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Shatner, William

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William Shatner

Actor born in Montreal, Quebec, March 22, 1931, and known internationally for his portrayal of Captain Kirk in the Star Trek TV series and movies.

William Shatner graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University, where the Student Union building is now named after him. He received an Honorary Doctorate from McGill in 2011, and a Governor Generalís Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Performing Arts.

Shatner began his career as an actor with the Montreal Repertory Theatre, Canadian Repertory Theatre, and CBC radio drama. From 1954 to 1956, he acted at the Stratford Festival in title roles in Shakespeare's Henry V and the Broadway-bound tour of Marlowe's Tamburlaine the Great.

Shatner moved to New York in 1956, and since then has appeared in numerous films and television series, including the role of Denny Crane in Boston Legal.

His performances are marked by a strong presence and a sturdy, occasionally over-modulated, voice.

He now also writes fiction.

Shatner was married to third wife, former model Nerine Kidd, until her death in 1999. He remarried in February, 2001, to Elizabeth Martin. He has four children.

Sources: "William Shatner Through the Years", Montreal Gazette, 23 June 2000.

Profile by Gaetan Charlebois and Anne Nothof

Last updated 2021-03-22