International Talk Like William Shatner Day, celebrated on March 22, pays tribute to the famous Canadian actor — William Shatner. Shatner gained worldwide recognition due to his role in the cult sci-fi series, “Star Trek.” Shatner is appreciated for his unique dialogue delivery and performance and is often imitated by his fans. Hence, the day has become a perfect opportunity to pay a tribute to the memorable performances of the actor. Watch your favorite episodes starring the actor and enjoy the nostalgia on this day.
History of International Talk Like William Shatner Day
Impressionists had been paying tribute to the actor William Shatner for years. Finally, however, an official day was observed in 2009. Maurice LaMarche, a famous Shatner impressionist, posted a video clip on YouTube and declared March 22 as International Talk like William Shatner Day. In the video, LaMarche gave the viewers a tutorial on how Shatner can be imitated and pronounced several words in the actor’s iconic style. The video went viral since LaMarche already has a large fan following from his roles in “Futurama,” “The Simpsons,” “Pinky and the Brain,” “Frozen,” and more.
Similarly, Doug VanHorn had the same idea, and he created a Facebook page idolizing William Shatner’s impressions. After a short feud, both LaMarche and VanHorn decided to join forces. They came up with International Talk Like William Shatner Day. From thereon, we celebrate the day every year!
Shatner is also an author, producer, director, screenwriter, commercial astronaut, and musician. The role that has gained him an eternal fan following is his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk of the U.S.S. Enterprise in the Star Trek franchise. He also starred in the first seven Star Trek movies and co-wrote several novels set in the Star Trek universe. Apart from Star Trek, Shatner also played a police sergeant in “T. J. Hooker” and moved on to host the reality-based television series “Rescue 911.”
International Talk Like William Shatner Day timeline
William Shatner makes his acting debut.
Shatner stars in his first major T.V. role as Ranger Bob.
Shatner makes an appearance on “Celebrity Bowling.”
Shatner lends his voice to the animated film “Batman vs. Two-Face.”
International Talk Like William Shatner Day FAQs
What Is William Shatner’s net worth?
The Canadian-born actor, producer, and director has a total net worth of $100 million.
What disease does William Shatner have?
The famous actor suffers from tinnitus.
Did Shatner smoke cigarettes?
Yes. Shatner started smoking at a young age since his father also smoked.
International Talk Like William Shatner Day Activities
Watch “Star Trek”
Want to figure out why so many people adore William Shatner? Binge-watch “Star Trek” and you will find out! Then, make sure you pick up the best episodes of the series where Shatner has outdone himself.
To celebrate the day properly, try to imitate Shatner. Get together with some friends and make videos of imitations you can post on social media. Who knows, your act might go viral!
Read up about his career
Shatner has an extensive career with roles that are big and small. Read up on all his work to learn how he eventually gained such a mass following. His life is an inspiration, especially for aspiring actors.
5 Interesting Facts About William Shatner
Shatner is the richest actor in the “Star Trek” franchise.
Shatner appeared in the series “The Twilight Zone.”
The first interracial kiss in 1968
Shatner was a part of one of the first interracial kisses on television in “Star Trek.”
Shatner starred with his daughters
In the 1966 “Star Trek” episode ‘Miri,’ the actor's daughters starred with him.
A gift from NASA
NASA engineers presented Shatner with a replica of the Enterprise.
Why We Love International Talk Like William Shatner Day
It reminds us of Shatner’s body of work
The day reminds us of all the fantastic and groundbreaking projects Shatner was a part of. He has become unforgettable due to his unique roles in popular series.
It appreciates his talent
The special day appreciates the talent of Shatner by displaying him as an icon who gave performances that were unique and inspirational. In addition, such days spread positivity amongst the acting community.
It is a tribute to Shatner
Though there are hundreds of great actors in the country, few have a distinctive style. Shatner is one of them. The day is a tribute to all the great projects he was a part of and the roles he performed.
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