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WILLIAM SHATNER (General Shanker) has cultivated a career spanning over 50 years as an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist and equestrian. He is one of Hollywood's most recognizable figures and an active philanthropist. Shatner's many accomplishments in television, film and stage are too numerous to list in full. In 1966 the actor originated the iconic role of Captain James T. Kirk in the classic television series "Star Trek." The series spawned a feature film franchise for which Shatner returned as Captain Kirk in seven STAR TREK movies, one of which he also directed. Shatner played the title role in the hit television series "T.J. Hooker" before hosting television's first reality-based series, "Rescue 911."

He won Emmy Awards and his first Golden Globe for his portrayal of eccentric lawyer Denny Crane on "The Practice" and then "Boston Legal." He received four more Emmy nominations as well as additional Golden Globe and SAG Award nods. Shatner's "Raw Nerve," currently airing on Bio, is an edgy celebrity-interview series. Each episode showcases Shatner getting to know his guest on an intensely personal level, touching upon subjects not normally visited on other talk shows. Guests have discussed topics such as addiction, grief, childhood, marriage, combat and parenthood.

The actor's love of music inspired him to record the critically acclaimed album "Has Been." The Milwaukee Ballet performed a dance presentation set to several numbers from the record. This event and its preparations are featured in the documentary Gonzo Ballet, which played to sold-out houses at film festivals worldwide.

Shatner's latest musical project, the space-inspired album "Seeking Major Tom," featured covers of songs by U2, Frank Sinatra, Queen, Pink Floyd and heavy metal bands. It was released in October 2011.

Offscreen Shatner has authored nearly 30 bestsellers in both the fiction and non- fiction genres. His autobiography, UP TILL NOW, was a New York Times bestseller. Shatner's newest book, Shatner Rules, was released in 2011.

A comic-book series, "William Shatner Presents," debuted in summer 2009. The series is based on Shatner's novels TEK WAR, MAN O'WAR, QUEST FOR TOMORROW and his latest title, CHIMERA.

Shatner has been successful in the very different field of horse breeding. A longtime and highly dedicated breeder of American Quarter Horses, he has also had enormous success with the American Saddlebred. Shatner has developed and ridden world champions, winning numerous championships in several equine events. His passions for horses and philanthropy were united when he started the Hollywood Charity Horse Show. This annual event benefits Los Angeles-based children's charities.

Shatner continues to act, write, produce and direct while still making time to work with charities and further his passion for equestrian sports. Shatner and his wife Elizabeth live in Los Angeles, as do his three married children.

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