Up Till Now

Up Till Now

The Autobiography

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
A whimsical and self-deprecating portrait of the Star Trek celebrity's career and personal life describes his early acting jobs, his non-Star Trek roles, and the impact that his alter ego, Captain Kirk, has played in influencing pop culture as well as his own sense of self. 300,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

“It is now Bill Shatner’s universe---we just live in it.”---New York Daily News

After almost sixty years as an actor, William Shatner has become one of the most beloved entertainers in the world. And it seems as if Shatner is everywhere. Winning an Emmy for his role on Boston Legal. Doing commercials for Priceline.com. In the movie theaters. Singing with Ben Folds. He’s sitting next to Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel, and he’s practically a regular on Howard Stern’s show. He was recently honored with election to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. He was a target on a Comedy Central’s Celebrity Roast entitled “The Shat Hits the Fan.” In Up Till Now, Shatner sits down with readers and offers the remarkable, full story of his life and explains how he got to be, well, everywhere.

It was the original Star Trek series, and later its films, that made Shatner instantly recognizable, called by name---or at least by Captain Kirk’s name---across the globe. But Shatner neither began nor has ended his career with that role. From the very start, he took his skills as an actor and put them to use wherever he could. He straddled the classic world of the theater and the new world of television, whether stepping in for Christopher Plummer in Shakespeare’s Henry V or staring at “something on the wing” in a classic episode of The Twilight Zone. And since then, he’s gone on to star in numerous successful shows, such as T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911, and most recently Boston Legal.

William Shatner has always been willing to take risks for his art. What other actor would star in history’s first---and probably only---all-Esperanto-language film? Who else would share the screen with thousands of tarantulas, release an album called Has Been, or film a racially incendiary film in the Deep South during the height of the civil rights era? And who else would willingly paramotor into a field of waiting fans armed with paintball guns, all waiting for a chance to stun Captain…er, Shatner?

In this touching and very funny autobiography, William Shatner reveals the man behind these unforgettable moments, and how he’s become the worldwide star and experienced actor he is today.



Blackwell North Amer
It was the original Star Trek series, and later its films, that made Shatner instantly recognizable, called by name - or at least by Captain Kirk's name - across the globe. But Shatner neither began nor ended his career with that role.
William Shatner has always been willing to take risks for his art. What other actor would star in history's first - and probably last - all-Esperanto-language film? Who else would share the screen with thousands of tarantulas, release an album called Has Been, or appear in a racially incendiary film in the Deep South during the height of the civil rights era? And who else would willingly paramotor into a field of fans armed with paintball guns, all waiting for a chance to stun Captain ... er, Shatner?
In this touching and funny autobiography, William Shatner reveals the man behind these unforgettable moments and tells us how he's become the worldwide star and acclaimed actor he is today.

Baker
& Taylor

A portrait of the "Star Trek" celebrity's career and personal life describes his early acting jobs, his non-Star Trek roles, and the part that his alter ego, Captain Kirk, has played in influencing pop culture as well as his own sense of self.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312372651
0312372655
Characteristics: 358 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Fisher, David

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mjathols
Jul 19, 2016

Funny and personal, this book is a breezy stroll through Bill Shatner's life...at least up until now (which follows him on his collaboration with Ben Folds on his new album, and Denny Crane on Boston Legal.)

multcolib_susannel Apr 23, 2016

William Shatner's resourceful confidence and good humor has taken him through sixty years of acting in a variety of parts.

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edklarich
Feb 04, 2012

For those who admire and want to know more about William Shatner it's a good read.

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melbl8tr
Oct 12, 2010

The title of this book really bothers me. As far as I know "till" isn't the proper word to use in this instance. Shouldn't it be 'til? Putting that aside, William Shatner admits early on in his autobiography that he is a compulsive story teller and people shouldn't believe anything he says, but he then proceeds to fill the pages with amusing stories about his life. Are they true? Who knows. I love the original Star Trek but this book made me dislike the original Captain Kirk.

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Ophelia553
Aug 06, 2010

If you're a Bill Shatner fan, you'll thoroughly enjoy this. His narration adds to the pleasure of listening. He's a natural.

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