Patrick Stewart at his Forecourt ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California, Monday, January 13, 2020. Photo by Bob Freeman.
 
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Patrick Stewart
Forecourt Ceremony held on Monday, January 13, 2020
 
Born: July 13, 1940, in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England
Age at the time of the ceremony: 79
 
Patrick Stewart is one of the world's best-known and popular actors. Initially trained in the theatre of Shakespeare, he brought a perfect tone to Starship Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the Star Trek: The Next Generation show and a string of feature films. You might also know him from the X-Men films, which we have heard were pretty popular too.

Patrick was raised with his older and younger brother in a small town outside of Leeds, which makes them all Yorkshiremen. His mother Gladys, a textile worker, suffered abuse at the hands of her husband Alfred, who was a sergeant major in the British Army. The family relocated to Jarrow; Alfred's behaviour wasn't helped by his being at Dunkirk — PTSD was one result.

While attending primary school in Mirfield, Stewart's English teacher gave him a copy of a Shakespeare play and told him to get up and perform — young Patrick now knew what to do with his life. While in secondary school, he attended a drama course in Mytholmroyd, where he met lifelong friend Brian Blessed.

Dropping out of school at the age of 15, Stewart's "day job" was as a reporter on the Mirfield paper but was fired after a year for "inventing" his reports. After training in boxing, he got a grant to study acting at the Old Vic in Bristol. After working as an actor in Manchester, and dabbling in television (playing in an episode of the anthology series Story Parade called "The Unknown Citizen" aired over the BBC in August 1964), he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in 1966.

He made his Broadway debut (along with Ben Kingsley) as Tom Snout in an acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which ran for 62 perfs, January to March 1971. While continuing with his Shakespearean roles in the theatre, some film and television work got done. He played Enobarbus in a televised RSC production of Anthony and Cleopatra with Richard Johnson and Janet Suzman aired over ITC and ABC in January 1975. He had a supporting role as Tilney Hennessy (which played the Chinese in July 1975) with Rod Steiger.

Stewart played the evil Roman prefect Sejanus in four episodes of I, Claudius with Derek Jacobi in the title role, aired over the BBC and PBS in November 1976. In a strange twist, he played Claudius in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark with Derek Jacobi in the title role, aired over the BBC and PBS in November 1980. For director John Boorman's telling of the Arthurian legend, Stewart played Leondegrace in Excalibur (which played the Chinese in April 1981) with Nigel Terry as Arthur.

After all of this historical nonsense, Stewart got his first taste of science-fiction as Gurney Hellick in the film of Dune (released in December 1984) with Kyle MacLachlan. The film bombed and Stewart thought no more about it, appearing next for director Trevor Nunn in his film Lady Jane (released in February 1986) with Helena Bonham Carter.

Not knowing a single blasted thing about Star Trek, Stewart signed on to play Captain Jean-Luc Picard for 176 episodes (and directing five) of Star Trek: The Next Generation aired in syndication from September 1987 to May 1994. His trademark command to his crew became famous: "Make it so." The show was popular, with Patrick Stewart becoming a world-reknown personality all the sudden.

Stewart returned to Broadway by adapting, directing and starring in a one-man version of A Christmas Carol for 13 perfs in December 1991. He would bring the show back to Broadway in 1992, 1994 and 2001.

When Paramount launched an even newer version of Star Trek, Stewart was there to lend a helping hand; he guest-starred as Captain Jean-Luc Picard on an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine with Avery Brooks, aired in syndication in January 1993.

Meanwhile, Paramount decided to make several feature films with the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast. The first one was Star Trek: Generations (which played the Chinese in November 1994) with Jonathan Frakes. With Star Trek off the air, Stewart returned to the theatre, notably returning to Broadway as Prospero in The Tempest for 70 perfs in November 1995.

He starred in a television version of Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost with Neve Campbell, aired over ABC in January 1996, then starred as Picard in Star Trek: First Contact (which played the Chinese in November 1996). Then he played a different sort of Captain — Captain Ahab in Moby Dick with Henry Thomas, aired over the USA Network in March 1998.

He returned to the captain's chair for Star Trek: Insurrection (which played the Chinese in December 1998), then began what would become a huge career in voiceovers by doing the voice of Seti in The Prince of Egypt (released in December 1998) with Val Kilmer.

He expanded on his one-man playing of Ebenizer Scrooge into a television version of A Christmas Carol with Richard E. Grant, aired over TNT in December 1998, then agreed to play another science-fiction icon: Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men (released in July 2000) with Hugh Jackman. So now, Stewart was in two franchises.

His final big screen Captain Picard role was in Star Trek: Nemesis (which played the Chinese in December 2002) which kinda bombed. Not to worry. Stewart came right back with X2: X-Men United (which played the Chinese in May 2003), then undertook the role of King Henry II in a television version of The Lion in Winter with Glenn Close aired over Showtime in May 2004.

Stewart has done an assortment of voices (primarily CIA agent Avery Bullock for 93 episodes of American Dad! with Seth MacFarlane, aired over the Fox Network from May 2005 to August 2019. He played another captain, Captain Nemo in Mysterious Island with Kyle MacLachlan, aired over The Hallmark Channel in September 2005.

He returned as Dr. Xavier was in X-Men: The Last Stand (which played the Chinese in May 2006), but he has continued to play the role in camoes in other X-Men films.

Stewart finally played the title role of Macbeth on Broadway for 52 perfs in April 2008. The play was filmed as a television movie Macbeth for the Great Performances series, aired over the BBC and PBS in October 2010. In November 2013, he returned to Broadway as Vladimir in Waiting for Godot (in rep with No Man's Land) for 77 perfs.

Stewart's final appearance as Dr. Xavier was in X-Men: Days of Future Past (released in May 2014) with Ian McKellen. He then did his first starring role in a limited cable TV series, the very bizarre Blunt Talk with Adrian "I Bloody Love Crisps" Scarborough, for 20 episodes, aired over Starz! from October to December 2016.

With much begging from the front office at Paramount, Stewart returned to Star Trek territory starring in 11 episodes of Star Trek: Picard with Santiago Cabrera, streaming over CBS All Access, beginning in January 2020.
 
 
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TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®, Hollywood, California. Patrick Stewart Forecourt ceremony, Monday, January 13, 2020. Patrick Stewart shows off his dirty hands for the cameras.
 
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