• William Shatner

    Last updated: March 30, 2020

    William Shatner is a Canadian born actor best known for playing the role of Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek television series, as well as in seven feature films. Shatner has also been a writer of several non-fiction and fictional books; a singer (he’s released nine albums to date); producer, and director. Other television shows that Shatner has starred in are the 1980s police action-drama T.J. Hooker; in the early 2000s legal drama Boston Legal; and the 1990s reality show Rescue 911 in which he provided narration for.

    Born on March 22, 1931 in Montreal, Canada, William’s zodiac sign is Aries.

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    William Shatner – His Religion

    The Shatner household was a practicing Jewish one. Young William Shatner grew up learning about Judaism and attending church while also experiencing anti-semitism from the predominantly Catholic children in his Montreal neighborhood.

    “My father and mother had an observant religious life,” Shatner said about his younger years. “They went to temple every Sabbath, prayed to God, and I was dragged along. I’m not religious, but I’m spiritual. I read avidly on philosophy and animals, plants and trees; how connected all of life is.” (1)

    In his 2017 book Spirit of the Horse, Shatner elaborates a little further about his spiritual thoughts. “I’m not religious. I’m spiritual. I probably am an animist.”

    Shatner does comment on religious questions he’s asked by fans on his Twitter:



    William Shatner – His Politics

    Shatner doesn’t use his public platform to discuss personal politics. When he’s asked which party he holds allegiance towards (Shatner holds an American green card) the actor deftly sidesteps the question, as so:

    “If you could define what Republican and Democrat means now these days I might be able to enter that discussion, but the roles seem to be mixed.” (3)

    Let us give you another example. In 2018 Brandy K. Chambers ran as a Democrat for the Texas House of Representatives. Chambers used a photograph of her and Shatner sitting side-by-side in a political ad. The photo was taken during a visit to a comic convention and Shatner had no idea of how it was to be used — and so he shut her down.



    1: Sydney Morning Herald

    2: AP

    3: The Washington Post


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