Patrick Stewart


Patrick Stewart

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He has also said he is very proud of his work on "Star Trek: The Next Generation", for its social message and educational impact on young viewers. On being questioned about the significance of his role compared to his distinguished Shakespearean career, Stewart has said: [cite web
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:cquote| [T] he fact is all of those years in Royal Shakespeare Company -- playing all those kings, emperors, princes and tragic heroes -- were nothing but preparation for sitting in the captain's chair of the Enterprise.

The accolades he has received include "Sexiest Man on Television" ("TV Guide", 1992), which he considered an unusual distinction considering his age and his baldness. In an interview with Michael Parkinson, he expressed gratitude for Gene Roddenberry's riposte to a reporter who said, "Surely they would have cured baldness by the 24th century," to which Roddenberry replied, "In the 24th Century, they wouldn't care." A few years later on Jonathan Ross's BBC talk show, he said that his last patch of hair looked so out of place that while visiting friends his hosts actually held him down and cut off the offending lock. [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXOK-ZVJMaU "Patrick Stewart reveals all on the subject of baldness"] , Patrick Stewart reveals all on the subject of baldness]

In 1991, Stewart performed his one-man-play adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" in which he portrayed all 40-plus characters himself. He later starred as Scrooge in a TV movie version of "A Christmas Carol", receiving a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his performance. He was also the co-producer of the show, through the company he set up for the purpose: Camm Lane Productions, a reference to his birthplace in Camm Lane, Mirfield. He staged encore performances in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, and then again for the benefit of survivors and victims' families in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Stewart performed the play again for a 23-day run in London's West End in December 2005. For his performances in this play, he has received the Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance in 1992 and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment for Solo Performance in 1994. Shakespeare roles during this period included Prospero in William Shakespeare's "The Tempest", on Broadway in 1995, a role he would reprise in Rupert Goold's 2006 production of "The Tempest" as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Complete Works Festival, [cite web
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] and the title role in Shakespeare's "Othello" in 1997. Originally a play about a black African entering a white society, Stewart had wanted to play the title role since the age of 14, so he (along with director Jude Kelly), inverted the play so Othello became a white man entering a black society.

He has played a great range of characters, from the flamboyantly gay Sterling in the 1995 film "Jeffrey" to King Henry II in "The Lion in Winter", for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his performance and an Emmy Award nomination for executive-producing the film. He portrayed Captain Ahab in the 1998 made-for-TV movie version of "Moby Dick" (receiving Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for his performance). In late 2003, during the eleventh and final season of NBC's "Frasier", Stewart appeared on the show as a gay Seattle socialite who mistakes Frasier for a potential lover. Stewart has also starred in "X-Men", "X2" and "" as Charles Xavier. The films' success has resulted in another lucrative regular genre film role in a major superhero film series. He has also since voiced the role in video games such as "X-Men Legends II", although some of the games are more closely tied to the original comic books rather than the movies.

In 2005, he was cast as Professor Ian Hood in an ITV thriller 4-episode series "Eleventh Hour", created by Stephen Gallagher. [ [http://www.eleventhhour.tv/ www.eleventhhour.tv ] Dead link|date=September 2008] The first episode was broadcast on 19 January 2006. He also, in 2005, played Captain Nemo in a two part adaptation of "The Mysterious Island". Stewart also appeared in Ricky Gervais's television series "Extras", as a last-minute replacement for Jude Law. For playing himself, he was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2006 for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. [ [http://www.emmys.com/downloads/images/2006emmys/PrimetimeNoms.php The 60th Primetime Emmys® ] ]

In October/November 2006, Stewart accompanied the Royal Shakespeare Company as they performed "The Tempest", "Antony and Cleopatra" and "Julius Caesar" at the University of Michigan. He acted the role of Antony again playing opposite Harriet Walter's Cleopatra in an acclaimed performance of Antony and Cleopatra at the Novello Theatre in London in 2007. During this period, Stewart also addressed the Durham Union Society on his life in film and theatre.

He was named as the next Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre based at St Catherine's College, University of Oxford in January 2007. [cite web
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] In 2008, Stewart played King Claudius in "Hamlet" alongside David Tennant. Stewart has expressed interest in appearing in "Doctor Who". [cite news | author = Beth Hilton | title = Patrick Stewart keen to star in 'Who' | publisher = Digital Spy | date= 2007-09-27 | url = http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/cult/a76476/patrick-stewart-keen-to-star-in-who.html | accessdate=2007-09-27]

Voice acting

Stewart has lent his voice to a number of projects. He has narrated recordings of Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf", Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons", C. S. Lewis's "The Last Battle" (conclusion of the series "The Chronicles of Narnia"), Rick Wakeman's "Return to the Centre of the Earth", and as the narrator in "The Nightmare Before Christmas", as well as numerous TV programs such as "High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman". Stewart provided the narration for "Nine Worlds", an astronomical tour of the solar system. He is also heard as the voice of the Magic Mirror in Disneyland's live show, "Snow White - An Enchanting Musical."

