Happy Birthday to the Best Shatner We Could Ever Hope For

star-trek-behind-the-scenes-6-455pxWilliam Shatner
Born March 22, 1931

 
 
 

star-trek-behind-the-scenes-2-from-startrekdailypic-700pxCourtesy Star Trek Daily Pic

 
 
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Detail from the 1967 “Star Blecch” parody Shatner and Nimoy were reading in the pictures above. You can find my Flickr set of all the original artwork by Mort Drucker from this parody here.

 
 

star-trek-parody-1976-detailThis detail of the 1976 Mad Magazine parody courtesy My Star Trek Scrapbook, where you can find the entire “Star Trek: The Musical.”

 
 

star-trek-behind-the-scenes-3-wok-555pxKirstie Alley asking herself, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

 
 

star-trek-behind-the-scenes-live-album-600pxAlbum picture courtesy Frank’s Vinyl Museum.

 
 
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Shatner!

 
 

8 Comments

  1. I can’t help it, I LOVE this guy! From his gorgeous years to his golden years, I think he is the consummate entertainer. All of the jokes about his over-acting are so true, and that’s what I like most about him! I am a huge Star Trek fan, the originals that is, and I loved The Wrath of Khan movie best of all. The scene where he is stalling Khan in order to disable his ship is Shatner at his best. I also love him in “Airplane 2” — hilarious. Love your tribute, Stacia!

    • Thanks Becky! I have loved William Shatner since I was a little kid, when I first saw the Star Trek animated show, then the reruns of the regular show. My parents took me to WRATH OF KHAN when I was 8 and that was it, I was hooked for life.

      Someone on a blog once said something like, “No one would say WRATH OF KHAN was their favorite movie,” and I’ve been raging about it ever since! LOL

  2. P.S. How could I forget to mention his skit on Saturday Night Live? Watching him make fun of the convention Trekkies had me laughing so hard I had tears streaming! “I just want to say … get a life! You’ve taken what was a pleasant little job I had and made it into a colossal waste of time!” That may not be exactly right, but close enough …. epic!

    • I didn’t get a chance to see that SNL on its original run but later in a rerun, and I was absolutely delighted. Another part of the same episode I loved was Shatner getting ready to go out with his wife Nora Dunn, and his ego is out of control, he’s posing in the mirror and admiring himself while telling his wife, “I’m not getting you anything for your birthday, baby, you’ve already got it all!”

      As you can tell, I could talk about William Shatner for days.

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