WIL­LIAM SHAT­NER

Los Angeles Times - - PARADE - Wal­ter Scott top­er­son­al­ity@pa­rade.com

He had no clue when he first warp-fac­tored into our liv­ing rooms al­most 50 years ago as Capt. James T. Kirk on Star Trek that it would be the defin­ing role of his ca­reer. Now Shat­ner, 84, is reach­ing out to a new gen­er­a­tion as the nar­ra­tor of the Sprout net­work ( for­merly PBS Kids) stop­mo­tion chil­dren’s se­ries Clangers, pre­mier­ing June 20. What’s the ap­peal for you of a chil­dren’s show like Clangers? “I have three girls who have chil­dren. So I have ex­pe­ri­ence with a lot of kids—and know how to tell a story in a way so that they won’t be look­ing around to see what else there is to do. That’s what we do on Clangers.” What en­ter­tain­ment res­onated with you at a young age? “My ear­li­est mem­ory of some­thing on screen was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Dis­ney film. I re­mem­ber the movie was over and my dad was tak­ing me out, and I was hold­ing on to an arm­rest. I wanted to see it again.” Is it true you lived in your truck af­ter wrap­ping the Star Trek se­ries in 1969? “Yeah. They didn’t pay very well, and I got a di­vorce at that same time and I had three chil­dren, so it was a lit­tle rocky.” What’s the best take­away from the suc­cess of Star Trek? “It gave me the op­por­tu­nity to raise funds for peo­ple. One of the ways I’ve done that for the last 30 years is to put on a horse show, the price­line.com Hol­ly­wood Char­ity Horse Show spon­sored by Wells Fargo.”

What else do you have in the works? “So many things. I helped design the big, three-wheel Rivet mo­tor­cy­cle at riv­et­mo­tors.com. Also, if you go to shat­ners­man­owar.com, you’ll see a whole new graphic novel based on my sci-fi novel, Man O’ War.”

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