[Whenever I look at the names of people these days, for whatever reason, if I think the name is a bit "weird" then I look at whether these are Jews. I was looking into the matter of William Shatner, the actor who is otherwise famous as Captain Kirk of Star Trek. And … be damned … he's a Jew. All his grandparents were JEWISH! Mr Spock, of Star Trek, is also a Jew! Just Jews everywhere … the Jews insinuated themselves all over Jewish Hollywood. Pop music from when I was a kid was also filled with Jews … but at the time I never knew it. It's horrific. Jan]
Shatner was born in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood of Montreal, Quebec, Canada to a Conservative Jewish household. His parents were Ann (née Garmaise) and Joseph Shatner, a clothing manufacturer. He has two sisters, Joy and Farla. His paternal grandfather, Wolf Schattner, anglicized the family name to "Shatner".
All four of Shatner’s grandparents were Jewish immigrants. They came from Austria-Hungary and the Russian Empire (present-day Ukraine and Lithuania).
Shatner attended two schools in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Willingdon Elementary School and West Hill High School, and is an alumnus of the Montreal Children’s Theatre. He studied Economics at the McGill University Faculty of Management in Montreal, Canada, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1952. In June 2011, McGill University awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Letters. Shatner was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from New England Institute of Technology in May 2018.