William Shatner (born March 22, 1931) is an Emmy-winning Canadian actor, singer, director and comedian best known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk in the subsequent Star Trek: The Original Series, which ran from 1966 to 1969, and it's various movie spin-offs that followed for years to come. Shatner has had other TV roles such as Paul De Vinger on "77 Sunset Strip", David Koster on "For the People", Dr. Carl Noyes on "Dr. Kildare", Jeff Cable on "Barbary Coast", as the title character on "T.J. Hooker", the host on "Rescue 911", Walter H. Bascom on the various Tekwar telefilms (and it's short-lived series spin-off; both of which were based on his book series of the same name), The Big Giant Head on "Third Rock from the Sun" and as lawyer Denny Crane on "The Practice" and it's better known spin-off "Boston Legal". Shatner has also appeared as various characters on shows such as "The Defenders", "Mission: Impossible", "The Virginian", "Ironside" and "Columbo". MST3K alum Kevin Murphy is a self-admitted fan of the Shat as well.
In-between television gigs, Bill Shatner often found himself stranded in B-movies such as White Comanche, The Terror at 37,000 Feet, The Devil's Rain (with Ernest Borgnine and John Travolta), Disaster on the Coastliner, Visiting Hours (with Michael Ironside) and The Kidnapping of the President. In recent years, Shatner has appeared in various movies in either comedic roles or cameos where he was featured as himself, including Miss Congeniality (with Michael Caine), Showtime and Horrorween (directed by and co-starring Joe Estevez). Shatner's signature Trek role is mentioned during one of the host segments for Experiment 320's The Unearthly where Joel Robinson is playing the Capt. Kirk Monopoly Game. He is also referenced by Michael J. Nelson during his solo treatment of 1987's Predator and by both Mike and Kevin during treatment for 1978's Halloween where they both note that Michael Myers' mask isn't all that scary and that it's likely just some guy wearing a "Bill Shatner mask."