Wednesday, June 07, 2006

When the world was young...

A long time ago, in a Galaxy far, far away, when Patrick Stewart still had hair!

Your heroic dictator for life just ordered the BBC series I CLAUDIUS on DVD. This is going to be FUN!

* * * * UPDATE * * * *

Apparently, the hair in the above photo was actually a wig...according to the Wikipedia, Stewart was bald since the age of 19

At 16 he was a furniture salesman. And in 1957, at the age of 17, he embarked on a two-year acting course at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He lost most of his hair by the age of 19 (alopecia runs in his family), but he successfully sold himself to theatre producers, after performing an audition with and without a wig, as "two actors for the price of one!". In 1964 he met the Old Vic's choreographer Sheila Falconer and they married on March 4, 1966. They had two children — Daniel Freedom Stewart and Sophie Alexandra Stewart — but divorced in 1990.1 Daniel Stewart would have a small role playing Picard's son in an alternate universe in the Next Generation episode, The Inner Light.

Following a period with the Manchester Library Theatre, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1966 where he appeared next to actors such as Ben Kingsley and Ian Richardson — and even played on the company's football (soccer) team. He then moved to the Royal National Theatre in the early 1980s. Over the years, Stewart took roles in many major television series without ever becoming a household name. He appeared as Sejanus in I, Claudius; Karla in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People; Claudius in a 1980 BBC adaptation of Hamlet. He even took the romantic male lead in the BBC adaptation of Mrs Gaskell's North and South (wearing a hairpiece).

Oh well, his enormous talent more than makes up for his lack of follicles. Whereas your heroic dictator for life has plenty of follicles (on his head, thank you) and no talent whatsoever.


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