At 84, William Shatner is still as sharp and charismatic as ever. I found this out when I chatted with the iconic star in advance of his one-man show, Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It
, which hits the Mahaffey Theater next week. He laid on the charm thick and quick, like someone who’s been doing phoners for more than six decades.
And he has. Star Trek
is one of the earliest shows I remember watching with my dad, but by the time I was introduced to Shatner’s magic via reruns of the series in the mid-‘80s, he’d been an actor for 36 years and was on his second career revival in TV police drama T.J. Hooker
. Since then, Shatner has secured his grip on the collective subconscious and maintained a foothold in pop culture with a diverse portfolio of work: host of reality crime show Rescue 911
; spokesman for name-your-price travel site Priceline.com; Emmy-and-Golden Globe-winning actor in Boston Legal
; author of more than 35 titles (both fiction and nonfiction); recording artist with four LPs to his credit; and, with Shatner’s World
(which premiered on Broadway in 2012), an acclaimed monologuist.
Amidst the banter, we touched on his book about late friend Leonard Nimoy (Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man comes
out February 16), his upcoming sci-fi novel with Jeff Rovin (“You’ll be the first person I’m telling this to,” he claimed, and even though it wasn’t true, he made me feel special nonetheless), his music, and the dynamic one-man show that brings him to town.