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Up Till Now

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  2,355 Ratings  ·  370 Reviews
William Shatner has been a working actor for more than half a century. Humorous and self-deprecating, 'Up Till Now' reveals the highs and lows of that life, from training as a Shakespearean actor to his time on Broadway, his movie career and his TV series.
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published May 16th 2008 by Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd (first published January 1st 2008)
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Andrew Smith
May 20, 2015 Andrew Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was twelve or thirteen when Star Trek was first shown on the BBC. I formed an instant and enduring attachment this world outside of our world. I loved it; all my friends loved it. And I had found a hero, a man that I truly admired and wished to emulate: James T. Kirk. The series seemed to be on permanent repeat through the 70’s and 80’s, so it’s fair to say I grew up with Kirk as a constant in my life. In consequence, I’ve always struggled a bit to accept William Shatner in any other role. Ind ...more
May 20, 2015 Margitte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was gifted this audiobook and was simply delighted and so very grateful.

William Shatner was always an enigma to me. He never was, and still isn't a George Clooney, or a Rock Hudson, a drop-dead gorgeously attractive man, yet, he has a presence in every role he ever performed. I loved everything he performed in. He has a 'mensch'-aura around him. Grounded and realistic. The fact that he takes marriage seriously (even if he was married 4 times), worked very hard and maintains a healthy relation
May 08, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shatner is often a self-absorbed ass, but I think that can be said of most of us. He's not only like that in real life, but plays one on TV so the impression is hammered home. Yes, he even admits Denny Crane is just an overblown version of himself. (No, I don't think he had to add much air.) But, like most of us, that's not all he is. In this somewhat wandering assortment of anecdotes, he does a great job telling us more about the man behind the screen.

Listening to it as an audio book was fanta
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 01, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
You know...for years I was indifferent to William Shatner. I laughed at the, over... acting... and... frequent... pause reputation he has. But as the years went by I found he could actually do some, "good stuff". Turned loose on comedy the man could break me up. Often presented as taking himself too seriously he did commercials, guest spots, new series, tried recording (not one of my favorite facets of his career, but there you go...)

I'd say get the audio of this read by Mr. Shatner. You'll get
It's official: William Shatner is awesome.

Okay, I know the book jumps around sometimes, and once in a while he repeats things--normally, that would really bother me. This time it enhanced the experience of reading the book so much. I felt like he was telling me his story himself; it made the book seem much more casual and intimate. I really, really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
May 15, 2013 Yvensong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yvensong by: S.
This was a very enjoyable read. Shatner's wit showed through this candid look into his life. I, rarely, read biographies and autobiographies. Even more rarely do I enjoy one enough to want to continue reading it. Up Till Now surprised me. I found myself looking forward to the moments I could sit down and read and easily lost myself in his story.
Sep 28, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
This book was William Shatner's autobiography. I completely enjoyed this. It made my morning cruise right along. William Shatner is kind of charming in an eccentric great-uncle kind of way. It was a fun read. He was funny in his narcissism. He has had so many varied experiences through out his career. What I enjoyed the most was his humor. He poked fun at others, as well as himself. I also liked the tender way he talked about his family.
Jeanne Thornton
This is demented in a glorious way. Lots of stuff about powerful animals, eerie postcoital scenes where women talk about how at last they've taken Captain Kirk to bed while Shatner stares into the darkness in depression and gloom, homophobia and vague sexism as leitmotif, a kind of strange unawareness that other people are real entities who may be harmed by one's actions, plus the best Gene Roddenberry anecdote ("You're just going to have to learn to bow down and say master.") I'm on a rereading ...more
Clark Hallman
Aug 30, 2012 Clark Hallman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
William Shatner provided a surprisingly candid and detailed portrait of his life. He reveals his insatiable desire to continuously work as an actor, no matter how strange the parts may be. He freely admits that many of his stage, television, movie, and singing/talking recordings were, not only panned by the critics, but were actually awful. However, he recognizes that even these kept his work in the public eye (and ear) and resulted in other opportunities, some of which turned out to be very wel ...more
John G.
Feb 02, 2014 John G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did, come away having learned something about the man I didn't know before, and also having learned something about life and living as well. Shatner actually has quite a command of words and language and surprisingly, comedic insight and timing. I'm trying to put together a comedy curriculum/workshop and found a lot that will be useful in this book, see some sharp parallels between acting and comedy. Getting an insider's view of both TV series and ...more
Jun 10, 2008 Red rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far Shatner tells interesting stories.

