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Patrick Stewart was born on July 13, 1940 in Mirfield, England. Born the son of a career soldier ,he was  raised in, to use his own words, "a very poor and very violent household," movies were a means of escape, and this led him to develop an interest in acting and the rehearsals gave him legitimate excuses to get out of the house in the evenings.

A member of various local drama groups from about age 12, He dropped out of Mirfield Secondary Modern School at the age of fifteen, with only the minimum education requirement.

After leaving school at the age of 15, Patrick worked as a junior newspaper reporter on a local paper, then went to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School one of the most prestigious theatre schools in the world. This is where it all began in ernest for Patrick, his love of the theatre and a skill he would hone to perfection. In the years that followed. Patrick made his first public appearances on stage as walk-ons in productions of 'As You Like It' and 'Cyrano de Bergerac'.

The emerging thespian forged ahead to work with repertory companies in Manchester and Liverpool. Touring with the London Old Vic Theater Company during 1961 and 1962, In 1966 he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, winning his first widespread critical acclaim as Hippolito in the production of 'The Revenger's Tragedy'.

But it was a literary reading given in 1987 that brought Patrick to the attention of producer Robert Justman, a longtime associate of Gene Roddenberry who was instrumental in helping the actor land the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard.