Little known facts about Patrick Stewart

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Sir Patrick Stewart OBE is one of the most beloved English crossover actors in history. He has the unique ability to be a stage actor, a television actor and a film actor. He knows how to make people laugh and when it’s appropriate to be a stern thespian as well. Stewart is famous for his roles as Professor X in the X-Men film franchise, as Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and for playing King Claudius in Hamlet on London’s West End. He has been nominated for Golden Globes and Primetime Emmys and has won a Grammy, and a Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor.

He wouldn’t be a part of the Ice Bucket Challenge

Remember a couple years ago when the Ice Bucket Challenge was all over social media? The trend was an initiative to assist in ALS research and bring more light to the condition. Patrick refused to do the challenge, instead opting for the much more subdued and classic path of a YouTube video of his own, showing him sitting at a desk, drinking water from an ice bucket and writing a check for the ALS charity. Smooth move as per usual, Sir Stewart.

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He has a fantasy about being a concert pianist

Patrick himself has said that he has “fantasies of becoming a concert pianist.” Stweart is one ambitious man, with a stellar acting career, a knighthood from the Queen of England, and still room for more dreaming. When asked who he would want to switch places with, Patrick said he would love to switch with Emanuel Ax, a Grammy-winning classical pianist. Here we see Patrick sitting by the piano. Perhaps he is making believe he can play?

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He’s a licensed race car driver

Patrick has a more racy side to him as well. Literally. Other than acting as a pilot for the USS Enterprise, Patrick is a very good driver and enjoys racing cars. Throughout his long career, Patrick has been a part of race car competitions benefiting charities. In 2012 he even earned his MSA competition license so he could race at Silverstone. So he wants to play the piano but also loves to drive a race car… interesting and diverse combination of hobbies!

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His best friend told him not to accept his breakout role

In 1987, when Patrick was offered the role of Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation, he asked his best friend, actor Ian McKellen, if he thought it would be a good idea to accept the role. McKellen told Stewart not to take it because it was beneath his status as an actor. Luckily Patrick decided to accept the role anyway and was cast in the role what would change his career and life.

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He was 72 when he had his first slice of pizza!

Wait. Stop. This one can’t be right. We looked it up and it’s true. Patrick Stewart had his first slice of pizza at 72 years of age! He has said in the past that food doesn’t excite him as it does others and that he is rather unadventurous when it comes to his taste buds. He said that eating pizza was not the highlight of his life but perhaps the highlight of his career.

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He wanted to be in Harry Potter

This one is truly a travesty, making no sense to us and other Patrick Stewart and Harry Potter fans. How was Patrick never asked to be a part of the Harry Potter films? Most, if not all, of the cast, was English, it seemed as though every English actor known to man was in the films, EXCEPT Patrick. Patrick said he got “Not one phone call” from producers and was slightly saddened by it too.

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His father had PTSD from WWII

Patrick’s father, Alfred, was a soldier during World War II when Patrick himself was just a young boy. Patrick said that his father suffered greatly from PTSD upon returning from his time in the military. Learning that his father suffered so much is what led Stewart to be a big supporter of the charity Combat Stress. Stewart was born in 1940, meaning that the first 5 years of his life were shadowed by the war.

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He doesn’t think he lives up to his roles

There was a time Patrick thought he wasn’t smart enough for his role to come off as believable. He was obviously talking about his role as Professor X in the X-Men franchise. Because of his role as Charles Xavier, Patrick was thought to be this great scholar, as audiences were truly meshing the man and the role. Stweart said that he isn’t remotely as such, “I’m still trying to work out how to operate the air conditioning unit on my car.”

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He was a Beavis and Butt-Head junkie

We knew Partick was a joker at heart! Patrick has always been a fan of comedic animation. He has voiced characters on shows like American Dad to truly show it. It was during an interview in 2004 with ContactMusic, that Patrick confessed to the world that he was obsessed with Beavis and Butt-Head! He went so far as stating that “It’s borderline addiction.” We feel you Patrick, we really do.

