Up Till Now: The Autobiography
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The New York Times bestseller
After almost sixty years as an actor, William Shatner has become one of the most beloved entertainers in the world. It was the original Star Trek series, and later its films, that made Shatner an internationally known figure, but he neither began nor ended his career with Captain Kirk. He straddled the classic world of the theater and the new world of television. He stepped in for Christopher Plummer in Shakespeare's Henry V and stared 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, including T. J. Hooker, Rescue 911, and Boston Legal.
In his touching and very funny autobiography Up Till Now, William Shatner reveals the man behind these unforgettable moments and tells us how he's become the worldwide star and acclaimed actor he is today.
you’ve seen one of the many dozens of collectible models of the Starship Enterprise, including the Wrath of Khan battle-damaged Enterprise, some models which light up or play recordings of my character, Captain James Tiberius Kirk; or the series of dozens of collectible plates including twentieth-anniversary editions of “Amok Time,” “Journey to Babel,” “Piece of the Action,” “The Trouble with Tribbles,” or the twenty-fifth-anniversary Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk, Chekov, Mr. Sulu (with or without a
Star Trek and science. Around the country, and eventually around the world, small groups of fans of the show were getting together to watch the reruns or just talk about it. These weren’t commercial events, nobody was making any money from them, people just wanted to get together to honor the show. But in January 1972 the first official Star Trek Convention was held at New York’s Statler Hilton Hotel. Gene Roddenberry was there and NASA sent an eighteen-wheeler filled with scientific displays.
I’d done a lot of radio interviews, all of them pretty much the same: please buy my book. And then I was scheduled to appear on The Howard Stern Show. I didn’t really know who Howard Stern was, I think I listened to his show once before going on. What I didn’t understand was that Howard had his own set of rules. He was limited only by what he could get past the FCC, so in those years he had very few constraints. What I did not realize was that he had planned terribly offensive things to do with
risk what you’ve won. That’s the question that gets viewers shouting at the set. Since Monty Hall introduced the three doors of Let’s Make a Deal—which eliminated the question-and-answer segment of the game and made it purely about greed—that has been the central theme of so many really good game shows. Deal or No Deal is a show about greed, that’s it, how greedy is the contestant going to be and when are they going to stop. That’s the fascination of the show. The contestant comes on the show
selected by his computer, my daughter wins the award for selling the most cookies—which I sold to all the people in the precinct who were going to show me how to sell cookies. I once asked a detective who’d seen the show if he thought it accurately reflected reality. He smiled and said, “You guys can cram more police work into an hour than I do in a year... Some days I go all day without a call.” Well, that wouldn’t make a very interesting show, Hooker and Romano sitting in their police car