"Father understood better than anybody else the danger of losing those values which we hold most precious."
– Robert Picard, 2367 ("Family")

Maurice Picard was a Human male, a native of La Barre, France on Earth. He was the husband of Yvette Gessard, the father of Robert and Jean-Luc Picard,, father-in-law of Marie Picard, and the paternal grandfather of René Picard. He continued the family business of winemaking under the Chateau Picard label and placed importance on keeping the family estate in the same state without making changes to it.

According to background material created for but not seen in Star Trek Generations, he won the Terran Winemakers Association Certificate of Excellence for his 2305 vintage of Chateau Picard Bordeaux.

Maurice Picard was a very traditional man who did not believe in technology. He feared the loss of values and had frequent discussions with Yvette about whether or not to get a replicator. He also opposed Jean-Luc's decision to join Starfleet, instead preferring him to remain home and tend to the family vineyards in La Barre. A rift grew between father and son because of this and ultimately never fully healed, something which Jean-Luc regretted in later years. Maurice Picard was deceased by the 2360s, by which time his eldest son, Robert, had taken over the vineyards. (TNG: "Family", "Conundrum", "Bloodlines")

According to a deleted scene from TNG: "Journey's End", Jean-Luc stated that he "nearly washed out my sophomore year" for several different factors, including "a teenage love affair" and "my father's death." This would suggest Maurice died about 2324.

While his sons were young boys, Maurice's father, as Jean-Luc described, deteriorated "from a powerful, intelligent figure to a frail wisp of a man, who could barely make his own way home." (TNG: "Night Terrors")

In 2369, an illusory replica of the late Maurice was briefly created by Q in order to convince Jean-Luc he was dead. (TNG: "Tapestry")

Later that year, in a conversation with Beverly Crusher, Picard compared Richard Galen to his father, saying the former was like a father who understood Picard. (TNG: "The Chase")

Maurice Picard was played by actor Clive Church.
His name was first mentioned in "Chain of Command, Part I". According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 145), the name was chosen by Star Trek writer-producer Ronald D. Moore.
In the first draft script of "The Battle", Jean-Luc Picard recalled, "My father used to say, 'Nature is the best medicine for a troubled mind.'" However, later in the same scripted scene, he considered that his father may have been incorrect, concluding, "The best medicine for a troubled mind is a good woman."
In the comic book The Gift, this character was given the first name "Claude" rather than "Maurice".

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