William Shatner

William Shatner
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Shatner at the 2018 Florida Supercon
Born (1931-03-22) March 22, 1931 (age 87)
Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Other namesBill Shatner
EducationWesthill High School
Alma materMcGill University
OccupationActor, author, producer, director
Years active1951–present
  • Gloria Rand
    (m. 1956; div. 1969)
  • Marcy Lafferty
    (m. 1973; div. 1996)
  • Nerine Kidd
    (m. 1997; d. 1999)
  • Elizabeth Martin
    (m. 2001)

William Shatner, OC (born March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor, author, producer, and director. In his seven decades of television, Shatner became a cultural icon for his portrayal of James T. Kirk, captain of the USS Enterprise, in the Star Trek franchise.[1] He has written a series of books chronicling his experiences playing Captain Kirk and being a part of Star Trek, and has co-written several novels set in the Star Trek universe. He has written a series of science fiction novels called TekWar that were adapted for television.

Shatner also played the eponymous veteran police sergeant in T.J. Hooker (1982–86) and hosted the reality-based television series Rescue 911 (1989–96), which won a People's Choice Award for the Favorite New TV Dramatic Series. Shatner also appeared in seasons 4 and 5 of the NBC series 3rd Rock from the Sun as the "Big Giant Head" that the alien characters reported to. From 2004 until 2008, he starred as attorney Denny Crane in the final season of the legal drama The Practice and its spinoff series Boston Legal, a role that earned him two Emmy Awards. He appeared in both seasons of the comical NBC real-life travelogue with other male companions "of a certain age" in Better Late Than Never, from 2016 to 2017.[2]

Shatner has also worked as a musician; an author; screenwriter and director; celebrity pitchman; and a passionate owner, trader, breeder, rider, and aficionado of horses.

Early life

Shatner was born in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood of Montréal, Québec, Canada, to a Conservative Jewish household.[3] His parents are Anne (née Garmaise) and Joseph Shatner, a clothing manufacturer.[4][5] He has two sisters, Joy and Farla.[6] His paternal grandfather, Wolf Schattner, anglicized the family name to "Shatner".[7]

All of Shatner's four grandparents were Jewish immigrants (from Austria-Hungary, Ukraine, and Lithuania).[8][9]

Shatner attended two schools in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Willingdon Elementary School[10] and West Hill High School,[11] and is an alumnus of the Montreal Children's Theatre.[12] He studied Economics at the McGill University Faculty of Management in Montreal, Canada, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.[13] In June 2011, McGill University awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Letters.[14] Shatner was also awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from New England Institute of Technology in May 2018.[15]

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