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Born: 1931-03-22
Profession: Actor
Nation: Canadian
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Exercise? A Jew doesn't exercise.

Tags: Exercise, Jew

I love the concept of togetherness and the entwinement of marriage.

Tags: Concept, Love, Marriage

I think making a good film shot is joyful.

Tags: Film, Good, Making

I think of doing a series as very hard work. But then I've talked to coal miners, and that's really hard work.

Tags: Hard, Series, Work

The good life is one that's artistically made.

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We meet aliens every day who have something to give us. They come in the form of people with different opinions.

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You know, the process of making a documentary is one of discovery, and like writing a story, you follow a lead and that leads you to something else and then by the time you finish, the story is nothing like you expected.

Tags: Else, Time, Writing

Acting is easier - writing is more creative. The lazy man vies with the industrious.

Tags: Acting, Lazy, Writing

I love technology.

Tags: Love, Technology

I see people putting text messages on the phone or computer and I think, 'Why don't you just call?'

Tags: Call, Phone, Why

I was built for the long run, not for the short dash, I guess.

Tags: Guess, Run, Short

I'm looking for the perfect paintball movie.

Tags: Looking, Movie, Perfect

My beautiful wife is dead. She meant everything to me. Her laughter, her tears and her joy will remain with me the rest of my life.

Tags: Beautiful, Laughter, Life

My understanding is, the fans are so ravenous in Canada, they gnaw on the stars.

Tags: Canada, Fans, Stars

My wife and my three kids and my grandchildren are my life, but my horses and my dogs are everything else.

Tags: Else, Life, Wife

Nobody could have imagined the phenomenon that 'Star Trek' became. It's still almost impossible to imagine.

Tags: Almost, Impossible, Star

You and I and everybody in show business and the entertainment industry fly by the seat of our pants. We don't know quite what is going to happen.

Tags: Business, Happen, Show

A director is a choreographer, both politically and creatively.

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A series is filled with compromises.

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Ads need to be little pieces of entertainment.

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All any artist can do is please themselves.

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All I know is that I am constantly intrigued by something I'm doing.

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All in all, Kirk's character is something I am very proud of.

Tags: Character, Kirk, Proud

Although I'm a business major out of McGill University, I know nothing... but then I found out much later in life, nobody knows anything.

Tags: Business, Found, Life

And I enjoyed the celebrity and the creativity that was involved in Star Trek.

Tags: Creativity, Involved, Star

At 40, I went to bed for three days. I thought my life is over.

Tags: Days, Life, Thought
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Death is an absolute marvel.

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Every day I realized I would not be a star.

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Everybody has their 15 minutes, and those 15 minutes should be spent in a private limo and a private plane. It's the ultimate.

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Fate gives you the finger and you accept.

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Gradually the live TV scene simmered out, replaced by film, and that took place in L.A. So many actors left New York.

Tags: Film, Left, Place

I also derive a great deal of pleasure from horses and dogs... the ocean... and love.

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I am private.

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I believe in taking what happens as inevitable.

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I can't stand the gossip of celebrities' lives, all the time! Every minute!

Tags: Gossip, Lives, Time

I can't type. Can't do it.

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I did a movie in Esperanto.

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I didn't want to do the sitcom thing, but I didn't know what else to do.

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I don't know how to deal with being 80.

Tags: Deal

I don't think in terms of God.

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I don't think of myself as being tied.

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I envy the people who say, 'oh, well, I've got my name in the golden book and I'm going to be entered into the pearly gates.'

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I had been in a Shakespeare company for three years and done a lot of Shakespeare. That was fun. That was interesting.

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I hate flying, flat out hate its guts.

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I have been accused of never saying no.

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I have tinnitus.

Tags: Angeles, Living, Love

I love to evoke the bones and meat and thoughts of characters.

Tags: Characters, Love, Thoughts

I never watched 'Star Trek.'

Tags: Star, Trek, Watched

I often conduct interviews in my truck.

Tags: Conduct, Interviews, Often

I played comedies and dramas.

Tags: Comedies, Dramas, Played

I sometimes find that in interviews you learn more about yourself than the person learned about you.

Tags: Learned, Sometimes, Yourself

I think the acting satisfies the need and desire for approval.

