Caption: Patrick Stewart at Star Trek Las Vegas
Does life end after commanding the Starship Enterprise for 15 years? Judging by the career of Patrick Stewart, apparently not. Stewart’s fame as Captain Jean-Luc Picard provided no end of opportunities for the actor following the cessation of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1994, including: four big-screen sequels to the Star Trek television series, three blockbuster X-Men motion pictures, critically acclaimed television productions of The Canterville Ghost, A Christmas Carol, The Lion in Winter, Moby Dick and King of Texas (an adaptation of King Lear), and a variety of equally lauded theatrical productions, both on and off Broadway. Prior to taking command of the Enterprise in 1987, Stewart had already established himself as one of England’s foremost leading actors, thanks to his long association with the Royal Shakespeare Company. While he had theatrical opportunities in the U.S., Stewart felt a need to reacquaint himself with his roots, so in 2004, he relocated from America back to Great Britain. There, he successfully relaunched his career as a classical stage actor. Queen Elizabeth knighted him for his “services to drama” at the close of 2009.