Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Entertainment
Classified Sites

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Ehhhh: Henry Winkler gives thumbs-up to Stampede parade marshal William Shatner

BANFF, Alta. - Actor Henry Winkler says William Shatner is the perfect choice as grand marshal of this year's Calgary Stampede parade because he attracts followers wherever he goes.

Winkler is attending the Banff World Media Festival to receive the Award of Excellence — an honour previously bestowed on his close friend Shatner.

"Bill Shatner is an idiosyncratic human being who creates a Bill Shatner Avenue through the world. And he loves horses, he raises horses, he rides horses," Winkler said in an interview.

"He is one of our most wonderful actors."

Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the original "Star Trek" series as well as in the movies, has won several Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe.

It's not clear if Shatner will lead the parade July 4 on horseback or ride in a wagon or antique car — a starship, however, is most unlikely.

Shatner, 83, has said he has been to Calgary before, but never to the Stampede.

Winkler, who played The Fonz in the TV series "Happy Days" in the 1970s and '80s, said Shatner has a way of making people feel positive about themselves.

"I was auditioning for a movie. It went horribly wrong a year or two ago. I was walking down the concrete path from where I did the audition and he had an office next door," he recalled.

"I told Bill what had just happened and he talked me through it. By the time I had left his office, I had forgotten I didn't get the job.

"He will always be in my heart."

The Calgary Stampede runs from July 4 to 13.

Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
The First World War at 100
Why Not Minot?
Welcome to Winnipeg

Social Media