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Up till Now: The Autobiography

Up till Now: The Autobiography

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by William Shatner, David Fisher

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After almost sixty years as an actor, William Shatner has become one of the most beloved entertainers in the world. And it seems as if Shatner is everywhere. In Up Till Now, Shatner sits down with readers and offers the remarkable, full story of his life and explains how he got to be, well, everywhere.

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After almost sixty years as an actor, William Shatner has become one of the most beloved entertainers in the world. And it seems as if Shatner is everywhere. In Up Till Now, Shatner sits down with readers and offers the remarkable, full story of his life and explains how he got to be, well, everywhere.

It was the original Star Trek series, and later its films, that made Shatner instantly recognizable, called by name---or at least by Captain Kirk's name---across the globe. But Shatner neither began nor has ended his career with that role. From the very start, he took his skills as an actor and put them to use wherever he could. He straddled the classic world of the theater and the new world of television, whether stepping in for Christopher Plummer in Shakespeare's Henry V or staring at "something on the wing" in a classic episode of The Twilight Zone. And since then, he's gone on to star in numerous successful shows, such as T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911,and Boston Legal.

William Shatner has always been willing to take risks for his art. What other actor would star in history's first---and probably only---all-Esperanto-language film? Who else would share the screen with thousands of tarantulas, release an album called Has Been, or film a racially incendiary film in the Deep South during the height of the civil rights era? And who else would willingly paramotor into a field of waiting fans armed with paintball guns, all waiting for a chance to stun Captain...er, Shatner?

In this touching and very funny autobiography, William Shatner's Up Till Now reveals the man behind these unforgettable moments, and how he's become the worldwide star and experienced actor he is today.

"It is now Bill Shatner's universe---we just live in it."---New York Daily News

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Shatner's sincerity, honesty, and heightened sense of humor all come across at warp speed in this entertaining memoir.” —Publishers Weekly

“Shatner makes you feel like he's sitting out on the balcony with you, sharing a cigar and waxing nostalgic.” —The Oregonian

“That rare celebrity autobiography that's as entertaining as it is self-revealing, a genuinely fun read.” —The Dallas Morning News

“It is now Bill Shatner's universe--we just live in it.” —New York Daily News

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St. Martin's Press
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Meet the Author

William Shatner has worked as a musician, producer, director, and celebrity pitchman, and notably played Captain Kirk on Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven Star Trek films. He has won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role as attorney Denny Crane on the TV drama Boston Legal. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Elizabeth.

David Fisher is the author of more than fifteen New York Times bestsellers. He is the only writer ever to have works of fiction, nonfiction, and reference offered simultaneously by the Book of the Month Club. He lives in New York with his wife, two teenagers, one dog, and one cat.

