James Stewart

Actor, Author, Bomber pilot
Considered by many to be the embodiment of the very best aspects of America, actor James Stewart endeared himself to generations of film lovers with his portrayals of noble, idealistic, yet often conflicted characters ... Read more »
Born: 05/20/1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (140)

Legend to Legend Night 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Stewart: Hometown Hero 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Champlin on Film 1989 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Fonda on Fonda 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Glenn Miller: America's Musical Hero 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West 1991 (Movie)

of Wylie Burp (Voice)

Bob Hope's Yellow Ribbon Party 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Debbie Reynolds' Movie Memories 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood's Welcome Home Desert Storm Parade 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

A Conversation With Dinah 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Washington 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The 75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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All-Star Party For Joan Collins 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

All Star Party For Clint Eastwood 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Grace Kelly -- The American Princess 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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George Burns' 90th Birthday Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (03/24/86) 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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All-Star Party For Lucille Ball 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The Funniest Joke I Ever Heard 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Take One Starring Jonathan Winters 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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General Electric's All-Star Anniversary 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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George Burns' 100th Birthday Party 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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The Big Sleep 1978 (Movie)

General Guy DeBrisai Sternwood (Actor)

The Magic of Lassie 1977 (Movie)

Clovis Mitchell (Actor)

Airport 77 1976 (Movie)

Stevens (Actor)

The Shootist 1976 (Movie)

Dr Hostetler (Actor)

Hawkins 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

That's Entertainment! 1973 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Harvey 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jimmy Stewart Show 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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Directed By John Ford 1971 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Fools' Parade 1970 (Movie)

Mattie Appleyard (Actor)

The Cheyenne Social Club 1970 (Movie)

John O'Hanlon (Actor)

Bandolero! 1968 (Movie)

Mace Bishop (Actor)

Firecreek 1968 (Movie)

Johnny Cobb (Actor)

Shenandoah 1965 (Movie)

Charlie Anderson (Actor)

The Rare Breed 1965 (Movie)

Burnett (Actor)

Cheyenne Autumn 1964 (Movie)

Wyatt Earp (Actor)

Dear Brigitte 1964 (Movie)

Prof Robert Leaf (Actor)

The Flight of the Phoenix 1964 (Movie)

Frank Towns (Actor)

Luxury Liner 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Take Her, She's Mine 1963 (Movie)

Frank Michaelson (Actor)

The Dick Powell Show 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

How the West Was Won 1962 (Movie)

Linus Rawlings (Actor)

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation 1961 (Movie)

Mr Hobbs (Actor)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1961 (Movie)

Ransom Stoddard (Actor)

Two Rode Together 1961 (Movie)

Guthrie McCabe (Actor)

X - 15 1961 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Hedda Hopper's Hollywood 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mountain Road 1960 (Movie)

Major Baldwin (Actor)

Anatomy of a Murder 1959 (Movie)

Paul Biegler (Actor)

Bell, Book and Candle 1958 (Movie)

Shepherd Henderson (Actor)

The F.B.I. Story 1958 (Movie)

Chip Hardesty (Actor)

Vertigo 1958 (Movie)

John "Scottie" Ferguson (Actor)

Night Passage 1957 (Movie)

Grant McLaine (Actor)

The Spirit of St. Louis 1957 (Movie)

Charles A Lindbergh (Actor)

The Man Who Knew Too Much 1956 (Movie)

Dr Ben McKenna (Actor)

Strategic Air Command 1955 (Movie)

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Holland (Actor)

The Far Country 1955 (Movie)

Jeff Webster (Actor)

The Man From Laramie 1955 (Movie)

Will Lockhart (Actor)

Rear Window 1954 (Movie)

L B Jeffries--Jeff (Actor)

The Glenn Miller Story 1954 (Movie)

Glenn Miller (Actor)

The Greatest Show on Earth 1953 (Movie)

Buttons the Clown (Actor)

The Naked Spur 1953 (Movie)

Howard Kemp (Actor)

Broken Arrow 1950 (Movie)

Tom Jeffords (Actor)

Harvey 1950 (Movie)

Elwood P Dowd (Actor)

The Jackpot 1950 (Movie)

William J. 'Bill' Lawrence (Actor)

Rope 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

It's a Wonderful Life 1946 (Movie)

George Bailey (Actor)

The Philadelphia Story 1940 (Movie)

Macaulay Connor (Actor)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 (Movie)

