Up Till Now: The Autobiography (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Apr 28, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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“It is now Bill Shatner’s universe---we just live in it.”---New York Daily News

After almost sixty years as an actor, William Shatner has become one of the most beloved entertainers in the world. And it seems as if Shatner is everywhere. Winning an Emmy for his role on Boston Legal. Doing commercials for Priceline.com. In the movie theaters. Singing with Ben Folds. He’s sitting next to Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel, and he’s practically a regular on Howard Stern’s show. He was recently honored with election to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. He was a target on a Comedy Central’s Celebrity Roast entitled “The Shat Hits the Fan.” In Up Till Now, Shatner sits down with readers and offers the remarkable, full story of his life and explains how he got to be, well, everywhere.

It was the original Star Trek series, and later its films, that made Shatner instantly recognizable, called by name---or at least by Captain Kirk’s name---across the globe. But Shatner neither began nor has ended his career with that role. From the very start, he took his skills as an actor and put them to use wherever he could. He straddled the classic world of the theater and the new world of television, whether stepping in for Christopher Plummer in Shakespeare’s Henry V or staring at “something on the wing” in a classic episode of The Twilight Zone. And since then, he’s gone on to star in numerous successful shows, such as T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911, and most recently Boston Legal.

William Shatner has always been willing to take risks for his art. What other actor would star in history’s first---and probably only---all-Esperanto-language film? Who else would share the screen with thousands of tarantulas, release an album called Has Been, or film a racially incendiary film in the Deep South during the height of the civil rights era? And who else would willingly paramotor into a field of waiting fans armed with paintball guns, all waiting for a chance to stun Captain…er, Shatner?

In this touching and very funny autobiography, William Shatner reveals the man behind these unforgettable moments, and how he’s become the worldwide star and experienced actor he is today.

           

 

  

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User Review  - Lucy Hannigan - Goodreads

A year of so ago, my husband and I watched "TJ Hooker" on Netflix--than after reading this book, I was tempted to go back and watch them again to check on the validity of what Shatner had mentioned ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bea Bolinger - Goodreads

Humorous. Insightful. Charming. Surprisingly honest. Everything you've come to expect from Shatner, including self-deprecating. I need to get those musical albums he's created. Also if Shatner had a porn-stash he would look just like my father. Coincidence? I wonder... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
31
Section 3
57
Section 4
87
Section 5
113
Section 6
153
Section 7
181
Section 8
211
Section 11
216
Section 12
216
Section 13
216
Section 14
216
Section 15
216
Section 16
216
Section 17
245
Section 18
279

Section 9
216
Section 10
216
Section 19
307
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About the author (2009)

William Shatner played Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise on Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven Star Trek movies. He also played Police Sergeant T.J Hooker, from 1982 to 1986, and has worked as a musician, producer, director, and celebrity pitchman, recently for Priceline.com. He has won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for his role as attorney Denny Crane on the TV drama Boston Legal.

 

David Fisher is the author of more than fifteen New York Times bestsellers. He is the only writer ever to have works of fiction, nonfiction, and reference offered simultaneously by theBook of the Month Club. He lives in New York with his wife, two teenagers, one dog, and one cat.

 

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