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Ahead of Baltimore appearance, William Shatner explains how ‘Star Trek’ still opens doors

Ahead of Baltimore appearance, William Shatner explains how ‘Star Trek’ still opens doors
11 May
9:26

James Tiberius Kirk has been very good to William Shatner. The actor knows it, and is properly grateful.

“I am eternally grateful,” Shatner said of the lasting legacy of playing the commander of the starship Enterprise beginning in 1966, a role that continues to pay dividends more than half a century later. “I have an incredibly full life, based on this character that I played well over 50 years ago.”

That he does. At 87, the Canadian-born Shatner says he’s working on two TV series, has a pair of records he hopes to make available soon and a book about aging slated for release in the fall. That’s in addition to a nine-city tour, stopping at the Modell Lyric Wednesday, to host screenings of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and field questions from the audience.

It’s a daunting schedule, one that pleases Shatner to no end. And he acknowledges he owes it all to a TV series few people watched when it ran on NBC from 1966 to 1969, but has since become a cultural force with few rivals, spawning six movies (not counting a reboot beginning in 2009), a like number of spinoff TV series, numerous books and even a few languages (anyone know a few words of Klingon?).

Source: http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/bs-fe-shatner-0513-story.html

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