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William Shatner is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors of all time.
A pop culture icon, Shatner has pervaded Hollywood since the 1950s. With seven decades in the industry and countless movies and TV shows under his belt, it’s hard to completely deny Shatner’s influence on cinema and culture.
Let’s take a look at some of the most iconic roles of the actor.
“TJ Hooker,” 1982
In 1982, Shatner took to television screens around the world as the title character in the ABC and CBS police drama, “TJ Hooker”.
In the show, Hooker, a policeman driven to avenge the death of his partner, wears the uniform once again as a member of the fictional Lake City Police Department to rid the streets of violent criminals.
Hooker’s no-nonsense, harsh attitude was a deciding factor in creating one of Shatner’s most iconic roles. As a result, the show had a successful run of five seasons over the course of four years.
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“Rescue 911,” 1989
Shatner had a major role in presenting “Rescue 911”, a docudrama that aired on CBS from 1989 to 1996.
For eight years, Shatner hosted the show that featured reenactments (and sometimes actual footage) of 911 emergencies. The show proved so powerful for viewers that two specials – “100 Lives Saved” and “200 Lives Saved” – were created in response to viewers who used the knowledge gained on the show to save someone else’s life. .
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“The Third Rock from the Sun,” 1998
Shatner played Big Giant Head, a supernatural leader who had to report to alien characters.
In his role, the Big Giant Head served as the ruler of the galaxy and the mission leader for Solomon. He would transmit messages to Earth through Harry Solomon (played by French Stewart) and was often subject to reproach by the Solomons over his questionable leadership.
“The Practice” and “Boston Legal,” 2004
From 2004 to 2008, Shatner portrayed conservative lawyer Denny Crane in the final season of “The Practice”, which leads into its spinoff, “Boston Legal”.
A renowned and undefeated lawyer of nearly 50 years, Crane boasts an eccentric personality and considers himself a legend. As the series progresses, he is diagnosed with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and is gradually put off by the lawyer’s presence in court.
“Star Trek,” 1966
Did you expect to see this complete list without seeing Captain James T. Kirk?
Appearing in the first episode of “Star Trek: The Original Series”, Captain Kirk quickly emerged as one of the most popular characters in the franchise and Shatner proved to be a breakthrough role.
As the flagship star and captain of the starship USS Enterprise, Captain Kirk attracted “Star Trek” fans around the world as he led his crew to new worlds and discovered new civilizations. Kirk popularized the phrase, “where no man has gone before”, through its use in the “Star Trek” title sequence.