Happy 75th Birthday, Patrick StewartHappy 75th birthday to Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Patrick Stewart, who was born on July 13th 1940 in West Riding of Yorkshire, England and has become a favorite of all Trekkie generations.
His theater, television and film work, as well as his dedication to charity make him an example of talent, hard work and good will for all to admire. Stewart group up in a poor household where he faced domestic violence problems. He became interested in drama back in 1951, when, aged 11, he entered Mirfield Secondary Modern School. At 15, he left school to increase his participation n the local theater. He also found a job as a newspaper reporter but he would attend rehearsals during his work hours and then invent the stories to report for the newspaper.
Stewart became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1966 where he appeared next to actors such as Ben Kingsley and Ian Richardson. In January 1967, he made his first TV appearance on Coronation Street as a Fire Officer. For his 1970 Broadway debut, he participated in Peter Brook’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a critically acclaimed production. In 1980, Stewart joined the Royal National Theater in the early 1980s.
In 2006, Stewart made a video against domestic violence for Amnesty International. He has also established a scholarship at the University of Huddersfield, where he is Chancellor, to fund post-graduate study into domestic violence and has become a patron of Refuge, a UK charity for abused women.
He has also boldly entertained his fans with his humorous view on less serious subjects, such as baldness.
So happy birthday, sir! A cup of earl gray may be the captain’s favorite but perhaps champagne is in order.