Here, Brinkwire takes a look at the trials and tribulations of William Shatner’s colourful life, from a life-changing cancer misdiagnosis to his dream of going to space
Hollywood actor William Shatner is best known for his silver screen roles on Boston Legal and Star Trek.
But as the 90-year-old heads up into space in the Blue Origin sub-orbital capsule, he has lived a rather explosive personal life behind-the-scenes.
He kick-started his career as a child performer in radio programmes in Canada, before going on to become a household name as his TV career catapulted him to global fame.
During his impressive seven decades of acting, William is now cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James T Kirk in the Star Trek franchise.
Although he’s regarded as one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, William is “too embarrassed” to watch his performances back as he previously admitted that he’s “never once” watched any of the series or movies he’s appeared in.
In a 2014 interview, the actor revealed that the only performance he’s ever watched was while editing Star Trek V: The Final Frontier – simply due to the fact he “had to” because he was the director of the flick.
William not only returned as Kirk, but made his debut as a feature film director as well. Although industry insiders had high hopes for the flick, unfortunately, it received an onslaught of negative reviews.
Movie critic Roger Ebert called it “a mess,” involving “not much danger, no characters to really care about, little suspense, uninteresting … villains, and great deal of small talk”.
On the big screen, Shatner appeared as a beauty pageant host in Miss Congeniality and its sequel Miss Congeniality 2, alongside Sandra Bullock.
In 2014, William landed one of his most famous roles when Boston Legal debuted in the US. The actor received critical acclaim for his role as the character Denny Crane.
In 2016, William appeared to have done it all – explored the universe in Star Trek, entered strange realities in The Twilight Zone, and fought for justice in Boston Legal.
But that same year, the actor faced something far more daunting than any of his previous roles: an unexpected prostate cancer diagnosis.
William’s life was momentarily turned upside down, but thankfully, it turned out to be a misdiagnosis.
“I was told by a doctor I had a terminal disease and that I was going to die” he wrote in an NBC article.
While later testing found. Brinkwire presents summary news.