Before They Were Stars: Patrick Stewart in “Hamlet” in 1969

This may be the earliest known footage of Patrick Stewart performing Shakespeare as he played Horatio in a television production of Hamlet in 1969. In case you’re thinking that I’ve uncovered rare footage of Patrick Stewart with hair, he actually went bald at the age of 18, so he’s wearing a wig on here. It’s also worth noting that the actor playing the gravedigger in this scene is Ronald Lacey, best known for his memorable turn as Toht, the crazy Gestapo agent in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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