Sir Patrick Hewes Stewart OBE (born 13 July 1940) is an English actor who has worked in theater, television, film, and video games for over five decades. Stewart began his career as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1979 for his portrayal in the West End production of “Antony and Cleopatra.” During the mid-late 1970s, he had his first prominent film appearances in B.B.C.-broadcast television productions such as “Hedda” and the “I, Claudius” television series. Captain Jean-Luc Picard in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and its sequels was one of his most prominent roles. We are overjoyed because it is his big day today.
Gladys Stewart and Alfred Stewart gave birth to Patrick Stewart on July 13, 1940. Geoffrey and Trevor are his older siblings. Crowley Church of England Junior and Infants School and Mirfield Secondary Modern School were his schools of choice. At Crowley Church of England Junior and Infants School, Cecil Dormand, an English teacher, encouraged his acting talent and persuaded him to appear in Shakespearean plays. Stewart began acting when he was 12 years old, and he participated in local drama groups. He began working for “Mirfield & District Reporter” as a junior reporter and obituary writer at the age of 15 but left when the newspaper’s editor asked him to choose between writing and acting. He worked as a furniture salesperson for a year to save money before enrolling in a theater school and completing an 80-day drama course. He enrolled at Bristol Old Vic Theater School in 1957. A few years later, he made his professional debut at the Lincoln Repertory Theater and then at Manchester’s Library Theater.
He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1966 and remained with the company until the early 1980s. He made his Broadway debut in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 1971 as Snout. He moved to Los Angeles in 1987 and rose to international fame after being cast as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the science-fiction series “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” which aired from 1987 to 1994. His appearance as Professor Xavier in the American blockbuster film “X-Men,” which was released in 2000, won him a lot of attention, and he also appeared in the film’s two sequels. He received requests to lend his voice to comedic cartoon characters in T.V. shows because of his flawless British accent. He voiced characters in animated films such as “Gnomeo & Juliet,” which was released in 2011, and “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” which was released in 2012. Stewart prefers to perform in the Shakespearean Theater, where he was taught, even if he has established himself as a wonderful actor on Broadway.
Stewart married Sheila Falconer in 1966, but the couple separated in 1990. They have a son named Daniel and a daughter named Sophia. On August 25, 2000, he married Wendy Neuss, whom he divorced three years later. Stewart began dating Sunny Ozell in 2008. Their engagement was announced in March 2013, and they married in September 2013.
Following a period with Manchester's Library Theatre, Stewart became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
He has a brief T.V. cameo role as Horatio in a performance of the gravedigger scene as part of episode six of Sir Kenneth Clark's “Civilisation” television series.
He made his Broadway debut as Snout in Peter Brook's legendary production of “A Midsummer Night's Dream.”
He gets his big break starring as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the TV series “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
He receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 16, 1996.
Stewart wins Best Spoken Word Album for Children for “Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf.”
He is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to drama.
Why We Love Patrick Stewart
He is an activist
Stewart recorded a short video for Amnesty International in 2006 in which he reminisced about his father's physical abuse of his mother and the impact it had on him as a child. In 2017, he collaborated with the A.S.P.C.A. on the National Dog Fighting Awareness Day Campaign.
His involvement with charity causes
He established a scholarship at the University of Huddersfield in 2006 to support postgraduate research into domestic abuse. He also became a patron of 'Refuge,' a U.K. charity for battered women, as a result of his childhood experience.
He made bald beautiful
Stewart reportedly tried hats, combovers, and toupees to cover his baldness when he was 19 years old. Stewart was scared that he wouldn't be hired as Picard unless he wore a wig over his bald pate because Hollywood's rigid beauty standards don't commonly include hair loss. However, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry advised Stewart to remove the wig, and a T.V. Guide poll ranked Stewart the sexiest guy on television in 1992.
5 Surprising Facts
His son played his son
Daniel Stewart, Stewart's son, made an appearance in "The Inner Light," one of the best episodes of “The Next Generation.”
He suffers from alopecia
The British actor became bald at the young age of 19 due to alopecia.
He thought he was circumcised
Sir Patrick Stewart believed he was circumcised for the majority of his life, despite the contrary physical evidence.
He was offered the role of Jafar
The character of Jafar in Disney's "Aladdin" was one of the positions Stewart didn't take, according to hundreds of publications online.
He always wanted to play Othello
His obsession with "Othello" began when he was 14, and it became the role he aspired to play.
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