William Shatner – Actor and Philanthropist

I met William Shatner at his wife Elizabeth at the 20th Annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show in Griffith Park, Shatner is passionate about many things including acting, family and horses.

Born in 1931, in Montreal Canada, William has had an amazing show business career.  His worldwide fame rose when he was cast as the iconic Captain James T. Kirk, captain of the USS Enterprise in the television science fiction series, Star Trek, from 1966 to 1969. Later he starred in seven of the Star Trek films. He went on to play a veteran police sergeant in the early 1980s television show, T.J. Hooker.  William won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for his acting in the popular legal dramas, The Practice and its spin-off, Boston Legal.

Married to his fourth wife, Elizabeth Martin since 2001, the two became soul mates after they were both widowed. They share a passion for horses.  Elizabeth was a professional equine judge and former professional horsewoman. The Shatner’s raise, breed, and show, American Saddlebreds and Quarter Horses.  They have a ranch in the Ventura County, a horse farm in Kentucky and a home in Los Angeles.  Elizabeth is an artist and shows her “Art by Nature” pieces frequently.  Her artwork has been compared to the flower painting of Georgia O’Keefe.

Both Elizabeth and William support the non-profit organization AHEAD (Accelerated Habilitation Education and Development) with Horses Inc.  Located in Sun Valley, California, it is one of the charities that benefited from the annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show. AHEAD provides therapeutic riding therapy services to 200 special needs children each week. Many can’t walk and some are blind, yet benefit tremendously from the devotion of the staff. They are taught mobility and adaptability through the use horses.

At the Hollywood Charity, one darling girl demonstrated her therapy skills in the open-air arena. Guests applauded as this little girl beamed while being led around the ring.

Later, I had a brief opportunity to ask William Shatner if he is acting in anything right now?

WS: Well, yes I am. I have a new television show that will debut this Fall on CBS.  It’s a comedy titled $#*! My Dad Says’. The premise of the comedy show is the relationship between a father and his two sons. It’s based on a popular Twitter site. We have a great cast and the show is a lot of fun.

Maybe that’s Shatner’s secret to longevity in showbiz and life, he always looks like he is having a lot of fun.

 

 

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