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Jimmy Stewart

James Maitland Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997), popularly known as Jimmy Stewart, was an American film and stage actor best known for his self-effacing persona.

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Perhaps the most beloved American actor of all-time.

  • Dec 8, 2009
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Just take a look at the body of work.  Before turning to the big screen in 1935 JimmyStewart  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 or in a dramatic role.  He was always in demand by some of the most noted directors in Hollywood including Frank Capra, Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, Billy Wilder and Anthony Mann.   And from what I have read to a man they all loved working with him.  

Film historians tell us was that what made Jimmy Stewart so darn popular was that he was really "everyman", someone that audiences could immediately identify with and relate to.  And it certainly didn't hurt that Stewart was also a decorated war hero serving as a combat pilot in Europe during World War II.  Just take a look at the impressive number of award-winning movies that Jimmy Stewart appeared in.  The list includes such classics as "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", "The Shop Around The Corner" (precursor to "You've Got Mail"), "The Glenn Miller Story", "The Philadelphia Story", "Harvey""Vertigo""It's A Wonderful Life" and "Rear Window".  Now I have no credentials as a film critic but to me Stewart's engrossing performance in "Rear Window" is the best acting performance I have ever seen in a movie.  A simply incredible job!  Although nominated for "Best Actor" five times in his career Jimmy Stewart was only able to snag one Academy Award for his role in the 1940 film "The Philadelphia Story".  How did that happen?  It seems that Hollywood attempted to correct this oversight when in 1984 they awarded Jimmy Stewart an Honorary Oscar for "his fifty years of memorable performances, for his high ideals both on and off the screen, with respect and affection of his colleagues."

Jimmy Stewart passed away in 1997 at the ripe old age of 89.  He will forever be remembered as one of the most important leading men in motion picture history joining his contemporaries Henry Fonda, Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne and Cary Grant.  It seems that I almost always enjoy any film that he appears in.  Sad to say but we probably never see the likes of him again.    Very highly recommended!
One of the most successful and enduring careers in the history of motion pictures. One of the most successful and enduring careers in the history of motion pictures. Perhaps the most beloved American actor of all-time. Perhaps the most beloved American actor of all-time.

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August 21, 2010
Great review of one of America's greatest and most versatil actors!!! I did not know he was a Princeton grad, not surpised. I loved him in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", "The Glenn Miller Story", " "Harvey", "Vertigo", "It's A Wonderful Life", "Rear Window", and "Strategic Air Command". His distinctive speaking mannerism and his impecable comic timing are traits that will forever define his work. By the way, not only was he a decorated pilot in WW II he stayed in the reserves and served with distinction retiring as a reserve Air Force General. I recommend you see him in "Strategic Air Command" if you haven't seen the movie. see my review at http://www.lunch.com/Reviews/d/Strategic_Air...and-1551097.html?cid=13
 
June 30, 2010
Great review!
 
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review by . August 21, 2010
Great American actor and warrior
One of America's greatest and most versatile actors!!!  I just recently found out that he was a Princeton grad, not surprised.  I loved him in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", “The Glenn Miller Story", " "Harvey", "Vertigo", "It's A Wonderful Life", "Rear Window", and "Strategic Air Command".  His distinctive speaking mannerism and his impeccable comic timing are traits that will forever define his …
Quick Tip by . August 14, 2010
Loved him in Strategic Air Command, also all the Hitchcock movies he did, Hitch could get allot out of Jimmy.
Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
Awesome book and history, Good read.
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(born May 20, 1908, Indiana, Pennsylvania, U.S.—died July 2, 1997, Beverly Hills, California) major American motion-picture star known for his portrayals of diffident but morally resolute characters.

Stewart graduated from Princeton University with a degree in architecture and became part of the University Players at Falmouth, Massachusetts, joining such future film actors as Henry Fonda and Margaret Sullavan. During the years 1932–33, Stewart appeared in a few unsuccessful Broadway plays in which he was usually singled out for praise by New York critics. These positive reviews led to a motion-picture contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1934; after a couple of uncredited bit parts, he made his film debut in The Murder Man (1935) with Spencer Tracy. At first, Stewart's slow, halting line delivery (perhaps his most readily identifiable trademark) and angular features made him difficult to typecast. His naive, engaging manner, however, led to quick acceptance by the moviegoing public. Stewart was loaned to Columbia for two Frank Capra films that proved pivotal in his career: You Can't Take It with You (1938) and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), which brought him his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a shy, idealistic young senator fighting corruption in Congress. He won an Oscar the following year for another film classic, The Philadelphia Story (1940).Sensing America's eventual involvement in the war in Europe, Stewart enlisted in the ...

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Birth Date: May 20, 1908
Birth Place: Indiana, PA
Gender: Male

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