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In Star Trek : Generations, who is older, Captain Picard or Captain Kirk?

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    If this question wants to ignore Kirk's time in the Nexus, that should be noted. Obviously, it would be a game-changer if included. – Omegacron Jan 12 '15 at 18:09
  • @Omegacron - Don't get me started on the fact that Picard has been whisked all around time by Q, not to mention various temporal loops, etc. – Valorum Jan 12 '15 at 23:00
  • I can't remember if they explicitly say it in the movie but I think it was at least presumed that time does not affect those stuck in the Nexus. – sanjaypoyzer Jan 12 '15 at 23:08
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    @sanjaypoyzer - Guinan says it doesn't; "And from his point of view, he just got there too.". Kirk entered The Nexus in 2293 and exited in 2371. From his subjective perspective, only a few minutes passed. – Valorum Jan 12 '15 at 23:12
  • @Richard - lol, that IS true. However, if we stick with age according to linear timeline, the fact that Kirk was essentially in stasis for 70+ years would definitely make him the older of the two. If we're ignoring that period and only counting "active" years, Picard is the older of the two. – Omegacron Jan 13 '15 at 1:24
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Picard is chronologically the elder, by 6 years.

James T. Kirk was born in 2233 and was reported dead in 2293 (when he entered the Nexus) at 60 years of age.

Jean-Luc Picard was born in 2305. Since Star Trek : Generations takes place in 2371, that makes him 66 years of age.


Out-of-universe, it's perhaps worth noting that at the time of filming, neither actor was portraying their correct age. Patrick Stewart was actually 54 and William Shatner was 63.

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    What's scary is that Mr. Stewart already looked like 60 when he was 41 ("Excalibur"). Luckily he doesn't look much older now that he's 74. – Damon Jan 12 '15 at 14:29
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    But Damon, Patrick Stewart hasn't showed signs of aging in 25 years. – corsiKa Jan 12 '15 at 14:40
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    @Damon - Queen Elizabeth hates him so much, she tried to chop his head off; moviecitynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/… – Valorum Jan 12 '15 at 15:24
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    Patrick Stewart is a little like Anthony Hopkins, Tommy Lee Jones, and Ian Holm, in terms of his ageing pattern. When they were middle-aged, they all looked older than their age, but they seemed to stop ageing any further after that! (And they are all still alive: Patrick Stewart is currently 74, Anthony Hopkins is 77, Tommy Lee Jones is 68, and Ian Holm is 83!) – Praxis Jan 12 '15 at 22:36
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    Also, I was always a little shocked about how dramatically different William Shatner looked between TOS and The Motion Picture.... – Praxis Jan 12 '15 at 22:38

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