“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. And no, I’ve never had green alien sex, though I’m sure it would be quite an evening. I speak English and French, not Klingon! I drink Labatt’s, not Romulan ale! And when someone says to me ‘Live long and prosper,’ I seriously mean it when I say, ‘Get a life.’ My doctor’s name is not McCoy, it’s Ginsberg. And tribbles were puppets, not real animals. PUPPETS! And when I speak, I never, ever talk like every. Word. Is. Its. Own. Sentence. I live in California, but I was raised in Montreal. And yes, I’ve gone where no man has gone before, but I was in Mexico and her father gave me permission! My name is William Shatner, and I am Canadian!” — William Shatner
“My boy, that was a TV show. I used a stunt double. I always use a stunt double. Except in love scenes. I insist on doing those myself.” — William Shatner
William Shatner is about to go boldly where no man has gone before — in Gene Winfield’s custom-built “The Reactor,” a car that was featured in an episode of Star Trek (as a futuristic magazine ad?!?).
“I had no idea. Nobody had any idea of what was going to transpire. I had 10 pages to learn today, then get ready for tomorrow, which was another 10 pages. I was totally consumed with what I had to do, what my responsibilities were as an actor…I had no knowledge. I just had my nose to the grindstone, trying to grind those hours out.” — William Shatner
Source: Chris Kaltenbach (2013)
“They’re a lot alike. They’re both strong characters, decisive and opinionated. But the major difference is that Kirk is noble and Hooker is angry. Myself? I’m somewhere in between. A noble angry guy. Or is it an angry noble guy? And, yes, I am opinionated. I’m just wrong 50 percent of the time. I’m living proof that the older you get, the less you know. I realize more and more how accidental things are, or how fortuitous, and how little anybody knows about anything, from what makes a hit show to the existence of God. There are no sure things, either in life or art.” — William Shatner
Source: Jerry Buck (1982)
Photo: T.J. Hooker, co-starring James Darren and Heather Locklear.
“It’s the philosophy – as well as the science fiction, the action-adventure, the special effects and the people. The charm of Star Trek – and this may sound simplistic – is the interaction of the characters. When you put in all that other stuff and have us reacting to each other, you have classic Star Trek.” — William Shatner
Photo: Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn