William Shatner at Comic-Con in a wheelchair shocked Comic-Con fans at the convention in San Diego, but William Shatner said (while sitting in his wheelchair without a right shoe) that he would not have missed the event despite the severe pain that he sustained from a horse injury. "I was not going to (miss Comic-Con). In a couple of days I'll be fine, but right now I'm in a lot of pain," said Shatner according to a July 28 Newsmax Health report.
"I was riding a horse and had an accident," the 83-year-old “Star Trek” actor told the Comic-Con crowd after he had been pushed in his wheelchair on stage and appeared next to fellow acting veteran Betty White and "Scrubs" star Donald Faison for the Legends of TV Land panel. "The horse got off scot-free. I did not. I wrecked my leg."
William Shatner was part of Thursday’s Comic-Con panel at the convention in San Diego. While sitting in his wheelchair without a shoe on his on his right foot, the 83-year-old told his fans about his horseback riding accident which had occurred the weekend just before Comic-Con began. Shatner assured his fans that despite the pain he was feeling now, he didn’t expect to be in the wheelchair for very long. Of course, Captain Kirk will give it about a couple of days to recover. “In a couple of days I'll be fine.”
Even though the “Star Trek” and “Boston Legal” actor refrained from going into details on what exactly happened during the horseback riding accident, it was clear that he did not place any blame on the horse but made sure that his fans understood that “I” did something. “I wrecked my leg.”
The Canadian actor, who was born on March 22, 1931, is an avid horseman. He has a 360-acre farm near Versailles in Kentucky, and according to a Calgary Stampede report, the 83-year-old was selected to be the parade marshal on July 4, 2014. In his role as James T. Kirk in “Star Trek,” he rode one of his own horses, a mare named Great Belles of Fire.
Even though a horse put William Shatner in a wheelchair during this year’s Comic-Con, the actor is known for speaking up for animals and during his panel appearance, he and Betty White emphasized the need for conservation. Of course, being in San Diego and only a few miles away from SeaWorld, both long-time actors could not resist pointing out that Orcas in captivity would like to have their own panel and their own say. “The Orca is telling us something, it doesn't have to fend for itself [water parks and aquariums] but its basic reason for living is thwarted,” said Shatner.