Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Happy... International... Talk Like William Shatner... Day.

Yes, it's the second annual Talk Like William Shatner Day, and today it just so happens to fall on the great man's 80th birthday.

Happy birthday... Mr. Shatner.

Here are some Shatner facts from our Biography Reference Bank database to help you wow your friends with your arcane knowledge:

  • Shatner's father, Joseph, ran a successful clothing manufacturing firm called Admiration Clothes.
  • Shatner got his first taste of acting success performing in a play at the French-Canadian summer camp he attended, where he also gained his great love of the outdoors.
  • His first acting job in U.S. films was in MGM's production of the Brothers Karamazov (1958).
  • After the famous Saturday Night Live parody sketch in which he told Trek fans to "get a life," Shatner admitted that it took him many years to understand the depths of passion Star Trek inspired in its legions of devotees.
  • Shatner was inducted into the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 2006.

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