Shatner Taken To Hospital With Back Pains

By Michelle
October 19, 2005 - 6:03 PM

William Shatner was hospitalized on Tuesday after suffering from lower back pains on the set of Boston Legal.

The 74-year-old actor, who won two Emmy Awards for playing Denny Crane on ABC's hit series and its predecessor The Practice, had finished filming his scenes for the day when he complained of back pain, according to CNN.

He was expected to return to work today, according to Boston Legal publicist Stacey Luchs.

The report comes on the same day that Cincinnati's News Record makes note of Shatner's longevity. Calling the Captain Kirk actor "one of the most recognizable actors today", the article notes that Shatner "helped save millions of lives with his advice on Rescue 911" and points out that he is the first actor ever to win an Emmy for portraying the same character on two different shows.

And in related news, Shatner's 1998 TV series A Twist in the Tale, produced in New Zealand, is now available on DVD. Relish Now! calls it "a kid-friendly version of Alfred Hitchcock Presents with Shatner as the storyteller.

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