James Stewart Birthday (May 20th)

James Stewart Birthday (May 20th)

James Stewart Biography


  • James Stewart was a legendary and highly honored American stage and film actors.
  • Apart from being an outstanding actor, James Stewart was a Brigadier General in the US Air Force.

Background Information of James Stewart:

  • James Stewart was born on 20 May, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania.
  • James Stewart birth name is James Maitland Stewart. James Stewart had two younger sisters.
  • Even though James Stewart belonged to a business family, music always had a strong presence.
  • James Stewart aspired for career aviation but ended yo studying architecture at the Princeton University.
  • James Stewart was involved with musical groups and performances even during his academic years.
  • James Stewart married Gloria Hatrick McLean in 1949 after World War II.
  • Gloria already had two sons from a previous marriage and the couple went on to have twin daughters.
  • James Stewart was single again after his wife’s demise in 1994. James Stewart was an active philanthropist and contributed largely to social welfare
  • James Stewart died at the age of 89 on 2 July 1997 in California following a cardiac arrest and a pulmonary embolism.

Acting Career James Stewart:

  • James Stewart acting career started on the Broadway in 1932 with “Goodbye Again”.
  • This followed with bigger roles in “Page Miss Glory” and “Yellow Jack” which motivated him to take up acting full-time.
  • With the help of his friend and room-mate Henry Fonda, James Stewart auditioned and landed a contract with MGM.
  • After a couple of failed films like “The Murder Man” and “Rose Marie”, James Stewart bagged a good role in “After the Thin Man”.
  • In 1936, Margaret Sullivan helped him get a lead opposite her in “Next Time We Love” and also helped with his acting.
  • They both came together again in 1940 with “The Shop Around the Corner”

Some of his most notable and memorable movies are:

  • Rear Window (1954)
  • It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
  • Vertigo (1958)
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
  • Harvey(1950)
  • The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  • Anatomy of a Murder(1959)
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
  • Rope(1948)
  • In 1982, James Stewart acted in the first made-for-cable movie “Right of Way”.
  • In the 1980’s, James Stewart played elderly characters on screen and actedin several television movies.
  • In the 1990s, James Stewart lent his voice for Campbell's Soups commercials and "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West".

Military Career James Stewart:

  • James Stewart served in the United States Air Force from 1941–1968.
  • James Stewart was part of the action during World War I1 and the Vietnam War.
  • James Stewart rose to the rank of Brigadier General and one many military awards and honors before he retired.

The list of awards and medals is as follows:

  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • French Croix de Guerre with Palm
  • Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Air Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal

Awards and Honors James Stewart:

  • 1941- Academy Award in Best Actor category for “The Philadelphia Story”
  • 1985- Honorary Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement.
  • 1965- Golden Globes Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement.
  • 1965- Golden Globe Award in “Best TV Actor – Drama” category for “Hawkins”.
  • NYFCC Awards for in “Best Actor” category for “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and “Anatomy of a Murder” in 1939 and 1950 respectively.
  • 1959 - Volpi Cup Best Actor at Venice Film Festival for “Anatomy of a Murder”.
  • 1963 - Silver Bear Best Actor Award at Berlin International Film Festival for “Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation”
  • 1982- Honorary Golden Bear Award for Lifetime Achievement at Berlin International Film Festival.
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards by Screen Actors Guild Awards, American Film Institute’s and National Board of Review in 1968, 1980 and 1990 respectively.
  • James Stewart was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • James Stewart has his hand imprints in the premises of Grumman’s Chinese Theatre.
  • His jacket form his Military days has been showcased at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Ohio.
  • James Stewart uniform is preserved in the American Air Museum at the Museum at Duxford, England.
  • James Stewart was awarded an honorary degree by the Princeton University in 1947.
  • James Stewart was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award by the Princeton University for outstanding public service in 1990.
  • James Stewart received the “The Pennsylvania Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts" in 1967.
  • James Stewart was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame.
  • James Stewart received the Golden Boot Award for recognizing and encouraging new acting talent.
  • James Stewart has a life-size statue of himself erected in Indiana, Pennsylvania along with an entire museum dedicated to his contribution.
  • Indiana also has an airport named after him in his honor.
  • President Ronald Reagan presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on 23 May 1985.
  • A monument was erected in Los Angeles in his memory at Griffith Park where James Stewart used to conduct a relay marathon every year.
  • Since 2003, "The James M. Stewart Good Citizenship Award" is awarded to outstanding Boy Scouts.
  • A 41-cent commemorative postage stamp was issued in his honor in 2007.