5 life lessons Sir Patrick Stewart shared during his reddit AMA

For the first time ever, celebrated actor Sir Patrick Stewart sat down for a reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA).


Needless to say, the Internet collectively lost its mind.


The 75-year-old thespian (think: "X-Men," "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "American Dad"), equality/free speech advocate, and all-around cool guy made himself available for questions ahead of the premiere of his new television show, "Blunt Talk," a raunchy comedy produced by Seth MacFarlane.

Here are five things we learned from the beloved actor and noted mullet enthusiast.

Yes, he's a mullet enthusiast. That one's a freebie. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images.

1. You're never too old to have the best day of your life.

One of the highlights of Stewart's life was carrying the Olympic flame ahead of the 2012 games. Just don't ask him where the torch is.

"I never expected it would happen to me and as an ex-athlete and huge fan of the Olympic Games, it was one of the best days of my life. And, I ended the day taking home the torch, but I seem to have mislaid it. If anybody knows where it is, please let the @SirPatStew team know."

Photo by LOCOG via Getty Images.

2. Always make time to read what you love.

Even with films, television, theater, and charitable work, he still finds time to read a good book. Though his latest selection is taking a little longer than expected.

"The letters of Vincent Van Gogh to his brother, Theo. Problem is, there are seven volumes and I've already been reading for two years."


A selection of Van Gogh's letters on display at the Van Gogh Museum. Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images.

3. Want to stay fresh-faced and full of life? Know your Freud.

The actor presented a quote from the celebrated psychoanalyst as the secret to staying young.

"Well the great man Sigmund Freud said the most important things for a happy and long life were love and work and I've had a cornucopia of both."

Stewart with his wife, Sunny Ozell. Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images.

4. It's important to love what you do for a living.

He's been in the business for 50 years, but at age 75, he's enjoying himself now more than ever.

In fact, his latest project, "Blunt Talk," premiering Aug. 22, on Starz, is the most fun he's ever had.


"For the 12 weeks of shooting, I remember nothing except laughing, which is a nice way to get through a working day, especially if it's 14 hours. Everyone in our cast is a comedian (or comedienne). They're funny on screen and they're funny off, which accounts for my comment about laughing. There's not much laughter when you're performing King Lear or Macbeth."

5. No matter what you accomplish, hold tight to a dream or two.

Even with a storied career, there's still something on his bucket list. And it's a far cry from the stage and screen.

"My father retired from the military as Regimental Sergeant Major of the British Parachute Regiment. He jumped into action three times. I don't care for the action part of it, but I would love to experience what he did of jumping and parachuting safely to the ground."

A member of the current British Parachute Regiment makes a spectacular entrance. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

And OK, just one more.

In case you're having Sir Patrick over for lunch, don't forget his favorite sandwich:

"Always, all my life, a favorite, thickly sliced Granny Smith apple on thick, heavily buttered white bread. Very healthy and yummy."

And his drink of choice? Oregon pinot noir.

But be careful, he slurps.

Don't say we didn't warn you. GIF from "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

Hey, nobody's perfect. Not even knights.

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They're trained to retrieve dropped Items, open and close doors, help their owners remove their clothes, transport medications, navigate busy areas such as airports, provide visual assistance, and even give psychological help.

The service dog trainers at K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs in Canada want those who require service dogs to live the fullest life possible, so they're training dogs on how to attend a theatrical performance.

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"About a dozen dogs came to our relaxed performance, and they were all extremely well-behaved," says Stratford Festival spokesperson Ann Swerdfager. "I was in the lobby when they came in, then they took their seats, then got out of their seats at intermission and went back — all of the things we learn as humans when we start going to the theater."

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The dogs' great performance at the trial run means that people who require service animals can have the freedom to enjoy special experiences like going to the theater.

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