James Stewart

Actor, Film actor

1908 – 1997

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Who was James Stewart?

James "Jimmy" Maitland Stewart was an American film and stage actor, known for his distinctive drawl voice and down-to-earth persona. Over the course of his career, he starred in many films widely considered classics. He was known for portraying the average American Middle Class man, with everyday life struggles.

Stewart was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one in competition and receiving one Lifetime Achievement award. Stewart was named the third greatest male screen legend in cinema history by the American Film Institute. He was a major Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract star. He also had a noted military career and was a World War II and Vietnam War veteran, who rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve.

The actor Cary Grant said of Stewart's acting technique, "He had the ability to talk naturally. He knew that in conversations people do often interrupt one another and it's not always so easy to get a thought out. It took a little time for the sound men to get used to him, but he had an enormous impact. And then, some years later, Marlon came out and did the same thing all over again—but what people forget is that Jimmy did it first."

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Born
May 20, 1908
Indiana
Also known as
  • James Maitland Stewart
  • Jimmy Stewart
  • The Ordinary Hero
  • Lieutenant James Stewart
  • Jimmy
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Presbyterianism
Ethnicity
  • Scottish American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Princeton University
    Architecture
    (1928 - 1932)
  • Mercersburg Academy
    ( - 1928)
Lived in
  • Indiana
Died
Jul 2, 1997
Beverly Hills
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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