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).

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The Chanukah Song (Part I) — Adam Sandler