Essential Film Stars, Patrick Stewart

The 1995 film Jeffrey, presents the story of a man who becomes so frightened of sex that he swears it off altogether and attempts to live a celibate life.  Fearing love more so than AIDS, Jeffrey builds a bubble of celibacy around him.  That is, until he meets Steve while working out at the gym.

Patrick Stewart delivers added comic relief in this touching and humorous film playing the role of Sterling.  A middle-aged man with a silver tongue and a heart of gold, Sterling believes love is a rare and beautiful thing, and views Jeffrey’s decision to shy away from it as a foolish mistake.  Partnered with Darius, a male dancer, Sterling shows Jeffrey that love is nothing to be fearful of.

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Born in Yorkshire in 1940, Patrick Stewart is one of the most recognizable actors in the world.  Recognized for his deadpan comic delivery, Shakespearian tone, and signature bald head, Stewart is adored by Trekkies worldwide for his role as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard in the television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Patrick Stewart spent his early years as a junior reporter for a local paper, until his editor noted that Stewart was spending far too much time in the theatre and not enough time writing articles.  Seizing this opportunity to follow his dream, Stewart quickly applied to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 1957.  He toured with local theatre companies until he was accepted by the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company in 1966.  For nearly 30 years, Stewart was one of the most recognized members of the company until leaving England for Hollywood to pursue a career in television and film.  Playing well-known roles such as Star Trek’s Jean-Luc Picard and Professor X in the X-Men franchise, Stewart embarked on an award-winning career spanning stage and screen.  He was honoured with the Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire for his accomplishments in theatre and film.

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Beginning in theatre and television roles, Patrick Stewart honed his recognizable Shakespearian candor early in his career.  In the 1980’s the already successful theatre actor became the successful television and film actor when he moved to Hollywood and took on the role of Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation.  Following up on one of the US’s most beloved television series, Stewart quickly earned a fanbase and appeared in many other films and television series.  Notable credits include Lady Jane, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Jeffrey, Moby Dick, A Christmas Carol, X-Men, and four films for the Star Trek franchise.

Stewart has also lent his voice to a variety of television shows, films, and video games, including Family Guy, American Dad, Castlevania, Lego Universe, The Elder Scrolls, and Animal Farm.

 

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