Tags: Acting, Approval, Desire

I thought I was loved.

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I'm a performer, comedian, entertainer, writer and director.

Tags: Director, Performer, Writer

I'm always open to the possibility that somebody's got a better idea than I have. It happens with some frequency.

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I'm anxious to make another film.

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I'm just quizzical about how things work and why things are.

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I'm surfing the giant life wave.

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I've been approached to do some things with astronauts and the preparation that astronauts go through.

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I've blundered my way through life.

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I've got rock 'n' roll in my blood.

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I've never not appeared in front of a live audience for any longer period than a month or two.

Tags: Audience, Front, Longer

If I'm given an opportunity to do something, I do it. Or else I fool around with it.

Tags: Else, Fool

If we can clean up our world, I'll bet you we can achieve warp drive.

Tags: Achieve, Clean, Drive

In my proudest moments, I think I had a real hand in the creative force of making 'Star Trek.' But most of the time, I don't think about it.

Tags: Creative, Real, Time

It's irksome to read about someone I don't recognize. It frightens me.

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It's very easy to say no to leaving the house.

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Most people, including myself, keep repeating the same mistakes.

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My dad died of a stroke.

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My dad was good with actions.

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My mother was an exuberant, silly lady.

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My name is William Shatner, and I am Canadian!

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My plan has always been to return to Broadway every 50 years.

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My site has the whole thing - blogs, information, video interviews.

Tags: Interviews, Video, Whole

Nature is perfect.

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No matter how prosaic something is that you've done and been a part of again and again, there is so much more there that you haven't seen.

Tags: Again, Done, Matter

One of the advantages of being a captain is being able to ask for advice without necessarily having to take it.

Tags: Able, Advice, Ask

So many dot-com companies were formulated on air.

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Success should always be just beyond your grasp.

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Tabloid stuff just offends.

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The actor is in the hands of a lot of other people, over which he has no control.

Tags: Actor, Control, Hands

The basic quality that any great story must have is a story that illustrates the human condition.

Tags: Great, Human, Story

The name Shatner is Austrian and partly Germanic, and there's Germanic reticence and silence perhaps, but there is passion underneath.

Tags: Name, Passion, Silence

The only subject I know anything about is myself and I don't know that too clearly.

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The political scene is already so turgid, it doesn't need more of that from me.

Tags: Political, Scene

There's an ecstasy about doing something really good on film: the composition of a shot, the drama within the shot, the texture... It's palpable.

Tags: Film, Good, Within

There's too many people in the world.

Tags: Country, Rest, Understand

Things people say strike me as amusing, and I am prone to saying out loud what everybody's thinking.

Tags: Everybody, Saying, Thinking

Well-written words are music.

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What is down will go up. At the same time, you have to be prepared for what is up to go down.

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When I did the film Generations, in which the character died, I felt like a guest for the first time. That made me very sad.

Tags: Character, Sad, Time

When I'm interviewing somebody I don't work from prepared questions.

Tags: Questions, Somebody, Work

When there are tiers of meaning in an ad it intrigues the audience and they look for it again and again.

Tags: Again, Audience, Meaning

Writing an acceptance speech gives you the expectation of winning, and you are therefore devastated or hurt if you didn't win.

Tags: Hurt, Winning, Writing

Writing is truly a creative art - putting word to a blank piece of paper and ending up with a full-fledged story rife with character and plot.

Tags: Art, Character, Writing

Yeah, I do stand-up, my own type of stand-up.

Tags: Type, Yeah

The possibilities that are suggested in quantum physics tell us that everything that we're looking at may not be in fact there, so the underlying nature of being is weird.

Tags: May, Nature, Tell

It was the early 1970s and I was recently divorced. I had three kids and was totally broke. I managed to find work back east on the straw-hat circuit - summer stock - but couldn't afford hotels, so I lived out of the back of my truck, under a hard shell.

Tags: Hard, Kids, Work

But if you want to know the truth, the weirdest thing that has happened has been my discovery that people who attend the conventions are filled with love.

Tags: Happened, Love, Truth

Every piece of entertainment is made with the idea that 'This is going to be terrific' and 'This is the best thing I've ever done' and then it hits the public and then the public tells you whether it's good or bad.

Tags: Bad, Best, Good
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