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James Stewart

Academy Award-winning American film and stage actor, best known for his self-effacing screen persona

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Jimmy Stewart certainly was someone who represented the 30's and 40's well.
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review by . October 24, 2009
posted in Screen Gems
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Just take a look at the body of work.  Before turning to the big screen in 1935 James Stewart (from hereonin I will call him "Jimmy") was already an accomplished Broadway perfomer.  Over the next four decades he would appear in more than six dozen feature films and turn in some of the most memorable acting performances in the history of the movies.  For me, what was most impressive about Jimmy Stewart was that he appeared equally at ease in westerns, comedy …
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James Stewart was the movies' quintessential Everyman, a uniquely all-American performer who parlayed his easygoing persona into one of the most successful and enduring careers in film history. On paper, he was anything but the typical Hollywood star: Gawky and tentative, with a pronounced stammer and a folksy "aw-shucks" charm, he lacked the dashing sophistication and swashbuckling heroism endemic among the other major actors of the era. Yet it's precisely the absence of affectation which made Stewart so popular; while so many other great stars seemed remote and larger than life, he never lost touch with his humanity, projecting an uncommon sense of goodness and decency which made him immensely likable and endearing to successive generations of moviegoers.

Born May 20, 1908, in Indiana, PA, Stewart began performing magic as a child. While studying civil engineering at Princeton University, he befriended Joshua Logan, who then headed a summer stock company, and appeared in several of his productions. After graduation, Stewart joined Logan's University Players, a troupe whose membership also included Henry Fonda and Margaret Sullavan. He and Fonda traveled to New York City in 1932, where they began winning small roles in Broadway productions including Carrie Nation, Yellow Jack, and Page Miss Glory. On the recommendation of Hedda Hopper, MGM scheduled a screen test, and soon Stewart was signed to a long-term contract. He first appeared onscreen in a bit role in the ...

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