Sir Patrick Stewart | Star Trek: TNG, X-Men
Star Trek: The Next Generation
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
APPEARING ON SATURDAY, JULY 8 ONLY
In 1987, an English actor little-known in North America stepped in front of the cameras to begin the era of modern Star Trek as Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
Prior to Star Trek, Stewart was already a force in the British theatre community, being a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for over fifteen years and playing innumerable roles in The Bard’s classic plays. He was also no stranger to science fiction and fantasy, with supporting roles in Excalibur (1981), Dune (1984), as the irascible mentor and warrior Gurney Halleck and Lifeforce (1985). Still, all of this was only preparation for an invitation to lead an ensemble cast in a revival of some show he honestly didn’t know much about, called Star Trek.
Before he knew it, Stewart’s character of Picard would make him one of the most recognizable faces on television and movie screens. He would play the Captain of the new USS Enterprise for seven years, quickly transforming a gruff, closed-off Starfleet Officer into a passionate explorer and adventurer in space. Stewart was a leader both in front of and behind the camera, seeing him direct several episodes, and being a voice of professionalism his fellow cast members would rally around.
Following the end of The Next Generation, Patrick Stewart had little time to pause his career. In addition to reprising Jean-Luc Picard in four Star Trek films, he is well-known to fans for his role as the mutant Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men movies. He also has a long career in voice-over for animation, where, among other voices, he portrays bizarre CIA Director Avery Bullock on American Dad.
Sir Patrick Stewart has also returned to his beloved stage career, continuing to play iconic roles by Shakespeare and other beloved playwrights, while at the same time finding time to be made an Officer in the Order of the British Empire, exploring his passion of the racecar at this year’s Silverstone Classic Celebrity Challenge, and even carrying the Olympic torch at the 2012 London Games. To quote Captain Picard in The Next Generation series finale, "The sky’s the limit", and when it comes to the inestimable Patrick Stewart, we certainly agree!