cartoon that ran during the mid-1970s, and it was resurrected a live action film in 1979. Returning to the role of Kirk, Shatner starred in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and in the sequel "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" in 1982.

He then appeared on "T. J. Hooker" as a veteran police officer who turned in his detective's badge to return to a street beat. Unlike the original "Star Trek" series, this show was immediately popular with television audiences.

Shatner, however, never abandoned the part that made him famous. During the run of T. J. Hooker, Shatner appeared in two more "Star Trek" films, "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" and "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home." For "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier," Shatner not only returned as Kirk, but made his debut as a feature film director as well. He remained a fixture on television even after T. J. Hooker went off the air, becoming the host for "Rescue 911" in 1989.

The next installments were "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" and then "Star Trek Generations," where the character of Kirk dies. Shatner moved forward in new directions. He appeared as a beauty pageant host on "Miss Congeniality" and its sequel, and in 2003, Shatner made a guest appearance as a talented, but eccentric lawyer on "The Practice." His turn as Denny Crane brought him his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2004. He had been previously nominated for his guest appearance on the science fiction sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun" in 1999.

"The Practice" creator David E. Kelley created a spin-off series, "Boston Legal," featuring Shatner's character Denny Crane in 2004. Shatner won his second Emmy — this time for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series—in 2005. Two nominations in this category followed in 2006 and in 2007.

In 2008, Shatner began work on "Shatner's Raw Nerve," a celebrity interview program on the Biography Channel, and "Aftermath with William Shatner" in 2010.

Shatner has written screenplay "TekWar," a work of science fiction featuring a middle-aged private detective working in the twenty-second century. More Tek titles followed and were later adapted for television. More recently, Shatner has worked with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens to create a series of Star Trek novels.

William Shatner Videos

  • William Shatner: "Logic of Imagination" Propels Scientific Discovery ...
  • William Shatner Kills in This Interview - Nerd HQ: Comic-Con 2015 ...
  • William Shatner on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight: INTERVIEW

William Shatner Books

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William Shatner Speaking Topics

  • Legendary Actor

  • An Evening with William Shatner

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  • How to book William Shatner?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like William Shatner for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for William Shatner, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for William Shatner or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book William Shatner?

    Booking fees for William Shatner, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire William Shatner, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for William Shatner?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like William Shatner for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book William Shatner for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent William Shatner or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for William Shatner or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

William Shatner is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book William Shatner for your event is $100,000 - $200,000. William Shatner generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ben Stein, Richard Lewis, Jerry Stiller, Jason Alexander and Henry Winkler. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling William Shatner for an upcoming event.

William Shatner Speaker Videos

  • William Shatner: "Logic of Imagination" Propels Scientific Discovery ...
    William Shatner Kills in This Interview - Nerd HQ: Comic-Con 2015 ...
  • William Shatner on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight: INTERVIEW

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  • Legendary Actor

  • An Evening with William Shatner

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