Patrick Stewart Credits TNG Castmates With His Longevity

Thirty years after the show debuted, Patrick Stewart credits his Star Trek: The Next Generation castmates with his outlook on life, work and his longevity.

The 76 year old actor visited Conan on Wednesday to discuss the latest installment of the X-Men and Wolverine film franchise: Logan, wherein Stewart reprises his role as Professor Charles Xavier.

Discussing the first of seven seasons, during which he worked alongside Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Denise Crosby and Gates McFadden on TNG, Stewart recalled:

I was so boring and tiresome. I had this thing about discipline and I felt that the cast… my fellow castmembers on Star Trek [: The Next Generation] were a little unruly at times… too many jokes, too much fooling around, sing songs. So I called a meeting. This was quite early on in the first season… and I said ‘Look guys, we are only here for part of the day. There are a lot of people who are here all day long, everyday no matter what we do and how much time off we have. I think we should think about them and focus on the work we’re doing.

Stewart credits Denise Crosby for saying “Patrick, we have to have some fun.” To which he replied in a stern voice:

We are not here to have fun!

That guy would not have accepted the Emoji role.

On how his outlook has changed, Stewart said:

[I’m the] silliest person on the set [now].

That’s all thanks to my pals in Star Trek.

I think they made me live longer. I think maybe I wouldn’t be here, if it had not been for them teaching me how to laugh more.

This year, TNG celebrates its 30th anniversary, as the show first premiered in September of 1987.

You can watch the video, embedded below.

via Team Coco

[amazon_link asins=’B01BP06ENA,B00ABDGGRC,B016OLA1B6,B00LSYM7YE’ template=’ProductGrid’ store=’treknenet-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’5d4506db-04c6-11e7-ac07-35aa417b4081′]

Click to comment

Trending Articles


For the first time in the franchise's 57-year history, STRANGE NEW WORLDS gives Star Trek a full-on musical episode with "Subspace Rhapsody"


Review: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 Episode 10 “Hegemony” As we assumed last week, Captain Batel finds herself in a bit of...

Conventions and Events

The annual Star Trek-themed convention returns to the Las Vegas Rio with William Shatner, Sonequa Martin-Green, George Takei, Anson Mount, Jeri Ryan & many...


Preview: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2 Episode 10 “Hegemony” The second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds concludes this Thursday, August...

AboutContactTip UsTerms of UsePrivacy Notice, the website, the promotion thereof and/or any exhibition of material created by is not endorsed or sponsored by or affiliated with CBS/Paramount Pictures or the STAR TREK franchise.

© 2011–2023

Exit mobile version