French Stewart

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French Stewart
Born Milton French Stewart
(1964-02-20) February 20, 1964 (age 50)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
Alma mater American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Katherine LaNasa (1998–2009)
Vanessa Perkins (2011–present)

Milton French "Milt" Stewart (born February 20, 1964), better known as French Stewart, is an American actor, best known for his role as Harry Solomon on the 1990s sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun.

Early life[edit]

French Stewart was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and attended Del Norte High School. His mother was a homemaker, and his stepfather was a microfilm technician.[1]

Career[edit]

Stewart studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and toured in regional theatre for seven years before breaking into television with the role of Razor Dee, a spaced-out DJ on the final season of The New WKRP in Cincinnati in 1992. Stewart earned his Screen Actors Guild card while working for Hanna-Barbera's Shakey Quakey tour, but was later terminated for removing the head of his costume in front of children.[2] In 1996, he was cast on 3rd Rock from the Sun, which lasted for six seasons. On the show, Stewart was noted for his talents at physical comedy and his characteristic "squinting" facial expression. During the height and popularity of 3rd Rock from the Sun, Stewart appeared in numerous commercials and as a spokesperson for the beverage Clamato.

Major motion picture credits for French Stewart include his film debut on Stargate (1994) as Lieutenant Ferretti, followed by Leaving Las Vegas (1995), The Poison Tasters (1995), Magic Island (1995) Glory Daze (1996), McHale's Navy (1997), Love Stinks (1999), Clockstoppers (2002) as Earl Doppler and Wedding Daze as Nathan Bennett IV. Animated credits include the voice of Bob on the short-lived animated series God, the Devil and Bob (2000), and Disney's animated series Hercules (1998) as Icarus. Since the end of 3rd Rock in 2001, Stewart has appeared in a number of minor roles, mainly in situation comedies such as Just Shoot Me!, Becker, The Drew Carey Show, Less Than Perfect and That '70s Show (from the same creators as 3rd Rock from the Sun) He also starred in the WB show Charmed as a genie at the end of season 2. He has starred in comedy films, with major roles in the direct-to-video films Home Alone 4 (2002) and Inspector Gadget 2 (2003). He also appeared as a guest star in the TV show, Phineas and Ferb, in the episode "Run Away Runway" as the fashion designer, Gaston Le Mode (2008).

Stewart has appeared on MADtv and guest-starred in the Seinfeld episode "The Opposite". He can also be seen on the I Love The... series on VH1. Stewart was an executive producer for Has Anyone Seen My Baby?, a drama on the Lifetime network that portrayed the life of a woman who lost her child on an African safari in the early 1970s. He also appeared as the "weird guy" office temp on NewsRadio with Andy Dick, who told him, "there's only room for one weird guy" on staff at the radio station.

Stewart appeared in second season episodes of the ABC series Pushing Daisies and Castle.

In July 2010, it was announced that he would guest-star in the Season 4 premiere of Private Practice alongside Currie Graham. The two will play Russell (Graham) and his mentally ill brother Kevin (Stewart).[3]

Stewart produced and costarred in the dual role of Queen Victoria and Sigmund Freud in Watson: The Last Great Tale of the Legendary Sherlock Holmes at the Sacred Fools Theater Company,[4] where he is a member, and will be serving as co-Artistic Director for their 2012–2013 season.[5] In May and June 2012, he appeared at Sacred Fools as Buster Keaton in the original play Stoneface: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton, written by his wife, Vanessa Claire Smith. In 2011, Stewart also voiced the character of Richard De Longpre on Allen Gregory.