Jefferson Smith (Actor)

The Shop Around the Corner 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

Destry Rides Again 1938 (Movie)

Tom Destry (Actor)

You Can't Take It With You 1938 (Movie)

Tony Kirby (Actor)

Of Human Hearts 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

Vivacious Lady 1937 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

After the Thin Man 1935 (Movie)

David Graham (Actor)

Born to Dance 1935 (Movie)

Ted Barker (Actor)

Next Time We Love 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Gorgeous Hussy 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Beverly Hills Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Bend of the River (Movie)

Glyn McLintock (Actor)

Call Northside 777 (Movie)

McNeal (Actor)

Carbine Williams (Movie)

Marsh Williams (Actor)

Come Live with Me (Movie)

Bill Smith (Actor)

Directed by John Ford (TV Show)

Actor

Hawkins on Murder (TV Show)

Actor

It's a Wonderful World (Movie)

Guy Johnson (Actor)

Made for Each Other (Movie)

Johnny Mason (Actor)

Magic Town (Movie)

Lawrence "Rip" Smith (Actor)

Malaya (Movie)

John Royer (Actor)

Mr. Krueger's Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Navy Blue and Gold (Movie)

John "Truck" Cross (Actor)

No Time for Comedy (Movie)

Gaylord Esterbrook (Actor)

North and South: Book II (TV Show)

Actor

Pot O' Gold (Movie)

James Hamilton Haskel (Actor)

Right of Way (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Gangster (Movie)

Paul North, Sr. (Actor)

The Mortal Storm (Movie)

Martin Breitner (Actor)

The Murder Man (Movie)

Shorty (Actor)

The Shopworn Angel (Movie)

Pvt. Bill Pettigrew (Actor)

The Stratton Story (Movie)

Monty Stratton (Actor)

Thunder Bay (Movie)

Steve Martin (Actor)

Thunderbolt (Movie)

Narrator (Voice)

Wife vs. Secretary (Movie)

Dave (Actor)

Winchester '73 (Movie)

Lin McAdam (Actor)

Ziegfeld Girl (Movie)

Gilbert Young (Actor)
Music (1)

The Magic of Lassie 1977 (Movie)

("That Hometown Feeling" "Thanksgiving Prayer") (Song Performer)
Writer (1)

Smilin' Through (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Other (1)

Vertigo 1958 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Biography

Considered by many to be the embodiment of the very best aspects of America, actor James Stewart endeared himself to generations of film lovers with his portrayals of noble, idealistic, yet often conflicted characters that prevailed against the most daunting of odds. Far from the typical leading man, Stewart was lanky and boyish, with a stammering speech pattern that soon became a favorite among comic impersonators. But it was his refreshingly unaffected performances in hits like "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939) and his Oscar-winning turn in "The Philadelphia Story" (1940) that won over critics and audiences alike. A highly-decorated bomber pilot during World War II, Stewart returned to motion pictures in Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946). A film widely regarded as overly sentimental upon its initial release, it went on to become a beloved holiday classic decades later. Another nostalgic favorite, although more appreciated in its day, was Stewart's charming fantasy about a gentle man and his best friend - an invisible talking rabbit named "Harvey" (1950). In the decade that followed, however, Stewart set about redefining his naïve screen persona with portrayals of troubled heroes in frequent collaborations with director Anthony Mann in rugged Westerns like "Winchester 73" (1950) and "The Naked Spur" (1953), as well as four remarkable films with Alfred Hitchcock that included "Rear Window" (1954) and "Vertigo" (1958). An actor of remarkable talent and a man of unquestionable integrity, Stewart was that rarest example of a personal reality living up to Hollywood mythology.

Relationships

Elizabeth Stewart

Mother

Michael McLean

Step-Son

Ronald McLean

Step-Son
killed in Vietnam in June 1969

Norma Shearer Actor

Companion
had relationship after death of her husband Irving Thalberg

Alexander Stewart

Father

Gloria Stewart

Wife
married on August 9, 1949 had been previously married (with two sons from that marriage) died in February 1994 from cancer at the age of 75

Judy Stewart

Daughter
born in 1951 twin of Kelly

Kelly Stewart

Daughter
born in 1951 twin of Judy holds a PhD and teaches zoology at the University of California

Olivia de Havilland Actor

Companion
Dated in 1940s She ended relationship when he failed to propose

EDUCATION

Princeton University

Princeton , New Jersey 1932
acted with Princeton Triangle Club

Mercersburg Academy

Mercersburg , Pennsylvania

Milestones

1986

Had last TV acting role in the ABC miniseries "North and South: Book II"

