- NAME: Patrick Stewart
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Theater Actor, Television Actor
- BIRTH DATE: July 13, 1940 (Age: 72)
- EDUCATION: Crowlees Church of England Junior and Infants School, Mirfield Secondary School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Mirfield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
- Full Name: Sir Patrick Hewes Stewart
- ZODIAC SIGN: Cancer
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English film, television and stage actor Patrick Stewart is perhaps best known for his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
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Actor, writer, director, and producer. Born Patrick Hewes Stewart on July 13, 1940, in Mirfield, England. Widely known for his work on the popular science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Patrick Stewart is a versatile performer, equally at home playing comic book characters and legendary Shakespearean parts. He comes from a modest beginning. "I grew up...in a house that had one room downstairs and one room upstairs. My brother and I shared a double bed in my parents' bedroom," he explained to Entertainment Weekly.
Stewart developed a love of theater during his school years. Stewart's first career, however, was in journalism. Leaving school at 15, he went to work for a newspaper. He left after two years to become an actor.
In 1966, Stewart joined the prestigious Royal Shakespearean Company (RSC). Other members of the company included Ben Kingsley and Helen Mirren. He toured the United States with the company several times over the next few years, performing such plays as As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, and King Lear. Back in England, Stewart played the title role in King John in 1970. He made his Broadway debut the following year in A Midsummer's Night Dream.
Stewart began his film career in 1975 with small roles in the drama Hedda starring Glenda Jackson and the thriller Hennessy with Rod Steiger and Lee Remick. Stewart also achieved some critical acclaim on the 1976 British miniseries I, Claudius, which featured Derek Jacobi as the flawed emperor of ancient Rome.
In 1979, Stewart won the Laurence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a Supporting Role for RSC's production of Antony and Cleopatra. He was also nominated in the best actor category for his work as Shylock in the RSC's production of The Merchant of Venice. That same year, Stewart appeared in the spy thriller miniseries Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy starring Alec Guinness. He also appeared in the 1982 sequel Smiley's People.
Stewart continued to juggle his stage, film, and television career throughout the early and mid-1980s.
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