Laughter could be heard frequently at the Lutcher Theater Monday as the iconic William Shatner told the story of his life. “Shatner’s World we just live in it…” spanned the years of his life, growing up in Canada, trekking through the United States after his high school graduation, avoiding classes in college, and the beginnings of his acting career which has spanned over 50 years.

Shatner had many roles before landing Capt. James Tiberius Kirk on Star Trek, the role that would have defined most of his career if he let it. Even though the original series only lasted three years in production, it took on a life of its own spawning many movies and related series such as “Star Trek the Next Generation” and “Star Trek Deep Space Nine.”

“I grew up watching the original Star Trek with my dad,” Nicole Gibbs said. “We watched all the other Star Trek series as they came out, but nothing tops the original.”

Many actors and actresses made a career out of Star Trek fame.  Star Trek conventions are big business more than 45 years after the original series first aired. Some actors never manage to break from such an iconic role, and Shatner did go through a spell of no work livening in a pickup camper for a time. Shatner did breakout of his typecasting and landed several memorable roles through the years: T.J. Hooker, Denny Crane in Boston Legal and most recently, the Priceline Negotiator. He embraced all his roles in the one man show.

Shatner has written books, directed, produced and even has several spoken word albums.

Because of his kidney stone he sold for $75,000, someone in New Orleans has a new house through Habitat for Humanity.

He’s led an interesting life.

“Seeing William Shatner live was a like a bucket list moment for me,” Gibbs said. “I was totally star-struck and loved every moment of the show.”

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.