LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Sir Patrick Stewart attends "Star Trek" Day on September 08, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Paramount+)
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The 12 Best Patrick Stewart Roles That Aren’t Captain Picard
Captain Ahab
Sir Patrick Stewart is at his best when he plays characters who live halfway between the light and the dark, and his turn as sea commander Ahab in the 1998 television miniseries "Moby Dick" is no exception. His well-crafted portrayal of Herman Melville's unforgettable captain distinguishes the production from other adaptations.
Lord Yupa
Swordmaster Lord Yupa from "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" is a memorable character, but Stewart's voice makes him extra cool. The key aspect of Stewart's performance is how much passion it adds to Yupa, especially during his intimidating battle sequences, and is a rare example of how specific English dubs can enrich the anime-watching experience.
King Richard
Stewart's cameo as King Richard in "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" is far from his juiciest role, but it certainly packs a comedic punch. Stewart is always the perfect choice to play a mighty ruler, thanks to his majestic cinematic presence, and his elegant mannerisms are a brilliantly comedic juxtaposition to the film’s dialogue.
Ebenezer Scrooge
"A Christmas Carol" — the 1999 TV adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story — might not be the best version of the oft-adapted tale, but Stewart breathes more humanity into Ebenezer Scrooge than other bolder adaptations before or since. The true brilliance of Stewart's interpretation lies in the fact that he doesn't overdo his performance.
John Thornton
Stewart's turn as mill owner John Thornton in "North & South" gives him a rare opportunity to flex his romantic-lead acting muscles. At first glance, Stewart's performance comes off as a tad one-note, but as the story progresses, the kindness at the core of Thornton's soul becomes apparent, and his acting remains one of the better aspects of this 1975 miniseries.