William Shatner has been around for several decades and he’s about to get some well deserved recognition for his long running career. According to Contact Music, the native Canadian will be honored by his home country at the Banff World Television Festival.

Shatner will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Banff World Television Festival in Alberta, Canada that runs from June 13th to 16th. Not only will he be on hand as an award recipient but he’ll also present a master class during the festival to discuss his five-decade-long Hollywood career. That’s right, he’s been around that long. He’ll appear alongside another 2010 honoree, funnyman Ricky Gervais, who’s been announced as the recipient of the prestigious Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award.

Shatner became a cult figure in popular culture for portraying the original James T. Kirk on the Star Trek television series back in the 1960′s. He also went on to star in other successful shows like “T.J. Hooker” and “The Practice” spin-off, “Boston Legal.” Even with all of those projects to his credit, my favorite piece of Shatner work is “The Twilight Zone” episode, entitled “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.” That was one of the most terrifying vignettes the series had ever produced and it spawned several parodies.

Congratulations to Mr. Shatner.

What’s your favorite William Shatner project?