As William Shatner remembers from half a lifetime ago.
“They tell me I went to bed for three days when I turned 40,” says the now-80-year-old actor. “I was in a state of shock. Forty is a really bad age to turn. You’re in disbelief (about growing older), but 40 — you believe it.”
Of course, middle age proved to be anything but unkind to Shatner.
Far from it. In 1971, after all, Star Trek was merely another defunct TV series. It wasn’t until years later that it would be translated to a hugely successful film franchise. Or that he would find himself headlining numerous other shows — from T.J. Hooker to Boston Legal, for which Shatner won two Emmys, to the recently nixed sitcom $#*! My Dad Says.
Four decades after that traumatic birthday, Shatner — and it’s no transporter malfunction — is just about everywhere. This year alone will see him release a new Trek-themed documentary, The Captains; a new album, Seeking Major Tom; and a book, tellingly entitled Shatner Rules. And while $#*! My Dad Says was cancelled, he’s already set a guest stint on the new season of Psych.
All of this, it should be noted, between lifetime achievement awards.