The Canadian actor, William Shatner who is recognised worldwide for his role in Star Trek series as Captain Kirk, is indeed a Captain in real life too. The actor/author is worth a hundred million dollars! Well, how exactly did Shatner build his empire during the past seven decades of his career?
William Shatner was born in Notre-Dame-de-Grace, Montreal, Canada. He attended Willingdon Elementary School and West Hill High School. He graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University. The 86 year old actor has been married four times- first to Gloria Rand, second to Marcy Lafferty and third to Nerine Kidd. After the demise of his wife, he married Elizabeth Martin.
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After his graduation, William Shatner began his career as a business manager in the Mountain Playhouse in Montreal. Soon he joined the Canadian National Repertory Theatre in Ottawa, to be trained as a Shakespearean actor after which he began to perform in various roles at the Stratford festival.
Shatner made his movie debut in the Canadian film Butler’s Night Out in the year 1951. Later, he went on to appear in over 20 movies and 30 TV shows.
Shatner received a good reception for his role Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek Series. Some of the other films in which Shatner starred include The Outrage, Big Bad Mama, Land of No Return, Visiting Hours, Miss Congeniality, Escape from Planet Earth and Batman vs Two-Face.
His popular TV shows include The Canadian Howdy. Doody Show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, For the People, Star Trek series, Flick Flack, Barbary Coast, Rescue 911, Boston Legal and T.J. Hooker
Shatner also voiced Star Trek series video games.
Shatner’s Movies and TV shows have got nominated for 42 different awards, and he has won over 23 awards including the Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy and ACTRA Awards.
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Shatner began a career in music in 1968 when he released the album The Transformed Man. He has also released seven other albums including William Shatner Live, Has Been, Seeking Major Tom and Ponder the Mystery.
William Shatner co-wrote TekWar Series with Ron Goulart and Trek series with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. He has also written numerous other books including War series, Quest For Tomorrow Series, Belief and Samuel Lord Series.
His authored around ten non-fictional series including Star Trek Memories with Chris Kreski, Get a Life!, with Chris Kreski, Up Till Now: The Autobiography, with David Fisher and Live long and…: What I Might Have Learned Along The Way, with David Fisher.
His books Up Till Now-with David Fisher and Leonard: My Fifty-year Friendship with a Remarkable Man- with David Fisher also got released in the audio format.
William Shatner Net Worth
His net worth estimates at $100 million. William Shatner has invested his earnings in various properties some of which are given below-
House & Properties
Shatner currently resides in his California home with his wife Liz, which, the couple in 2014, renovated to reflect Mediterranean style.
He also owns a 4016 sq.ft house in Los Angeles, California.
Shatner enjoys breeding American Saddlebreds and Quarter Horses. He owns a 360-acre farm near Versailles, Kentucky, named Belle Reve Farm.
The actor also has a great collection of vehicles. In the year 2016, he sold two of his cars- 2002 Aston Martin DB7V12 convertible and 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton.
William Shatner is popularly known for his commercials for priceline.com, which forms the significant part of endorsement earnings. He also appeared on an ad for Hupy and Abraham Law Firm.
Shatner endorses other products like World of Warcraft, DirecTV, Kellog’s and Wendy’s.
William Shatner involves himself in numerous philanthropic activities. Shatner was devastated after his third wife’s death, Nerine Kidd Shatner. Reports say that she might have drowned accidentally in the swimming pool due to alcohol and valium in her blood. Probably why Shatner supported Friendly House, a nonprofit organisation that helps women re-establish themselves after suffering from alcohol and drug addiction.
He sold his kidney stone to goldenpalace.com for $25,000 and also raised a sum of $45,000 from the cast and crew of Boston Legal to pay for the building of a house by Habitat for Humanity.
He also plays on The World Poker Tour in the Hollywood Home Games, where celebrities play for their favourite charities.
Shatner is also a leading force behind Hollywood Charity Horse Show, which raises money for children’s charities.
William Shatner supports more than 19 Charity organisations including Ahead with Horses, Aid still required, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Camp Max Straus, Clothes off our back, Friendly House and the Painted Turtle.
The 86-year-old Canadian actor has never failed to entertain us with his roles on screen. Shatner has come a long way, and we wish him the best in his future projects and hope that his $100 Million Net Worth increases with time
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