French Stewart
Milton French-Stewart IV

(1964-02-20) February 20, 1964 (age 57)
EducationDel Norte High School
Alma mater
OccupationActor, comedian, singer, dancer
Years active1992–present

Milton French-Stewart IV (born February 20, 1964),[1] known professionally as French Stewart, is an American actor and dancer. He is best known for his role as Harry Solomon on the NBC sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun, as Inspector Gadget in the 2003 direct-to-video film Inspector Gadget 2, and as Chef Rudy on the CBS sitcom Mom.

Early life and education

Stewart was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His mother was a homemaker, and his stepfather was a microfilm technician.[1] He attended Del Norte High School and also studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.[citation needed]


Stewart 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. He earned his Screen Actors Guild card while working for Hanna-Barbera's Shakey Quakey tour, but was later released for removing the head of his costume in front of children.[2] 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 Louis Ferretti, followed by Leaving Las Vegas (1995), The Poison Tasters (1995), Magic Island (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, NCIS. He has starred in comedy films, with major roles in the direct-to-video films Home 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.

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,[3] where he is a member, and served as co-Artistic Director for its 2012–2013 season.[4] In May and June 2012, he appeared 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.[5] In 2011, Stewart also voiced the character of Richard De Longpre on Allen Gregory.

On April 20, 2013, Stewart was a special guest on the NickHD television show Marvin Marvin, playing Marvin's Uncle Steve. In 2013, Stewart joined the CBS series Mom in the series regular role of Chef Rudy.[6] He has guest starred on the TV show The Middle as Principal Cameron (2013-May 13, 2015).

Personal life

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.[1][7] They divorced in December 2009.[8] He married actress Vanessa Claire Smith in June 2011. Their daughter, Helene Claire Stewart, was born on June 28, 2013.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Stargate Lieutenant Louis Ferretti
1995 Leaving Las Vegas Businessman #2
1995 Glory Daze Dennis
1995 Magic Island Supperstein
1996 Broken Arrow I.R. Crewman
1997 McHale's Navy Happy
1999 Dick The Interviewer
1999 Love Stinks Seth Winnick
1999 Bartok the Magnificent Oble
2000 Murder at the Cannes Film Festival Nathan Booth Television film
2002 Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House Marv Murchins Television Film
2002 Clockstoppers Earl Dopler
2003 Inspector Gadget 2 Inspector Gadget Direct-to-video
2005 Duck (as French Stewart) as Jumper
2005 My Name Is... Jason Scott Short Film
2007 If I Had Known I Was a Genius Public School Principal
2007 The Flock Haynes Ownby
2008 Surveillance Officer Jim Conrad
2008 Dog Gone Blackie
2009 Give 'em Hell, Malone Frankie the Crooner
2009 Opposite Day Godfrey
2010 The Assignment Mr. Price
2011 Convincing Clooney HW
2011 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Beverly Hills Dog Show Commentator/Dog Show Judge #2
2012 Christopher George Gardner: A Life In Drinking The Knoxville Years Christopher Gardner Released
2013 30 Nights of Paranormal Activity with the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Herb Rosti Direct-to-DVD
2013 Rain from Stars Virgil
2019 More Beautiful for Having Been Broken Rodney
2021 Queen Bees Ken DeNardo


