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'''Sir Patrick Stewart, OBE''' (July 13, 1940-), is a British actor best known for playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and Professor Charles Xavier in the ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' movies. [[note]]This casting choice is the only thing comic book fans have ''ever'' universally agreed upon.[[/note]]

Stewart was born [[OopNorth in Mirfield, West Yorkshire]], studying drama at the Bristol Old Vic theatre school before moving on to the Royal Shakespeare Company. He had lost most of his hair by the age of 19, and impressed during his audition for the Old Vic by performing both with and without a wig and proclaiming himself to be "two actors for the price of one".

While at the RSC, Stewart had small parts in several movies (including ''Film/{{Dune}}'' and ''Film/{{Excalibur}})'', before being cast as a relative unknown in ''Star Trek''.

Stewart has always laughed off those who suggest that, as a classically-trained actor, he was "slumming it" in things like ''Star Trek'' - he suggested that in fact, all the kings and emperors that he had played with the RSC were merely preparation for the iconic role of captaining the new Starship ''Enterprise''.

Similarly, Stewart has always tried to remain in touch with his theatrical roots - spending a season at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in his native Leeds, he had little time for critics who suggested that this was all the work he could find - he was doing it because [[DoingItForTheArt he]] ''[[DoingItForTheArt wanted]]'' [[DoingItForTheArt to do it]]. His various theatre roles include playing Theatre/{{Othello}} among an otherwise entirely black cast. Amusingly, at first he was one of the few TNG castmembers who [[ConsummateProfessional took their job fully seriously and didn't mess around on-set]], until he loosened up and, according to co-star Creator/LeVarBurton, would mess around and wreak havoc with the best of them.

Stewart is also Claudius (and King Hamlet) opposite Creator/DavidTennant in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' and he did the same in an 1980s BBC-TV production with Creator/DerekJacobi as Hamlet. Stewart also became a regular on Seth [=MacFarlane=]'s ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', as the amoral, James Bond-esque CIA Director Avery Bullock.

He is a highly vocal figure in the fight against domestic violence, his father having been abusive towards his mother. More recently, having learned of his father's experiences in World War II and the long-term effects of PTSD, he's also begun campaigning for counseling and treatment of violent men, particularly combat veterans.

Was [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever knighted]] in the 2010 New Year Honours List for services to drama. He still contributes to his local community, being the chancellor of the nearby University of Huddersfield and having been president of the local football (soccer) academy since his return to the UK in 2004.

!!Film Roles

* 1981 ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'' as Leondegrance
* 1984 ''Film/{{Dune}}'' as Gurney Halleck
* 1985 ''Film/WildGeeseII'' as Russian General
* 1985 ''Film/{{Lifeforce}}'' as Dr. Armstrong
* 1991 ''Film/LAStory'' as Mr. Perdue, Maitre D' at L'Idiot
* 1993 ''Film/{{Gunmen}}'' as Loomis
* 1993 ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' as King Richard
* 1994 ''Film/StarTrekGenerations '' as Jean-Luc Picard
* 1994 ''Film/ThePagemaster'' as Adventure
* 1996 ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' as Jean-Luc Picard
* 1997 ''Film/ConspiracyTheory'' as Dr. Jonas
* 1997 ''Film/{{Masterminds}}'' as Bentley
* 1998 ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' as Jean-Luc Picard
* 1999 ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' as Pharaoh Seti
* 1999 ''Film/AnimalFarm'' as Napoleon
* 2000 ''Film/XMen1'' as Professor Xavier
* 2001 ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' as King Goobot
* 2002 ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' as Jean-Luc Picard
* 2003 ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' as Professor Xavier
* 2005 ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' as Mr. Woolensworth
* 2006 ''[[Disney/{{Bambi}} Bambi II]]'' as The Great Prince of the Forest.
* 2006 ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' as Professor Xavier
* 2007 ''WesternAnimation/{{TMNT}}'' as Winters
* 2009 ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' as Professor Xavier
* 2011 ''WesternAnimation/GnomeoAndJuliet'' as Bill Shakespeare
* 2012 ''WesternAnimation/IceAge4ContinentalDrift'' as Ariscratle
* 2013 ''Film/TheWolverine'' as Professor Xavier
* 2014 ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' as Professor Xavier
* 2014 ''Film/AMillionWaysToDieInTheWest'' as Dream Voice

