The series that turned him into Captain Kirk turned half a century old this year, and William Shatner is now 84 years old. He lives in Studio City, where his show was also taped, and his office is on Ventura Boulevard, not far from his home. He lives there with his fourth wife and his three children.
He just finished writing a book and has a few more in the hopper. He’s also working on a comic book called Zero G. He co-wrote the sci-fi novel with writer Jeff Rovin.
Shatner gave a handful of interviews about his thoughts of the milestone of “Star Trek’s” half-century anniversary, and his plans for the future.
He misses his friend Leonard Nimoy
The friendship of Kirk and stoic alien Mr. Spock are legend. The friendship between the actors playing them was just as real. Shatner just finished a book, “Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man” which will be out on Feb. 16. Nimoy died in February and is buried at Hillside Memorial Cemetery in Los Angeles. Shatner said he was like a brother.
He is excited about the new film
The new film “Star Trek Beyond” is scheduled for release on July 22, and the re-boot of the movies with J.J. Abrams isn 2009’s “Star Trek” and 2013’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” didn’t use Kirk at all.
He doesn’t keep in touch with the Enterprise crew
Bones, the ship’s doctor, is the only one he keeps in touch with, Shatner jokes. (Actor DeForest Kelley was the first of the crew to die in 1999.) Shatner says, “I’m in touch with DeForest Kelley. I run seances around our dining room table, and he’s very well — his spirit is in the south, he’s haunting a southern mansion, but he’s very happy.” There’s a longtime big public feud he has with Lt. Sulu, George Takei and Shatner says, “Simply put it, I don’t see them.”
He could still do the role.
Shatner admits, “I’m a little older and a little heavier,” but he would still play Captain Kirk. It has been a few decades since he appeared in the franchise, and they made six movies. In the films he was getting older, and needing glasses, just like really life. He says, “I would play an old Capt. Kirk, absolutely, but you’d have to have an interesting character, not a cameo like, ‘Here I am, aren’t I interesting!'”
He is still promoting the franchise
Beginning in May he is on a 100-city tour with “Star Trek — The Ultimate Voyage,” which celebrates the music of the franchise — and its composers, including Gerald Fried, Jay Chattaway, Dennis McCarthey, Mark Mckenzie, Cliff Eidelman, Ron Jones and the late Jerry Goldsmith. There will be performances by a live symphony orchestra paired with footage from the franchise. Shatner says, “It’s an extraordinary experience.”