I like biographies. I like to learn where people came from and what experiences made them who they are today. And I'm a huge TOS Trek fan, though far more of Spock then Kirk. So I wanted to read Trek stories from the horse's mouth, I wanted to put more flesh on the experiences of those years. That didn't happen nearly as much as I wanted. So don't read the book if all you want is Trek lore, there is some but not in depth. (I guess should have known he had
Oct 28, 2012 Mom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not enjoy this book as much as the two previous ones by William Shatner however it is still an important read. This book adds details or fills in the gaps and also adds his personal life to what we already know.
Mar 24, 2010 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, biografie, usa
Für eine Biografie ist das Buch sehr gut. Es strotzt nur so vor Humor und Ironie und sogar ein bisschen ehrliche Selbstkritik ist drinnen.

Was das Buch auch noch inhaltlich spannend macht, ist das Lebensmotto von Shatner kein "Taugenichts" zu sein und fast alle Jobs, die man ihm anbot, als Gelegenheit zu sehen, sich weiterzuentwickeln. Daher gibt es auch Geschichten über seine Ausflüge in die Musik, Werbung, Gameshows und ins Wrestling - was für eine Schauspieler Bio dann doch etwas ungewöhlich
Sep 27, 2014 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I would give this a 3.5. I could really "hear" William Shatner's voice in this memoir. It was pretty good for the most part. He was born in Canada and came to the states in his early 20s. he knew for a long time he wanted to be an actor.I guess William Shatner is mostly known for playing "Captain Kirk" in Star Trek. He was good about talking about his experience playing that role for three years in the 1960s. he was also honest that playing Captain Kirk could be both a good thing and difficult a ...more
Joy H.
Added 8/17/09.

April 2014 - I listened to most of this audio book. After a while I tired of it. It was interesting in parts but it seemed disjointed because Shatner likes to go off on tangents and make side-remarks. Many of these are amusing but after a while the book seems to be going in no particular direction. Otherwise, I enjoy Shatner's quirky personality.
May 11, 2013 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-for-fun
What fun! I loved Captain Kirk, and then came to really appreciate Shatner on Boston Legal. I listened to Shatner read this book on CD. It was as if I was sitting on the deck listening to Shatner telling stories to James Spader as they both smoked cigars and drank their whiskey (or whatever they drank). Pure candy.
Aug 01, 2015 Don rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This one was a hard one to review. Let me give it a shot ...

The Shatman appears in a long overdue autobiopic of his acting career to now, alternating between self-deprecating humor ("That's what actors do.") to explain the get in there and get the job done mentality, and Man of La Mancha idealism with deadpan seriousness (I'm the very best at what I do, or something similar.). Actually I sort of liked the apoliticism caused by his being a resident alien (not sure if that is the right term or not
I have to admit that I didn't know very much about William Shatner before I read his memoir about Leonard Nimoy (Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man) and then I remembered I had this autobiography, bought shortly after it came out.

There was at least one section which Shatner lifted verbatim into the more recent "Leonard", and the basic chronology was familiar, but of course the focus was much less narrow than just Star Trek and filled in more detail, especially about his mor
Jul 28, 2008 Raja99 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mcpl
When I was young, I was a pretty fanatical Star Trek fan. As I got older, I grew disenchanted, for many of the reasons Martin Luther grew disenchanted with Catholicism ;-). Right now (mid-2008), I find it a little hard to work up enthusiasm for Trek, though I'm sure I'll get my enthusiasm back in the future.

I'm interested enough to keep "up to date" with Shatner's memoirs, however, at least in part because I loved the movie Free Enterprise.

I hadn't heard of this book until I saw in in an SFBC fl
Nicole Chu
I’ll admit it: I am not a particularly devoted Shatner fan; I have always preferred Leonard Nimoy. I read Nimoy’s autobiography I am Spock earlier this summer and loved it. Only then, propelled by my love of all things Star Trek, did I feel compelled to read something of Shatner’s as well. So I did – and I found myself rather disappointed on the whole.

Perhaps I lack the requisite attention span to appreciate the book. Shatner frequently interrupts the narrative flow with tangentially related ane
James Perkins
Best known as Captain James T. Kirk on the cult sci-fi show Star Trek, Canadian-born actor William Shatner has done a lot more than explore the universe on the Enterprise. Although it's been repeated in syndication ad nauseum, that show only ran for three seasons in the late 1960s, and Shatner has been almost continuously employed for over 50 years. He's done myriad TV shows, many movies, stage plays (even Shakespeare, early in his career), TV commercials and music albums, been married four time ...more
Lucy Hannigan
A year of so ago, my husband and I watched "TJ Hooker" on Netflix--than after reading this book, I was tempted to go back and watch them again to check on the validity of what Shatner had mentioned about that show in this book.

