William Shatner (1931 – )

Iconic Actor

There’s sure to be a lot of jokes about how William Shatner, BCom’52, is the only McGillian “to boldly go where no man has gone before.” But there’s a compelling case for naming this legendary actor the Greatest McGillian of all time. First and foremost, he is a true Canadian icon who never hesitates to give a shout out to his alma mater. Then, there is his acting career. Not only did he play Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek franchise, but he continued on to other noteworthy roles like T.J. Hooker, Denny Crane on The Practice and Boston Legal (for which he won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe) and now as the star of $#*! My Dad Says. He is also a noted philanthropist who donates his time and money to a number of worthy causes, such as the American Tinnitus Association. Plus, the McGill community loves him! Much to the chagrin of the administration, students went so far as to unofficially rename the Student Centre in his honour. As a result, he is an integral part of the McGill experience for almost every student that passes through the Roddick Gates. For all these reasons and more, he should “live long and prosper” as the Greatest McGillian.