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->''"I wasn't campaigning for a role in a Hollywood television series, it was a fluke. So you've got to have a measure of good luck, you really have, being in the right place at the right time."''

Sir Patrick Stewart, OBE (born July 13, 1940), is a British actor best known for playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ComicBook/ProfessorX in the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''.

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/{{A Christmas Carol|1999}}'' as Ebenezer Scrooge
* 1999 ''Film/AnimalFarm'' as Napoleon
* 2000 ''Film/XMen1'' as [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier 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
* 2012 ''Film/{{Ted}}'' as The Narrator
* 2013 ''Film/TheWolverine'' as Professor Xavier
* 2014 ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' as Professor Xavier
* 2014 ''Film/AMillionWaysToDieInTheWest'' as Dream Voice
* 2015 ''Film/{{Ted 2}}'' as The Narrator
* 2016 ''Film/GreenRoom'' as Darcy
* 2017 ''Film/{{Logan}}'' as Charles Xavier
* 2017 ''WesternAnimation/TheEmojiMovie'' as Poop
* 2017 ''[[Film/{{Dragonheart}} Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire]]'' as Drago

!!Television Roles

* 1967 ''Series/CoronationStreet'' as Fire Officer
* 1976 ''Series/IClaudius'' as Sejanus
* 1987-1994 ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' as Jean-Luc Picard
* 1995: ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' as "Number One", leader of the Stonecutters in [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E12HomerTheGreat "Homer The Great"]]
* 1993 ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' as Jean-Luc Picard
* 2003 ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' as Alistair Burke
* 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
* 2010 ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' as Zobek
* 2014 ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow2'' as Zobek
* 2017 ''VideoGame/LEGOMarvelSuperHeroes2'' as Kang the Conqueror

!!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 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."
** [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1irhH20XtOOI2_afeYAu-_rcgWa1xKpR And then there's the ads for Strongbow Hard Apple Cider.]] The man is clearly having fun pretending to be disgruntled and offended by the (supposed) disrespect he receives.
** He had a magnificent cameo as himself in ''{{Extras}}''
* 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}}'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' and ''Film/GreenRoom''.
* BourgeoisBohemian: Stewart has said that he considers himself a socialist, attributing it to his father being a trade unionist. Unsurprisingly, he is also a member of the UK Labour party and vocal supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, the current party leader.
* 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.
* HeAlsoDid: The voice of the Great Prince in ''[[Disney/{{Bambi}} Bambi II]]''.
* IAmVeryBritish: He grew up speaking with a Yorkshire accent as well as the local dialect but always speaks publically with a smart RP accent. The Yorkshire accent is something he can revert to when needed: when bemused by cockney TV chat show host Jonathan Ross, for instance, or his George Formby impersonation in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''.
* InkSuitActor:
** Bullock, his ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' character, 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 Bullock's.
** A strange case with his role as Professor Xavier. When he was first handed an X-Men comic, his first question was, famously, 'what am I doing on a comic book?' Since then, pretty much every depiction of Xavier has been directly inspired by his take on the character, both in looks and character, especially in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', which ran alongside the film series. While he didn't voice Professor X in the series, the creators designed the character to look like him, having been inspired by his performance in the X-Men films. This continued in ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' and other animated media in which the character appears. It's even appeared, to an extent, in the comics.
* 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. Another example is his appearance on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' "disguised" as John Oliver. Likewise, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_4LtBDCUEg this story]] about him on set, as told by Creator/MichaelDorn.
* MoneyDearBoy:
** His role in ''Wild Geese II''. 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 cancelled, 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 seasons[[/note]]. To his surprise, the show was a success and he began to realize the impact ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and its characters had on people, leading him to become one of ''Trek'''s most vocal advocates.
** Allegedly, he also worked on ''Film/{{Lifeforce}}'' solely to earn money for a home repair job.
* MostlyNarmless: He's renowned for being able to deliver any material he's given, no matter how ridiculous, with utter sincerity. The talent 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". ''
** He also doesn't find the phrase "To Baldly Go" particularly witty; he's quick to say the first person to make that joke was his then-teenaged daughter.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: The only man who can pull off a French captain with pure ReceivedPronunciation and occasional Yorkshire inflections. For example: [[Film/LAStory playing]] a French Maitre d'. Professor X, who is fully American in the comics, has been adapted to a half-Brit in the films [[note]]''Film/XMenFirstClass'' establishes that Xavier's mother is English[[/note]] who had studied for several years at Oxford University to accommodate Stewart's accent.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Patrick Stewart initially didn't appreciate how his cast mates 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. Funnily enough, he was initially offered the role of Data but thought his looks would change too much as he aged to make him believable as an unchanging android.
* OldShame: He once named ''Wild Geese II'' as the only acting job he regretted doing and the most embarrassing role of his career.
* 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 ''Film/{{Jeffrey}}''.
** His role as Avery Bullock on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. The writers even specifically said they try to make Stewart do as much silly things as they can with him on the show.
* 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 aforementioned 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 Creator/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.
* SpringtimeForHitler: He's a real-life example. Stewart has openly admitted he only took the role of Picard after his agent assured him that a remake of ''Star Trek'' was doomed to fail and thus Stewart could take the money from this one season to live on. Stewart didn't even bother unpacking his bags for the first ''six weeks'' of filming as he was so positive it wouldn't last long. Little did he know he would be playing the part over the next fifteen years and be his most famous role.
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Personifies this trope so completely that it's been called his greatest strengths as an actor. He can deliver bad dialogue with utter conviction; sometimes this allows him to elevate the material above what it could have been otherwise, but not always.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** He's a big fan of Creator/WarrenEllis's ''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 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. ''TNG'' was also the reason he did not play Cogsworth in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' or take part in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' as Goliath. It took over a decade to finally get a ''Disney'' role. [[note]]Mr Woolensworth in ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' and the Great Prince in ''Disney/{{Bambi}} II''[[/note]]
** After Creator/VincentPrice became too sick to play SantaClaus in ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'', Stewart was the first choice to replace him, though he ended up not having time to record his lines. He still provides the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTJaqR7dedg opening narration]] on the soundtrack, as well as a scrapped [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udDDa1aAw_o closing speech]], in character as Santa.
** He was a candidate for Mr. Freeze in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''.
** His role as Jean-Luc Picard was originally offered to Creator/EdwardJamesOlmos. Olmos ''did'' get a [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 starship]] to command, but a lot later.
** He was considered for the role in ''Series/{{Community}}'' that went to Creator/ChevyChase.
** He has always lamented the fact that he was never tapped for a role in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' movies.
** He was considered for the roles of Goliath, Macbeth, and King Arthur on ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' (the show famously took in as many ''Star Trek'' actors as the crew could get their hands on, with Stewart one of the most notable absences).
** The guys from ''Series/ImpracticalJokers'' wanted him to do their voice-overs.