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|Born on||13 Jul 1940|
|Last modified||22 Dec 2006|
|Biography||An internationally respected actor known for successfully bridging the gap between the theatrical world of Shakespearean stage and that of contemporary film and television, Patrick Stewart continues to demonstrate his versatility with a wide range of upcoming projects.
Most recently, Stewart starred in the highly successful "X2 (2003)", the sequel to "X-Men (2000)", based on the popular comic. In April 2000, Stewart reprised his role in the Arthur Miller play, "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan," for a limited Broadway run. Stewart played a bigamist, Lyman Felt, who is visited by his two wives while he is convalescing in a hospital after an automobile accident. Stewart starred in the show's debut in 1998. That same year, Stewart lent his considerable vocal talents to the character of Seti in Dreamworks' highly acclaimed animated feature film, "The Prince of Egypt (1998)"
Stewart has also recently been seen in the USA Network's "Moby Dick (1998)" opposite Gregory Peck and Henry Thomas. Stewart earned an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Captain Ahab.
Also, Stewart was seen in the psychological thriller "Safe House (1998)" for Filmquest Pictures. He plays Mace Sowell, an ex-government official who, suffering the effects of Alzheimer's, becomes a recluse in an impenetrable high-tech home, fearing that what he knows about a former boss has put his life in jeopardy.
One of Stewart's recent stage appearance was in the title role of "Othello" at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. Stewart's performance was praised in the NY Times as "Never anything less than uncanny in his psychological portrait: It's like watching an autopsy on human feeling."
In December of 1996, Stewart brought "A Christmas Carol" his award-winning adaptation of Dickens' classic tale, to an exclusive engagement at the Doolittle Theatre, after having performed at several venues both in Los Angeles, New York and London's West End. In time for Christmas 1999, Stewart starred in a full-cast version of this production, produced by his company, Flying Freehold, and Hallmark Entertainment. Stewart's portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. "A Christmas Carol (1999)" airs on TNT.
On television Stewart originated the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the hit series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)" and has subsequently reprised that role in three feature films, with a fourth to be produced.
Stewart's additional film credits include the film adaptation of Paul Rudnick's play, "Jeffrey (1995)", "Hedda (1975)", "Dune (1984)", "Lady Jane (1986)", "Excalibur (1981)", "L.A. Story (1991)", "Death Train (1993)", "Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)", "Gunmen (1994)", "Masterminds (1997)", "The Pagemaster (1994)", and "Conspiracy Theory (1997)".
Other television roles include the title role of "The Canterville Ghost (1996)" for ABC and Hallmark Hall of Fame, as well as TNT's "In Search of Dr. Seuss (1994)" and "Animal Farm (1999)". In Fox's popular animated series "The Simpsons (1989)", Stewart lends his voice to the episode "Homer the Great." He has also hosted several documentary series including "The Shape of the World" on PBS and TNT's "MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992)", a six-part series on the history of MGM Studios.
For the BBC, Stewart has been seen in the acclaimed miniseries, "I, Claudius (1976)", "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1980)", and "Smiley's People (1982)". He has also portrayed Salieri in "The Mozart Inquest," Oedipus in "Oedipus Rex" and Rev. Anderson in "The Devil's Disciple (1987)".
In addition to "A Christmas Carol," Stewart has adapted other works for stage, TV and radio, including "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour" by Tom Stoppard which he directed in 1992. This show starred Stewart and four other cast members of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the Orange County Symphony Orchestra. In 1993, the same production was presented with symphony orchestras in Minneapolis, Chicago and Atlanta.
In 1995 Stewart starred on Broadway as Prospero in Shakespeare's classic "The Tempest" for which he received a best actor nomination from the Outer Critics Circle. In 1996, in honor of his work on the stage, Stewart received the prestigious "Will Award" from the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. The Honor is given annually to an individual who makes "A significant contribution to classical theatre in America."
The same year, Stewart also won a Grammy Award for his narrative work on Best Spoken Word Album for Children, "Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf." He has been nominated for and received many awards for his various works, most recently the Theatre Wing Award in New York.
In August 2000, Stewart wed his long-time partner, former Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager producer Wendy Neuss.
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