WILLIAM Shatner has become a household name thanks to his role in the Star Trek sci-fi television series.
Now reports indicate the Canadian actor may be going to space for real.
Who is Star Trek actor William Shatner?
Born March 22, 1931 in Montreal, Quebec, William Shatner worked as an author, producer, director, screenwriter and even built a cult following as a singer although he is best known as an actor.
He gained worldwide fame playing Captain James T Kirk in the Star Trek franchise.
Shatner landed the role of captain of the USS Enterprise after appearing on the second pilot of the NBC show.
He played the role between 1966 and 1969 when the series was canceled after its third series due to modest audiences.
In the aftermath of the show, he found acting work difficult to find, as many people considered him to be cataloged for the sci-fi role, but he did manage to land a few roles in some movies and shows. television as well as in advertisements.
While new roles were hard to come by, Shatner was also becoming something of a cult icon in the 1970s thanks to syndicated reruns of Star Trek.
Due to growing interest in the series, Paramount released the movie Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979 with Shatner and the original cast.
Shatner played Kirk in the next six Star Trek films.
He also appeared in Airplane II: The Sequel and National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1 which sent his character Kirk.
In addition to his involvement in the Star Trek franchise, he also played a cop in TJ Hooker from 1982 to 1986.
Along with his acting career, he has also written a number of science fiction novels like the TekWar series.
Shatner also launched his music career in 1968 with the album The Transformed Man which mixed covers of popular songs of the time with him reciting famous speeches from plays.
Over the years, he sporadically released other records, including Has Been in 2004 which contained a cover of Pulp’s Common People.
Is he going to space?
Shatner could finally “boldly go” into space for real, reports now suggest.
He could have a seat on Jeff Bezos’ civilian Blue Origin New Shepherd rocket for a flight scheduled for October 2021, according to TMZ.
At 90, that would make Shatner the oldest person ever to be “launched into space,” according to the report.
Shatner has yet to confirm the report, however.
However, he has dropped some not very subtle clues that he would like to go to space in the past.
Last year, he shared a photoshooted image of himself in a spacesuit to his Twitter followers and sent it to NASA.
He asked if he could join the SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 commercial space flight to the International Space Station and wrote, “Just in case; the costume fits!