Trek's Patrick Stewart, Rings' Jackson knighted

As we reported a while back, Star Trek: The Next Generation's Patrick Stewart will be knighted as part of Queen Elizabeth II's New Year honors list. That makes him Sir Patrick.

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, meanwhile, also becomes a knight under a separate honors list in New Zealand, the Associated Press reported:

"This is an honor that embraces those actors, directors and creative teams who have in these recent years helped fill my life with inspiration, companionship and sheer fun," said 69-year-old Stewart, who recently returned to the British stage following a long career in Hollywood that included playing Professor Charles Xavier in three "X-Men" films. ...

Jackson, 53, was knighted in New Zealand, his native land and the filming location for the trilogy, which collected 17 Academy Awards. The New Zealand award is approved by the queen, the country's head of state.

Stewart played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in TNG on TV and in subsequent movies.

Jackson, who recently directed The Lovely Bones, is now producing the two-part Hobbit movie.

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