!!Television Roles

* 1967 ''Series/CoronationStreet'' as Fire Officer
* 1976 ''Series/IClaudius'' as Sejanus
* 1987-1994 ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' as Jean-Luc Picard
* 1993 ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' as Jean-Luc Picard
* 2005-present ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' as Avery Bullock
* 2012 ''TheHollowCrown'' ("Theatre/RichardII") as John of Gaunt
* 2015-present ''Series/BluntTalk'' as Walter Blunt

!!Video Game Roles

* 2006 ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' as Emperor Uriel Septim VII

!!Provides examples of:
* AdamWesting: His role on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' is essentially the writers trying to cram everything that would sound ridiculous coming out of Picard's mouth into the script.
-->"You are a complicated man, Smith. I would love to do mushrooms with you."
* BadAssBaritone: One of the deepest, most commanding voices you'll ever hear and why he's always been a natural for leaders and authority figures, be they good or evil. His voice is practically a force of nature unto itself.
* BaldOfAwesome: Many of his roles. A reporter questioned his casting in ''Franchise/StarTrek'', saying "By the 24th century, wouldn't they have cured baldness?" Roddenberry's response: "In the 24th century, they wouldn't ''care''." He even got to do BaldOfEvil a few times, in movies like ''Film/ConspiracyTheory'', ''Film/MobyDick'', ''Film/{{Masterminds}}'', and ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt''.
* BriefAccentImitation: In a [[http://www.npr.org/2014/12/13/370331835/not-my-job-actor-patrick-stewart-gets-quizzed-on-g-i-joe 2014 appearance]] on Creator/{{NPR}}'s ''Radio/WaitWaitDontTellMe'' (he's appeared on the show several times), Stewart did the OpeningNarration for ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' with a French accent, and commented that the silly result was the real-life reason Picard didn't have one.
-->'''Stewart:''' Space... ze final frontier.
* ClassicallyTrainedExtra: Inverted: Once a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he said it was good practice for playing Picard, and has never tried to distance himself from the role. He's still a highly respected Shakespearian actor, though he reportedly refuses to say any of Picard's trademark lines during his other roles - though there are exceptions: Occasionally on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', but then that's one of the jokes of his character in that show. His appearance as himself in ''{{Series/Extras}}'', in keeping with the persona he played or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNatvLe18ro this]] brief appearance with The Count on ''Series/SesameStreet''. He also likes to avoid typecasting by intentionally taking humorous and silly roles to contrast with his normally serious and stoic screen persona.
* DodgyToupee:
** He used to have an entire collection of them, in various styles, when he was a younger actor starting out and would try and use them as leverage when auditioning for parts (because he could easily change his look as required and he'd save the hair and makeup department time and money). He eventually got rid of them.
** When he was auditioning for the role of Picard, some executives were worried that his baldness would be a distraction to the audience. Roddenberry had him audition bald and again with the worst toupee they could get their hands on to drive home the point that the strength of Stewart's acting was what was important.
* {{Facepalm}}: The patron saint of this from his ''TNG'' days. Facepalm reaction images on the internet are more likely to be of Picard than anyone else.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Creator/IanMckellen - the two are very close friends who've worked any many projects together.
* IAmVeryBritish: Grew up speaking a Yorkshire accent as well as the local dialect but now always speaks with a smart RP accent. The yorkshire accent is something he can revert to when needed: his bemusement of cockney TV chatshow host Jonathan Ross, for instance, or his Geroge Formby impersonation in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''.
* InkSuitActor:
** In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', the character he plays, Bullock, is designed to resemble Stewart. This is particularly noticeable in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' gags involving Patrick Stewart, in which they use the exact same character model as they do for Bullock.
** A strange case in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''. While he didn't do the voice acting for that show, the creators designed Professor X to look like Stewart, having been inspired by his performance in the X-Men films. This trend carried on into ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' and other media where the character appears.
* LargeHam: When he's having fun, Stewart can ham it up with the best of them. For a good example, see the [=MoneySupermarket=] ads in the UK. Behold the glory of his appearance on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' "disguised" as John Oliver [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-september-26-2012/the-daily-show-correspondent-strike here]]. Likewise, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_4LtBDCUEg this story]] about him on set, as told by Creator/MichaelDorn.
