Today is William Shatner's 84th birthday. (If you want to know why I love the guy, read this.) With the recent passing of Leonard Nimoy, Shatner seems more of a national treasure than ever (well, considering he's Canadian, I guess he's an international treasure).
Captain Kirk has been a part of the pop cultural zeitgeist for nearly fifty years now, but, for me, Shatner's greatest performance, and most memorable character, is Boston Legal's Denny Crane. But why do we have to choose?
Here's a terrific tribute to Denny Crane:
And here's one of Captain Kirk's greatest moments:
One of these days I'll do a full-out Shatner Top Ten (which would undoubtedly include extraordinary performances in The Andersonville Trial, The Intruder and The Twilight Zone), but for now, let's end with Shatner and Ben Folds performing a fantastic track from their 2004 collaboration, Has Been:
Happy birthday, Mr. S: Here's to many more.