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Jimmy Stewart was born on 20 May 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, the son of Elizabeth Ruth (Jackson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. Stewart's parents were Presbyterian and of Scottish origin. His Jackson ancestors served in the American Revolution, War of 1812 and the Civil War. The eldest of three children (he had two younger sisters, Virginia and Mary), he was expected to continue his father's business, which had been in the family for three generations. A shy child, Stewart spent much of his after school time in the basement working on model airplanes, mechanical drawing and chemistry all with a dream of going into aviation. But he abandoned visions of being a pilot when his father insisted that instead of the Naval Academy he attend Princeton University . His acting and accordian talents at Princeton led him to be invited to the University Players, an intercollegiate summer stock company in West Falmouth, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod from 1928 to 1932, with Joshua Logan, Bretaigne Windust, and Charles Leatherbee as the directors. Stewart had his Broadway debut as a chauffeur in the comedy Goodbye Again, in which he had two lines. The New Yorker noted, "Mr. James Stewart's chauffeur... comes on for three minutes and walks off to a round of spontaneous applause".
1908 - 1997

Birth Name:
James Maitland Stewart

Height: 6' 3"

Hair Color: dark brown

Eye Color: grey

Nickname: Jimmy

Quote: "I have my own rules and adhere to them. The rule is simple but inflexible. A James Stewart picture must have two vital ingredients: it will be clean and it will involve the triumph of the underdog over the bully."

The play was a moderate success but times were hard. Many Broadway theaters had been converted to movie houses and the Depression was reaching bottom. By 1934, he got more substantial stage roles, including the hit, Page Miss Glory, and his first dramatic stage role in Sidney Howard's Yellow Jack, which convinced him to continue his acting career. Finally, Stewart attracted the interest of MGM scout Bill Grady who saw Stewart on the opening night of Divided by Three. Stewart agreed to take the screen test and signed a contract with MGM in April 1935, as a contract player for up to seven years at $350 a week His first film was the poorly received Spencer Tracy vehicle, The Murder Man, but Rose Marie, an adaptation of a popular operetta, was more successful. After mixed success in films, he received his first substantial part in 1936's After the Thin Man .
Stewart began a successful partnership with director Frank Capra in 1938, when he was loaned out to Columbia Pictures to star in You Can't Take It With You. This heart-warming Depression-era film (You Can't Take It With You), starring Capra's "favorite actress", comedienne Jean Arthur, went on to win the 1938 Best Picture Academy Award. The following year saw Stewart team with Capra and Arthur again for the political comedy-drama, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Destry Rides Again, also released that year, became Stewart's first western film, a genre for which he would become famous later in his career.

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James Stewart's Selected Filmography
1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
1980 Afurika monogatari
1978 The Magic of Lassie
1978 The Big Sleep
1977 Airport '77
1976 The Shootist
1971 Fools' Parade
1970 The Cheyenne Social Club
1968 Bandolero!
1968 Firecreek
1966 The Rare Breed
1965 The Flight of the Phoenix
1965 Shenandoah
1965 Dear Brigitte
1964 Cheyenne Autumn
1963 Take Her, She's Mine
1962 How the West Was Won
1962 Alcoa Premiere (TV series)
1962 Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation
1962 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
1961 Two Rode Together
1960 The Mountain Road
1959 The FBI Story
1959 Anatomy of a Murder
1958 Bell Book and Candle
1958 Vertigo
1957 Night Passage
1957 The Spirit of St. Louis
1956 The Man Who Knew Too Much
1955 The Man from Laramie
1955 Strategic Air Command
1954 Rear Window
1954 The Far Country
1954 The Glenn Miller Story
1954 Tomorrow's Drivers (short)
1953 Thunder Bay
1953 The Naked Spur
1952 Carbine Williams
1952 Bend of the River
1952 The Greatest Show on Earth
1951 No Highway in the Sky
1950 The Jackpot
1950 Harvey
1950 Broken Arrow
1950 Winchester '73
1949 Malaya
1949 The Stratton Story
1948 You Gotta Stay Happy
1948 Rope
1948 On Our Merry Way
1948 Call Northside 777
1947 Magic Town
1946 It's a Wonderful Life
1941 Ziegfeld Girl
1941 Pot o' Gold
1941 Come Live with Me
1940 The Philadelphia Story
1940 No Time for Comedy
1940 The Mortal Storm
1940 The Shop Around the Corner
1939 Destry Rides Again
1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
1939 It's a Wonderful World
1939 The Ice Follies of 1939
1939 Made for Each Other
1938 You Can't Take It with You
1938 The Shopworn Angel
1938 Vivacious Lady
1938 Of Human Hearts
1937 Navy Blue and Gold
1937 The Last Gangster
1937 Seventh Heaven
1936 After the Thin Man
1936 Born to Dance
1936 The Gorgeous Hussy
1936 Speed
1936 Small Town Girl
1936 Important News (short)
1936 Wife vs. Secretary
1936 Next Time We Love
1936 Rose-Marie
1935 The Murder Man
1934 Art Trouble (short)
Early Days Productions: James Stewart  03/04/2012
Full Movie: It's a Wonderful Life (1948)
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. - Edited from IMDB

Stewart also starred opposite Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in George Cukor's classic The Philadelphia Story(1940). His performance as an intrusive, fast-talking reporter earned him his only Academy Award in a competitive category (Best Actor, 1941) Stewart gave the Oscar statuette to his father, who displayed it in a case just inside the front door of his hardware store for many years, alongside other family awards and military medals.
From the beginning of James Stewart's career in 1935 through his final theatrical project in 1991, he appeared in 92 films, television programs and shorts. Through the course of this illustrious career, he appeared in many landmark and critically acclaimed films, including such classics as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Spirit of St. Louis and Vertigo. His roles in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Philadelphia Story, It's a Wonderful Life, Harvey, and Anatomy of a Murder earned him Academy Award  nominations (he won for Philadelphia Story). Stewart's career defied the boundaries of genre and trend, and he made his mark in screwball comedies, suspense thrillers, westerns, biographies and family films. Stewart died at the age of 89 on July 2nd 1997, at his home in Beverly Hills.