William Shatner Vs. The Crew of the Enterprise: A History of Feuds

William Shatner has a reputation in some circles that he is not one of the nicest guys. He did not get along with most of his former Star Trek cast, although some, such as DeForest Kelly, considered him a friend.

by Rick Gonzales | published

William Shatner

William Shatner Enemies Some of His Ex star trek Some of the classmates eventually became his friends, others maintained that hatred until they died. Others hold on to their hatred.

This is William Shatner vs The Crew of the Enterprise, which chronicles his feud and friendship with his crew.

Shatner vs Nimoy, friends are not friends in the end

William Shatner

William Shatner’s relationship with Leonard Nimoy had more ups and downs than the playing field. It all started when the two were cast as Captain Kirk and his first officer, Mr. Spock, in the 1960 series Star Trek. Even though it is a phenomenon now, the original series only ran for three seasons before being canceled in the ’60s, from 1966–1969. For Shatner and Nimoy, as their popularity grew, so did the feud between them.

Their disagreement seems more ego-driven than anything else and mainly on Shatner’s part. Being the captain, he felt that his popularity should be more than anyone in the show. However, when Spock’s character started receiving more love, William Shatner became hell to deal with.

Shatner also admitted years later that he had a feeling of jealousy when he noticed Nimoy (fan letter, a visit from “Duke” John Wayne) and didn’t handle it very well. It is well known that during this time of Spock’s growing popularity, Shatner hid the bike that Leonard Nimoy used to carry himself around the set as quickly as possible. Very sophomoric. But the matter did not end here.

Shatner felt that, as captain of the Enterprise, his intelligence must be greater than anyone on the show, even a Vulcan with superior knowledge. So, Bill Shatner started stealing Nimoy’s lines to make his character smarter. Nimoy did not like this.

There was a time when Shatner refused to let a photographer into the dressing room who was there to profile Leonard Nimoy. For his part, Nimoy refused to indulge in makeup until the photographer walked in. Both almost stopped production for the day.

With many ups and downs, their relationship had its ups and downs. They both eventually became close friends, a friendship that lasted for decades. Shatner later described Nimoy in his book Leonard: My Fifty Year Friendship with a Remarkable ManAs the only “real friend” he has ever had.

Nevertheless, after Leonard Nimoy’s death, Shatner would be set on fire by fans for not attending Nimoy’s funeral. In Shatner’s defense, how one chooses to deal with death can be quite personal, and at the time, Captain Kirk was in Florida for a Red Cross ball. Fans didn’t see it that way, especially as it was reported that Shatner actually landed in Los Angeles a few hours after the start of Spock’s funeral, leading many to believe that if he really wanted to. So he could have been there.

What makes the Shatner/Nimoy story even more complicated is that the pair hadn’t spoken a word to each other in the five years before Nimoy’s death. It is believed to stem from a misunderstanding when Shatner asked Nimoy to appear in the documentary captain, When Nimoy refused, Shatner sent his cameraman to a convention to film Nimoy and used the footage without Nimoy’s permission.

They never fought or talked about it because the two never spoke again. Shatner mentioned that he tried to mend the fence with Nimoy, even sending him notes but Nimoy never responded. His last letter to his one time, longtime friend Reading: “I love you deeply, Leonard—for your character, your morals, your sense of justice, your artistic inclinations. You are the friend I have known the longest and deepest.”

Shatner vs TAKEI: they never got along


The feud between William Shatner and George Takei has been going on for a long time. It’s also a feud that both, Shatner and Takei, don’t hide and speak as often as they can.

Perhaps it didn’t initially start with Shatner against Takei, it was more about how the rest of the Star Trek cast saw Shatner as self-centered and egotistical. This dragged George (as well as others) the wrong way. Takei opened for new York Times (one of the many publications he has spoken to about Shatner) about the ongoing feud. “It’s all coming from Bill. Whenever he needs a little publicity for a project, he fuels the so-called feud between us.

George Takei is famous as a proud, happy, gay man who married his partner in 2008. Some Shatner/Techie controversy stemmed from this marriage. Shatner made a comment about the wedding, not that he was opposed to Takei marrying a man, but the simple fact that he was not invited. “There’s such an illness, it’s so painfully obvious that there’s a psychosis out there,” Shatner said. “I didn’t know him very well in the series, he would come for a day or two, as is evident from the role he played.”