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Ian McKellen officiated at his wedding

Patrick Stewart’s best friend is yet another famous actor, legendary in fact, named Ian McKellen. Ian and Patrick are so close that Ian actually officiated over Patrick’s wedding to his third and most recent wife Sunny Ozell. Ian and Patrick have been the best of friends since they met in the 1970s. Their bromance truly is for the ages. They even starred together in the X-Men film franchise – Patrick as Professor X and Ian as Magneto.

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He missed the chance to be in one of the worst films ever

Do you want to know the what we mean by the worst film ever? We are talking about Batman and Robin, of course. Patrick was supposed to play the role of Mr. Freeze in the movie, a role which was eventually given to Arnold Schwarzenegger, thankfully. The reason the role didn’t end up going to Stewart was due to scheduling conflicts. Whether it was just an excuse from Patrick and his people or the honest to goodness truth, he really dodged a bullet there.

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He accepted his role in Star Trek because he thought it would fail

Patrick accepted the role of Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation despite his best friend telling him it was beneath him but also because he thought the show would not amount to anything and would end quickly. However, Stewart could not have been more wrong. He said, “My commitment was based on the fact that it was going to be a failure and then I could come back and go on doing Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.”

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He was very serious on the Star Trek set

“Sir Patrick took the role very seriously,” his costar Jonathan Frakes said in a 2014 Star Trek documentary called Chaos on the Bridge. He went on to say, “If we fooled around… and if he was not in the mood, he’d let us have it.” Stweart was a known professional on set but we guess he softened over the years as other costars beg to differ from this harsh version of Patrick.

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He’s been bald for a long time

For as long as we can remember, Patrick Stewart was sporting that classic bald head of his. It turns out that it doesn’t just seem that way but that the reality was that Stewart actually lost his hair at the young age of 19! Back in 1992, he was interviewed by TV Guide, where he said: “I believed that no woman would ever be interested in me again.” We happen to think he was and still is one handsome fellow!

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He almost narrated The Nightmare Before Christmas

Patrick was supposed to narrate the Tim Burton film The Nightmare Before Christmas back in 1993 as his star was rising thanks to his Star Trek role, as well as his English accent which suited the producers very well. Unfortunately, Stewart was later cut out and replaced with Edward Ivory. Patrick’s narration was included in the end, in the film’s mainstream soundtrack as part of a bonus feature.

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He took a role to fix his window

Every struggling actor remembers the day he took a job just to pay their bills. Patrick did just that when he accepted the role of a Russian general in the 1985 film Wild Geese II. Patrick took the role so he would get paid and would be able to afford to fix a leaky window in his house. The role he accepted was the first to come along. To this day he is embarrassed that he took it.

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LA Times didn’t even mention him by name at first

When Patrick first got his role on Star Trek he was an unknown actor from England. He was so unknown to the American public that when the Los Angeles Times announced the cast of the show, they referred to him as ‘an unknown British Shakesperean actor’. While that description of Stewart was true, that still must have stung! Obviously now things are completly different.

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He was raised in an abusive home

As we mentioned earlier, Patrick’s father suffered from severe PTSD due to his years fighting in World War II. Sadly, because of his experiences, Patrick’s father, Alfred, was actually abusive towards his mother, Gladys. Patrick would witness the domestic abuse and grew to be extremely devastated by it. Patrick later campaigned against domestic violence. Patrick is most notably connected to Refuge, an organization for the protection of domestic abuse victims.

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He didn’t think he would last on Star Trek

After the whole saga of taking the role of Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation just because he thought it would flop, he added another thought thereafter – he didn’t think he would last more than one episode either. Patrick was so sure that he was going to get cut from the show from the getgo that it took him weeks to unpack his suitcases. Man, he had no idea what he was getting himself into.

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He didn’t think he could be Professor X

This one kicked us down! Patrick actually declined the role of Professor X in X-Men in the beginning. It wasn’t until the film’s director, Bryan Singer, sat down with Patrick and explained to him the underlying theme of human rights that was a vital part of the film. Patrick then understood the character and the film to a point when he realized he HAD to play Professor X!

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