He won Emmys and his first Golden Globe for his portrayal of eccentric lawyer “Denny Crane” on both The Practice and Boston Legal. He received four more Emmy nominations as well as other Golden Globe and SAG Award nods, and in 2011 received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.
Shatner’s Raw Nerve, currently airing on Bio, is his own edgy celebrity interview series. Each episode showcases him getting to know his guest on an intensely personal level, touching upon subjects not normally visited on other talk shows.
His love of music inspired him to record the critically acclaimed album Has Been. His newest musical project, a space-inspired album Seeking Major Tom, featured a large number of heavy metal covers as well as songs by U2, Frank Sinatra, Queen and Pink Floyd, and was released in October 2011.
Off the screen and broadcast waves, Shatner has authored nearly 30 bestsellers in both the fiction and non-fiction genres. His autobiography, Up Till Now, was a New York Times bestseller. His newest book, Shatner Rules, was released in October 2011. A comic book series – William Shatner Presents – debuted in summer 2009. The series is based on three of his novels, Tek War, Man O’ War, and Quest for Tomorrow, along with a brand new title called Chimera.
Shatner has been successful in another area - horse breeding. A longtime dedicated breeder of American Quarter horses, he has had enormous success with the American Saddlebred, developing and riding world champions and has won numerous world championships in several equine events. His passions for horses and philanthropy were united when he started the Hollywood Charity Horse Show. The annual event benefits Los Angeles-based children's charities.
Shatner continues to act, write, produce and direct while still making time to work with numerous charities and further his passion in equestrian sports. He and his wife, Elizabeth and three married children live in Los Angeles.
- A Conversation with William Shatner