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The Next Generation All Good Things come to an end...but not here.

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Old August 18 2014, 05:40 AM   #1
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Picard's age

At the time Patrick Stewart was casted for TNG he was in his late forties, and yet his character is meant to represent a much older man. Given his Starfleet experience, captain rank, and personal anecdotes he recounts, Picard should be a man well into his 50s, that is, 10 years older than actor Patrick Stewart was.

Of course Mr. Stewart looks like a much older person, which is explained, in part, by his bald look, he's a younger actor playing a much older character.

As a general rule, captains are in their fifties (Janeway an exception) admirals well into their sixties, while lieutenants and other junior officers either in their twenties or mid-thirties. Commanders, like Chakotay and Riker, undoubtedly in their forties.

So, how old is Picard? Is this mentioned in any episode?
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Old August 18 2014, 05:46 AM   #2
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As a general rule, captains are in their fifties (Janeway an exception) admirals well into their sixties, while lieutenants and other junior officers either in their twenties or mid-thirties. Commanders, like Chakotay and Riker, undoubtedly in their forties.

So, how old is Picard? Is this mentioned in any episode?
Kirk is most certainly not in his 50s as a captain. He was in his 30s.

Picard's year of birth is listed as 2305 in Conundrum, making him 59 at the start of TNG.
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Old August 18 2014, 06:33 AM   #3
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I think I recall Stewart on Arsenio Hall during TNG's fifth season saying Picard was 45. Sure, Patrick, whatever you say.
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Old August 18 2014, 11:53 AM   #4
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Re: Picard's age

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Picard's year of birth is listed as 2305 in Conundrum, making him 59 at the start of TNG.
Which is perfect, as far as I'm concerned. It reinforces the idea that humans live longer in the 24th Century.

"Hey, check out Picard...he's 60, but he looks 45!"
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Old August 18 2014, 06:46 PM   #5
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Re: Picard's age

So to start TNG, the ages are (actor ages in parentheses)-

Picard - 59 (47)
Riker - 29 (35)
Data - Technically 28 (38)
Geordi - 29 (30)
Worf - 24 (26)
Beverly - 40 (38)
Troi - 28 (32)
Wesley - 16 (15)
Tasha - 27 (30)
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Old August 18 2014, 10:08 PM   #6
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Re: Picard's age

jimbotron wrote: View Post
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So, how old is Picard? Is this mentioned in any episode?
Kirk is most certainly not in his 50s as a captain. He was in his 30s.
Just by the look of them, neither is John Harriman, (Alan Ruck 38 was at the time of Generations) or Rachel Garrett. (Tricha O'Neil was 45 at time of Yesterday's Enterprise)

Picard is the only captain already over the age of 50, that we've seen posted to the Enterprise... Unless you count Jellico
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Old August 19 2014, 03:06 AM   #7
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Spock was over 50 when we see him as Captain of the Enterprise.
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Old August 19 2014, 03:36 AM   #8
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Spock was over 50 when we see him as Captain of the Enterprise.
There's nothing onscreen to establish that.
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Old August 19 2014, 03:52 AM   #9
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^ We saw him as Captain in TWOK, which was 15 years after "Space Seed", which was roughly around the time of "The Menagerie", which was 13 years after "The Cage". So that's 28 years right there.

So you're correct that there's nothing on screen explicitly stating he was 50 or over in TWOK, but he only had to be at least 22 years old in "The Cage" in order for it to be true.
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Old August 20 2014, 12:39 AM   #10
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^ We saw him as Captain in TWOK, which was 15 years after "Space Seed", which was roughly around the time of "The Menagerie", which was 13 years after "The Cage". So that's 28 years right there.

So you're correct that there's nothing on screen explicitly stating he was 50 or over in TWOK, but he only had to be at least 22 years old in "The Cage" in order for it to be true.
Oops, I misread your post as saying Spock was 50 during TOS.
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