James Maitland Stewart was born May 20, 1908 in Indiana, PA, USA, and passed away in Beverly Hills CA, USA, as the result a pulmonary embolus on July 2, 1997. His gentle, small town demeanor served him well in portraying a variety of characters in his long and distinguished career.
He grew up Indiana, Pennsylvania and never forgot his old hometown. He was an amateur magician and appeared in Triangle Club shows while at Princeton, where he studied architecture. After graduation, classmate Joshua Logan persuaded him to join the University Players, whose members included Henry Fonda and Margaret Sullavan.
Fonda and Stewart roomed together when they went to work on Broadway in 1932 and films in 1935. Margaret Sullavan insisted he be given roles in her films, which was a great help to him. His "aw shucks" appeal also made him a favorite with casting directors.
Great roles and honors began in the late 1930s and continued throughout his career. When he won the Oscar for Best Actor in 1940, he sent it to his father in Indiana, PA, who put it in his hardware store. The award remained there for 25 years.
He was the first Hollywood star to enter the service for World War II, joining in 1940. He was initially refused entry into the Air Force because he weighed 5 pounds less than the required 148 pounds, but he talked the recruitment officer into admitting him. He eventually became a colonel and earned the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Croix de Guerre and seven battle stars. In 1959, serving in the Air Force Reserve, he became a brigadier general, the highest ranking entertainer in the U.S. military.
After the war, he portrayed a wide variety of characters, including the beloved George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life (IAWL) and had the lead in four Hitchcock films, Rope, Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Vertigo.
On August 9, 1949, he married Gloria Hatrick McLean, who had two children from a previous marriage, and Gloria and he had twin daughters, Judy and Kelly. His beloved Gloria died February 16, 1994.
In the 1950s, he shrewdly negotiated for a percentage of the profits of his films and became wealthy as a result and could afford to donate car toys or even real cars to charity without a second thought. His career remained active through the 1970s, and he appeared occasionally in the '80s and even the early '90s. He also was an author of poetry.
The James Stewart Museum was dedicated in Indiana, PA on May 20, 1995. He is missed by all who admired his work and his exemplary life.
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A BOOK ABOUT IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
"It's a Wonderful Life: A Memory Book"
The most amazing part of the book is the color section with some stunning full color, never-before-published photographs, as well as some rare images in the book which depict scenes that were deleted from the film. It also features a complete and accurate cast listing as well as other treats. Many cast members were interviewed for the book, and it includes tributes from some celebrities who love the film as much as we do, like Carol Burnett, Richard Dreyfuss and Kathy Bates.
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Marlene Dietrich: Shadow and Light (1996) (TV) .... Himself
Century of Cinema, A (1994) .... Himself
American Tail: Fievel Goes West, An (1991) (voice) .... Wylie Burp
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life (1987) (TV) .... Himself
"North and South II" (1986) (mini) TV Series .... Miles Colbert
Right of Way (1983) (TV)
Afurika monogatari (1981) .... Old man
Mr. Krueger's Christmas (1980) (TV) .... Mr. Krueger
Big Sleep, The (1978) .... General Sternwood
Magic of Lassie, The (1978) .... Clovis Mitchell
Airport '77 (1977) .... Philip Stevens
Shootist, The (1976) .... Doctor Hostetler
That's Entertainment! (1974) .... Narrator
Hawkins on Murder (1973) (TV) .... Billy Jim Hawkins
"Hawkins" (1973) TV Series .... Billy Jim Hawkins (1973-74)
Harvey (1972) (TV) .... Elwood P. Dowd
American West of John Ford, The (1971) (TV) .... Himself/Narrator
"Jimmy Stewart Show, The" (1971) TV Series .... Prof. Jim Howard (1971-72)
Directed by John Ford (1971) .... Himself
Fools' Parade (1971) .... Mattie Appleyard
Cheyenne Social Club, The (1970) .... John O'Hanlan
Bandolero! (1968) .... Mace Bishop
Firecreek (1968) .... Johnny Cobb
Rare Breed, The (1966) .... Sam Burnett
Flight of the Phoenix, The (1965) .... Frank Towns
Shenandoah (1965) .... Charlie Anderson
Dear Brigitte (1965) .... Prof. Robert Leaf
Cheyenne Autumn (1964) .... Wyatt Earp
Take Her, She's Mine (1963) .... Frank Michaelson
