Patrick Stewart

Actor, Director

7/13/1940 (81 years old) Mirfield, Yorkshire, England

After first pursuing a career as a journalist, British-born Patrick Stewart was trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, making his stage bow in a 1959 production of Treasure Island. He was profitably employed in stage and film character roles at the time he was chosen to portray Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the 1987 syndicated series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Industry wags spent the first year of the series' run making stupid jokes about Stewart's hairlessness, the humor usually on the level of "to baldly go where no man has gone before." For his part, Stewart was so certain that he would be fired from the series that he didn't unpack his luggage for six weeks. But Stewart and the new Star Trek clicked, and continued clicking for eight seasons. The actor has extended his Picard characterization into the 1995 film Star Trek Generations. While Patrick Stewart is appreciative and grateful of his hard-earned star status, he bristles whenever the subject of his baldness is broached -- he refuses to regard his lack of hair as "sexy," a la Yul Brynner, and has stated that he'd much prefer being judged on his considerable acting ability rather than his appearance.

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