1983

Teamed with Bette Davis in the HBO original "Right to Die"

1978

Final feature acting role, the grandfather in "The Magic of Lassie"

1975

London stage debut, "Harvey"

1969

Returned to Broadway in revival of "Harvey"

1968

Retired from military reserve service with the rank of brigadier general

1964

Last film with Ford, "Cheyenne Autumn"

1962

Had co-starring role in "How the West Was Won"

1962

Starred with John Wayne in "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"

1961

First worked with director John Ford in "Two Rode Together"

1959

Garnered fifth and final Best Actor Academy Award nomination for work as a lawyer in "Anatomy of a Murder"

1958

Last film with Alfred Hitchcock, "Vertigo"

1957

Portrayed Charles Lindberg in "The Spirit of St. Louis", helmed by Billy Wilder

1956

Co-starred with Doris Day in Hitchcock's remake of "The Man Who Knew Too Much"

1954

Reunited with Hitchcock for "Rear Window"

1954

Had title role in the biopic "The Glenn Miller Story", directed by Anthony Mann

1952

Cast as Buttons the Clown in Cecil B, DeMille's "The Greatest Show on Earth"

1950

Starred in film version of hit Broadway play "Harvey"; received Oscar nomination as Best Actor

1950

Made first of eight films with director Anthony Mann, "Winchester '73"

1948

First of four films with director Alfred Hitchcock, "Rope"

1946

First film after WWII service, "It's a Wonderful Life", his last film with Capra; received third Academy Award nomination as Best Actor

1941

Was a bomber pilot during WWII; achieved rank of full colonel

1940

Last film before war service, "Ziegfeld Girl"

1940

Became first Hollywood screen actor drafted into US Army (March 22)

1940

Turned in Academy Award-winning turn as a reporter covering a society wedding in "The Philadelphia Story"

1939

Garnered first Oscar nomination for "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"

1939

First Western, "Destry Rides Again"

1938

Made first of three films with director Frank Capra, "You Can't Take It With You"

1936

First lead in an 'A' budget motion picture, "Born to Dance", a musical starring Eleanor Powell

1935

Film acting debut, "The Murder Man"

1934

Moved to Hollywood; film debut (walk-on part) in "Art Trouble"

1932

Moved to NYC with roommate Henry Fonda; Broadway acting debut in "Carrie Nation"

1932

Professional stage acting debut in "Goodbye Again" with University Players in Cape Cod; also in play when it moved to Broadway

Returned to series TV as a detective in the CBS drama "Hawkins"

Replaced Frank Fay in Broadway run of "Harvey" in the late 1940s

Joined director Joshua Logan's University Players in Falmouth, Massachusetts, acting with future film co-stars Margaret Sullavan and Henry Fonda

Starred in NBC series, "The Jimmy Stewart Show"

Appeared in many Westerns during the 1950s and 1960s, beginning with such films as "Broken Arrow" (1950)

Stage acting debut in Boy Scout play

Bonus Trivia

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"I am James Stewart, playing James Stewart. I couldn't mess around doing great characterization. I play variations of myself. Audiences have come to expect certain things from me and are disappointed if they don't get them." --James Stewart in "The MGM Stock Company"

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James Stewart on Frank Capra: "Without any doubt he was the greatest director I ever knew. He was able to do things like no one else. He had a very solid sense of values, real values like family and friends and community and God, and because of his remarkable gift for humor he was able to get all of those values into his pictures without ever appearing to preach".

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Became brigadier general in Air Force Reserves from 1959 until he retired in 1968. (Highest-ranking Hollywood entertainer in the US military.)

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Voted one of Top Ten Money-Making Stars (Motion Picture Herald-Fame Poll) in 1950, 1952, 1954, and 1957 and Top Money-Making star in 1955

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"In the Fifties, Stewart was the first of the big-league stars to make a modern percentage deal on his filmmaking but it was with Universal and not MGM." --From "The MGM Stock Company"

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He received the Croix de guerre with the Palm Award in 1985.

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Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in 1985.

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He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Monterey Film Festival (1988).

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Given Palm Springs International Film Festival's Desert Palm Achievement Award in 1992.

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He was decorated with Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster.

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Stewart was posthumously honored by a resolution that was passed by the US House of Representatives.

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