In 1992, TV Guide called him the "most bodacious man on television." How did Stewart feel about that description? Stewart responded by saying “It would have been awfully nice if it had happened when I was 19 and lost my hair. I believed that no woman would ever be interested in me again. I prepared myself for the reality that a large part of my life was over."
He was born a Yorkshireman in 1940 in Mirfield, UK. His mother was a weaver and textile worker and his father was a regimental sergeant major in the British Army. He grew up in poor household and his mother was a victim of domestic violence from his father. This violence has since fueled his political and ideological beliefs.
Before he was famous, he was a newspaper reporter and obituary writer at the Mirfield & District Reporter. After working there for a year, his employer told him that he needed to choose between acting or journalism. He left the job and the rest is history.
His father was part of the Dunkirk evacuation and when he came home he suffered from PTSD. In those days it was called "combat fatigue." Stewart first realized that is was PTSD when he was doing research for the family genealogy BBC documentary series Who Do You Think You Are? in 2012. Because of this, Stewart became a supporter of the Armed Forces charity, Combat Stress.
He first found his passion for theatre when his English teacher, Cecil Dormand, gave him a copy of the works of Shakespeare. He told him to “get up on his feet and perform." And he did. Stewart later went on to be a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1966 to 1982.
In 1987, a producer named Robert H. Justman saw Stewart perform in a literary reading at UCLA. After the performance, he asked him to audition for the role of Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek. Stewart, knowing nothing about Star Trek had concerns about signing a six-year contract. His agent was sure the show would never last that long and convinced him to sign. This decision changed his life forever.
Since he left Star Trek, Stewart has bounced back and forth between big Hollywood movies like X-Men and being onstage on Broadway. He also has had time to work on his bromance with Sir Ian McKellen. McKellen even officiated his marriage to 35-year-old musician Sunny Ozell. I wonder if he was jealous?
In an appearance on BBC's The Graham Norton Show, Stewart shared a story about… well, his penis. Apparently, his mom always told him he was circumcised, but his wife and his doctor told him otherwise. I think you should believe the doctor on this one!
Because his father was abusive towards his mother, Stewart is now an advocate for women's rights. He works with Amnesty International and the UK domestic abuse charity Refuge to raise awareness. His goal is to let victims know that the abuse can be survived.
In 2014, Stewart was voted "Greatest Living Yorkshireman" by the readers of the Huddersfield Daily Examiner. This was a true honor for Stewart. What do we think meant more to him? This or being knighted?
Stewart has often fantasized about being a concert pianist. He worked closely with the classical pianist, Emanuel Ax and he told him that if he could trade places with anyone, it would be him. I’m sure Ax wouldn’t mind trading places with Patrick Stewart.