Nine Reasons Why William Shatner is a Badass

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9. He's Best Friends with Henry Rollins During the recording of Shatner's 2004 album Has Been, producer Ben Folds brought in renowned punk icon and all-around über-mensch Henry Rollins to collaborate with the actor on the track "I Can't Get Behind That." The two hit it off and became total BFFs after the experience and reportedly hang out regularly. Shatner even appeared on an episode of Hank's now-defunct IFC talk show.

8. He Got Namechecked in Fight Club David Fincher's anarchistic 1999 flick, based on Chuck Palahniuk countercultural novel, featured a memorable bit of dialogue between Tyler Durden (played by Brad Pitt) and the unnamed narrator (played by Ed Norton) concerning which celebrity -- living or dead -- they would love to get into a scrap with. Norton's character replied simply, "Shatner, I--d fight William Shatner."

7. He Turned Tweets into Groovy Beat Poetry Shatner made a memorable appearance on the Tonight Show in 2009 during Conan O'Brien's brief run as host where he recited onetime vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's tweets. What made the vignette even better was the fact such Twitter twaddle was done in the style of a 1950's beat poet while backed by a standup bass and bongo drums.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.