Monday, March 22, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JAMES T. CRANE

In honor of William Shatner's 79th birthday, here's a link—one of the few still working—to a post from my old Amazon blog, in which I share my unabashed admiration for the man who gave us (among many other memorable roles) Twilight Zone's Robert Wilson, Star Trek's Captain Kirk, Third Rock's Big Giant Head and, best of all, Boston Legal's Denny Crane.  Pushing eighty and he's still at it:  hosting his own talk show, starring in the pilot for the first sit-com based on a Twitter feed, launching a new social networking site and, of course, negotiating for Priceline.  Happy birthday, Mr. S...and many more.    

12 comments:

  1. March 22nd is actually my birthday as well, and the first day of the year with more light than darkness. Also I read that Ben Reilly story from Web of Spider-man story from... I want to say last month, an d I dug it. I'm hoping Ben's lost years will have even more light shown on them in the future. And since you brought up ol' Shatner, I've been meaning to post that although everything you said a few months back about Boston Legal may be accurate you could have stated all that and more with only two words "Denny Crane." As you can probably tell, I did become a fan shortly after the post on that upper link of yours stating I didn't watch Boston Legal.

    Wishing you nothing but goodwill and hipness from here to the stars,
    Jack

    P.s. Denny Crane!

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  2. Denny Crane indeed, Jack! Glad I was able to nudge you into Boston Legal-land. And happy birthday to you, as well. Hope it's a year (and a lifetime) of "good will and hipness from here to the stars."

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  3. I've always been a fan, Nicholas, but it's Shatner the Elder who really impresses, and inspires, me. To be in your seventies and doing your best work (and BOSTON LEGAL was definitely the top of his game)? Well, here's hoping we all can say the same one day.

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  4. Oh, I agree. The man's creative energy is inspiring. Boston Legal knocked my socks off. I even loved his Olympic monologue.

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  5. Yeah, he's pretty much everywhere these days, isn't he? The Inescapable Shatner!

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  6. I loved his two books about making Trek, the show and the movies. Sure, he's a giant hunk of pure ham, but he has an old-time star power and magnetism you don't see much anymore.

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  7. Shatner's autobiography, UP TILL NOW, was even better, Rob. Follows him from his Shakespeare days to TREK and on to BOSTON LEGAL, with many bizarre stops in between. Well worth a read.

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  8. OFFICIAL LAST NOTE SINGERMarch 27, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Brooklyn?... Gush!

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  9. Is that Brooklyn the place...Brooklyn the band...or Brooklyn the state of mind, OLNS?

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  10. OFFICIAL LAST NOTE SINGERMarch 29, 2010 at 8:11 AM

    All things Brooklyn... great memories.... great friends!
    Happy to see your success!

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  11. Deep thanks. Hope all is EXTREMELY well with you!

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