U.S. journalist seeks Montreal’s help with William Shatner biography

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WATCH ABOVE: New York Post journalist Michael Starr is looking for Montreal's help with local stories about William Shatner – Jul 27, 2017

New York Post reporter Michael Starr is working on a biography about Montrealer William Shatner and is looking for people to share information about the famous actor.

William Shatner on-stage at Destination Star Trek Convention, Birmingham, UK. Oct. 7, 2016. Adrian Jones / REX/Shutterstock

He is looking for Montrealers who may have known Shatner before he became famous for his role as Captain Kirk in the television sci-fi classic Star Trek.

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“Nobody has looked at [Shatner’s] life from his birth in Montreal to his present-day activities,” Starr said to Global’s Laura Casella.

“He’s written three books about himself … But there is no third person story about him.”

Starr hopes to hear about Shatner while he was growing up as an NDG kid through his days as a McGill University student, up until the mid-1960s.

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Starr has had some success getting in contact with a former neighbour, Pierre Lafond, who lived next to Shatner on Girouard Boulevard.

Lafond had his own California success by opening a Sonoma Valley winery in the 1960s and shared a few stories about the famous Montrealer.

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While one contact is good, it is not enough to complete a book, Starr said. He’s asking people to contact him no matter how small their Shatner story is.

“I really want people to reach out, I want to hear from them, I want to hear their stories,” Starr said.

Starr’s requests for personal Shatner stories or any information to be emailed to him at

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