At Comicpalooza 2013, a fan asked Patrick Stewart, who played Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trex and Professor X in X-Men, “besides acting, what are you most proud of that you’ve done in your life … that isn’t related to acting?”
Stewart pointed to the work he’s done battling domestic violence toward women, particularly his work with the UK group Refuge.
“[It’s] something that grew out of my own childhood experience,” he said. “…I do what I do in my mother’s name because I couldn’t help her then. Now I can. Last year I learned things about my father that I didn’t know. And my elder brother didn’t know. And that was that in 1940, due to his experiences in France with the British Expeditionary Force, he was suffering from what was then called severe shell shock. We now know it as post traumatic stress disorder.”