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Sir Patrick Stewart has boldly gone where few men have gone before -- in the history books as one of the official bearers of the Olympic torch!
The acclaimed English thespian, who may be best known for playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation but is also a revered Shakespearean stage actor, had the honor of carrying the Olympic torch for a short distance through Croydon, South London, on Monday.
"I have attended world premieres of big movies that have not had the excitement and the sense of pleasure and pride that people are exhibiting today," Stewart told The Telegraph, adding that this would be a moment he would "never forget."
The fit 72-year-old actor joins the list of 8,000 British men, women, and children who've participated in the relay to bring the Olympic Flame from Greece to London. Stewart said he was particularly happy that school is out, so there were many children lining the streets as he ran in South London.
On day 66 of the 70-day journey to the 2012 Summer Olympics, the torch will arrive at London's Olympic Stadium on Friday for the opening ceremony of the Games.
Watch Stewart carry the Olympic torch!