Can you imagine Star Trek without Patrick Stewart? He had been a quintessential part of the franchise’s success throughout the Star Trek’s golden era, and that is the reason why we still remember him and talk about him.
Did you know that Stewart was originally considered to portray Data, a famous android in the Star Trek universe? Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, envisaged a tall and masculine man with long hair to portray Jean-Luc Picard. Roddenberry wanted actor Stephen Macht to play the Picard role, but he had no choice but to go with Patrick Stewart because the rest of casting team were rallying behind the British actor!
We have to admit that the Star Trek team took a risk by asking a skinny middle-aged British man with bald head to lead the Enterprise. And that paid off!
Patrick Stewart wouldn’t be as popular as he is today had he played the role of Data. The Jean-Luc Picard role has not only made him famous but also earned him a lot of money. Patrick Stewart’s net worth as of 2017 is $60 million. As you may know, he married American singer and songwriter Sunny Ozell in 2013, who is 36 years younger to him!