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Profile of the Day: William Shatner

Profile of the Day: William Shatner

William Shatner

Remember watching Star Trek? Today star William Shatner celebrates his 88th birthday!

He was born on March 22, 1931 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to Anne Garmaise and Joseph Shatner. His paternal grandfather, Wolf Shattner, changed the spelling of the family’s surname to “Shatner.”

Shatner began his career in entertainment as a child performing in radio programs and later studied acting in college. A classically trained Shakespearean actor, Shatner often performed at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario.

In 1966, Shatner landed his iconic role of Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek. Although the show was canceled after just three seasons, the show continued to attract a large following, resulting in several successful spin-off television shows and films.

William Shatner is connected to over 130 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?

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