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Saturday, July 13, 1940. :   'Star Trek: The Next Generation' and Shakespearean actor Patrick Stewart is born.

     Patrick Stewart is best known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in "Star Trek: the Next Generation" and the ensuing Star Trek films "Generations", "First Contact" and "Insurrection". He was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England on 13 July 1940. His first appearance on stage was at age 9 in a local outdoor history pageant as Tom of Towngate. Whilst studying drama at secondary school, Stewart noted that a defining moment in his life was when, after reading Shylock aloud in front of his class, his teacher told him, "Stewart, you're good at this. You should do it for a living."

Much of Stewart's later training was in classical theatre, with the Old Vic Company, the Manchester Library Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. More recently, he has appeared in TV movies such as Moby Dick (1998) and A Christmas Carol (1999), and in feature films such as Conspiracy Theory (1997, with Mel Gibson) and as Professor Xavier in the X-Men Franchise.

Apart from his classically-trained vocal mannerisms being one of his strongest features, Stewart is also recognisable by his baldness: he lost most of his hair by age 19, due to hereditary alopecia. Referring to his baldness, during an interview with Michael Parkinson, he expressed gratitude for Star Trek producer Gene Roddenberry's riposte to a reporter who remarked, "Surely they would have cured baldness by the 24th century," to which Roddenberry replied, "In the 24th Century, they wouldn't care."

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Thought For Today
May you be made strong with all the strength which comes from his glorious power, so that you may be able to endure everything with patience. And with joy give thanks to the Father, who has made you.
Colossians 1:11 (c) GNB
Remember that it is from God that we draw our strength and our purpose. It is He who provides for us.

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