Who is French Stewart? Bio

He is an actor with 120 acting credits to his name, however, French Stewart, is probably still known best for his portrayal of the ‘biggest idiot in the universe’, Harry Solomon, in the comedy series “3rd Rock From the Sun”, about aliens sent to Earth disguised as a human family so they can experience life, and report all about it to their leader The Big Giant Head.

French Stewart is also known for starring in the 2003 movie “Inspector Gadget 2”, which brought him the DVD Exclusive Award for Best Actor in a DVD Premiere Movie.

Let us tell you more interesting facts about him, his career beginnings, his private life, and where he is now.

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Early life, family, and education

Born Milton French-Stewart IV, under the zodiac sign of Pisces on 20 February 1964, he is today aged 58. French hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico USA, thus he holds American nationality. He’s the only child of his parents, and when his mother, Helene remarried Russ Haustler, French became a big brother to his little stepsister Kelly.

French had an interest in acting from an early age, and was a member of the Del Norte High School’s drama club. Upon matriculating in 1982, French enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, in Los Angeles, California, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts (Theatre), in 1985.

Following, French spent several years touring with a theatre group before he landed his first television role.

Roles in series

French made his acting debut portraying Razor Dee in the series “The New WKRP in Cincinnati”, and was seen in 23 episodes of the final season from 1992 through 1993. In the following years, French mostly guest-starred in an episode or two of numerous series, before he was cast to play his most notable television role.

From 1996 through 2001, French portrayed Harry Solomon in 139 episodes of the science-fiction comedy “3rd Rock from the Sun”, also starring John Lithgow, Kristen Johnson and Jane Curtin. The series had 74 award nominations and won 36, including eight Primetime Emmys.

With the rest of the crew, French shares three nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, in 1997, ’98 and ’99.

Concurrently, French was heard as Icarus in 51 episodes of the animated series “Hercules” during 1998 and 1999, which brought him a nomination for the Daytime Emmy Award-Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program.  He also voiced the character of Bob Allman in “God, the Devil and Bob” in 2000.

In the following years, he guest-starred in two episodes of the series “That ‘70s Show”, followed by his guest roles in “Becker” (2002), “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2004), and “The Closer” (2007), among many others.

In 2010, French starred as David Atkins in the comedy series “The Horrible Terrible Misadventures of David Atkins”, which was poorly rated by the audience, and canceled after its first season. Three years later, French was cast to play Rudy in the romantic comedy-drama “Mom”, starring Allison Janney and Anna Faris, which followed the story of a newly sober single mom who now must balance between her children, her irresponsible ex-husband, and her passive-aggressive mother. French had a recurring role, and made an appearance in 37 episodes of the series from 2013 through 2020.

Concurrently, he guest starred in several series, mostly in an episode. Most recently, French was seen as Deric Springer in “Leverage: Redemption” in 2021.

Roles in movies

French made his big-screen debut as Lieutenant Ferretti in the 1994 movie “Stargate”, also starring Kurt Russell, James Spader, and Jaye Davidson. In the following year, French had supporting roles in “The Poison Tasters”, “Leaving Las Vegas”, and “Glory Daze”.

In 1996, he had a small part in “Broken Arrow”, starring John Travolta and Christian Slater, followed by his roles in “McHale’s Navy” (1997), “Dick” and “Love Stinks” both in 1999.

In the early 2000s, French mostly had supporting roles in numerous movies. Finally, in 2002, he landed the lead role as Doctor Earl Dopler in the action comedy “Clockstoppers”, which followed the story of a teenager who accidentally activated a machine that gave him the power to speed up his body, and so everyone around him seemed to have stopped moving. The movie had no nominations, but the audience rated it as ‘a good movie with a twist of fun’.

Later that year, French was seen as Marv Merchants in “Home Alone 4”, and as Chauncey in “Naked Movie”.

In 2003, he was cast to play his most notable movie role as Inspector Gadget in “Inspector Gadget 2”, a sequel to the 1999 hit movie, which starred Matthew Broderick, and although this one didn’t gain as much success as the first part, it had four award nominations. The audience rated it 3.4/10.

In the following years, French was seen in several TV movies, before returning to the big screen as Public School Principal in the 2007 comedy-drama “If I Had Known I Was a Genius”, also starring Whoopi Goldberg, Markus Redmond, Sharon Stone, and Keith David, which was also poorly rated by the audience.

In 2008, French was cast to play Officer Jim Conrad in “Surveillance”, which brought him a nomination for the Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor. Next, he was seen co-starring in “The Assignment” (2010), “Rise of the Zombies” (2012), “Rain from Stars” (2013), and “The Little Rascals Save the Day” in 2014.

Most recently, French appeared in the 2019 movies “More Beautiful for Having Been Broken” and “Aliens, Clowns & Geeks”, followed by his role as Ken DeNardo in the 2021 romantic comedy-drama “Queen Bees”, also starring Ellen Burstyn, Jane Curtin and Loretta Devine.

What is he doing now?

After his role in “Mom”, television series lovers were happy to see French as Jacob Powell in the 2022 comedy “How We Roll”, about the life of the professional bowler Tom Smallwood.

He was also cast to play Indigo in Disney’s series “Raven’s Home”, starring Raven-Symone, Issac Ryan Brow and Anneliese van der Pol. The series follows the story of Raven, a single mother of twins, who shares an apartment with her best friend Chelsea, and Chelsea’s son. It had 22 award nominations and won two.

French’s fans can keep track of his life and career through his Instagram and Twitter accounts. His Instagram has been followed by nearly 3,000 people, but his Twitter has amassed over 20,000 followers, and he’s tweeted over 3,000 times. Most recently, he wished his followers ‘Happy Holidays’ with the meme of Harry Solomon dressed as an elf.

Wife and children

French hasn’t been the subject of any rumors concerning his love life – it’s known that he has been married twice. He met his future first wife, actress Katherine LaNasa when she guest-starred in an episode of “3rd Rock from the Sun” in 1996. The two married on 19 May 1998, and divorced in December 2009 – Katherine left French for the actor Grant Show.

In 2009, French met his future second wife, Vanessa Claire, at the Geffen Playhouse, a theater company owned by the University of California, Los Angeles. They married on 11 June 2011, and Vanessa took his surname. Their daughter Helene Claire was born in June 2013.

As of late 2022, they are still in a marriage, and live in their residence in Los Angeles.

Net worth

As mentioned, French Stewart has had numerous television and series roles, and thanks to his hard work and talent, has earned decent wealth for himself. According to sources, as of late 2022, his net worth has been estimated at over $6 million.

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