There are few people who wouldn’t recognize William Shatner for his portrayal of James T. Kirk, captain of USS Enterprise, in the science fiction television series “Star Trek,” the following animated series, or the seven subsequent “Star Trek” films.
However, Shatner’s roles expand far beyond “Star Trek.” He also played the veteran police sergeant T.J. Hooker, and hosted the reality-based television series “Rescue 911,” which won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Dramatic Series. Following that, Shatner starred as attorney Danny Crane in the television drama “The Practice,” and the spin-off, “Boston Legal,” for which he won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.
While Shatner is nothing short of an icon for many, for those in the horse world, he is best known as an activist. Since 1990, Shatner has been the driving force behind the Hollywood Charity Horse Show, which raises money for several different children’s charities, especially those that help handicapped children through riding horses — a project dear to Shatner’s heart.