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William Shatner Keynotes 2017 NACS Show

Hollywood icon and philanthropist William Shatner closed out the NACS Show General Session today.
October 20, 2017

​CHICAGO – William Shatner has cultivated a career that spans more than 50 years as a professional actor, director, producer, screenwriter, recording artist, author and horseman. Shatner is one of pop culture’s most recognizable figures and has also established himself as a major Hollywood philanthropist.

In 1966, Shatner originated the role of Captain James T. Kirk in the television series “Star Trek,” which rocketed him into fame only after the show was cancelled and re-launched in syndication. The series spawned a feature film franchise and Shatner reprised the role of Captain Kirk in seven of the “Star Trek” motion pictures. In September 2004, Shatner won an Emmy for his recurring role as eccentric law firm partner Denny Crane on “The Practice,” and reprised the role as a series regular on “Boston Legal,” which garnered him a Golden Globe and an Emmy in 2005.

Since April 1998, Shatner has served as the spokesman for Priceline.com, where he contributes his trademark sense of humor and entertaining style to the groundbreaking and humorous series of television and radio commercials. His love and appreciation of music inspired him to go into the studio and record “Has Been,” a compilation of songs he recorded with musical artists Ben Folds (who also produced the record), Brad Paisley, Joe Jackson, Aimee Mann and Henry Rollins.

Shatner has also authored more than two dozen best-selling books in both the fiction and non-fiction genres. His novel series “TekWar” was turned into a television series for The Sci-Fi Network, in which he starred and directed.

Today, Shatner continues to act, write, produce and direct while still managing to find time to work with charities and further his passion in the equestrian sports. He and his wife, Elizabeth, and his three married children live in Los Angeles.