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Patrick Stewart's new roles more down to Earth than sci-fi work
Patrick Stewart's new roles more down to Earth than sci-fi work

A bemused grin flashed across Patrick Stewart's face as he recalled a 1987 story that ran in the Los Angeles Times announcing he had been cast to play Capt. Jean-Luc Picard in the sci-fi series "Star Trek: The Next Generation." "It said the Captain will be played by an unknown British Shakespearean actor," mused Stewart, 74. "I was a little disappointed by that. Then my friend Brent Spiner, who was in the series, had a sign made that he had somebody stick on the front door of my trailer which said, 'Beware. Unknown British Shakespearean actor.'" More than 20 million people tuned in to the two-hour pilot of "Next Generation" when...

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