On top of his achievements as Captain Kirk in “Star Trek,” Shatner led a prolific — make that monolithic — acting career, amassing nearly 250 roles in film and television since his screen debut in 1951. In addition to playing the titular role in the cop drama “T.J. Hooker” for five seasons from 1982 to 1986, and earning two Emmy Awards for playing Denny Crane on “The Practice” and “Boston Legal” from 2004 to 2008, Shatner also became a popular TV pitchman (“Priceline,” anyone?).
Still, with Shatner’s constant association with “Star Trek” — he’s voiced Captain Kirk in various video games, too — Inverse asked the actor in an interview whether he’d consider making a Mark Hamill-slash-Luke Skywalker “Mandalorian” type of appearance for his revered character. “If they wrote an interesting role and they could explain the 55-year difference I might consider it, but at the moment, I’m really busy and ‘Star Trek’ is in my past,” Shatner told the outlet.
Shatner clearly wasn’t kidding about being busy. On October 13, the screen icon, who was born March 22, 1931, became the oldest person at age 90 to venture to “the final frontier” as a passenger aboard Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket (via Space.com).
So, while Shatner could conceivably appear as another iteration of Captain Kirk in such “Trek” spinoff series as “Star Trek: Discovery” or “Star Trek: Picard,” what would be the point? Space? He’s been there and done that already.