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.
- Appeared in 'John le Carré' (qv)'s _"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (1979)_ (qv) and _"Smiley's People" (1982) (mini)_, as Karla, controller of the Russian Secret Service. In both, he starred in just one scene, both opposite Sir 'Alec Guinness' (qv) and had no dialog in either.
- (16 December 1996) Awarded his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- He was originally the narrator of _The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)_ (qv). However, director 'Tim Burton (I)' (qv) decided to cut most of the narration and also changed the voice. Stewart's original recording can be heard in 'Danny Elfman' (qv)'s soundtrack because Elfman liked Stewart's reading better.
- Is a longtime supporter of the British Labour Party.
- (September 1997) Announced his engagement to former _"Star Trek: Voyager" (1995)_ (qv) producer 'Wendy Neuss' (qv), aged 39.
- In _Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)_ (qv), he played King Richard I, the Lionheart. In _The Lion in Winter (2003) (TV)_ (qv), he played Richard's father, King Henry II.
- He is a huge and very much devoted fan of Monty Python, and he is also good friends with all the Python members and was a close personal friend of the late 'Graham Chapman' (qv). He is so much of a fan and friend of the Pythons that they have publicly announced if there ever was a reunion tour, Stewart would be Chapman's replacement.
- Provided narration for 'Rick Wakeman' (qv)'s 'Return to the Centre of the Earth' album (1999).