Making the Shatner-Civil War connection

Posted on March 22, 2011 by


What the heck… it’s William Shatner’s 80th birthday. So, I figured I’d bring back a couple of clips from the past, related to the Civil War, of course…

First, we have Shatner, as Capt. James T. Kirk, welcoming Abraham Lincoln aboard the Enterprise

Then we have Shatner as Norton Parker Chipman in The Andersonville Trial.

We’ll certainly pardon Shatner for not donning a Gettysburg Longstreet beard that may, or may not, have helped him look like the real N.P. Chipman…

Incidentally, the 1970 version of the Andersonville drama was directed by none other than George C. Scott, who had actually played the role of Chipman in the original 1959 hit Broadway play… and who, in that same year (1970), positioned himself for an Oscar for his performance in Patton.

So, on Shatner’s 80th birthday, take a moment to look back at a couple of his contributions to our memory of the Civil War.