William Shatner might be one of the most legendary performers of all time, hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and solidifying his status as a superstar in the Star Trek series as James T. Kirk. In fact, that might be one of his most iconic roles, but truth be told, Shatner is capable of so much more.
Will has actually released many albums over the years, including spoken word records. According to reports, the Star Trek alum will release a new album called, Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album, in which was joined by many infamous stars.
Some of the major celebs to join William include Brad Paisley, Henry Rollins, Iggy Pop, as well as Judy and Mel Collins.
During a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast, Henry Rollins explained that he was actually good friends with William, and spoke about how he worked on a record with him in the past few months. It’s an unlikely friendship, but the pair actually live close.
As for his career as a poet, Shatner released his first spoken word record, The Transformed Man, in 1968, followed by his subsequent works, Has Been, Seeking Major Tom, and Ponder The Mystery.
Shatner got his career started in Montreal, Canada, after he graduated from McGill University, before beginning his time on the stage in Stratford, Ontario, Canada at the Stratford Festival Theater.
After a successful stint on the stage, he slowly worked his way toward films, including in Butlers Night Off, and The Brothers Karamazov. While he struggled financially in his career following his casting as Captain Kirk on Star Trek, he slowly found fame afterward as Captain Kirk became a cultural icon.
Shatner became famous for his inexorable work-ethic, but according to some cultural historians, that may have actually hurt his career in the long run. Allegedly, the actor would take nearly any role afforded to him.