William Shatner remembers Leonard Nimoy: 'I never had a friend like that'

William Shatner Remembers Leonard Nimoy: 'I Never Had a Friend Like That'

William Shatner challenged ET's Brooke Anderson to an arm-wrestling competition in 2011, and on Monday it was time for a rematch.

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"I remember that was the first time a lady beat me," Shatner said of his competition with Brooke.

Brooke remembered it the other way around, so the two squared off again on the ET stage with Kevin Frazier officiating.

The 84-year-old actor's competitive spirit runs deep. His Hollywood Charity Horse Show starts this weekend to benefit local charities like A Place Called Home, Blind Children's Center, BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center, Children's Hospital Los Angeles and more.

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"[It benefits] many children's charities, veterans charities," Shatner said. "Every cent that comes into us goes out to the kids and to the veterans."

Shatner's late Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy also was a big supporter of charities, including the Nimoy Foundation, established in 2003 to support that work of artists through grants. In 2009, Nimoy gushed about Shatner, saying, "I consider him like a brother to me."

"I never had a friend like that," Shatner told ET. "It's a tough one to lose."

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Nimoy passed away in February due to the end stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (CPOD). While Shatner didn't really get a chance to say goodbye to Nimoy, he revealed that their last correspondence was meaningful.

"I sent him an email at the very end, telling him to be happy," Shatner said. "That he was loved."

Nimoy's last tweets:

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William Shatner remembers Leonard Nimoy: 'I never had a friend like that'
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
I will be sharing my poetry. Today's is, "You and I have Learned," which is in my book, These Words Are for You. LLAP http://t.co/CsHAtmtDnz
Patriots !! Don't ever count Brady out. LLAP
Don't smoke. I did. Wish I never had. LLAP
So grateful for blessings. Wish the same to all. LLAP

Stars react to Nimoy's death:

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my heart is broken. i love you profoundly my dear friend. and i will miss you everyday. may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
"I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love." -William Shatner http://t.co/U8ZN98tVYp
Leonard Nimoy was more than Mr. Spock. But Mr. Spock is his gift to us all. Live long and prosper. HANX.
RIP Leonard Nimoy.... http://t.co/oDXjTn2DS3
Sad to hear about the passing of Leonard Nimoy. He was a true renaissance man. http://t.co/st6EsV82Gm
Leonard Nimoy! You will forever be part of us all! Rest. Rest with the angels.
I am devasted to learn that #LeonardNimoy has passed. Despite your passing your legacy will indeed #LiveLongAndProsper.
Leonard Nimoy brought us one of the greatest, noblest characters in the history of American storytelling. Someone find the Genesis planet.
no. no. no. no. so sad. leonard nimoy can't have died. #LeonardNimoy
One of the last interviews that Leonard Nimoy gave. I was an unashamed Trekkie in his presence. Such a great guy. https://t.co/CJEl0IdUL1
RIP Leonard Nimoy http://t.co/uIcnvI8wNN
I'm saddened to learn of Leonard Nimoy's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. http://t.co/dOfN35Tt0y
RIP the great Leonard Nimoy! Live long and prosper! #RIPLeonardNimoy http://t.co/EFZMACu6fu
Has the Information Society released a statement yet? #RIPLeonardNimoy
"The miracle is this the more we share the more we have."-Leonard Nimoy LLAP http://t.co/L8q8JZBFkc”
This, too http://t.co/6ycS6YMF0V
Sad about #LeonardNimoy #rip :(
He created a role that nobody else could play. Multitalented writer,actor,director. A terrific&sweet man. RIP Leonard Nimoy #Spock #StarTrek
Live Long And Prosper. RIP Leonard Nimoy #Spock http://t.co/ywyZ7RGynd
RIP to the great #LeonardNimoy. http://t.co/HSH01k7MxR
"This is the Mugar Omni Theater." "...because he grew up six blocks from here." "Who put the bomp?" #LeonardNimoy
RIP #LeonardNimoy. A true Hollywood legend and icon who definitely lived long and prospered! https://t.co/s7Q6kEoxt1

