Birth Name: William Shatner
Birth Place: Montreal, Quebec, CA
The son of Jewish-Canadian clothier Joseph Shatner and his wife, Anne, William Shatner was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on March 22, 1931. Shatner's career began as a child in CBC radio productions. Even at that tender young age, Shatner knew he wanted to be a professional actor, but his father's disapproval of the profession temporarily sidelined his ambitions. To please his father, Shatner majored in business at McGill University, but never gave up his dream. After graduating in 1949, Shatner reneged on his promise to join his father's clothing firm and joined the Canadian Repertory Company in Ottawa instead. In 1956, Shatner gained attention with his Broadway debut in Sir Tyrone Guthr...
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