Enterprising times for Shatner

Published: 31/05/2008

AS CAPTAIN James T Kirk, William Shatner has long been a cult figure across the globe, attracting legions of Trekkies who chart his every move.

Of course he has moved on to do other successful shows including TJ Hooker in the 1980s and more recently Boston Legal, as oddball attorney Denny Crane. But to most of us he will always be Captain Kirk.

So cultish has he become that a new word has emerged to describe his acting style – ‘shatnerian’. In Star Trek he was famed for his infamous lengthy dramatic pauses, of which he was never aware.

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