I found this book on a rainy day in Washington, DC when I was visiting my son and his family. The rain interfered with our plans for the day so we made our way to the library near the Petworth metro station. This book was on a display case at the end of one of the stacks.
Terrie Purkey
What did I think? I thought it was boring. I had high hopes of some Capt Kirk insights or some Denny Crane odd-ball humor or some scoop on James Spader or Leonard Nimoy. But no. It was ..... boring. It read like a resume of his career and it's been a full career. I swear he's appeared in every TV show, every play, every C movie! So the reader gets a list of programs, complete with synopsis and maybe, if you're lucky, an anecdote or two.

The chapters are interspersed with 'commercials' referring
Aug 09, 2009 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The satirical magazine ‘Private Eye’ is well known, in its book pages, for slagging off every book it comes near. Letters have appeared asking which books its reviewers actually like. The answer to that question maybe became a bit clearer last year when it actually published two positive reviews – one for Paul O’Grady’s memoirs and one for William Shatner’s. (In fact ‘Private Eye’ is quoted on the back of the UK paperback edition.) So perhaps the answer to the question is autobiographies of men ...more
Oct 13, 2015 ElaineY rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Narrator: William Shatner

I can't say I was a Star Trek fan though I do enjoy the idea of a Star Trek voyage and I did like the latest movie starring Chris Pine as Capt Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock.

I don't know anything about Shatner beyond knowing he is the man I think of whenever Capt Kirk is mentioned and that I've read he's an arrogant a-hole.

So I it was just curiosity over the second point that made me buy this audiobook...and what a surprisingly deli
Terry Collins
Jun 15, 2015 Terry Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of all the Shatner biographies, this one is the most human. I think he's as candid as he can allow himself to be (as evidenced by the last line of his story - which I won't spoil here, but trust me, it's the perfect cherry on the Bill Shatner sundae after you've eaten the entire book). If you like Trek, and I do, which is evidenced by my reading list for the year so far, then you'll enjoy the experience of Bill Shatner discussing his "singing career," his life in the decade after Star Trek ended ...more
Mar 16, 2015 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
You get the feeling reading this that William Shatner never met a joke he didn’t like. Life’s a laugh and you have to see the funny side over the absurdity of it all. Don’t you? Well, kind of, but the lightheartedness and lack of hardly any serious side robbed this autobiography of a depth that I’m sure must be in there somewhere. If there is a deeper side to William Shatner, however, he’s not about to reveal it in this book. He’d rather poke fun at himself and, I must admit, some of his anecdot ...more
Isabel H.
BY William Shatner
358 pages

William Shatner had been an actor for about 60 years. Now William is one of the most famous entertainers. The Star Trek series and the other films that made him a beloved figure. He didn't begin or end with his role as Captain Kirk on Star Trek. He has always been loved in the theater and in the new world of television. He took the role for Christopher Plummer in Shakespeare’s Henry V. Also, he starred in “Something on the Wing” which is a classic episode
A great listen. I've been a Shatner fan as an offshoot of being a Star Trek: TOS fan, but just loved Boston Legal when that was airing. This was written in Shatner's expected jokey style, he's not afraid to take a good swing at his own caricature. He does a good job of it too, in this autobiography, never crossing from self-effacing into maudlin, nor often swinging too far the other way into what I always identify with the young, cocky James T. Kirk.

He narrates his own audiobook, which gives it
Dec 02, 2014 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The audiobook adequately simulates what it'd like to be trapped in one-sided conversation with William Shatner in an elevator for 10 hours. Shatner's stories have the rhythm of free form beat poetry, meandering through Shatner's over-sense of self, lit through his mind's prism. Surprisingly, it's fantastic, and has a brilliance that's never seems intentional.

I was recommended it by brother to which my reaction was a resounding "Eh" but when he mentioned the audiobook was narrated by Shatner, I w
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William Shatner is the author of nine Star Trek novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Ashes of Eden and The Return. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Get a Life! and I'm Working on That. In addition to his role as Captain James T. Kirk, he stars as Denny Crane in the hit television series from David E. Kelley, Boston Legal -- a role for which he has won tw ...more
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