OC (born March 22, 1931) is a
Canadian actor, author, producer, and director. In his seven decades of television, Shatner became a
cultural icon for his portrayal of
James T. Kirk, captain of the
USS Enterprise, in the
Star Trek franchise.
 He has written a series of books chronicling his experiences playing Captain Kirk and being a part of Star Trek, and has co-written several novels set in the Star Trek universe. He has written a series of science fiction novels called
TekWar that were adapted for television.
Shatner also played the
eponymous veteran police sergeant in
T.J. Hooker (1982–86) and hosted the reality-based television series
Rescue 911 (1989–96), which won a
People's Choice Award for the Favorite New TV Dramatic Series. Shatner also appeared in seasons 4 and 5 of the
3rd Rock from the Sun as the "
Big Giant Head" that the alien characters reported to. From 2004 until 2008, he starred as attorney
Denny Crane in the final season of the legal drama
The Practice and its spinoff series
Boston Legal, a role that earned him two
Emmy Awards. As of December 2017, he is in his second season of the comical NBC real-life travelogue with other male companions "of a certain age" in
Better Late Than Never.
Shatner has also worked as a musician; an author; screenwriter and director;
celebrity pitchman; and a passionate owner, trader, breeder, rider, and aficionado of horses.