Shatner

Shatner

by Michael Seth Starr

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Overview

In the early months of 1966, a handsome, hardworking thirty-five-year-old Canadian-born actor named William Shatner was cast as Captain Kirk in Star Trek, a troubled, low-budget science-fiction television series set to premiere that fall on NBC. Star Trek struggled for viewers and lasted only three seasons, but it found a huge, rabidly dedicated audience when it premiered in syndication following its cancellation—turning Shatner into a pop-culture icon and launching him on a career path he never could have imagined after graduating from McGill University with an economics degree twenty years earlier. As he approaches his ninetieth year, he's still working at a furious pace as a man of boundless contradictions: by turns one of the most dissected, disliked, revered, respected, mocked, imitated, and beloved stars in the show business firmament.

Shatner takes a comprehensive look at this singular performer, using archival sources and information culled from interviews with friends and colleagues to transport readers through William Shatner's remarkably bumpy career: his spectacular failures and triumphs; tragedies, including the shocking death of his third wife, Nerine; and, ultimately, the resilience Shatner has shown, time and again, in the face of overwhelming odds. Author Michael Seth Starr unravels the mystery of William Shatner, stripping away the many myths associated with his personal life and his relationships with fellow actors, presenting a no-holds-barred, unvarnished look at the unique career of an inimitable performer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495082689
Publisher: Applause
Publication date: 12/16/2019
Series: Applause Books Series
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 501,438
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Michael Seth Starr lives in Northern New Jersey and has covered television at the New York Post since 1995 as a reporter, columnist, and editor. He has authored critically acclaimed biographies of Peter Sellers, Art Carney, Joey Bishop, Bobby Darin, Raymond Burr, Redd Foxx, and Ringo Starr, which was selected as one of People magazine’s "Books of the Week" upon its release in July 2015.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 In the Beginning 1

2 The Montreal Star 21

3 Entering a New Stage 31

4 A Man for All Seasons 41

5 The Captain's on Deck 55

6 Star Trek 63

7 The Wilderness Years 87

8 Fanning the Flames 109

9 The Gang's All Here 119

10 A Series of Adventures 129

11 Fitted for New Suits 147

12 The End of a Chapter 165

13 Nerine 177

14 Date with an Emmy 189

15 $#*! Happens 213

16 "He's Just This Life Force" 225

Notes 245

Selected Bibliography 265

Index 267

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