William Shatner played a prank on the set of the Twilight Zone while shooting the Nightmare at 20,000 Feet episode. Shatner staged a fake fight on the plane, and had a dummy fall off the wing to the concrete below. Richard Donner, the episode’s director, thought Shatner had died.

William Shatner played the most terrifying prank while shooting ”Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”

Go behind the scenes of one of The Twilight Zone’s toughest shoots.

“Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” is one of The Twilight Zone’s most memorable entries, so iconic that airlines still use symbols that reference the iconic episode. According to director Richard Donner, it was also one the show’s most difficult shoots, cramming three days of work into two, and demanding long hours from the cast and crew. In an interview with the Archive of American Television, Donner said:

“It was a tough shoot. It was an airplane … in a tank, elevated way off the ground. We had to climb up. We had massive wind machines. We had lightning machines. We had rain machines. We had effects machines working, because we had to also turn the engines. There were no … Continue Reading (3 minute read)

5 thoughts on “William Shatner played a prank on the set of the Twilight Zone while shooting the Nightmare at 20,000 Feet episode. Shatner staged a fake fight on the plane, and had a dummy fall off the wing to the concrete below. Richard Donner, the episode’s director, thought Shatner had died.”

  1. Mecmecmecmecmec

    Shatner in the 60s was probably living the best life

  2. Graphics_Nerd

    “Calm. Down. It’s….Just-a-prank-bro.” – Shatner

  3. bluegrassgazer

    I had no Idea Richard Donner directed that episode.

  4. santtu_

    Those are always the funniest pranks, where a close friend or relative is tricked into believing you died, in front of their eyes.

  5. insaneintheblain

    Thought he had shatnered all over the ground

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