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Old Shatner to appear with young Shatner on Boston Legal

by Richard Keller, posted Mar 25th 2007 12:01PM

Old Shatner pairs with young Shatner on Boston LegalHere's an interesting fact about William Shatner, who celebrated his 76th birthday last week: Boston Legal is not his first legal drama. Back in the early 1960's Shatner had an recurring role on The Defenders as Assistant District Attorney Earl Rhodes. And before that, 1957 to be exact, he appeared in an episode of the anthology series Studio One titled "The Defenders".

Why am I mentioning all of this? Well, the producers of Boston Legal are planning to use footage from Shatner's Studio One appearance in the April 3rd episode. According to a piece at contactmusic Shatner's character, Denny Crane, will be taken hostage by a man who holds a grudge against him stemming from a 50-year-old court case. That means that the 76-year-old Shatner will be paired with the 26-year-old Shatner throughout the show.

By the way, the episode of Studio One that will be used also featured a young Steve McQueen (credited as Steven McQueen), who was an unknown at the time. It hasn't been determined if footage featuring McQueen will be shown during this episode of Legal.

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Maybe TJ Hooker next time?

March 25 2007 at 5:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael Schwartz

God I love this show!!!!!

March 25 2007 at 5:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Toby OB

If they show any clips of the jury from that 'Studio One' episode, look for Ed Asner among the jurors. According to the IMDb.com, he was an uncredited member of the cast.

March 25 2007 at 3:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Given David E. Kelley's penchant for putting his characters in bizarre relationships, I wouldn't be surprised if a green-skinned alien seductress from 40 years in the past also came to visit Shatner one of these days.

March 25 2007 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This should be funny.

I hope he says something like "Wow! I looked like a young captain Kirk". :)

March 25 2007 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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