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Up till Now 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before picking up this book, I knew nothing about William Shatner, except his three famous TV roles on Star Trek, T.J. Hooker, and Boston Legal. After reading the book, I feel I know a lot more about him, and appreciate his personality and work ethic. The man has done a little of everything in show business! I completely enjoyed the book and appreciated how he does not take himself too seriously! I think the book was written in a very entertaining matter and made me chuckle out loud in many places. I think he wrote it in a honest manner 'at least I hope so'. It's a fun read and I think most anyone would enjoy it. The book made me aware of his 'Rocket Man' performance, which I since looked up on youtube and found extremely funny and entertaining albeit in a very off-beat manner. I'm glad to stumbled upon the book and read it. I enjoyed it very much.
Katydid46 More than 1 year ago
Reading Bill Shatner's autobiography has been a delightful experience for me. I have been a Star Trek fan for many years and getting a behind the scenes look at the prime character was great fun. I've also been involved in community theatre for most of my life and have watched some of the folks go on to bigger things along the way. His look on the life of a fledgling actor is illuminating and his remarks about the Stratford Festival where particularly interesting to me because we have gone there for about 33 years. Just the flavor his reminiscences give to what has been the joy of my summers has been wonderful. My Shatner also pokes fun at himself as he has done in many commercials for the past few years. The chapters are punctuated with what I can only call "commercials" and done in a very tongue in cheek way. The sad or bad moments in his life are acknowledged and commented on but not dwelt upon. It's obvious that this is meant to be a fun read. I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A humorous glimpse into the life of William Shatner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a scream! Bill Shatner tells of his life and does it in his own self-mocking way. It is funny, but also touches on some deeply sensitive areas of his history. Basically a great autobiography. If you are not a Shatner fan, this will make you one. Very entertaining.
AnniM More than 1 year ago
Bill Shatner has written a "bio" once before many years ago titled "Star Trek Memories"... in that book, he came across as very self-absorbed and quite assured of his own abilities. In this book, written with the hindsight of age, his overinflated view of himself has been toned down somewhat and his sense of humor and abiility to poke fun at his own failings is more evident. Having said that, he's still Shatner - while he makes an honest effort to acknowledge that his behavior throughout his life has often been less than perfect, his admissions of that are not accompanied with any real expression of contrition. The book centers FAR more on himself than it does with any of the people who have been connected with him along the way - as a example, during the book he offhandedly mentions that by this point or so he has a child to care for but absolutely nothing about when that child was born, the circumstances surrounding its birth - just "oh, and by now there's a kid". He goes into a little bit more detail about his marriages and into great detail about the drowning death of his third wife, but overall these most personal relationships are glossed over. Having said that, the book is humorously written (the words are not entirely Shatner's own, as he partnered with David Fisher to produce this tome), is well paced and it's a quick, fun mind-candy selection. If one likes Shatner (and overall I do) or if one liked "Star Trek", it's a nice addition to one's bookshelf and can engender some lively conversation.
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trekfanJW More than 1 year ago
i love william shatner and his novels and i cant wait for his new book coming out next month, shatner rules.
mybaker_fan4ever More than 1 year ago
I totally enjoyed this book. I could not put it down. I cannot wait to read his next book coming out in November. This book is awesome. I would grade it an A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ to eternity. Read and you will definitely enjoy. Thank you.
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roseofscotland More than 1 year ago
When Shatner played Captain Kirk he was not necessarily liked by his peers. He was oblivious which is why he was not liked by some of his peers. This is a funny, thoughtful and interesting look at a man who is no longer 35 and a Captain of the spaceship. It is the man in his 70's who is totally surprised that he has gotten this old. The older he has gotten the more interesting he has become ... and his acting is better.
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M_L_Gooch_SPHR More than 1 year ago
This book doesn't contain the bizarreness of Pryor Convictions regarding Richard Pryor's life. Nor is it as funny as American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot by Craig Ferguson. However, I would rate it very high for providing a "fun" reading experience. Just plain, simple fun. The book spared me the minutiae of all the behind the scenes action - there was some but not too much. It did provide me a detailed picture of the events that shaped Shatner. The risks that he took should be taught in every high school. Risk-taking 101 with the William Shatner Workbook. Those risks defined him as an actor and as a man. I also enjoyed the writing which made the book sound like you were actually sitting with Bill Shatner while he told his stories. The forgetfulness, the tangents, the tongue in cheek self promotion...all of it combined for an effect that really made Shatner jump off the page. Excellent job. Am I a Shatner fan? You bet. From Star Trek to Boston Legal. Any time he is on the screen, it is electric. And nowadays, I never miss an airing of Raw Nerve. Great television and in my book, the best interviewer we have ever had the pleasure of watching. I just can't wait to see what he is going to do next. I hope you find this opinion helpful. Michael L. Gooch Author of Wingtips with Spurs
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AlwaysCurious More than 1 year ago
The narrative moves along ... much like William Shatner "moves along." He's like the brother you just knew was different ... a good different ... but different. There's a "glow" at the end of reading this book ... ....it is SO WILLIAM SHATNER!!
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I have been a fan of Shatner's since childhood. He has always entertained me no matter what show he was on. He has an amazing career but more than that, his book truly shares the person he is. He has had so many ups and downs in his life. He has handled everything that life has thrown at him in such a real way. He doesn't sugar coat who he is but at the same time allows the reader to step into his brain and understand how he gets thru. I hope that I get to meet him someday. I had a brief window in which I was going to do a show on horses with him years ago but then he got busy with Boston Legal (I think Denny Crane is really alot of Shatner). I hope you all enjoy this book as much as I did.
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