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[[caption-width-right:350:[[BaldOfAwesome I am bald, yes. I also am awesome.]]]]

->"What's wrong, Captain Picard?"
->"What's wrong? I'm a serious, {{Shakespearian actor|s}}, and I'm talking to the ambassador of the FUCKING WORM PEOPLE!"
-->-- '''Creator/FrankieBoyle''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fmn-g8FDUek "Scenes We'd Like To See: Deleted Lines From Star Trek"]], ''MockTheWeek''

'''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.

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 ''{{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}}'' as well as becoming a regular on Seth [=MacFarlane=]'s ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', as the amoral, James Bond-esque CIA Director Avery Bullock.

Was [[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.
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!!Provides examples of:
* ActingForTwo: More like Acting for Fifty. He put on a one-man stage production of Creator/CharlesDickens's ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', in which he played every character.
* 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.
* 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''."
* 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 probably would have told off Frankie Boyle for the page quote. 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.
* {{Facepalm}}: The patron saint of {{facepalm}}s from his TNG days. Facepalm reaction images on the internet are more likely to be of Picard than anyone else.
* HeyItsThatVoice: His voice is instantly recognizable anywhere you go. Just for fun, read this entire article with his voice.
* InkSuitActor:
** In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', the character he plays, Bullock, is designed to resemble Stewart. This is particularly noticeable in ''FamilyGuy'' gags involving Patrick Stewart, in which they use the exact same character model as they do for Bullock.
** A strange case in ''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]].
* MoneyDearBoy:
** His role in ''Wild Geese 2''. He urgently needed money for an expensive home repair job and that was the first role he was offered upon receiving the bill from the repairman.
** His primary motivation for taking on the role of Picard. He wasn't particularly enthused about [=TNG=], at first, and thought the show would be quickly canceled so he took the role thinking that he'd be able to make some cash before going back to theatre roles in Britain[[note]]he says he didn't even unpack his suitcases for the first two season[[/note]]. To his surprise, the show was a success and he began to realize the impact Star Trek and its characters had on people, leading him to become one of Star Trek's most vocal advocates.
* 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.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: The only man who can pull off a French Captain with 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 now seventy-three and looks to be in his mid-fifties at most. Must be all the Earl Grey tea.
* OneOfUs: He is a classically trained Shakespearean actor who is also a big fan of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', ''Series/RedDwarf'', and ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}''.
* 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.
* PlayingAgainstType:
** His ''flaming'' CampGay turn as an interior decorator in ''Jeffrey''
** His role as Bullock on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', the writers even specifically said they try to make Patrick do as much silly things as then can with him in the show.
* PrematurelyBald: It made him more recognizable.
* PromotedFanboy: On the 10th anniversary night for ''Series/RedDwarf'', he gave the opening introduction while delivering [[StrangeSalute the Rimmer salute]].
* 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'').
* SophisticatedAsHell: He's a Shakespearean actor who admittedly loves cartoons. In one DavidLetterman interview he said the two things he'd miss most if he went back to England would be valet parking and... ''BeavisAndButthead''.
* UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry: He learned his art at the Bristol Old Vic theatre.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** He's a big fan of WarrenEllis' ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' (he even wrote an introduction for volume 5) and at one point was being considered for the role of Spider Jerusalem in a movie adaptation. When that fell straight into DevelopmentHell, Ellis instead [[ComicBookFantasyCasting cast him]] as the father of one of Spider's Filthy Assistants.
** His personal interference prevented ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' from being a TimeTravel farce about Captain Picard impersonating the injured inventor of the warp drive.
** He auditioned as Data on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' which is HilariousInHindsight as Creator/BrentSpiner eventually wanted out of playing Data because he didn't think he could pull off an ageless android.
** He was up for the role of Jafar in Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', but couldn't fit it into his schedule (since he was filming ''TNG'' at the time). He considers not voicing Jafar one of his biggest career regrets.
** He was a candidate for Mr. Freeze in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''.
** His role as Jean-Luc Picard was originally offered to Edward James Olmos.
** He was considered for the role in ''Series/{{Community}}'' that went to ChevyChase.
** He has always lamented the fact that he was never tapped for a role in the HarryPotter movies.
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