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The Resource Up till now : the autobiography, William Shatner ; with David Fisher

Up till now : the autobiography, William Shatner ; with David Fisher

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Up till now : the autobiography
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Up till now
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the autobiography
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William Shatner ; with David Fisher
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eng
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"It was the original Star Trek series, and later its films, that made Shatner instantly recognizable, called by name - or at least by Captain Kirk's name - across the globe. But Shatner neither began nor ended his career with that role." "William Shatner has always been willing to take risks for his art. What other actor would star in history's first - and probably last - all-Esperanto-language film? Who else would share the screen with thousands of tarantulas, release an album called Has Been, or appear in a racially incendiary film in the Deep South during the height of the civil rights era? And who else would willingly paramotor into a field of fans armed with paintball guns, all waiting for a chance to stun Captain ... er, Shatner?" "In this touching and funny autobiography, 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."--BOOK JACKET
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  • Adult/High School— Today's teens may know Shatner from his role as Denny Crane in Boston Legal , or as the pitchman for Priceline.com, or as a character in several Brad Paisley music videos. They are probably also aware of his enduring role as Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek television show and movies. In this autobiography, he takes a somewhat tongue-in-cheek look at his long acting career, starting with performing in the Montreal Children's Theatre, moving on to the Canadian Rep, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and, ultimately, just about every television drama that was on the air in the 1950s. Over the years, he clearly learned to laugh at himself, which makes this book an entertaining read as he talks about his career, his four wives, three daughters, horses, love of risk-taking, eternal quest for financial security, and lots of people, famous and otherwise, whom he met along the way. Although the narrative is roughly chronological, Shatner never hesitates to stop in the middle of one story to tell another, or to refer to something that happened much later. There is some repetition-he clearly has favorite stories-but his lighthearted approach makes readers willing to be indulgent of his vagaries and excesses.—Sarah Flowers, Santa Clara County Library, CA --Sarah Flowers (Reviewed November 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 11, p160)
  • Working with various collaborators, Shatner has previously written science fiction (the TekWar series) and science fact (I'm Working on That ), and ventured into memoir with Star Trek Memories . Embarking on a full-scale autobiography, he begins with his Montreal childhood doing children's theater, then covers comedies with the Canadian National Repertory Theatre, lead roles with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and live TV in New York City in 1956: “I became one of the busiest actors in the city.” At that point Shatner opens a Pandora's box of self-deprecating humor and fascinating anecdotes about the hilarious goofs, on-camera accidents and stage fright during the live TV era. Obsessed with work, Shatner took any job that came his way, from dog shows to reality TV. Some of his tales are quite funny, such as doing an entire feature film, Incubus (1965), in Esperanto: “No one understood their lines.” Covering his multiple careers of acting, writing and directing, he never pulls his punches, describing humiliations as well as triumphs. Shatner's sincerity, honesty and heightened sense of humor all come across at warp speed in this entertaining memoir. (May 13) --Staff (Reviewed March 3, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 9, p41)
  • Many actors have a high opinion of themselves, and Shatner is no exception. The difference is that he has learned to laugh at himself and turn failures into success. This autobiography covers both Shatner's career and his personal life. The star of many Star Trek television series and movies, he has also written nine "Tek World" books that became 24 Marvel comics. He has directed, produced, written, and starred in other projects and has appeared on shows from Hollywood Squares to WWE . Shatner is witty but wordy, and he inserts amusing distractions in the middle of his anecdotes. Occasionally, he forgets to finish a story and continues to something else, which makes the later chapters repetitious. Star Trek fans will love Shatner's tales of his voyages on the Enterprise and how the character of Captain Kirk paved the way for more lucrative opportunities, but others may tire of plugs for merchandise strategically placed in the text. Recommended for larger public libraries where there is interest in celebrity books. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/08.]—Rosalind Dayen, South Regional Lib., Broward Cty., FL --Rosalind Dayen (Reviewed April 15, 2008) (Library Journal, vol 133, issue 7, p88)
  • Engaging recollections of an unrepentant ham actor who, by dint of a self-aware sense of humor, eagerness to please and sheer dogged persistence has earned the deep affection of legions of fans and cemented his status as one of the most recognized celebrities on the planet.All the above qualities are fully evident in Shatner's irreverent, amusing memoir, which leavens the expected silliness with startlingly candid and emotional passages about his chronic loneliness and the tragic drowning death of his wife Nerine. An undercurrent of sadness runs just beneath the surface of his whimsical anecdotes, revealing a man deeply anxious about financial security—which goes some distance toward excusing his apparently irresistible urge to plug his website and its memorabilia store—and strangely disconnected from his peers. (He was unaware of his Star Trek shipmates' antipathy toward him until years after the show ended.) Shatner's donkeylike work ethic resulted in an uncommonly rich and eventful career encompassing the golden age of classic television drama; countless roles on nearly every dramatic series of the '60s and '70s; innumerable game shows, documentaries, commercials and specials; and ridiculously terrible movies like Incubus, infamous for its all-Esperanto dialogue. A late-in-life hot streak brought him an Emmy and Golden Globe for the slick dramedy Boston Legal, but the continuing global phenomenon of Star Trek will always be the most notable job on his resume. Shatner has funny and surprising things to say about it all, dishing on co-stars and marveling at a history that includes working with the likes of Spencer Tracy in Judgment at Nuremberg one day, a nude scene with Angie Dickinson in Big Bad Mama the next. Also included: accounts of bow hunting for bears, ill-advised paragliding and a puzzling defenses of his epically bemusing spoken-word album, The Transformed Man.Goofball, genius or canny self-promoter? The jury is still out, but Shatner is indisputably a born storyteller. (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2008)
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autobiography
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B
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index present
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non fiction
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the autobiography
Label
Up till now : the autobiography, William Shatner ; with David Fisher
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Control code
000042715624
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
358 p.
Isbn
9780312372651
Lccn
2008006234
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
Label
Up till now : the autobiography, William Shatner ; with David Fisher
Publication
Note
Includes index
Control code
000042715624
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
358 p.
Isbn
9780312372651
Lccn
2008006234
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)

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