Happy Birthday William Shatner…80 and counting!

William Shatner as James T. Kirk

William Shatner as James T. Kirk courtesy of Wikipedia

Wow, two Star Trek greats birthdays in March within a week of each other! William Shatner‘s 80th birthday was actually the 22nd of March, but I was not here for a few days and almost missed it! Happy Birthday William Shatner!

William Shatner was wonderful as Captain James T. (Tiberius) Kirk! I am so happy to hear that he is still with us.

As I mentioned in Leonard Nimoy’s Happy Birthday article here earlier today (which was the 26th of March), Star Trek is likely one of my most favorite franchises of all time — the love of this franchise spans from the 60s to present day. It grew with me from childhood to adulthood.

The wonderful blending of personalities on Star Trek was led by William Shatner as well as the way the writers and actors’/actresses’ characters kept the sense of loyalty, friendship and understanding going between them no matter what the situation was on the shows and movies. Each character was diverse, but with a common thread between them of the mission and their part in it.

Over the years, it has been hard to know what my absolute favorite character was in Star Trek, but William Shatner as Captain Kirk has certainly played a big role in keeping it on top of my favorite list year after year. As well as Spock, Doctor McCoy, Scottie, Lt. Uhura, and so many others! They each played their roles so well over the years, but the focus and loyalty of their roles was to the Captain, Star Fleet, and the mission .. but the Captain embodied that loyalty. So it is hard to not find William Shatner’s role as being focal for me. He did such a great job in TOS to bring that to pass in what was presented to us on the screens on our old black and white, tube type televisions from the first year it was presented to us.

Thank you so much William Shatner for being there and carrying through with it till the end of TOS series. He certainly has done other things very well, but he will always be best embodied as Captain James T. Kirk. Not type cast, just admired for a role that was the glue for Star Trek, TOS.

Happy Birthday William Shatner! May you have many more, as many as you wish! In the words of Mr. Spock, “Live Long and Prosper”.