He also was a voice actor on several animated films, including "The Prince of Egypt", "", "Chicken Little", "The Pagemaster", as well as the English dubbings of the Japanese anime films "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" by Hayao Miyazaki and "Steamboy". He voiced the pig Napoleon in a TV adaptation of George Orwell's "Animal Farm" and guest starred in the "Simpsons" episode "Homer the Great" as Number One. More recently, he has played a recurring role as CIA Deputy Director Avery Bullock (lending his likeness as well as his voice) on the animated series "American Dad!" as well as making (as of 2008) three guest appearances on "Family Guy" in various forms: first as Capt. Picard, second replacing Peter Griffin's voice with his own for a gag, and third in his "American Dad!" role Bullock. In 2006, Stewart voiced Bambi's father, The Great Prince of the Forest in Disney's direct-to-video sequel, "Bambi II".

He loaned his voice to a number of Activision-produced "Star Trek" computer games, including ', ', ', and ', all reprising his role as Captain Picard. Stewart reprised his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in "" for both PC and Xbox 360, along with the four other 'major' Starfleet captains from the different Star Trek series.

In addition to voicing his characters from "Star Trek" and "X-Men" in several related computer and video games, Stewart also worked as a voice actor on games unrelated to both franchises, such as "Lands of Lore," ', and ' in which in 2006 he won a Spike TV Video Game Award for his work as Emperor Uriel Septim. He also lent his voice to several editions of the Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia.

His voice talents also appeared in a couple of commercials including the UK TV Advert for Domestos 5x Longer Bleach, an advertisement for Shell fuel, and an American advertisement for the prescription drug Crestor. He also voiced the UK and Australian TV advertisements for the PAL version of "Final Fantasy XII". [ [http://www.gamespot.com/news/6165967.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=morenews&tag=morenews;title;1 Patrick Stewart voicing FFXII ads] ]

Stewart also used his voice for Pontiac and Porsche automobiles and MasterCard Gold commercials in 1996, and Goodyear Assurance Tires and Crestor drugs in 2004. He provided the voice of Max Winters in "TMNT" in March 2007. In 2008 he is also the voice of television advertisements for Currys and Stella Artois beer.

Personal life

In 1964, Stewart met Sheila Falconer, a choreographer at the Bristol Old Vic, and they married on 4 March 1966.Fact|date=December 2007 They have two children, Daniel Freedom and Sophie Alexandra. Daniel would later guest star as Stewart's character's son on "Star Trek: The Next Generation", in the episode "". Stewart and Falconer divorced in 1990. In 1997, he became engaged to Wendy Neuss, one of the producers of "Star Trek: The Next Generation", and they married on 25 August 2000, divorcing three years later. Four months prior to his divorce from Neuss, Stewart played opposite actress Lisa Dillon in a production of "The Master Builder". The two dated for four years, but are no longer together. [Citation
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Having lived in Los Angeles for many years, Stewart moved back to the UK in 2004. In an interview with the BBC's Gavin Esler he said this was because he was homesick and because he wanted to return to work in the theatre. He is the Chancellor and Professor Of Performing Arts of the University of Huddersfield and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2001 New Year Honours list. He is a lifelong supporter of the British Labour Party. [cite web
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] However, his politics are rooted in his belief in fairness and equality and he has been critical of the Iraq war and recent UK government legislation in the area of civil liberties, in particular plans to extend detention without charge to 42 days. He signed an open letter of objection to this proposal in March 2008. [cite web
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Stewart briefly formed a band with fellow "" actors Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton and Michael Dorn called The Sunspots.Fact|date=December 2007 He was one of those interviewed for the "Red Dwarf" A–Z" special (he also provided the introduction). In the documentary, he jokes that he caught a glimpse of what he thought was a 'rip-off' of "Star Trek: The Next Generation", and was going to phone his lawyer to sue the makers of the show.

Stewart has been lifelong friends with fellow Shakespearean and sci-fi icon Brian Blessed, whom he first met at the Bristol Old Vic. They have since starred together both on stage and in TV productions, including "I, Claudius" for the BBC.

