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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 forHanna-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), 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 filmsHome 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 with Andy Dick, who told him, "there's only room for one weird guy" on staff at the radio station.
In July 2010, it was announced that he would guest-star in the Season 4 premiere of Private Practice alongside Currie Graham. The two will play Russell (Graham) and his mentally ill brother Kevin (Stewart).
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 will be serving as co-Artistic Director for their 2012–2013 season. In May and June of 2012, he will appear 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.
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. French married actress Vanessa Claire Smith in June 2011.
- Psych (2012) as Whip Chatterly
- Community (2012) as Vinnie, a French Stewart impersonator
- Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil
- Christopher George Gardner: A Life In Drinking The Knoxville Years (2012) (pre-production) as Christopher Gardner
- Allen Gregory (2011) as Richard De Longpre
- Convincing Clooney as HW
- The Muppets (2011) as Gabe Lou the watch salesman (cameo)
- Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (2011) as Beverly Hills Dog Show Commentator/Dog Show Judge #2
- Stargate Universe as Dr. Andrew Covel (1 episode, 2011)
- Pound Puppies (2011) as Zoltron (1 episode, October 15, 2011)
- The Penguins of Madagascar (2010) as Cecil (1 episode, November 6, 2010)
- Days of Our Lives as Keith pet cemetery funeral director (1 episode, September 27, 2010)
- Private Practice (1 episode, 2010) as Kevin
- Zeke and Luther (2010) (TV) As Garm Garoosh
- Rain from Stars (2010) (post-production) as Virgil
- The Assignment (2010 film) (2010) as Mr. Price
- Convincing Clooney (2010) (post-production) as HW
- The Horrible Terrible Misadventures of David Atkins as David Atkins (5 episodes, 2010)
- Castle as Zach Robinson (1 episode, 2010)
- Opposite Day (2009) as Godfrey
- Give 'em Hell, Malone (2009) as Frankie the Crooner
- Imagination Movers as Teacher (1 episode, 2009)
- Phineas and Ferb (1 episode, 2008) as Gaston Le Mode
- Pushing Daisies as Woolsey Nicholls (1 episode, 2008)
- Dog Gone (2008) as Blackie
- Cavemen as Mr. Busby (1 episode, 2008)
- Surveillance (2008) as Officer Jim Conrad
- Happy Campers (2008) (TV)
- The Closer as Gary Evans (3 episodes, 2007)
- The Flock (2007) as Haynes Ownby
- Bones as Isaac Horn (1 episode, 2007)
- If I Had Known I Was a Genius (2007) as Public School Principal
- Pandemic (2007) (TV) as Dr. Carl Ratner
- Subs (2007) (TV) as Principal Delahey
- Two Dreadful Children (2007) (TV)
- Pepper Dennis as Dr. Crimmons (1 episode, 2006)
- Misconceptions as Stewart / Horace (7 episodes, 2006)
- My Name Is... (2005) as Jason Scott
- Duck (2005) (as French Stewart) as Jumper
- The Entertainment Weekly Guide: Guilty Pleasures (2005) (TV) as Host
- The New Partridge Family (2005) (TV) as Reuben Kincaid
- Wedding Daze (TV) (2004) as Nathan Bennett IV
- Less Than Perfect as Gene Schmidtline (3 episodes, 2003–2005)
- Inspector Gadget 2 as Inspector Gadget (2003)
- Clockstoppers as Earl Dopler (2002)
- Home Alone: Taking Back The House as Marv (2002)
- '"God, the Devil, and Bob as Bob Alman (2000)
- Charmed "Be Careful what You Witch for" as Genie (2000)
- Love Stinks (1999)
- CinderElmo as the Prince the Dog (Human Form) (1999)
- Bartok the Magnificent as Oble (1999)
- Hercules: The Animated Series as Icarus (1998)
- McHale's Navy as Happy (1997)
- 3rd Rock from the Sun as Harry Solomon (1996)
- Magic Island as Supperstein (1995)
- Stargate as Lieutenant Ferretti (1994)
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"