CAST AND CREW
Picard / Patrick Stewart
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.
A 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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