Jul. 13th, 1940
Mirfield, Yorkshire, England, UK
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Born Mirfield, Yorkshire, England. Member of various local drama groups from about age 12. Left school at 15 to work as junior reporter on local paper; quit when Editor told him he was spending too much time at the theatre and not enough working. Spent a year as furniture salesman, saving cash to attend drama school. Accepted by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 1957. Professional debut 1959 in Repertory in Lincoln; work at Manchester Library Theatre and a tour round the world with the Old Vic Company followed in the early 60s. Joined Royal Shakespeare Company in 1966, to begin 27-year association. Following a spell with the Royal National Theatre in the mid 80s, he went to Los Angeles to star in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), which ran from 1987-1994, playing the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. He plans to return to theatre work on the end of this series.
- Has played two kings of England (Richard Lionheart in _Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)_ (qv) and Henry II in _The Lion in Winter (2003) (TV)_ (qv)), and Vice President 'Dick Cheney' (qv) on _"American Dad!" (2005)_ (qv).
- In episodes of _"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)_ (qv), when he got up, he had a habit of tugging on the uniform where it was creased. 'Jonathan Frakes' (qv) jokingly called this the Picard Maneuver, and the name stuck.
- Besides his character named by 'Gene Roddenberry' (qv) after 'Jacques-Yves Cousteau' (qv)'s close friend, Picard can also be seen as a reference to Capt. Pike of the original series. "Picard" means pike handler in French.
- Even though his French character on _"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)_ (qv) has an British accent, he has told fans that Jean-Luc Picard was raised by an English nanny. An in-joke, as 'William Shatner' (qv)'s Québecois French accent as James T. Kirk can be heard sometimes.
- He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2000 Queen's Millennium Honours list for his services to acting and the cinema.
- Has been a close friend of 'Brian Blessed' (qv) since childhood.
- Is a life-long supporter of Huddersfield Town Football Club of the Football League.
- Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.