How the West Was Won (1962) .... Linus Rawlings
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962) .... Roger Hobbs
Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The (1962) .... Ransom Stoddard
Flashing Spikes (1962) (TV) .... Slim Conway
Two Rode Together (1961) .... Guthrie McCabe
X-15 (1961) (voice) .... Narrator
Mountain Road, The (1960) .... Major Baldwin
Anatomy of a Murder (1959) .... Paul Biegler
FBI Story, The (1959) .... Chip Hardesty
Vertigo (1958) .... John 'Scottie' Ferguson
Bell, Book and Candle (1958) .... Shepherd Henderson
Night Passage (1957) .... Grant McLaine
Spirit of St. Louis, The (1957) .... Charles Augustus Lindbergh
Man Who Knew Too Much, The (1956) .... Doctor Ben McKenna
Strategic Air Command (1955) .... Lt. Col. Robert "Dutch" Holland
Man from Laramie, The (1955) .... Will Lockhart
Far Country, The (1955) .... Jeff Webster
Glenn Miller Story, The (1954) .... Glenn Miller
Rear Window (1954) .... L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries
Naked Spur, The (1953) .... Howard Kemp
Thunder Bay (1953) .... Steve Martin
Bend of the River (1952) .... Glyn McLyntock
Greatest Show on Earth, The (1952) .... Buttons the Clown
Carbine Williams (1952) .... Marsh Williams
No Highway in the Sky (1951) .... Theodore Honey
Broken Arrow (1950) .... Tom Jeffords
Harvey (1950) .... Elwood P. Dowd
Jackpot, The (1950) .... Bill Lawrence
Winchester '73 (1950) .... Lin McAdam
Malaya (1949) .... John Royer
Stratton Story, The (1949) .... Monty Stratton
Rope (1948) .... Rupert Cadell
On Our Merry Way (1948) .... Slim
Call Northside 777 (1948) .... P. J. McNeal
You Gotta Stay Happy (1948) .... Marvin Payne
Magic Town (1947) .... Rip Smith
It's a Wonderful Life (1946) .... George Bailey
Winning Your Wings (1942) (as Lt. James Stewart) .... Himself
Come Live with Me (1941) .... Bill Smith
Pot o' Gold (1941) .... James Hamilton Haskel
Ziegfeld Girl (1941) .... Gilbert Young
Shop Around the Corner, The (1940) .... Alfred Kralik
Mortal Storm, The (1940) .... Martin Breitner
No Time for Comedy (1940) .... Gaylord Esterbrook
Philadelphia Story, The (1940) .... Macaulay (Mike) Connor
Destry Rides Again (1939) .... Thomas Jefferson Destry
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) .... Jefferson Smith
Made for Each Other (1939) .... John Mason
It's a Wonderful World (1939) .... Guy Johnson
Ice Follies of 1939 (1939) .... Larry Hall
You Can't Take It with You (1938) .... Tony Kirby
Shopworn Angel, The (1938) .... Pvt. Bill Pettigrew
Of Human Hearts (1938) .... Jason Wilkins
Vivacious Lady (1938) .... Peter Morgan
Seventh Heaven (1937) .... Chico
Last Gangster, The (1937) .... Paul North, Sr
Navy Blue and Gold (1937) .... John Carter alias "Truck" Cross
Born to Dance (1936) .... Ted Barker
Gorgeous Hussy, The (1936) .... Roderick "Rowdy" Dow
Speed (1936) .... Terry Martin
Wife vs. Secretary (1936) .... Dave
Rose-Marie (1936) .... John Flower
After the Thin Man (1936) .... David Graham
Important News (1936) (uncredited) .... Cornelius
Next Time We Love (1936) .... Christopher Tyler
Small Town Girl (1936) .... Elmer
Murder Man, The (1935) .... Shorty
Art Trouble (1934) (uncredited) .... Mr. Burton
This Side of Heaven (1934) .... Hal
"My Secret Identity" (1988) in episode: "Invisible Dr. J, The"
(episode # 3.17) 2/25/1991
"Startime" (1959) in episode: "Cindy's Fella" 1959
"General Electric Theater" (1953) in episode: "Windmill, The"
Won Honorary Award for his fifty years of memorable performances, for his high ideals both on and off the screen, with respect and affection of his colleagues.
Nominated: Oscar: Best Actor for Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Nominated: Oscar: Best Actor for Harvey (1950)
Nominated: Oscar: Best Actor for It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Won: Oscar: Best Actor for Philadelphia Story, The (1940)
Nominated: Oscar: Best Actor for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
American Film Institute
1980: Life Achievement Award
Berlin International Film Festival
Won Golden Berlin Bear
Won: Golden Globe: Best TV Actor - Drama for "Hawkins" (1973)
Won: Cecil B. DeMille Award
Hasty Pudding Theatricals
1971: Man of the Year
National Board of Review
1990: Career Achievement Award
New York Film Critics Circle Awards
Won: NYFCC Award: Best Actor for Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Won: NYFCC Award: Best Actor for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Screen Actors Guild Awards
1969: Life Achievement Award
1990: Lifetime Achievement Award
Venice Film Festival
Won Volpi Cup: Best Actor for Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
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