Forget that musty old snake-hater we usually celebrate on March 17th. It's time for us to create St. Patrick Stewart's Day. Here's the illustrated tale of a man who deserves his own holiday for pioneering work in the worlds of acting, geekdom, and making baldness cool.
Sir Patrick Stewart was born in 1940 in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in northern England. He was one of the few adorable babies of Black And White Photo Times.
From there Patrick left school at 15 to focus on acting, joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967 and soon afte breaking into television acting. As you can see, he hadn't yet lost his hair or stopped dressing like a monk 100% of the time.
Patrick stayed with the RSC till 1982 and kept up his Shakespearean chops long after that. He earned a 2008 Tony Award nomination for playing Macbeth on Broadway, and a Coolest Guy Ever Award win for playing Hamlet on Sesame Street.
Patrick's also done a range of non-Shakespearean theater, and returns to Broadway this fall to perform Pinter and Beckett plays with his X-Men co-star Sir Ian McKellen. They'll probably rehearse just like they did scenes together in the X-Men movies (telepathically, in a plastic prison):
Patrick was still an "unknown British Shakespearean actor" (according to the Los Angeles Times) in 1987, when producer Bob Justman convinced Gene Roddenberry to cast Patrick in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Patrick's role was that of Jean-Luc Picard, a hero from a faraway future where medical science can provide anyone with backbones, even the French.