William "Bill" Shatner was born in March 1931 in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighborhood of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. William studied economics at McGill University in Montreal, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
After graduating from McGill University in 1952, William became the business manager for the Mountain Playhouse in Montreal before joining the Canadian National Repertory Theater in Ottawa. Trained as a classical Shakespearean actor, William began performing at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, beginning in 1954.
Though William's movie debut was in the 1951 Canadian film, The Butler's Night Off, his first feature role came in the 1958 film The Brothers Karamazov where he starred as the youngest of the Karamzov brothers. He is best known for his portrayal of James T. Kirk, Captain of the USS Enterprise, in the Star Trek franchise.
William undertook the ultimate remodeling job of his outdated home in California, with the help of a designer and construction crew in HGTV's The Shatner Project.