During the RSC's fall 2006 residency in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Stewart made an appearance at the Ball State verses University of Michigan gridiron football game. He directed the Michigan Marching Band to the Star Trek theme song during their halftime show, then told the Wolverines "to boldly go, and beat the Buckeyes!", and after a quieting of the crowd, "Make it so, number one!" This was a reference to his trademark "Star Trek" phrase as well as Michigan's upcoming game against the (at that time) AP #1 ranked Ohio State University gridiron football team. Michigan would go on to lose a close, high-scoring game 39–42. Stewart is a lifelong supporter of Huddersfield Town Football Club. [ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001772/bio "Biography for Patrick Stewart"] , IMDb] [cite news
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Stewart takes part in a lot of promotional advertising for the University of Huddersfield and also attends several of the university's fifteen graduation ceremonies per year, [cite news
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] at the last of which he was appointed Professor of Performing Arts. [cite news
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] He also has a house dedicated to him in a high school near Huddersfield.Despite having a notable role in "", Patrick Stewart has expressed discontent about real space travel and space tourism. [cite web
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Theatrical performances

*1971: The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stewart played Tom Snout in Peter Brook's legendary production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" set in a circus environment, with a cast that included Ben Kingsley and Alan Howard. The production later went on a world tour, winning Brook a Tony Award for the Broadway engagement.
*1995: Played Prospero in "The Tempest" for the New York Shakespeare Festival, with the production later transferring to Broadway.
*1997: The Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, DC), Stewart in a "photo negative" production of "Othello" with an otherwise all-black cast. [cite web
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*2000: On 9 April 2000, Stewart opened in Arthur Miller's "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan" at Broadway's Ambassador Theatre. Lukewarm reviews and poor box office convinced the producers (including the Shubert Organization) to post a closing notice and, in memorably impassioned Saturday matinée and evening curtain speeches, Stewart accused them of not being supportive, stating "Arthur Miller and I no longer have confidence in our producers' commitment to promote and publicise this extraordinarily provocative and vastly entertaining play". [cite web
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] They subsequently took the matter to Actors Equity, which ruled that Stewart had to apologize publicly for his outburst. The incident may have affected the actor's chances at a Tony Award nomination since, despite critical praise for his performance, he failed to win one.Fact|date=August 2008
*2006: Portrayed Prospero in "The Tempest" at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and then the Novello Theatre, and Mark Antony in "Antony and Cleopatra" at the Swan Theatre, for the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of the cycle performing all Shakespeare's works in a year.
*2007: He appeared at Chichester Festival Theatre [cite web
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] during the Summer 07 Festival playing the title role in Rupert Goold's acclaimed revival of "Macbeth" in the Minerva studio theatre, [cite web
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] and as a grizzled Malvolio with a Scottish accent and kilt in Philip Frank's inventive main house staging of "Twelfth Night". The Chichester production of "Macbeth" transferred to the Gielgud Theatre in London's Shaftesbury Avenue, [cite web
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] where his performance won him the Best Actor Award in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2007. Goold also received the Best Director Award for the production. [cite web
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*2008: The title role in "Macbeth" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York.
*2008: The title role in "Macbeth" at the Lyceum Theatre (New York). Stewart was nominated for the 2008 Tony award for Leading Actor in a Play, but lost out to fellow Shakespearean actor Mark Rylance. [cite web|url=http://www.tonyawards.com/en_US/nominees/index.html|title=Meet the nominees|date=2008-06-15|work=American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards|accessdate=2008-08-07]
*2008: The roles of Claudius and the Ghost in "Hamlet" alongside David Tennant as the titular Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. [cite news|url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2008/aug/06/theatre.rsc|title=Hamlet: Courtyard, Stratford-upon-Avon|last=Billington|first=Michael|authorlink=Michael Billington (critic)|date=2008-08-06|work=The Guardian|accessdate=2008-08-07]

Filmography

References

External links

* [http://www.strategyinformer.com/member/3/blog/2080 Patrick Stewart provides Voiceover for Final Fantasy XII commercials]
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* [http://www.patrickstewart.org/ PatrickStewart.org] - The Patrick Stewart Network (official fan club).
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/3455463.stm Trek star's space travel unease] BBC interview
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/desertislanddiscs_20050417.shtml Interview] with Sue Lawley on Desert Island Discs
* [http://www.mirfieldinpictures.net/Patrick_Stewart.html Mirfield] - Patrick Stewart's birthplace.

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