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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
, 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)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Anatomy of a Murder（1959）
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
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
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.
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