February 20, 1964
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
|Education||Del Norte High School|
|Alma mater||American Academy of Dramatic Arts|
West Texas State University
(m. 1998; div. 2009)
Vanessa Claire Stewart
Milton French-Stewart (born February 20, 1964), known professionally as French Stewart, is an American actor and dancer, known for his role as Harry Solomon on the 1990s sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun and for his role as Chef Rudy on the sitcom Mom.
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. 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.
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, where he is a member, and served as co-Artistic Director for its 2012–2013 season. 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. He has guest starred on the TV show The Middle as Principal Cameron (2013-May 13, 2015).
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.
|1999||Bartok the Magnificent||Oble|
|1999||Love Stinks||Seth Winnick|
|2000||Murder at the Cannes Film Festival||Nathan Booth||television film|
|2002||Home Alone: Taking Back The House||Marvin "Marv" Merchants|
|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|
|2009||Give 'em Hell, Malone||Frankie the Crooner|
|2010||The Assignment||Mr. Price|
|2011||Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2||Beverly Hills Dog Show Commentator/Dog Show Judge #2|
|2012||Christopher George Gardner: A Life In Drinking The Knoxville Years||Christopher Gardner||Released|
|2013||30 Nights of Paranormal Activity with the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||Herb||Direct-to-DVD|
|2013||Rain from Stars||Virgil|
|1992||The New WKRP in Cincinnati||Razor Dee||Recurring role (season 2)|
|1994||Seinfeld||Manager||Episode: "The Opposite"|
|1996–2001||3rd Rock from the Sun||Harry Solomon||Main role, 139 episodes|
|1998||Hercules: The Animated Series||Icarus|
|1998||Just Shoot Me!||Steven||Episode: "Puppetmaster"|
|1999||CinderElmo||Prince the Dog (Human Form)|
|2000||Charmed||Genie||Episode: "Be Careful What You Witch For"|
|2000–2011||God, the Devil, and Bob||Bob Alman||Main role (voice), 13 episodes|
|2001||That '70s Show||Daniel||Episode: "Hyde Gets the Girl"|
|2002||Becker||Jim Reynolds||Episode: "Papa Does Preach"|
|2003–2005||Less Than Perfect||Gene Schmidtline||3 episodes|
|2004||The Drew Carey Show||Buddy||1 episode|
|2004||Wedding Daze||Nathan Bennett IV||Television film|
|2004||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Alien Pastor||1 episode|
|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||Episode: "Frat Boys May Lose Their Manhood"|
|2007||Two Dreadful Children|
|2007||Subs||Principal Delahey||Unsold television pilot|
|2007||Pandemic||Dr. Carl Ratner|
|2007||Bones||Isaac Horn||Episode: "The Girl in the Gator"|
|2007||The Closer||Gary Evans||3 episodes|
|2008||Phineas and Ferb||Gaston Le Mode||1 episode|
|2008||Pushing Daisies||Woolsey Nicholls||Episode: "Bzzzzzzzzz!"|
|2008||Cavemen||Mr. Busby||Episode: "Caveman Holiday"|
|2009||Imagination Movers||Teacher||Episode: "Nina Gets the Giggles"|
|2010||The Horrible Terrible Misadventures of David Atkins||David Atkins||5 episodes|
|2010||Castle||Zach Robinson||Episode: "The Late Show"|
|2010||Zeke and Luther||Garm Garoosh||Episode: "Luther Waffles and the Skateboard of Doom"|
|2010||True Jackson, VP||Donald the Delightful||Episode: "True Kiss"|
|2010||Private Practice||Kevin Mason||Episode: "Take Two"|
|2010||Days of Our Lives||Keith||2 episodes|
|2010–2012||The Penguins of Madagascar||Cecil||2 episodes|
|2011||Stargate Universe||Dr. Andrew Covel||Episode: "Alliances"|
|2011||Pound Puppies||Zoltron||1 episode|
|2011||Allen Gregory||Richard De Longpre|
|2012||Community||Vinnie, a French Stewart impersonator||Episode: "Contemporary Impressionists"|
|2012||Psych||Whip Chatterly||Episode: "Autopsy Turvy"|
|2012||Rise of the Zombies||Dr. Arnold|
|2013–2015, 2017||The Middle||Principal Cameron||4 episodes|
|2013–2016, 2018–19||Mom||Chef Rudy||Main role (seasons 1–2), guest (seasons 3, 5, and 6); 26 episodes|
|2013||The Birthday Boys||Himself||Episode: "Goofy Roofers"|
|2015||Secrets and Lies||John Patrick||4 episodes|
|2016||2 Broke Girls||Mr. Bronski||Episode: "And the Sophie Doll"|
|2016||Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures||N-3R0||Episode: "The Maker of Zoh"|
|2017–2018||NCIS||Paul Triff||2 Episodes|
|2017||Trial & Error||Sebastian Rappaport||Episode: "Chapter 12: The Defense Rests"|
|2017||Hell's Kitchen||Himself||Guest diner; Episode: "Raising the Bar"|
|2018||K.C. Undercover||Barney Feffer||Episode: "Twin it to Win it"|
|2018||Roseanne||Dean||Episode: "Knee Deep"|
|2019||Deadly Class||Scorpio Slasher||2 Episodes|
|2019||No Good Nick||Gerard||Episode: "The Charity Mugger"|
Awards and nominations
- 2011: Nominated for Lead Actor in a Play for the role of Nate in the Sacred Fools Theatre Company production of "Voice Lessons"
- 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"
- "French Stewart Biography (1964–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
- "French Stewart Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
- Morris, Steven Leigh (2010-11-11). "What You Don't Know Might Kill You". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
- "Members & Staff of Sacred Fools Theater Company". Sacredfools.org. 1999-10-21. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
- "SACRED FOOLS - MAINSTAGE 2012 - Stoneface: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton". www.sacredfools.org. Retrieved 2019-08-12.
- "Jesse Lee Soffer Toplines NBC's 'Hatfields & McCoys', French Stewart Joins CBS' 'Mom'". Deadline.com. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
- Leon, Anya; reporting by Patrick Gomez (August 7, 2013). "French Stewart Welcomes Daughter Helene Claire". People.
- "Exclusive: Currie Graham, French Stewart to Guest-Star on Private Practice". TVGuide.com.
- "Kiss Me Kate Tops 2011 Ovation Award Nominations". 19 September 2011.