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Also Known As: Patrick Hewes Stewart, Sir Patrick Stewart Died:
Born: July 13, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Mirfield, England, GB Profession: actor, voice actor, playwright, furniture salesman, journalist

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A Shakespearean performer who exuded an authoritative presence, actor Patrick Stewart spent many years in repertory theater before becoming a star player with the Royal Shakespeare Company. But Stewart's most recognized success was his commanding, often patriarchal turn as Captain Jean-Luc Picard on the sequel series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (syndicated, 1987-1994). Prior to this breakout role, he spent years performing in the Bard's productions, most notably in "Macbeth," "Hamlet" and an acclaimed Broadway version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1971). Once he made his way to the screen, Stewart ably performed minor roles in "Fall of Eagles" (BBC, 1974) and "I, Claudius" (BBC2, 1976) while eventually making his way to feature films with "Excalibur" (1981) and "Dune" (1985). After his seven-year sojourn on "The Next Generation," Stewart was fortunate enough to avoid being tied to Picard for life, as seemed to happen with members of the original series. Though he reprised the role for three big screen versions of "Star Trek," he continued performing on stage while lending his stentorian voice to television commercials and animated features like "The Prince of Egypt" (1998) and "Chicken...

A Shakespearean performer who exuded an authoritative presence, actor Patrick Stewart spent many years in repertory theater before becoming a star player with the Royal Shakespeare Company. But Stewart's most recognized success was his commanding, often patriarchal turn as Captain Jean-Luc Picard on the sequel series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (syndicated, 1987-1994). Prior to this breakout role, he spent years performing in the Bard's productions, most notably in "Macbeth," "Hamlet" and an acclaimed Broadway version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1971). Once he made his way to the screen, Stewart ably performed minor roles in "Fall of Eagles" (BBC, 1974) and "I, Claudius" (BBC2, 1976) while eventually making his way to feature films with "Excalibur" (1981) and "Dune" (1985). After his seven-year sojourn on "The Next Generation," Stewart was fortunate enough to avoid being tied to Picard for life, as seemed to happen with members of the original series. Though he reprised the role for three big screen versions of "Star Trek," he continued performing on stage while lending his stentorian voice to television commercials and animated features like "The Prince of Egypt" (1998) and "Chicken Little" (2005). In between, Stewart portrayed the wheelchair-bound leader of the mutants, Professor Xavier, for the popular comic-book adaptation "X-Men" (2000), which generated lucrative sequels in 2002, 2006 and beyond, while affording Stewart yet another successful franchise without being typecast for life.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Green Room (2015)
2.
 Dorothy of Oz (2014)
3.
 Match (2014)
6.
 Ted (2012)
7.
 Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
9.
 Earth (2007)
10.
 TMNT (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