* MostlyNarmless: He's highly renowned for being able to deliver any material he's given, no matter how ridiculous, with utter sincerity. This served him well during the dodgier episodes of TNG.
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: His annoyed reaction on Website/{{Twitter}} to a cable company who tried to smooth over their bad service by assuring him their support teams were "fully engaged" and they would "make it so":
--> '' Impertinent, presumptuous. And so..."original". ''
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: The only man who can pull off a French Captain with pure ReceivedPronunciation and occassional Yorkshire inflections. For example: [[Film/LAStory playing]] a French Maitre d'. Rarely mentioned nowadays, but Professor X is supposed to be American.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Patrick Stewart initially didn't appreciate how his castmates would crack jokes and pull pranks on one another while on the set of TNG and even went so far as to call a cast meeting to address the issue, saying that he thought such behavior was unprofessional and disrespectful to the crew. The others showed him that they were serious about their jobs and convinced him that a bit of levity on set made working on a show like ''Star Trek'' much easier. When that happened, Stewart showed that he could keep up with the best of them in the jokes and pranks department.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He initially looked much older due to his hair loss but doesn't seem to have aged a day since his time on ''Star Trek''. He is in his seventies and looks to be in his mid-fifties at most. Must be all the Earl Grey tea.
* PatrickStewartSpeech: The TropeNamer, with good reason too. Who wouldn't want to listen to him? He's also been known to give his own such speeches out of character, for instance [[http://www.upworthy.com/a-brave-fan-asks-patrick-stewart-a-question-he-doesnt-usually-get-and-is-given-a-beautiful-answer this speech]] in answer to a fan's question about his work for DomesticAbuse victims.
* PersonalArcade: Has his own ''Pinball/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' pinball, as thanks for participating in its development. He's said he still plays it regularly.
* SesameStreetCred: Has appeared on ''Sesame Street'' multiple times, including once when he got to stretch his classical legs by delivering a soliloquy titled "[[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} B or not a B]]."
* ShakespearianActors
* ShoutOut:
** In the afore mentioned brief appearance on ''Sesame Street'', he uses his classic order of [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration "Make it so, Number One."]] to get the literal number 1 to get back in line.
** During his appearance on ''Extras'', Gervais asks him to give his script to someone he knows, and he says he'll "[[CatchPhrase make it so]]" (and then seems baffled that the man has never seen ''Star Trek: The Next Generation'').
** Much to the bafflement of an American audience, one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' sees Director Bullock of the CIA, in his downtime in between interviews, pick up a ukelele and perform ''[[Music/GeorgeFormby When I'm Cleaning Windows]]''. Stewart even performs this in his native broad Yorkshire accent. Which must really bemuse Americans.
* SophisticatedAsHell:
** He's a Shakespearean actor who admittedly loves cartoons (he was offered a multitude of roles in the [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Disney]] [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Renaissance]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} projects]] made during ''TNG''s' run and Jeffrey Katzenberg's Disney tenure, but he couldn't take any of these roles). In one DavidLetterman interview he said the two things he'd miss most if he went back to England would be valet parking and... ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead''.
** In general, he has a habit of speaking eloquently and suddenly dropping a swearword.
-->'''As the narrator in Film/{{Ted}}:''' No matter how big a splash you make in this world whether you're Corey Feldman, Frankie Muniz, Justin Bieber or a talking teddy bear, eventually, nobody gives a shit.
* UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry: He learned his art at the Bristol Old Vic theatre.