Sir Patrick Stewart, OBE is an English film, television, and stage actor, who has had a distinguished career on stage and screen. He is best known for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard on the syndicated science-fiction series Star Trek: The Next Generation and its successor films, and as Professor X in the X-Men films. He is also known for voicing Avery Bullock on the Fox animated sitcom American Dad! since 2005, and for his prolific stage roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
For Disney, he voiced Mr. Woolensworth in the 2005 Disney animated film Chicken Little, and The Great Prince of the Forest in the 2006 Disney direct-to-DVD film Bambi II. He is the only voice actor in Bambi II who was alive when Bambi was released in 1942. He also voiced the William Shakespeare statue in the 2011 Touchstone Pictures film Gnomeo & Juliet.
Stewart turned down several roles during the Disney Renaissance prior to Chicken Little due to scheduling conflicts, including King Triton in The Little Mermaid, Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, Zazu in The Lion King, Governor Ratcliffe in Pocahontas, and Zeus in Hercules. Stewart regards his missed opportunity with voicing Jafar in Aladdin as the greatest regret of his film career. He was mentioned in an episode of Dog With a Blog. He was also considered for the role of Francis in Disney's 1988 movie, Oliver & Company.