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LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 22: Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock and William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in the STAR TREK episode, 'Plato's Stepchildren.' Original air date, November 22, 1968. Season 3, episode 10. Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
After William Shatner said that he wouldn't be able to make it to Leonard Nimoy's funeral on Sunday due to a prior commitment he had for the Red Cross Ball in Florida on Saturday night, he honored his words by saying he would remember his friend and celebrate his life.
Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner during Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime In Store at FYE Store in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
American actor Leonard Nimoy appears as Mr. Spock in a scene from 'The Man Trap,' the premiere episode of 'Star Trek,' which aired on September 8, 1966. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
The New York Times has confirmed the actor, best known for his role as Dr. Spock in 'Star Trek,' died at his home friday morning in Los Angeles.
It’s only surrendering slightly to hyperbole to say that, for many people, Leonard Nimoy was 'Star Trek'. Certainly, Spock - the emotionless Vulcan who nonetheless acted as an everyman as often as he did a dispassionate outsider - was not only the role he was most often associated with, it is the longest-loved character inside the franchise, with Nimoy appearing both in the very first episode filmed and the most recent movie, 2013’s 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 15: Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock and Nichelle Nichols as Lieutenant Uhura in the STAR TREK episode, 'Charlie X.' Season 1, episode, 2. Original air date September 15, 1966. Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 22: Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock in the STAR TREK episode, 'Where No Man Has Gone Before.' Season 1, Episode 3. Original air date, September 22, 1966. Image is a frame grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
circa 1967: American actor Leonard Nimoy wears a starship uniform as Mr Spock in a promotional portrait for the science fiction television series, 'Star Trek'. (Photo by NBC Television/Getty Images)
American actor Leonard Nimoy, circa 1967. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 5: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE Leonard Nimoy as Paris in 'Fool's Gold'. Image dated August 5, 1969. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 19: Leonard Nimoy as Paris in the Mission Impossible episode, 'The Killer.' Original air date, September 19, 1970. Image is a frame grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Promotional headshot of the actor Leonard Nimoy, as he appears in the movie 'Catlow', 1971. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)
William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy during 59th Annual Academy Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 9: Leonard Nimoy and Susan Bay attend 17th Annual American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Awards Honoring Gregory Peck on March 9, 1989 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Leonard Nimoy poses for a photograph in New York City on April 28, 1999. Photo by Todd Plitt/ImageDirect*** SPECIAL RATES APPLY ***
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Actor Leonard Nimoy presents his photography exhibition and his book 'Shekhina' at the Skirball Cultural Center on September 25,2002 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michel Boutefeu/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 26: Actor Leonard Nimoy attends the 13th Annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show at Burbank Equestrian Center on April 26, 2003 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 9: Actor Leonard Nimoy promotes the 'Star Trek' 40th Anniversary on the TV Land network at the Four Seasons hotel August 9, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. Episodes of the show will air September 8. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Susan Bay and Leonard Nimoy (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 26: Leonard Nimoy at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on April 26, 2009. (Photo by Munawar Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images) Reproduction by American tabloids is absolutely forbidden.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 22 -- Pictured: (l-r) Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Chris Pine, Seth Meyers during the 'Weekend Update' skit on May 9, 2009 (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Former Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy speaks to the media at the 26th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S., on Thursday, April 15, 2010. The symposium is put on by the Space Foundation. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images
BOSTON - MAY 20: Actor Leonard Nimoy makes the gesture that made him famous when he played Spock on Star Trek, after receiving his honorary degree during the Boston University commencement cereomony on Nickerson Field in Boston, Mass. on Sunday, May 20, 2012. (Photo by Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy at the Hammer Museum gala in the garden on September 24, 2011 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/WireImage)
BOSTON - MAY 9: Leonard Nimoy delivers a lecture to more than 1,000 people as a guest of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University's Metcalf Hall on Monday, May 9, 2011. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 06: Actor Leonard Nimoy attends Entertainment Weekly's CapeTown Film Festival presented by The American Cinematheque and sponsored by TNT's 'Falling Skies' at the Egyptian Theatre on May 6, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Leonard Nimoy attends Walter Koenig's induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 10, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 14: Actor Leonard Nimoy arrives at the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Star Trek Into Darkness' at the Dolby Theatre on May 14, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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