Why Bill Shatner lived homeless in his truck after Star Trek

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Feb 27, 2014, 4:26 PM EST (Updated)

William Shatner has revealed how his life took a wrong turn this side of the Alpha Quadrant when Star Trek went off the air in 1969.

Capt. James Tiberius Kirk himself apparently ended up living in his car after the sci-fi series wrapped because he was strapped for cash. It’s a far cry from Gene Roddenberry’s perfect utopia that humanity, in the future, would have no need for money.

Here’s what Shatner said:

‘A pickup truck, actually.’
‘It was the early 1970s and I was recently divorced. I had three kids and was totally broke. I managed to find work back east on the straw-hat circuit – summer stock – but couldn’t afford hotels, so I lived out of the back of my truck, under a hard shell.
‘It had a little stove, a toilet, and I’d drive from theater to theater. The only comfort came from my dog, who sat in the passenger seat and gave me perspective on everything.
‘Otherwise, it would have just been me counting my losses.’

Since then, the Shat has starred in seven Star Trek flicks and such TV series as T.J. Hooker and Boston Legal -- for which he won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Denny Crane -- as well as several TV commercials.

Are you surprised by Bill Shatner’s startling revelation?

(via Metro)