Nine Reasons Why William Shatner is a Badass

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6. He Drives Race Cars...While Shrieking Besides such hobbies as breeding horses and playing tennis, Shatner also has a penchant for getting behind the wheel of speedy automobiles. And he does it in truly eccentric Shatner fashion, like when the actor kept shrieking out "woos" while being filmed for the ABC show Fast Cars & Superstars. Seriously.

5. He Once Killed a Bear with a Bow and Arrow In a 1982 interview promoting TJ Hooker, Shatner claimed he was once an avid hunter, he also took down an enormous nine-foot-tall Kodiak brown using only a mere bow and arrow. The pelt of the mighty ursus arctos middendorffi eventually became a rug for his home. Although he later expressed regretted it, its still an impressive feat nonetheless. Somewhere, Ted Nugent is smiling.

4. He Performs Unforgettable Cover Songs Many a musician or band has recorded their version of Elton John's "Rocket Man," but none of 'em are as iconic or unforgettable as Shatner's 1978 rendition of the pop hit performed on national television for the Saturn Awards. The lounge singer-like performance was a campy and hammy trainwreck to be sure, but has become one of those so-bad-it's-good sort of things. Ditto for his version of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man."

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