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According to a former costar, a STD led to William Shatner becoming a star.
Christopher Plummer was about to perform Shakespeare's Henry V in 1956 when he paid the price for a steamy one night stand.
In new tell-all, In Spite of Myself, Plummer wrote that when he awoke after his romp, "I started to whimper like a whipped dog.
"So this is what syphilis is like?"
As the pain intensified, Plummer's horror mounted,
"It began to sink in…Shatner my understudy would have to go on! I screamed for a nurse who jabbed me with more morphine."
Shatner, filling in for the stricken star, seized the day.
"I knew then that the SOB would be a star," recalled Plummer.
It took Shatner a full decade to realize Plummer's fear - with the premiere of Star Trek in 1966.