William Alan Shatner
(born March 22, 1931) is a Montreal
-born actor, recording artist, and author. He gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for his portrayal of James T. Kirk
, captain of the USS Enterprise
, in the science fiction television series Star Trek
from 1966 to 1969, Star Trek: The Animated Series
from 1973 to 1974, and in seven of the subsequent Star Trek feature films
from 1979 to 1994. He has written a series of books chronicling his experiences playing Captain Kirk and being a part of Star Trek
as well as several co-written novels set in the Star Trek
universe. He has also authored a series of science fiction novels called TekWar
that were adapted for television.
Shatner also played the eponymous veteran police sergeant in T. J. Hooker from 1982 to 1986. He has since worked as a musician, author, producer, director, and celebrity pitchman. From 2004 to 2008, he starred as attorneyDenny Crane in the television dramas The Practice and its spin-off Boston Legal, for which he won twoEmmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.