On April 20, 2013, Stewart was a special guest on the NickHD television show Marvin Marvin, playing Marvin's Uncle Steve. In 2013, Stewart joined the CBS series Mom in the series regular role of Chef Rudy.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Stewart married actress Katherine LaNasa on May 19, 1998: They met when she had a guest appearance on a 1996 episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun. They divorced in December 2009. Stewart married actress Vanessa Claire Smith in June 2011. French and Vanessa have a daughter, Helene Claire, born June 28, 2013.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Stargate Lieutenant Ferretti
1995 Glory Daze Dennis
1995 Magic Island Supperstein
1997 McHale's Navy Happy
1999 Bartok the Magnificent Oble
1999 Love Stinks
2002 Home Alone: Taking Back The House Marv
2002 Clockstoppers Earl Dopler
2003 Inspector Gadget 2 Inspector Gadget
2005 Duck (as French Stewart) as Jumper
2005 My Name Is... Jason Scott Short Film
2007 If I Had Known I Was a Genius Public School Principal
2007 The Flock Haynes Ownby
2008 Surveillance Officer Jim Conrad
2008 Dog Gone Blackie
2009 Give 'em Hell, Malone Frankie the Crooner
2009 Opposite Day Godfrey
2010 Convincing Clooney HW Post-production
2010 The Assignment Mr. Price
2010 Rain from Stars Virgil Post-production
2011 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Beverly Hills Dog Show Commentator/Dog Show Judge #2
2011 The Muppets Gabe Lou the watch salesman Cameo
2012 Christopher George Gardner: A Life In Drinking The Knoxville Years Christopher Gardner Pre-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Seinfeld Manager 1 Episode: "The Opposite"
1996–2001 3rd Rock from the Sun Harry Solomon 139 Episodes
1998 Hercules: The Animated Series Icarus
1999 CinderElmo Prince the Dog (Human Form)
2000 Charmed Genie Season 2, Episode 22
2000 God, the Devil, and Bob Bob Alman
2001 That '70s Show Daniel 1 Episode: "Hyde Gets the Girl"
2002 Becker: Papa Does Preach Jim Reynolds Season 5, Episode 7
2003–2005 Less Than Perfect Gene Schmidtline 3 episodes
2004 Wedding Daze (TV) Nathan Bennett IV
2005 The New Partridge Family Reuben Kincaid
2005 The Entertainment Weekly Guide: Guilty Pleasures Host
2006 Misconceptions Stewart / Horace 7 episodes
2006 Pepper Dennis Dr. Crimmons 1 episode
2007 Two Dreadful Children
2007 Subs Principal Delahey Television movie
2007 Pandemic Dr. Carl Ratner
2007 Bones Isaac Horn 1 episode
2007 The Closer Gary Evans 3 episodes
2008 Happy Campers
2008 Cavemen Mr. Busby 1 episode
2008 Pushing Daisies Woolsey Nicholls 1 episode
2008 Phineas and Ferb Gaston Le Mode 1 episode
2009 Imagination Movers 1 episode
2010 Castle Zach Robinson 1 episode
2010 The Horrible Terrible Misadventures of David Atkins David Atkins 5 episodes
2010 Zeke and Luther Garm Garoosh
2010 Private Practice Kevin 1 episode
2010 Days of Our Lives Keith pet cemetery funeral director 1 episode, September 27, 2010
2010 The Penguins of Madagascar Cecil 1 episode, November 6, 2010
2011 Pound Puppies Zoltron 1 episode, October 15, 2011
2011 Stargate Universe Dr. Andrew Covel 1 episode
2011 Allen Gregory Richard De Longpre
2012 Community Vinnie, a French Stewart impersonator
2012 Psych Whip Chatterly
2013 The Middle Principal Cameron 2 episodes
2013–present Mom Chef Rudy

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Award

Ovation Awards

  • 2011: Nominated for Lead Actor in a Play for the role of Nate in the Sacred Fools Theatre Company production of "Voice Lessons"[8]
  • 2011: Nominated for Featured Actor in a Play for the role of Freud/Queen Victoria in the Sacred Fools Theatre Company production of "Watson – The Last Great Tale of the Legendary Sherlock Holmes"[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "French Stewart Biography (1964–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  2. ^ "French Stewart Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  3. ^ "Exclusive: Currie Graham, French Stewart to Guest-Star on Private Practice". TVGuide.com. 
  4. ^ Steven Leigh Morris (2010-11-11). "What You Don't Know Might Kill You – Page 1 – Stage – Los Angeles". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  5. ^ "Members & Staff of Sacred Fools Theater Company". Sacredfools.org. 1999-10-21. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  6. ^ "Jesse Lee Soffer Toplines NBC’s ‘Hatfields & McCoys’, French Stewart Joins CBS’ ‘Mom’". Deadline.com. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ Leon, Anya; reporting by Patrick Gomez (August 7, 2013). "French Stewart Welcomes Daughter Helene Claire". People. 
  8. ^ a b "Kiss Me Kate Tops 2011 Ovation Award Nominations.". 19 September 2011. 

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