Of course, Takei responded by saying that he had invited Shatner but Shatner never responded to the invitation. “Two months after my wedding, he went on YouTube and yelled and reprimanded us for not sending him invitations. We. If he had a problem, he could have easily called us before the wedding, that’s easy. But he didn’t. And two months later he created this ruckus because he was premiering his new talk show ‘Raw Nerve’.” ABC News,

And then Takei touched on a common theme around William Shatner, “It’s hard to work with someone who isn’t a team player. The rest of the cast all understand what makes a scene work – everyone is contributing to it. But Bill is an amazing actor, and he knows it, and he likes to have the camera on him all the time.”

fight between the two star trek Alums heat up in the second half of 2021, following Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, courtesy of William Shatner’s historic — if brief — space travel. George Takei responded to the news by calling Shatner a “guinea pig” for Bezos. Takei said, “He would be a good sample to study. Although he is not the fittest sample at age 90, he would be a sample that is unsuitable!”

William Shatner’s immediate reaction to Takei’s barbs was what he called “pity” for his former costar, saying that he felt Takei was suffering from some sort of “psychosis”, which made him feel happy until then. unless he was attacking Shatner. A few days later, Shatner shot back on Twitter, writing that — among other things — Takei only “got press” when he was trashing Shatner.

So far, the two haven’t buried the hat-trick, and given the advanced ages of both actors, who knows if they ever will.

Nickel Nichols: He made history with Captain Kirk

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Things must have been tense considering Nickel Nichols (Uhura) was on the set of the original series after only one season. He even tendered his resignation. But it was a chance meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King that brought him back on the show.

As she told PBS’ pioneer of television, “A promoter came and said that someone wants to meet me. He said he is my biggest fan,” says Nichols. “I thought it was some trekker, some kid. I turned to my seat and with a big smile on his face was Dr. Martin Luther King. He said, ‘I’m a trekker, I’m your biggest fan.’ ‘” She couldn’t believe he was telling her this but she had to tell him she was leaving the show. His response changed his life and career, “He was telling me why I couldn’t”. [resign],” she recalls. “He said that my first non-Orthodox role was to treat me with respect, dignity and intelligence. “You can’t just resign, it’s an important role. That’s why we’re marching. We never thought we would see this on TV.'”

Nickel Nichols stayed with Star Trek and had the first interracial kiss in television history with Shatner.

Shatner vs James DuhanHated each other at first, better in the end

James Doohan

Like most of the cast, James Doohan (Scotty) had issues with William Shatner. Call it a feud or a simple matter of not liking someone else’s personality, it was there even then. This could have stemmed from Shatner not only taking Nimoy’s lines, but also, on rare occasion, some of Scotty’s more brilliant dialogue.

Shatner’s self-centeredness didn’t have boundaries, something that Doohan, a former World War II fighter pilot, didn’t care about.

The two seemed to be getting along better in James Doohan’s final years. Shatner can also be seen helping an ailing Doohan off stage during the TVland Awards shortly before Duhan’s death. But James Doohan was never shy about his dislike for William Shatner.

Shatner vs Walter Koenig: He thought Bill himself was involved

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Walter Koenig’s Chekov was a hugely likable character, as is the actor himself. He never really had a feud or dislike for William Shatner, nor did Shatner for him. He noticed everything his classmates dealt with and understood his dislike for Shatner.

The way Koenig sees it, life on a TV or movie set was completely different than it is now. In the days of Star Trek, the series would be built around one or two big stars and the rest of the cast would be just pieces. Such was the case on Star Trek, and Shatner informed the cast several times. Koenig saw Shatner himself as involved, but not maliciously, but because he was expected to act as the main star.

Koenig also pointed out that the dislike between the rest of the cast did not spread towards each other. “The rest of us got on well, mostly due to our mutual grumblings from Mr. Shatner,” Koenig said. Beat,

deforestation: Always a friend of Bill


By all accounts, DeForest Kelly had the most cordial relationship with William Shatner. Like the others, he had an occasional feud with Shatner, but nothing that ever caused a rift between the two.

Christine M. Smith, the author who became great friends with Kelly and his wife, published a book in 2001 titled DeForest Kelly Up Close and Personal, A Harvest of Memories from the Fan Who Knows Him Best, In it he commented on Kelly and his relationship with Shatner. “If he ever corrected you, you would have felt blessed instead of criticized,” she said. “Once at a ‘Star Trek’ convention, someone asked if William Shatner was hard to get up with. Day said he absolutely loved Bill but had to straighten his ass once or twice!”

William Shatner’s Other Star Trek Feuds Include Kirsty Alley

William Shatner

JJ Abrams found himself staring down the barrel of Shatner’s wrath when Abrams decided to include Leonard Nimoy in his 2009 reboot, but not Captain Kirk himself. According to Abrams, Shatner wanted the reboot to focus more on Shatner than the script, and even though he tried, he couldn’t.

Kirsty Alley was another actress Shatner felt she had no love for. According to the actress during her interview on The Howard Stern Show, Captain Kirk disliked her acting so much that she even hired a tutor to help her hone her acting skills. Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, Cruel! She also mentioned an unfair action on set but said she disapproved of Shatner’s advances.


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