Up Till Now: The Autobiography by William Shatner, David Fisher

By William Shatner, David Fisher

Publish 12 months note: First released in January 1st 2008

"It is now invoice Shatner's universe—-we simply stay in it."—-New York Daily News

After virtually sixty years as an actor, William Shatner has turn into probably the most loved entertainers on the earth. And it kind of feels as though Shatner is in every single place. successful an Emmy for his position on Boston Legal. Doing advertisements for Priceline.com. within the motion picture theaters. making a song with Ben Folds. He's sitting subsequent to Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel, and he's essentially a typical on Howard Stern's convey. He was once lately commemorated with election to the Academy of tv Arts & Sciences corridor of reputation. He was once a goal on a Comedy Central's Celebrity Roast entitled "The Shat Hits the Fan." In Up until eventually Now, Shatner sits down with readers and gives the notable, complete tale of his lifestyles and explains how he bought to be, good, all over the place.

It was once the unique Star Trek series, and later its movies, that made Shatner immediately recognizable, referred to as through name—-or at the very least via Captain Kirk's name—-across the globe. yet Shatner neither begun nor has ended his occupation with that position. From the very begin, he took his talents as an actor and positioned them to exploit anywhere he might. He straddled the vintage international of the theater and the recent global of tv, even if stepping in for Christopher Plummer in Shakespeare's Henry V or gazing "something at the wing" in a vintage episode of The Twilight quarter. And on the grounds that then, he's long gone directly to big name in different winning exhibits, reminiscent of T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911, and so much lately Boston criminal.

William Shatner has continuously been prepared to take hazards for his paintings. What different actor could celebrity in history's first—-and most likely only—-all-Esperanto-language movie? Who else could proportion the monitor with hundreds of thousands of tarantulas, unlock an album referred to as Has Been, or movie a racially incendiary movie within the Deep South in the course of the top of the civil rights period? And who else might willingly paramotor right into a box of ready enthusiasts armed with paintball weapons, all looking ahead to an opportunity to stun Captain...er, Shatner?

In this touching and extremely humorous autobiography, William Shatner finds the fellow at the back of those unforgettable moments, and the way he's develop into the global superstar and skilled actor he's this day.

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Maybe I didn’t truly believe that I was good enough to score a Test century. —but that was the way I was thinking, even though it might not have been apparent to those watching. In The Age, Greg Baum wrote of this innings: ‘The mainstay was Bevan. ’ Still, my experiences at the batting crease in this series and since have led me to the conclusion that in your mind, subconsciously, you set yourself a level at which you think you are. And it can be extremely hard to climb above that level, hard to ‘believe in yourself ’, if your gut feeling is that you’re not quite good enough.

Early in that series I got out to a ‘throat’ ball from Darren Gough and played a few other short ones ordinarily as well. Immediately, I was reading and hearing through the media and elsewhere that I couldn’t play the short ball, to the point that I thought, ‘OK, I’ve got a problem with the short ball’. I didn’t really have a problem with the short ball at all—for the previous few years I’d coped with quick bowling pretty well, and in Pakistan I’d scored a few runs against Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis—but for the next three years I practised against the short ball, tried different things against the short ball, had heaps of short balls thrown at me, did hours with a bowling machine, was tagged as susceptible to the short ball, and focused on the wrong things.

I reckon that if they’d aimed at my legs, or concentrated on the ‘corridor of uncertainty’, that would have worked as well, because I wasn’t mentally strong and that’s why I was getting out. That’s what I needed to fix—and then the short ball wouldn’t have been a problem any more. I’ve been asked whether the Australian team set-up let me down? Why didn’t someone—the captain? QX5 5/12/07 3:03 AM Page 39 problem was? My view is that, as they say, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.

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