William Shatner, the 91-year-old Star Trek icon, has opened up about his mortality in a recent interview ahead of the release of his documentary, “You Can Call Me Bill.” Shatner admitted that he doesn’t have much time left to live but still decided to make the documentary to reach out to his grandchildren after his death. He said that his time is limited, and he wanted to make sure he leaves something behind for his loved ones to remember him by. Shatner is a proud grandfather to five grandchildren from his three previous marriages.
The documentary, directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, will premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in Texas. Shatner’s daughters, Leslie, Lisabeth, and Melanie, have also been featured in the documentary. In 2014, Shatner spoke to The Guardian about his grandchildren and how being a grandparent has brought him the greatest joy in life. He said that he takes the time to talk to them, hug and kiss them, and share with them some of the things he has learned throughout his illustrious career.
Shatner recently made headlines after reuniting with his ex-wife, Elizabeth Martin, three years after their $2 million split. The couple attended the Living Legends of Aviation Awards in Beverly Hills in January and spoke candidly about their rekindled passion. Shatner revealed that Elizabeth is the zest of life, while she described their relationship as “cinnamon.” In March 2020, Shatner and Elizabeth settled their divorce. Shatner kept his Studio City home and ranch in Three Rivers, California, while Elizabeth received their properties in Malibu Cove and Versailles, Kentucky, as well as a share of her family farm in Indiana.
Throughout his life, Shatner has been married four times. His first marriage was to Gloria Rand from 1956 to 1969, and they had three children together. He then married Marcy Lafferty in 1973, and they stayed together until 1996. His third marriage was to Nerine Kidd Shatner, but she passed away in 1999. He married Elizabeth two years later in 2001, and they were together until their split in 2019.
Despite his age and health, Shatner remains active in his career and personal life. He has a strong bond with his family and continues to work on new projects. His documentary, “You Can Call Me Bill,” is just one example of how he wants to leave behind a legacy for his loved ones. Shatner is an inspiration to many, and his candid discussions about mortality serve as a reminder to cherish the time we have with our loved ones.