1931 — William Shatner born

Whether you know him best as Jim Kirk, Denny Crane or TJ Hooker, it’s highly unlikely that you’ve never heard of Wild Bill Shatner. But did you know he’s Canadian? And Jewish?

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Shatner has two sisters, and has been acting since 1954, when he first performed at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario. He would go on to become one of the most well-known faces in television history and fan favourite actor. In recent years, his growing willingness to laugh at himself has brought him new fans and won back some of the ones he pissed off in his infamous 1986 appearance on Saturday Night Live (in which he advised fans to “get a life” – it was meant as a joke, but it cut too close to the bone for many).

Referenced in:
The Chanukah Song (Part I) — Adam Sandler

1931 — Leonard Nimoy born

Best known for the role of Mr Spock in the “Star Trek” franchise, Leonard Simon Nimoy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, although he has spent most of his adult life living and working in Los Angeles. He began acting in 1951 with a role in a film titled “Rhubarb”.

Other than Mr Spock, a character he has had a vexed relationship with over the years, Nimoy’s best known roles were Paris in the original “Mission Impossible” and Dr. David Kibner in the 1978 remake of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”.

Referenced in:
The Chanukah Song (Part I) — Adam Sandler