An Evening with William Shatner (2004)
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This Paley Center seminar honors William Shatner and his career as a TV performer. Paley Center television curator Ron Simon introduces Shatner, who presents a highlight tape spanning nearly 50 years of his career.pSimon questions Shatner about growing up in Montreal and when he knew he wanted to be an actor; his formal training; an upcoming stint on iThe Practicei; method acting; working with Steve McQueen on iThe Defenderi; the drawbacks of live TV; and the numerous leading-man roles he turned down early in his career.pQuestions from the audience lead to an examination of the pay scale for actors in an anthology series; self-parody; Shatners thoughts on his impersonators; the idea for the Splat Attack paintball competition; working with legends such as Spencer Tracy, Montgomery Clift, Judy Garland, and Burt Lancaster in iJudgment at Nuremburgi; working with Robert Wise on iStar Trek: The Motion Picturei; playing a more subdued version of Captain Kirk in the iStar Treki movies; how involved Rod Serling was in Shatners iTwilight Zonei episodes; and his say in Kirks death on screen.

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