Cast and Crew - Jean-Luc Picard

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 JEAN-LUC PICARD

Jean-Luc Picard managed to surpass a 22-year career as first officer and later captain of the Constellation-Class U.S.S. Stargazer with an even more impressive record as captain of the fleet's flagship U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D. In the latter role he not only witnessed the major turning points of recent galactic history but played a major role in them as well, from surviving as the only human abductee of the Borg invasion in 2366, to becoming a contact point with the Q Continuum, to serving as arbiter choosing the current ruler of the Klingon Empire and exposing the Romulans as backers of his chief rivals.

Picard has never been a "family man" and was long uncomfortable with the Enterprise's family contingent. His initial reaction to family is also reflected in the friction with his father and, later, his older brother. When asked about having children of his own Picard once replied that "wishing for a thing does not make it so." The issue of lineage and his lack of offspring caused a sustained yet brief period of depression upon the sudden accidental deaths in 2371 of his brother and nephew.

Picard has experienced a series of unsuccessful romantic relationships, stemming in part from his introspective nature as a career officer. Significant adult romances have included Jenice Manheim in 2342, Capt. Phillipa Louvois in 2356, rogue archeologist Vash in 2366-68, and Lt. Cmdr. Nella Darren in 2369.

Picard is often aloof with those he considers his close friends, but has shown a willingness to stake his career for them - as when defending the inherent sentient's rights of Data against Starfleet confiscation, then acting as Worf's cha'dich before the Klingon High Council.

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Q-induced encounter in 2370 with a possible future timeline seems to have diffused this separation from friends somewhat. While he has had no more encounters with his best Academy mates, both of Picard's closest friends from his early career, Jack Crusher and Walker Keel, were killed in the line of duty.

Picard has broken Starfleet's Prime Directive numerous times when he felt it was warranted. During his Enterprise career he allowed an Edo female to confront her "god" from space and brought a pre-spaceflight Mintakan leader aboard so as to undo the damage done by cultural contamination. He also chafes at the Starfleet directive banning captains from most away-team missions in uncertain or hostile situations.

Picard assumed captaincy of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D on SD 41124, having hand-picked much of his senior staff - such as two young officers who impressed him enough upon first meeting to win a place in the senior staff: Geordi La Forge once piloted his inspection tour shuttle and stayed up all night to refit an engine part he'd made a passing comment on, and he witnessed Tasha Yar risk her life to save colonists amid a Carnelian mine field. Finally, he had picked Riker from among simple resumes as his first officer.

During his captaincy of the Enterprise-D, Picard has experienced
first-contact encounters with the Borg, Ferengi, Edo, Aldeans, Tamarians, Jarada, Malcorians, Douwd, Mintakans, Paxans, Cytherians, the Ux-Mal, and Devidians, among others, and served as a negotiator and diplomat on missions including Acamar III, Rutia IV, Angosia III, Bajor, Talarians, Turkana IV, Pentaurus V, Ventax II, Kaelon II, Lenaria, Gemaris V, Dachlyd, and Krios-Valt Minor.

Following the loss of the Enterprise-D at Veridian III, Picard won command of the ship's next namesake, one of the new Sovereign class, in 2372 on SD 49827.5.

Picard has a wide variety of interests and recreational pursuits, including archeology, having studied the Iconian culture since his cadet days and addressed the Federation Archeological Council as keynote speaker on the Tagus III ruins in 2367. He enjoys literature in its written style, especially detective fiction such as Dixon Hill, and Shakespearean drama; oddly enough, while he enjoys role-playing the former in holo-programs, he avoids acting or any other performance art himself despite an interest in classical music and attending the shipboard concerts and plays on the Enterprise.

 PATRICK STEWART

An internationally respected actor known for successfully bridging the gap between the theatrical world of Shakespearean stage and that of contemporary film and television, Patrick Stewart continues to demonstrate his versatility with a wide range of upcoming projects.

Most recently, Stewart starred in the highly successful "X-Men" and "X-Men 2". In April 2000, Stewart reprised his role in the Arthur Miller play, "The Ride Down Mt. Morgan," for a limited Broadway run. Stewart played a bigamist, Lyman Felt, who is visited by his two wives while he is convalescing in a hospital after an automobile accident. Stewart starred in the show's debut in 1998.

Stewart has also recently been seen in the USA Network's "Moby Dick" opposite Gregory Peck and Henry Thomas, earning an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Captain Ahab.

Stewart was also seen in the psychological thriller "Safe House". He plays Mace Sowell, an ex-government official who, suffering the effects of Alzheimer's, becomes a recluse in an impenetrable high-tech home, fearing that what he knows about a former boss has put his life in jeopardy.

One of Stewart's recent stage appearance was in the title role of "Othello" at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. Stewart's performance was praised in the NY Times as "Never anything less than uncanny in his psychological portrait: It's like watching an autopsy on human feeling."

In December of 1996, Stewart brought "A Christmas Carol" his award-winning adaptation of Dickens' classic tale, to an exclusive engagement at the Doolittle Theatre, after having performed at several venues both in Los Angeles, New York and London's West End. In time for Christmas 1999, Stewart starred in a full-cast version of this production, produced by his company, Flying Freehold, and Hallmark Entertainment. Stewart's portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. "A Christmas Carol" airs on TNT.

On television Stewart originated the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the hit series, Star Trek: The Next Generation and has subsequently reprised that role in four  feature films.

Stewart's additional film credits include the film adaptation of Paul Rudnick's play, Jeffrey, Hedda, Dune, Lady Jane, Excalibur, LA Story, Death Train, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Gunmen, Masterminds, The Pagemaster, and Conspiracy Theory.

Other television roles include the title role of "The Canterville Ghost" for ABC and Hallmark Hall of Fame, as well as TNT's "In Search of Dr. Seuss" and "Animal Farm." In popular animated series The Simpsons, Stewart lends his voice to the episode "Homer the Great." He has also hosted several documentary series including "The Shape of the World" on PBS and TNT's "MGM: When the Lion Roars," a six-part series on the history of MGM Studios.

For the BBC, Stewart has been seen in the acclaimed miniseries, "I, Claudius," "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," and "Smiley's People." He has also portrayed Salieri in "The Mozart Inquest," Oedipus in "Oedipus Rex" and Rev. Anderson in "The Devil's Disciple."

In addition to "A Christmas Carol," Stewart has adapted other works for stage, TV and radio, including "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour" by Tom Stoppard which he directed in 1992. This show starred Stewart and four other cast members of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the Orange County Symphony Orchestra. In 1993, the same production was presented with symphony orchestras in Minneapolis, Chicago and Atlanta.

In 1995 Stewart starred on Broadway as Prospero in Shakespeare's classic "The Tempest" for which he received a best actor nomination from the Outer Critics Circle. In 1996, in honor of his work on the stage, Stewart received the prestigious "Will Award" from the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. The Honor is given annually to an individual who makes "A significant contribution to classical theatre in America."

The same year, Stewart also won a Grammy Award for his narrative work on Best Spoken Word Album for Children, "Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf." He has been nominated for and received many awards for his various works, most recently the Theatre Wing Award in New York.

Biographies derived and edited from the Official Site.