1952:
Began acting in local theaters at age 12
1955:
Worked as a reporter for the <i>Dewsbury and District Reporter</i> at age 15
1959:
Professional stage debut as Morgan in "Treasure Island"
1959:
Member of the repertory company of the Playhouse Theatre in Sheffield
:
Toured Australia, New Zealand and South America with Vivien Leigh and the Old Vic Theater Company
:
Member of the Liverpool Playhouse's repertory company
1965:
Spent a season with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company; parts played included the title role in "Galileo"
1966:
London stage debut as the second witness in "The Investigation"
1967:
Worked as an associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company
1971:
Made Broadway debut as Snout in Peter Brook's landmark production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1975:
Feature debut as Tilner in "Hennessy"
1976:
Played the villainous Sejanus on the acclaimed BBC (and later PBS's "Masterpiece Theatre") miniseries, "I, Claudius"
1981:
Returned to the silver screen after six years to play a role in "Excalibur"
1985:
Cast in David Lynch's film version of "Dune"
1987:
Starred as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, commander of the Starship Enterprise, on the syndicated series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
1989:
Performed (also co-adapted) all the roles in a storytelling of Dickens's "A Christmas Carol"
1991:
Recreated stage performances of "A Christmas Carol" on Broadway
1992:
Directorial debut with a benefit performance (for Amnesty International) of "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour"
1995:
Enjoyed success as Prospero in New York Shakespeare Festival Central Park production of "The Tempest"
1996:
American TV producing debut, "The Canterville Ghost" (ABC); also served as co-producer and played the title role
1996:
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (December 16)
1997:
Signed a three-year, first-look deal with Paramount; reportedly as part of the agreement, Stewart would receive a $12 million salary to star in a third "Star Trek" feature as well as receive an associate producer credit
1997:
Played the title role in DC production of "Othello"; ground-breaking production had Stewart playing the Moor and black actors as the Venetians
1997:
Had villainous role in "Masterminds"
1998:
Cast as Ahab in the USA Network miniseries "Moby Dick"
1998:
Starred in "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan," a limited run of Arthur Miller's play at the Josph Papp Public Theater
1998:
Voiced the character of Seti for the DreamWorks animated feature "The Prince of Egypt"
1998:
Reprised role of Picard in "Star Trek: Insurrection"; also served as an associate producer
1999:
Portrayed Scrooge in the TV-movie remake of "A Christmas Carol" (TNT)
2000:
Returned to Broadway as star of "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan"; caused a brief ruckus by delivering a curtain speech that claimed the producers (including the Shubert Organization) were not supportive of the production; failed to earn a Tony nomination; producers took matter to Actors Equity which ruled that Stewart had to apologize
2000:
Starred as the wheelchair-bound Professor Xavier, leader of a group of superhero mutants in the big-screen version of the Marvel Comic "X-Men"
2001:
Acted opposite Mercedes Ruehl in a stage production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?" at the Guthrie Theatre
2001:
Voiced King Goobot for Paramount's animated feature "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius"
2002:
Executive produced and starred in Old West King Lear retelling "The King of Texas" for Hallmark Entertainment and TNT
2002:
Once again reprised role as Picard in "Star Trek: Nemesis"
2003:
Reprised role of Prof. Xavier in "X2"
2004:
Executive produced and starred as King Henry II in Showtime's remake of "The Lion in Winter"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Lead Actor
2006:
Reprised the role of Professor Xavier in "X-Men: The Last Stand"
2006:
Earned an Emmy nomination for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on "Extras" (HBO)
2007:
Appeared in the title role in Rupert Goold's acclaimed revival of "Macbeth"; reprised role on Broadway in 2008; earned a Tony award nomination for Best Actor in a Play
2009:
Played Claudius/Ghost in the BBC production of "Hamlet"; earned an Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
2010:
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 2010 in a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace
2010:
Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie ("Hamlet")
2010:
Recreated the title role of "Macbeth" for PBS' " Great Performances"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries ("Macbeth")
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Education

Mirfield Secondary Modern School: - 1951
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School: - 1957

Notes

He was made a member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in December 2000.

Stewart on his most unusual "Star Trek" experience: "I appeared at a convention where a 9-year-old kid sitting next to a pretty woman stood up, pointed to her, and asked me if I would marry his MOM!" --Quoted in TV Guide, October 8, 1994.

As a writer, Stewart has adapted (with Michael Glenny) M. Bulgakov's "The Master and Margharita" as "The Procurator". He has also adapted "A Christmas Carol" and "A Country Doctor's Notebook" for radio and has contributed pieces on various Shakespearean characters to several anthologies.

Joint artistic director to the Alliance for Creative Theatre, Education, and Research (ACTER) Shakespeare Company; also the associate director of ACTER at the University of California, Santa Barbara

In 1997, he received the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre from The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC.

In 1998, Stewart suffered a concussion after being hit in the head with a piece of scaffolding during a performance of "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan" at the Public Theater.

"My father said to me, 'I've heard about this Vivien Leigh. I've heard she's a bit fast. You be careful'." --Patrick Stewart to the Daily News, April 2, 2000. Stewart and Leigh toured Australia, New Zealand and South America together with the Old Vic Theatre Company in the early 1960s.

On being voted 'Sexiest Man on TV" by TV Guide in 1992: "It was astonishing and made no sense to me." --quoted in the Daily News, April 2, 2000.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Sheila Falconer. Choreographer. Married on March 3, 1966; divorced in 1990.
companion:
Meredith Baer. Script writer. Were engaged; no longer together.
wife:
Wendy Neuss. Producer. Born c. 1961; served as co-producer on "Star Trek: The Next Generation"; later worked in a similar capacity on "Star Trek: Voyager"; announced engagement in September 1997; married on August 25, 2000 in L.A.; Stewart filed for a divorce on on October 14, 2003.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Alfred Stewart. Professional soldier.
mother:
Gladys Stewart. Weaver.
son:
Daniel Freedom Stewart. Actor. Born c. 1968.
daughter:
Sophie Alexandra Falconer Stewart. Boutique owner. Lives and works in London; born c. 1973.
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