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Patrick Stewart

Patrick StewartBorn: 13-Jul-1940
Birthplace: Mirfield, Yorkshire, England

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Captain Picard in Star Trek: TNG

Patrick Stewart played the dashing chrome-domed Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation and in several movies, and the chrome-wheelchair-bound Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films. With his bald head and booming, mellifluous voice, Stewart commands attention, whether on stage or screen or in person.

He wanted to be an actor since he was a boy, and began appearing in local stage productions at the age of 12. Still in his teens, he worked as a furniture sales man to earn tuition to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where he studied for two years. He began going bald at the age of 19, at about the time he made his professional stage debut. With numerous roles and good reviews, Stewart became a respected stage actor, and he first appeared in the cinema in 1975, with a supporting role in a film of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda starring Glenda Jackson. Prior to wearing the Star Fleet uniform, he was perhaps best known for playing the sadistic Roman soldier Sejanus on the ancient soap opera I, Claudius with Derek Jacobi.

When he took the Star Trek role, Stewart says he knew that his life of general anonymity was about to be changed forever. He considered taking the more-traveled Hollywood path of hiring chauffeurs and security, but thought it might eventually impede his ability to play ordinary characters. Instead he resolutely does his own shopping, driving, and other errands, keeping his familiar face tilted downward but interacting with strangers everywhere he goes. Still, Stewart is often described as taking himself a tad too seriously. On the Star Trek set, he once stalked away from scheduled interviews with Good Morning America when he thought the chat show was treating Star Trek in an undignified manner. On Broadway, he once stepped out of character to berate audience members for talking too loudly, and on another occasion he interrupted the post-performance applause to criticize the play's producers for insufficiently advertising the production.

On stage, Stewart has repeatedly played all the characters in a solo rendition of A Christmas Carol, and he has earned his Shakespearean actor fame by performing in virtually all of the Bard's plays. He has also starred in a race-reversed production of Othello at Washington DC's Shakespeare Theatre, playing the usually-black title role amidst a cast of African-American actors in the traditionally white roles.

After dim box office returns for Star Trek: Nemesis in 2002, Stewart has reluctantly conceded that he has almost certainly played Captain Picard for the last time.

He has been a member and financial supporter of the human rights group Amnesty International, since at least two decades before he found fame. He has also been a member of the British Labour Party for many years.

In 2003, Stewart became Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield near his hometown in West Yorkshire, announcing that despite his obligations as an actor he had no intention of being an "absentee Chancellor".

The actor Stewart is not believed to be related to his historical namesake, the tyrannical Earl of Orkney who was beheaded for treason in 1615.

Father: Alfred Stewart (Sergent, British Army)
Mother: Gladys Stewart (textile worker)
Wife: Sheila Falconer (choreographer, m. 3-Mar-1966, div. 1990, one son, one daughter)
Son: Daniel Freedom Stewart (actor, b. 1968)
Daughter: Sophie Alexandra Falconer Stewart (boutique operator, b. 1973)
Wife: Wendy Neuss (TV producer, m. 25-Aug-2000, div. 14-Oct-2003)
Girlfriend: Meredith Baer (screenwriter, dated in 2004)
Girlfriend: Lisa Stawiarski (actress, "Lisa Dillon", dated in 2005)
Wife: Sunny Ozell (jazz singer, m. 8-Sep-2013)

    High School: Mirfield Secondary Modern School, Mirfield, Yorkshire (dropped out)
    Conservatory: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
    Administrator: Chancellor, University of Huddersfield (2003-)

    Amnesty International
    Grammy
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 16-Dec-1996
    Officer of the British Empire Jan-2001
    Knight of the British Empire 2-Jun-2010
    Angioplasty 23-Aug-2004

    TELEVISION
    American Dad! CIA Director Avery Bullock (2005-)
    Star Trek: The Next Generation Jean-Luc Picard (1987-94)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    X-Men: Days of Future Past (10-May-2014)
    Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (10-Jun-2013) [VOICE]
    Ted (29-Jun-2012) · Narrator
    Ice Age: Continental Drift (27-Jun-2012) · Ariscratle [VOICE]
    Trek Nation (30-Nov-2011) · Himself
    Gnomeo & Juliet (23-Jan-2011) · Bill Shakespeare [VOICE]
    Earth (14-Jul-2007)
    TMNT (22-Mar-2007) · Winters [VOICE]
    X-Men: The Last Stand (22-May-2006)
    Bambi II (26-Jan-2006) [VOICE]
    Chicken Little (3-Nov-2005) [VOICE]
    Mysterious Island (17-Sep-2005)
    The Game of Their Lives (22-Apr-2005)
    Dragon's World: A Fantasy Made Real (1-Dec-2004) · Narrator [VOICE]
    The Lion in Winter (26-Dec-2003) · King Henry II
    X2 (24-Apr-2003) · Prof. Charles Xavier
    Star Trek: Nemesis (9-Dec-2002) · Jean-Luc Picard
    King of Texas (23-Mar-2002)
    Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (9-Dec-2001) · King Goobot [VOICE]
    X-Men (13-Jul-2000) · Xavier
    A Christmas Carol (5-Dec-1999)
    Animal Farm (3-Oct-1999) · Napoleon [VOICE]
    The Prince of Egypt (16-Dec-1998) · Seti I [VOICE]
    Star Trek: Insurrection (11-Dec-1998) · Picard
    Safe House (15-Oct-1998)
    Dad Savage (5-Jun-1998)
    Moby Dick (15-Mar-1998)
    Masterminds (22-Aug-1997) · Bentley
    Conspiracy Theory (8-Aug-1997) · Dr. Jonas
    Star Trek: First Contact (22-Nov-1996) · Picard
    The Canterville Ghost (27-Jan-1996) · Sir Simon de Canterville
    Let It Be Me (17-Nov-1995)
    Jeffrey (4-Aug-1995)
    The Pagemaster (23-Nov-1994) · Adventure [VOICE]
    Star Trek: Generations (18-Nov-1994) · Picard
    Gunmen (4-Feb-1994) · Loomis
    Robin Hood: Men in Tights (28-Jul-1993) · King Richard
    Death Train (14-Apr-1993)
    L.A. Story (8-Feb-1991)
    Lady Jane (7-Feb-1986) · Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk
    The Doctor and the Devils (4-Oct-1985)
    Code Name: Emerald (27-Sep-1985)
    Lifeforce (21-Jun-1985) · Dr. Armstrong
    Wild Geese II (12-Jun-1985)
    Dune (14-Dec-1984) · Gurney Halleck
    The Plague Dogs (21-Oct-1982) [VOICE]
    Excalibur (10-Apr-1981) · Leondegrance
    Little Lord Fauntleroy (25-Nov-1980)
    Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (25-May-1980)
    I, Claudius (20-Sep-1976)
    Hennessy (22-Aug-1975) · Tilney
    Hedda (1975)


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