Fifty years ago, William Shatner first hit the airwaves as the dashing starship captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek,” inspiring generations of devoted fans. But in the decades since that first journey into deep space, he has also created unforgettable characters as the star of the police drama, “T.J. Hooker,” the eccentric attorney Denny Crane on “Boston Legal,” and a quirky caricature of himself in the infamous Priceline commercials.
The energetic 84-year-old shows no signs of slowing down. On February 2, the actor brings his one man show, “Shatner’s World,” to the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach and shares his phenomenal journey from classically trained thespian to cultural icon, told by the most important character he has ever played—himself.
Never at a loss for words, Shatner shared some thoughts with Mirror:
ON HIS CRAFT:
An actor brings himself to every role. You can’t think too much outside the box because that’s “you” and that “you” changes with time and experience and age.
ON HIS MOST FAMOUS ROLE:
As a young man, playing Captain Kirk—jumping and running, getting the girl—that was fun.
ON HIS SHOW:
I’ll entertain you and make you laugh and cry for two hours….at my age!
ON HIS GUILTY PLEASURE:
You know, you reach an age when you don’t want to feel guilty about any pleasure.
ON HIS NEXT PROJECT:
I have a reality show, “Better Late than Never” on NBC, in February with Henry Winkler, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman… we get into all sorts of adventures.
William Shatner appears in “Shatner’s World” on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Tickets start at $25 at Kravis.org.