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William Shatner, cultural juggernaut, is 80. We celebrate with his top five Internet moments.

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William Shatner is magnificent. The man -- nay, legend -- who has carved a lifelong career out of basically playing himself and creating kitschy-culty song covers -- is 80 on Tuesday (March 22). He is Captain James Tiberius Kirk -- an actor, an author, a poet -- a cultural icon of the highest order. His name should be a verb (Shatner: To carry one's self with utter pomposity and, quite possibly, gout.) He was haute camp before haute camp was cool. So let's give it up for the top five William Shatner Internet-available moments.

1. "Rocket Man": Hands down, this re-interpreted cover of Elton John's hit -- performed at the 1978 Science Fiction Film Awards -- is Shatner at the height of his often inscrutable, yet compelling, Shatner-ness:

2. "F*** You": Sure, Gwyneth Paltrow kicked out the jams on this Cee-Lo Green number on "Glee," but Shatner -- with his bleeped-out version
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