William Shatner is a Canadian actor, producer, and director who became famous for his role as Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series from 1966-1969. He also starred in many other TV shows over time including TJ Hooker which aired 1982-1986.
In 2017 he published an autobiography titled “Shatner Rules:
Your Guide to Understanding the Shattering World of William Shatner. Where he discussed how his childhood rejection on Broadway led him towards fame. Captain Kirk in Star Trek and also discusses later life opportunities such as starring TJ Hooker at 57 years old.
This is a story about someone who was lucky enough to land their dream job while still in school. After accepting an assistant manager position with the Mountains Playhouse. William Shatner went on stage for his first time ever as Tom Sawyer at only 17 years old! Not long afterward he joined Canadian Repertory Theatre where he met a notable English producer. Tyrone Guthrie and became one of many actors working under him during its short existence (1954). It wasn’t until much later when these connections paid off- after six months into his tenure at Stratford Shakespeare Festival Company they offered him full-time work which would change not just how people viewed this young man’s career but also what type it was could be.
In the mid-1950s
William Shatner starred as Usumcasane in the production of Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine The Great. He was primarily known for his supporting roles and went on to greater things before landing this dominating role!
, William Shatner joined the cast of Yul Brynner in a dramatization of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov as Alexi (often written Alexey) Karamazov. He then went on to play roles for two years at Broadway’s World Of Suzie Wong before going onto film with critical acclaim that same time period too!
Shatner continued to work steadily after that, primarily in supporting roles. He did not become well-known until he was cast as Captain James T. Kirk in Gene Roddenberry’s futuristic new television venture Star Trek (1966–69). The short-lived series became a cult hit and fans of the show are called “Trekkies.”