Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the spaceship Enterprise (NCC-1701) and its crew. It later acquired the retro name Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) to distinguish the show within the first media franchise. The ship and crew are Captain James T. Kirk who acted as William Shatner. In this series, the actors usually discover new life and explore strange new worlds, also, the new civilizations. Also, there is one mission which is all about mankind who would dare to go where it never existed.
Norway Productions and Desilu Productions were established in 1966 From September to December 1967 he produced this series. From January 1968 to June 1969, this series was produced by Paramount Television. Star Trek ran on NBC from September 8, 1966, to June 3, 1969. It first aired on his CTV network in Canada on September 6, 1966. Nielsen’s ratings of Star Trek on NBC were poor, and the network cancelled it after its three seasons and 79 episodes. Years later, the series became a syndicated hit and remained a hit well into the 1970s, earning him cult classic status and popular expanding his cultural influence. Star Trek eventually spawned a franchise consisting of his 11 TV series, 13 feature films, dozens of books, games, and toys, and is now one of the most popular and influential TV series of all time widely recognized as one.
Actors That Are Still Alive
1. William Shatner
On March 22, 1931, a Canadian actor, William Shatner was born. In his 70-year-long career, he starred in his first Star Trek in 1965, from his TV debut as Captain of the Enterprise in the second pilot of his series to his final appearance, best known for his portrayal of James T. Kirk in the Star Trek series. Captain Kirk in Star Trek’s seventh feature film, Star Trek Generations (1994). Shatner began his film acting career in Canadian films and TV shows before making guest appearances on various US TV shows. He appeared as James his Kirk in all episodes of Star Trek: The Original His Series, 21 of his 22 episodes of Star Trek: The Animated Series, and his first seven films of Star Trek. He has written several books documenting his experiences before, during, and after wearing a Starfleet uniform. He also co-wrote several novels set in the Star Trek universe and many of his sci-fi novels, the Tek War sequences have been adapted for television.
Outside of Star Trek, Shatner played the eponymous veteran police sergeant in his T.J. The TV series Peoples won his Choice Award. One of his many contributions to television shows from the 1970s to the 2010s was a guest appearance in two episodes (almost 20 years apart) of the television crime series Colombo. Since his last appearance as James Kirk, Shatner’s television career has spanned comedies, dramas, and reality shows. In seasons 4 and 5 of the NBC series 3rd Rock from the Sun, he played the main character-reported alien “Big His Giant Head.” From 2004 to 2008, he starred in the final season of the legal series The Practice and its spin-off, Boston His Legal, as lawyer Denny Crane, and for his contributions to each series he received one, each won two Emmy Awards. In 2016, 2017, and 2018, he appeared on both seasons of NBC’s He’s Better Late Than Never. This is a comedy travel series that saw a group of elderly celebrities tour East Asia and Europe.
Apart from acting, Shatner pursued his artistic career by recording his 1968 album The Transformed Man. His song covers are dramatic readings of lyrics rather than musical performances. Most notable of these are his versions of The Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and Bob Dylan’s. It was the third Seeking Major Tom (2011), which included a cover of To Fly, David Bowie’s Space Oddity, and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. In 2021, Shatner flew into space aboard the Blue Origin suborbital capsule. William was considered as one of the oldest persons who ever flew to space and he was also considered as his 600 first to ever go to space. A few minutes into the flight, he explained the overview effect.
2. George Takei
Born on April 20, 1937, George Takei is an American actor, author and also activist. He is known internationally for his role as Hikaru his Sulu, the helmsman of the fictional spaceship USS Enterprise, on television his series Star Trek and subsequent films. Takei was born to Japanese-American parents who lived together in a U.S.-run internment camp during World War II. In the year 1965, leading to the role in one of the movies named Sulu, he commenced an acting career in college. He became an advocate and actively participated in state and local politics.
He was a passionate advocate for immigrant rights through his work on internment experiences in the 2012 Broadway show Allegiance. Takei has received multiple awards and honours for his work on human rights and US-Japan relations, including work at the National Museum of Japan and America in Los Angeles, California. Akei was born on April 20, 1937, in Los Angeles, California, to Japanese-American parents Emily Nakamura (born in Sacramento, California) and Takekuma Norman Takei (born in Yamanashi, Japan) who are both real estate professionals. Britain where the coronation ceremony was held immediately after Takei was born in 1937. In 1942, the Takei family was forced to live in a converted stable in Santa Anita Park before being sent to the Lower War Relocation Center in Lower, Arkansas for internment. The concentration camp was located in a marshy area and was surrounded by a barbed wire fence. The family was then transferred to the Tule Lake War Relocation Center in California for internment.
3. Walter Koeing
Walter Koeing began his professional career in the mid-1960s and quickly gained notoriety for his supporting role as Ensign Pavel Chekov in Star Trek: The Original His Series (1967–1969). He reprised this role in all six Star Trek films with the original cast. Walter was seen working in many of the famous series and made his name and also gained millions of fans by also featuring in movies.
Walter is also famous for writing the books and poems in the Land of the Lost which was published in the year 1974, Family was broadcasted in the year 1976, and, he was also one of the famous actors from the whole family. Koenig was born in Chicago, Illinois to businessman Isadore Koenig and his wife Sarah. When Walter was a child, they moved to the Inwood neighbourhood of Manhattan, where Walter attended school. His family lived in Lithuania when they emigrated, shortening his surname from “Koenigsberg” to “Koenig”. Koenig’s father was a communist investigated by the FBI during the McCarthy era. Koenig attended Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, majoring in medicine. He transferred to UCLA and earned a BA in Psychology. After being encouraged by his professor to become an actor, Koenig attended the Neighbourhood Playhouse School of the Theater in New York City with his fellow students Dabney Coleman, Christopher Lloyd, and James Caan.
4. Nichelle Nichols
Nichelle Nichols (born December 28, 1932 – July 30, 2022, as Grace Del Nichols) is an American actress, singer, and dancer who played Nyota Uhura in Star Trek and its film sequels. Best known for its depictions. Nichols’ portrayal of Uhura was a game-changer for African-American actresses on American television. From 1977 until 2015, Nicholls promoted her NASA programs, including women and minorities. Grace Del Nichols was born on December 28, 1932, in Robbins, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Samuel Earle was born as the third of her six children to Nicholls. her wife, housewife Lisa (Parks) Nichols. Her Nichols didn’t like her name and asked her parents for a new name for her. She offered them her “Nichelle” which she believed meant “victorious girl” (from Nike and the suffix -ell).
The family later moved into an apartment in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighbourhood. Nichols attended Inglewood High School and graduated in 1951. Nichols’ breakthrough came with an appearance in Kicks and Company, Oscar Brown’s acclaimed but ill-fated 1961 musical. In January 1967, Nicholls was also on the cover of Ebony magazine and published two feature articles in five years. Nichols has toured the United States, Canada, and Europe as a vocalist in Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton’s band. On the West Coast, she appeared in her The Roar of the Greasepaint and her For My People, and received critical acclaim for her performance in James Baldwin’s Blues for Mister Charlie. Before appearing as Lieutenant Uhura on Star Trek, Nichols guest starred in Gene Roddenberry’s first series The Lieutenant (1964) in the episode “To Set It Right”, which dealt with racial prejudice.