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Star Trek Legend William Shatner Tricked NBC Into Airing TV’s First Ever Interracial Kiss by Risking His Career that Got Banned in England for 25 Years

Star Trek Legend William Shatner Tricked NBC Into Airing TV's First Ever Interracial Kiss by Risking His Career that Got Banned in England for 25 Years

William Shatner is a Canadian actor, producer, author, and singer. He is best known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek franchise. He has also starred in numerous other films and television series, including T.J. Hooker, Boston Legal, and 3rd Rock from the Sun. He has also released several albums of music and is one of the most respected actors in the industry.

William Shatner was popularly known for the uniqueness that he brings to his every movie role and was highly appreciated for his workplace efforts. However, Shatner was one of the first actors to share an interracial kiss during his performances in the Star Trek franchise, moreover, the scene was aired. According to reports, the scene was not supposed to air if not for the actor’s quick thinking.

William Shatner
William Shatner

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William Shatner Risked His Career For an Interracial Kiss

William Shatner is one of the most respected actors of the entire Hollywood industry as his multiple movie and franchise roles have set the foundation of today’s Hollywood movies. He entered the industry when he was only 20 years old and has been in the industry for over seven decades now. The actor is especially known for his role as James T. Kirk in the Star Trek franchise movies and TV shows. He has starred in a total of 21 Star Trek episodes and seven of their movies.

Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura
Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura

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However, William Shatner tricked NBC into airing TV’s first-ever interracial kiss by risking his career.

The kiss took place in the Star Trek episode Plato’s Stepchildren. In the episode, an extraterrestrial species forces Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura were supposed to kiss. However, NBC was initially apprehensive to telecast the kiss because they thought it would be too contentious. Shatner, though, was committed to carrying it through. He was prepared to put his career in danger to make it happen because he understood that it was a crucial time for television.

After Shatner persuaded NBC to telecast the kiss, it became a significant cultural event. Millions of people watched it, and it paved the path for greater diverse television representation. It was brave of Shatner to sacrifice his career for the kiss, but it was also essential. It demonstrated his willingness to defend his beliefs in the face of opposition. And it contributed to Star Trek being a pioneering series that is still relevant today.

William Shatner’s Successful Hollywood Career

Early in the 1960s, William Shatner started to become well-known in Hollywood. Although he had already been consistently working in minor roles in films and television shows, it was his selection to play Captain James T. Kirk in the science fiction series Star Trek that catapulted him to stardom. Shatner’s portrayal of Kirk was a key factor in why Star Trek was a critical and financial success.

Shatner continued to work in both cinema and television after Star Trek. He played the lead in several popular films and TV shows. In addition to acting, Shatner has enjoyed success as a writer, producer, and director. He has authored several publications, including Up Till Now, his autobiography. Additionally, he has directed and produced several television productions, such as the documentary, The Captains.

William Shatner in Star Trek as Captain James T. Kirk
William Shatner in Star Trek as Captain James T. Kirk

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The actor boasts a net worth of over $100 million and has countless awards and accolades under his name. Some of them are the Primetime Emmy Awards, Online Film & Television Association Award, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Award, the Golden Globes, Walk of Fame, and many other wins and nominations. 

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Written by Rajdeep Majumder

Rajdeep Majumder is a maniac for cold coffee besides being an avid CoD enthusiast and a student of Computer Science. On top of a budding investment in music and pop culture, Rajdeep now has an accumulated interest in the world of film and television. As an aspiring content writer, he can now boast of more than 400 published articles on FandomWire under his byline. Looking ahead, he can envision himself backpacking across Europe within 1 years’ time.