William Shatner comes home to play Mark Twain on 'Murdoch Mysteries'

By Clare Douglas

William Shatner has come home to Canada to film his next project, a guest-starring role in the hit CBC detective series Murdoch Mysteries. In the second episode of the show’s upcoming ninth season, William, steps into the shoes of acclaimed American author Mark Twain.

According to an official synopsis of the episode, Detective Murdoch is called in to protect the 19-century author after he makes some controversial remarks during a 1903 speaking engagement in Toronto.

Murdoch’s leading man, Yannick Bisson, took to Twitter to share his excitement over working with the Star Trek alum.

Yannick Bisson took to Twitter to share a snap from set with William Shatner.

Often imitated, never duplicated and a helluva guy,” he said, sharing a picture of his co-star in costume. Mark Twain’s signature bushy moustache was the only pitfall of this gig, says William, telling the Toronto Star, “I stay away from moustaches because they’re irritating. They make you short-tempered. They’re prickly. It gives me no insight at all into why somebody would wear facial hair.”

The 84-year-old actor's relationship with the CBC goes back to the 1950s when he starred in two series, Encounter and Howdy Doody. Even though he went on to make a name for himself south of the border thanks to memorable performances in T.J. Hooker and Boston Legal, the Montreal native hasn't forgotten his roots.

Canadian actor William Shatner has worked with the CBC on prior series. Photo: © Getty Images

In addition to recently wrapping an arc on the filmed-in-Canada fantasy series Haven, William is one of many Canucks opening up about their native country in the upcoming documentary Being Canadian.

William’s appearance on Murdoch Mysteries is scheduled to air this fall on CBC.

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