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The Official William Shatner Aging Timeline

Happy 80th birthday, Bill! Whether you know him as Denny Crane, TJ Hooker, Captain Kirk, or The Big Giant Head, William Shatner is a gift to... the dramatic pause.

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  • 1957: The Alfred Hitchcock Hour

    At 26 years old, this is probably the most fresh-faced picture you're likely to find of William Shatner. (via shatnerstoupee)

  • 1963: The Twilight Zone

    In his second Twilight Zone appearance, a 32 year old Will Shatner played Bob Wilson, the only man to witness some kind of abominable gremlin that threatened to tear the plane apart in Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.

  • "There's something...on the wing!"

  • 1966-1969: Star Trek The Original Series

    Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise. Dude couldn't beam to a planet's surface without finding himself neck-deep in green women.

  • 1972: Hawaii Five-O

    Following his role as the captain, Shatner made a number of cameo appearances in scores of popular television programs.

  • 1972: Mission Impossible - "Cocaine"

  • 1973: Barnaby Jones - "To Catch a Dead Man"

  • 1973-74: Star Trek: The Animated Series

  • 1979: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    In the first film based on the successful Star Trek franchise, the shat reprised his role at the helm of the USS Enterprise.

  • 1982: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan


  • 1982-86: TJ Hooker

    I didn't watch this show. I was 2 when they stopped making it. During this time they also made Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, both of which I watched religiously as a kid.

  • 1989-1996: Rescue 911

    This is not anyone's favorite version of William Shatner. I'm sorry for bringing it up. During this Shat-Era we also had Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and Star Trek: Generations. There was also Tekwar, for what it's worth.

  • 1999-2000: 3rd Rock From The Sun

    Who better to play the often-referenced "Big Giant Head" of John Lithgow and Joseph Gordon-Leavitt's homeworld?

  • 2004-08: The Practice / Boston Legal

    First appearing in the final season of The Practice, attorney Denny Crane starred in his own spinoff Boston Legal for four more years... Denny Crane.

  • 2010-11: $#*! My Dad Says

    As the first Twitter stream to become a TV show, $#*! My Dad Says stars the Shat Man as Dr. Edison Milford Goodson III, the foul-mouthed curmudgeon and father to Henry, the show's protagonist.

  • For the finale: a montage!