Happy Birthday to Sir Patrick Stewart who turns 80 years old today. The English actor of stage and film grew up poor, yet not only excels in Shakespeare, but plays the lead in his own science fiction series—Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also stars as Charles Xavier in the superhero X-Men series.
He became best friends with fellow English thespian Sir Ian McKellen having bonded during the filming X-Men. “We had adjoining trailers… and, the charm of it is, we had so much in common.” McKellen even married Stewart and his wife, the singer Sunny Orvell.
Known for his strong and authoritative voice, which was featured on many animated and narrative projects, he has also recorded an album of country songs, Patrick Stewart Sings Cowboy Classics. WATCH him in Feb. 2020 answer the most googled questions about himself… (1940)