Year Title Role Notes
1992 The New WKRP in Cincinnati Razor Dee Recurring role (season 2)
1994 Seinfeld Manager Episode: "The Opposite"
1996–2001 3rd Rock from the Sun Harry Solomon Main role, 139 episodes
1997 NewsRadio Brent Episode: "Mistake"
1997 Caroline in the City Stu Episode: "Caroline and the Long Shot"
1998–1999 Hercules: The Animated Series Icarus (voice) 50 episodes
1998 Just Shoot Me! Steven Episode: "Puppetmaster"
1999 CinderElmo Prince the Dog (Human Form)
2000 Charmed Genie Episode: "Be Careful What You Witch For"
2000–2001 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Rentwhistle Swack (voice) 3 episodes
2000–2011 God, the Devil, and Bob Bob Alman (voice) 13 episodes
2001 That '70s Show Daniel 1 episode
2002 Ally McBeal Michael Walker Episode: "Blowin' in the wind"
2002 Becker Jim Reynolds Episode: "Papa Does Preach"
2003–2005 Less Than Perfect Gene Schmidtline 3 episodes
2004 The Drew Carey Show Buddy 1 episode
2004 Wedding Daze Nathan Bennett IV Television film
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Alien Pastor 1 episode
2005 The New Partridge Family Reuben Kincaid Pilot
2005 The Entertainment Weekly Guide: Guilty Pleasures Host
2006 Misconceptions Stewart / Horace 7 episodes
2006 Pepper Dennis Dr. Crimmons Episode: "Frat Boys May Lose Their Manhood"
2007 Two Dreadful Children
2007 Subs Principal Delahey Unsold television pilot
2007 Pandemic Dr. Carl Ratner
2007 Bones Isaac Horn Episode: "The Girl in the Gator"
2007 The Closer Gary Evans 3 episodes
2008 Phineas and Ferb Gaston Le Mode 1 episode
2008 Pushing Daisies Woolsey Nicholls Episode: "Bzzzzzzzzz!"
2008 Happy Campers
2008 Cavemen Mr. Busby Episode: "Caveman Holiday"
2009 Imagination Movers Teacher Episode: "Nina Gets the Giggles"
2010 The Horrible Terrible Misadventures of David Atkins David Atkins 5 episodes
2010 Castle Zach Robinson Episode: "The Late Show"
2010 Zeke and Luther Garm Garoosh Episode: "Luther Waffles and the Skateboard of Doom"
2010 True Jackson, VP Donald the Delightful Episode: "True Kiss"
2010 Private Practice Kevin Mason Episode: "Take Two"[10]
2010 Days of Our Lives Keith 2 episodes
2010–2012 The Penguins of Madagascar Cecil 2 episodes
2011 Stargate Universe Dr. Andrew Covel Episode: "Alliances"
2011 Pound Puppies Zoltron 1 episode
2011 Allen Gregory Richard De Longpre
2012 Community Vinnie, a French Stewart impersonator Episode: "Contemporary Impressionists"
2012 Psych Whip Chatterly Episode: "Autopsy Turvy"
2012 Rise of the Zombies Dr. Arnold
2013–2015, 2017 The Middle Principal Cameron 4 episodes
2013–2016, 2018–20 Mom Chef Rudy Main role (seasons 1–2), guest (seasons 3, 5-8); 30 episodes
2013 The Birthday Boys Himself Episode: "Goofy Roofers"
2015 Secrets and Lies John Patrick 4 episodes
2016 2 Broke Girls Mr. Bronski Episode: "And the Sophie Doll"
2016 Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures N-3R0 Episode: "The Maker of Zoh"
2017–2018 NCIS Paul Triff 2 Episodes
2017 Trial & Error Sebastian Rappaport Episode: "Chapter 12: The Defense Rests"
2017 Hell's Kitchen Himself Guest diner; Episode: "Raising the Bar"
2018 K.C. Undercover Barney Feffer Episode: "Twin it to Win it"
2018 Roseanne Dean Episode: "Knee Deep"
2019 Deadly Class Scorpio Slasher 2 Episodes
2019 No Good Nick Gerard Episode: "The Charity Mugger"
2021 Leverage: Redemption Derec Springer Episode: "The Card Game Job"

Awards and nominations

Daytime Emmy Award

Ovation Awards


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  2. ^ "French Stewart Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Archived from the original on July 15, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  3. ^ Morris, Steven Leigh (2010-11-11). "What You Don't Know Might Kill You". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on September 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
  4. ^ "Members & Staff of Sacred Fools Theater Company". 1999-10-21. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
  5. ^ "SACRED FOOLS - MAINSTAGE 2012 - Stoneface: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton". Retrieved 2019-08-12.
  6. ^ "Jesse Lee Soffer Toplines NBC's 'Hatfields & McCoys', French Stewart Joins CBS' 'Mom'". 22 February 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  7. ^ "Los Angeles Times article re Stewart and LaNasa". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Grant Show Marries Katherine LaNasa!". usmagazine. 19 August 2012.
  9. ^ Leon, Anya; reporting by Patrick Gomez (August 7, 2013). "French Stewart Welcomes Daughter Helene Claire". People. Archived from the original on August 10, 2013.
  10. ^ "Exclusive: Currie Graham, French Stewart to Guest-Star on Private Practice". Archived from the original on September 13, 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Kiss Me Kate Tops 2011 Ovation Award Nominations". 19 September 2011. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013.