William Shatner

William Shatner

Place of Birth: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Date of Birth: March 22, 1931

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

William Shatner is a Canadian actor, singer, author, director, producer, spokesman, and comedian. He is known for his role as Captain Kirk in the Star Trek series.

His father, Joseph Shatner, was born in Bukovina, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, of Ukrainian Jewish and Austrian Jewish descent. His mother, Ann (Garmaise), was born in Montréal, Québec, Canada, of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry. William was raised in a “fairly Orthodox” Jewish family.

William is married to Elizabeth Martin. William has three daughters with his former wife, Gloria Rabinowitz/Rand, including actress Melanie Shatner; Melanie is married to actor Joel Gretsch. It appears that William is a fourth cousin of Canadian musician Leonard Cohen, through their shared Garmaise line.

William’s paternal grandfather was Volf/Wolf Schattner (the son of Avraham Yehuda Schattner/Shattner). Volf was a Jewish emigrant, from Kuty, Ukraine.

William’s paternal grandmother was Fruma/Frima Freyda Lecker (the daughter of Peysach/Pesach Lecker and Esteyr/Esther Gittle). Fruma was a Jewish emigrant, from Bukovina, which was, at the time of Fruma’s birth, c. 1859, an administrative division of the Habsburg Monarchy, the Austrian Empire, and Austria–Hungary. Peysach was the son of Meier-Yitzchak/Yitzak Lecker and Shayna Rivka.

William’s maternal grandfather was Yaakov/Jacob J. Garmaise (the son of Avraham/Abraham Aharon/Aaron Garmaise and Esteyr/Esther Rachel Cohen). Yaakov was a Jewish immigrant from Vilkaviškis, in Lithuania. Avraham was the son of Mordechai/Mordecai Garmeyze/Garmaise. Esteyr may have been from Romania.

William’s maternal grandmother was Yetta Kahn (the daughter of Rachel Ballinger). Yetta was a Jewish emigrant from Vilkaviškis, in Lithuania.

Sources: Genealogies of William Shatner – https://www.geni.com

Death records of William’s parents – https://www.findagrave.com

William’s maternal grandfather, Yaakov/Jacob J. Garmaise, on the 1901 Canadian Census – https://familysearch.org

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  1. andrew says:

    typo in the text: “He is well KNOWN…”

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