For the past three years, I have been invited to the William and Elizabeth Shatner – Wells Fargo check presentation breakfast. It’s an unveiling of how much money these philanthropists raise each year at their latest Hollywood Charity Horse Show.
At this year’s ceremony, William Shatner accompanied his wife to the ceremony, dressed in a leather bomber jacket, blue jeans and sneakers. This philanthropist, actor, spokesman, author, producer, singer, father, husband and comedian entertained an audience of fifty guests and dignitaries with his kidney stone story. “I was offered $25,000 for my kidney stone, years ago by GoldenPalace.com. With matched money raised by my Boston Legal cast and crew, plus others, I wound up donating $100,000 to Habitat for Humanity.” This man has a big heart. Here are 10 other fun facts about Shatner and his wife Elizabeth.
- Shatner was born in Côte Saint-Luc, Montreal, Canada and gained worldwide fame as James T. Kirk, Captain of the USS Enterprise Star Trek franchise.
- His Star on the Walk of Fame is at 6901 Hollywood Blvd. He received it in 1983.
- This actor won multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his role as Danny Crane in The Practice and Boston Legal.
- He married Elizabeth in 2001. The two realized they had a lot in common with their mutual admiration for horses and helping those in need.
- William and Elizabeth Shatner enjoy breeding and showing American Saddlebreds and Quarter Horses. They own a ranch in Kentucky and in California.
- Shatner started the Hollywood Charity Horse Show at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center over 25 years ago to raise money for different children and equine organizations. Some of the receipents include A Place Called Home, A Random Act, Blind Children’s Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Dream Catcher of L.A., E.L.S.A. (Experience Learning Support with Animals), Friendly House LA, Horses4Heroes, Inc., The Painted Turtle, Queen of Hearts and Village Family Services.
- This year Wells Fargo handed Elizabeth Shatner a $30,000 grant for her The All Glory Project to help continue her good work supporting therapeutic services for Military Veterans.
- William Shatner became the spokesman for Priceline.com in the late 1990s. Priceline.com helps sponsor Shatner’s Hollywood Charity Horse Show.
- As an avid Tweeter, William Shatner enjoys Twitter with over 39,000 tweets to 2,270,000 followers. Follow him on @WilliamShatner.
- William Shatner is the father of three daughters and grandfather. His family means the world to him.