Buy now!William Shatner: A Transformed Man

by Dennis William Hauck

ISBN 978-1974063963. 403 pages. Sept. 2017. $14.50.

Genre: Biography / Entertainment & Performing Arts

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This biography of William Shatner adds some surprises beyond all the stories of his eccentric behavior and reveals what makes the man tick. The author has done his footwork, talking to all the cast and crew and sifting through fifty years of archives. He has come up with many amazing insights, including the shocking, untold story of what was really behind the Star Trek franchise. Yet, this book is intended for people who don’t give a damn about Star Trek. It is a moving portrait of a fascinating man, an in-depth and often unsettling biography of a modern icon.


Dennis William Hauck is an author and lecturer working to facilitate personal and planetary transformation. His interests include consciousness studies, Jungian psychology, personal alchemy, and mystical and paranormal experiences. He worked with Shatner in the film Mysteries of the Gods and helped the star work through his own alien contactee experience. Impressed by Shatner’s prolific career as an actor, director, and writer, he summarized nearly 1,000 of his credits in William Shatner: A Bio-Bibliography, a reference book in Greenwood’s Performing Arts Series (1994). He also wrote a mass-market unauthorized biography of Shatner titled Captain Quirk (Kensington 1995).




A Transformed Man is a probing character study of one of the most iconic and recognizable persons on the face of the planet. This behind-the-scenes look at William Shatner’s amazing career and fascinating personal life uncovers the raw passion and powerful psychological forces behind his eccentric behavior, steamy relationships with women, and strained interactions with fellow actors.

"Captain Quirk" is what some members of the cast and crew of Star Trek called Shatner behind his back. But that nickname only hints at the actor's convoluted personality -- a product of the contrasting forces of his deep love of life and an overpowering ego. Shatner’s boundless energy springs from the struggle between these opposing forces in his temperament – what the author calls “John Wayne versus Truman Capote.”

More than just a celebrity bio, this book is a gripping tale of human transformation – how one of the biggest egos in Hollywood became a self-deprecating citizen of the Cosmos. Few people know the catalyst behind this metamorphosis. It was an encounter with something straight out of the Twilight Zone.

Order now!In 1967, while motorcycling in the Mojave Desert, the Captain of the Enterprise was abducted by aliens. At least that is how Shatner described it at the time. He believed he was in telepathic contact with an alien intelligence and was being groomed as one of earth's ambassadors to guide the planet into the galactic community.

Trying to recapture the experience, Shatner recorded a bizarre spoken-word album called “The Transformed Man” a few months later. He suddenly became a “spokesman for extraterrestrials” in scores of media interviews and started touring college campuses espousing his vision of what is needed for humans to accept alien life forms. Whether or not Shatner was really abducted, his encounter illustrates the psychological process that many paranormal witnesses go through. His initial high-energy euphoria at being chosen gradually transmuted into an effete bitterness when the aliens did not return for him. The experience crystallized into a facet of his personality that influenced his choices and behavior for the rest of his life. Readers will come away from this book with a greater appreciation of those underlying currents in this intense and colorful man – and a deeper understanding of the human condition.





Chapter 1: UFOs and Hollywood Stars

Chapter 2: A Cosmic Connection

Chapter 3: Toughie Takes ‘Em On

Chapter 4: Shakespeare to Howdy Doody

Chapter 5: Horatio Hornblower in Space

Chapter 6: Motorcycle Machismo

Chapter 7: The Lost Years

Chapter 8: The Captain's Return

Chapter 9: Mutiny on the Enterprise

Chapter 10: Sex, Aliens, and Palimony

Chapter 11: The Mystique of Star Trek

Chapter 12: Does God Need a Spaceship?

Notes and Sources


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The author’s sense of humor and understanding of Shatner shines through, making this a biography worth reading for anyone who enjoys the life stories of actors and people with strong personalities, and even avid Trekkies might enjoy the look at the other side of Shatner that this work provides.” – Ryan Lanz Reviews


“While taking jabs at our ever-heroic Captain Kirk has become quite fashionable, Dennis William Hauck has written a biography of William Shatner that adds a few surprises. I was expecting to hear the usual stories of Shatner's egotistical behavior but was treated instead to some insights into what really makes this man tick.” - Richard Sims in Captain's Log Magazine


“This biography is definitely not a whitewash. For instance, there's a view of the internal politics of Star Trek that explains much. The author has actually done his footwork on this one, talking to second tier Trek actors and sifting through archives.” - Peter Nichols in Postviews



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