William Shatner has many people fooled about his age, but he celebrates his 80th birthday with a “monstrous” attitude. The American actor is best known for playing “James T. Kirk” in the original Star Trek series.
The actor’s name became a trending term on Twitter this morning, with many tweets expressing amazement at his age. Hundreds of users thought he was in his 50s or 60s. In fact, he does look much younger than his age.
In a recent interview with the UK’s Daily Express newspaper, Shatner spoke of his reservations at turning 80.
“It’s monstrous. Horrible and terrible fall short of describing it,” he said. The actor hit the headlines recently when he recorded a wake up message for the crew of the “Discovery” space shuttle as it made its final mission to the International Space Station. The actor began his call at 3.23am.
“Space, the final frontier. These have been the voyages of the space shuttle Discovery. Her 30-year mission: To seek out new science. To build new outposts. To bring nations together on the final frontier. To boldly go, and do, what no spacecraft has done before,” Shatner said, reprising his role as Captain Kirk during the announcement.
Shatner recently spoke of his desire to appear in the forthcoming Star Trek movie, starring Simon Pegg and Zoe Saldana. Chris Pine played “James T. Kirk” in the 2009 movie, directed by J.J ABRAMS.