William Shatner

Cast Bio

William Shatner stars as himself in the new NBC alternative series "Better Late Than Never."


Shatner has cultivated a career spanning more than 50 years as an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist and horseman. He is one of Hollywood's most recognizable figures and a major philanthropist. 


In 1966, Shatner originated the role of Capt. James T. Kirk on the television series "Star Trek." The series spawned a feature film franchise where Shatner returned as Capt. Kirk in seven of the "Star Trek" movies, one of which he directed. 


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.


Shatner played the title role in the hit television series "T.J. Hooker" before hosting television's first reality-based series, "Rescue 911."  


"Shatner's Raw Nerve," which aired on Bio, was his own edgy celebrity interview series. Each episode showcased Shatner getting to know his guest on a personal level, touching upon subjects not normally visited on other talk shows, including addiction, grief, childhood, marriage, combat and parenthood.


His love of music inspired him to record the critically acclaimed album "Has Been." The Milwaukee Ballet performed "Common People," a dance presentation set to several numbers from the record. The event is featured in the documentary "Gonzo Ballet," which played to sold-out houses at film fests worldwide. 


Shatner's newest musical project, "Ponder the Mystery," with music by Billy Sherwood, was released in 2013. It followed the well-received space-inspired album "Seeking Major Tom," which featured songs by U2, Frank Sinatra, Queen and Pink Floyd and was released in 2011.


Shatner has authored nearly 30 best-sellers in both the fiction and non-fiction genres. His autobiography, "Up Till Now," was a New York Times best-seller and followed by "Shatner Rules," which was released in 2011. William Shatner's newest book, "Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man," was released in 2016 and appeared on the New York Times best-seller list.


In 2015, Shatner lent his iconic voice and distinct humor to the relaunch of the classic UK Space series "Clangers" as the narrator on Sprout, NBCUniversal's Cable Entertainment 24-hour preschool network.


In 2011, Shatner launched his one-man show, "Shatner's World," in Australia and New Zealand, followed by tours in Canada and the United States. The show is currently touring again in the States and abroad.


The comic book series "William Shatner Presents" debuted in 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, "Chimera."


Shatner has been successful in horse breeding. A longtime dedicated breeder of American Quarter horses, he has had success with the American Saddlebred, developing and riding world champions and has won numerous world championships in several events. His passions for horses and philanthropy were united when he started the Hollywood Charity Horse Show, which benefits LA-based children's charities. 


Shatner and his wife, Elizabeth, and three married children live in Los Angeles.