William Shatner promoted from captain to doctor

Capt. Kirk is now a doctor. An honorary doctor, thanks to his alma mater, McGill University. William Shatner, 80, who most famously played Capt. Kirk in the original 1960s TV series Star Trek, received an honorary doctorate. He graduated from McGill with a degree in commerce in 1952, but quickly realized that entertaining people was his calling. Addressing the students, he advised them: “Don’t be afraid of failure. Don’t be afraid of making as ass of yourself. I do it all the time and look what I have.” He also joked that he would like to be called Dr. William Shatner from now on, saying, “I’m going to insist that everyone call me doctor. I will walk the streets of Montreal, I’ve been back many times, but with a doctorate, it has a new look. There’s a glisten to Montreal that it didn’t have before.” When asked if he’d like to go up in space as his Star Trek character did, Shatner got a laugh from the audience when he replied, “Tempted to go up? No. I’m scared.”

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  1. C-Dub • June 3, 2011 @ 11:34 AM

    Congrats. And I love that he’s a proud Canadian.

  2. The Intolerant • June 4, 2011 @ 8:02 PM

    McCoy would be pleased.

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