Aug 06, 2013

By Andy Johnson

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Veteran Canadian actor William Shatner has been named recipient of this year’s legacy award from the Stratford Festival. Before the “Star Trek” hero became known as Captain James T. Kirk, he was a member of the renowned theatre company for three years, beginning in 1954. Artistic director Antoni Cimolino says one of his favourite pieces of Stratford lore is the time Shatner understudied for Christopher Plummer in “Henry V” in 1956. He says Shatner became an overnight sensation. For his part Shatner says he’s proud to receive the award. It will be presented at a gala in Toronto Oct. 21.

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