- Title: Star Trek, X-Men's Patrick Stewart turns 80
- Date: 13th July 2020
- Summary: HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FILE - DECEMBER 16, 1996) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** STAR BEING UNVEILED ON HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME/ACTOR PATRICK STEWART SMILING AS STAR IS UNVEILED, PEOPLE CLAPPING STEWART POSING WITH PHOTOGRAPH OF AWARD WHILE STANDING ON STAR (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR, PATRICK STEWART, SAYING: "I have as some previous speakers have mentioned had a varied acting career. One type of performance however, has never until this morning appeared on my resume, that of 'street performer' and I thank Hollywood because it has now added another line to that resume. This is indeed is street theatre and I'm overwhelmed and amazed and delighted." BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FILE - JANUARY 19, 1997) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF THE BEVERLY HILTON, WHERE THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS WERE GIVEN OUT VARIOUS OF PATRICK STEWART ARRIVING AND SPEAKING TO REPORTERS LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FILE AUGUST 20, 1997) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) PATRICK STEWART ARRIVING AT THEATRE FOR SCREENING OF "MASTERMINDS" PHOTOGRAPHERS TAKE PICTURES OF STEWART VARIOUS OF STEWART AUTOGRAPHING FILM POSTERS FOR FANS NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA (FILE - JUNE 15, 2008) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) TONY NOMINEE FOR BEST LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY FOR "MACBETH", PATRICK STEWART, SAYING: "To be nominated is a huge thrill. I've wanted this for many many years and for it to happen on a production I'm so proud of and to be with such a wonderful company it's worked out perfectly." NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (FILE - DECEMBER 10, 2010) (REUTERS) PATRICK STEWART (R), AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL U.S.A. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LARRY COX (L) AND FORMER AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL 'PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE' PROFESSOR SAAD IBRAHIM (C) POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS WITH EMPTY CHAIR STEWART INTRODUCED BY COX VARIOUS OF STEWART SPEAKING AT PODIUM NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (FILE - MAY 10, 2014) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF CAST OF "X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST" HAVING GROUP PHOTOGRAPH (STEWART FAR RIGHT, BEHIND CAMERA) SIR PATRICK STEWART ON RED CARPET STEWART SPEAKING TO REPORTER (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR, PATRICK STEWART, SAYING: "I love it, it's great. I don't think you can be a part of too many franchises." VARIOUS OF ACTOR MICHAEL FASSBENDER SPEAKING TO REPORTER BERLIN, GERMANY (FILE - FEBRUARY 17, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PATRICK STEWART, WHO PLAYS 'PROFESSOR X' WAVING AND SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS 'WOLVERINE' ACTOR HUGH JACKMAN POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPH WITH FAN AT "LOGAN" PREMIERE BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FILE - AUGUST 2, 2017) (REUTERS) PATRICK STEWART POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS AT THE ANNUAL HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION GRANTS BANQUET LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - SEPTEMBER 3, 2019) (REUTERS) PATRICK STEWART WITH WIFE SUNNY OZELL POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS AT AT THE ANNUAL GQ MEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
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- Story Text: Patrick Stewart turns 80 on Monday (July 13).
The "Star Trek" and "X-Men" actor was born in Mirfield, west Yorkshire in northern England in 1940.
Stewart won worldwide fame with much-loved character Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the starship USS Enterprise in "Star Trek".
His history playing Picard dates back to 1987 when he portrayed the character in the TV series "Star Trek: The Next Generation", as well as in four feature films, the last of which was released in 2002.
Stewart had repeatedly refused efforts to lure him back to the sci-fi series. However, the writers of its latest chapter, "Star Trek: Picard", helped change his mind, with his character back on small screens this year after a two-decade break.
"I came back because it was irresistible," Stewart said on the red carpet on January 15 ahead of a screening at a cinema in London's Leicester Square.
Stewart also portrays mind-reading Professor Charles Xavier in the blockbuster superhero "X-Men" franchise from Marvel Comics. His archenemy Magneto is played by fellow British thespian Ian McKellan.
Scottish actor James McAvoy joined the cast of "X-Men: First Class" in 2010, a prequel to Fox's superhero trilogy, to star as the younger wheelchair-bound Professor X, opposite Irish-German actor Michael Fassbender as the youthful Magneto. Once close friends, an eternal war rages between Professor X's X-Men and Magneto's Brotherhood.
Stewart's Professor X also features in the "Wolverine" films, where Australian actor Hugh Jackman plays the title mutant role who possesses animal-keen senses and capabilities, as well as powerful self-healing powers.
Distinguished Shakespearean actor Stewart was knighted in 2009, age 69, by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II for services to drama.
He was won the Laurence Olivier award for best supporting actor in 2009 for "Hamlet" and in 1979 for "Anthony and Cleopatra". He also scooped a Grammy in 1996 for best spoken word album for children for "Peter and the Wolf".
Stewart, a long-time Amnesty International supporter, called for the release of jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo in December 2010. Liu, who was sentenced in China for "inciting subversion of state power" was recognised only hours earlier during the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway. Stewart made reference to China's refusal to allow Liu Xiaobo to travel to Oslo to receive his prize.
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