On This Day
1931 – William Shatner
William Shatner OC is a Canadian actor, author, producer, and director. In his seven decades of television, Shatner became a cultural icon for his portrayal of James T. Kirk, captain of the USS Enterprise, in the Star Trek franchise. He has written a series of books chronicling his experiences playing Captain Kirk and being a part of Star Trek, and has co-written several novels set in the Star Trek universe. He has written a series of science fiction novels called TekWar that were adapted for television.
Shatner also played the eponymous veteran police sergeant in T.J. Hooker (1982–86) and hosted the reality-based television series Rescue 911 (1989–96), which won a People’s Choice Award for the Favorite New TV Dramatic Series. Shatner also appeared in seasons 4 and 5 of the NBC series 3rd Rock from the Sun as the “Big Giant Head” that the alien characters reported to. From 2004 until 2008, he starred as attorney Denny Crane in the final season of the legal drama The Practice and its spinoff series Boston Legal, a role that earned him two Emmy Awards. As of December 2017, he is in his second season of the comical NBC real-life travelogue with other male companions “of a certain age” in Better Late Than Never.
Shatner has also worked as a musician; an author; screenwriter and director; celebrity pitchman; and a passionate owner, trader, breeder, rider, and aficionado of horses.
1980 – Kandyse McClure
Kandyse McClure is a South African-born Canadian actress. She has played Anastasia Dualla on the Sci Fi Channel’s television program Battlestar Galactica, and Dr. Clementine Chasseur on the Netflix original series Hemlock Grove.
1986 – Amy Studt
Amy Jane Studt is an English singer, songwriter and musician. Growing up in a musical family she recorded her first demo, “A New Day Breaks” by age 14, which eventually got her signed to Polydor. Studt released her first single “Just a Little Girl” in July 2002, to international success. It was followed almost a year later by “Misfit”, which came to be her highest charting single. The same month her debut album False Smiles appeared. Late 2003 and early 2004 two more singles were released, “Under the Thumb” and “All I Wanna Do” respectively, but only to diminishing sales. That caused Polydor to drop Studt in February 2004.
From then until the end of 2006, Studt stayed out of the public eye. But in 2007 it was announced that she was working on a new album, now with the label 19 Entertainment. Some of her new material was published on MySpace. On 3 December 2007, “Furniture” was released as a digital single, and the album, My Paper Made Men, issued on 5 May 2008.