James Stewart Biography

Birthday: 1908-05-20
Place of Birth: Indiana, Pennsylvania
Height: 6' 3" (1.91 m)
Wiki Biography: James Maitland Stewart was born on 20 May 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania where his father owned a hardware store. He was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he was a keen athlete (football and track), musician (singing and accordion playing) and sometime actor. He won a place at Princeton in 1929 where he studied architecture with some success and became further involved with the performing arts as a musician and actor with the University Players. After graduation, engagements with the University Players took him around the US North East, including a run on Broadway in 1932 but work dried up as the Great Depression deepened and it wasn't until 1934, when he followed his friend Henry Fonda to Hollywood, that things began to pick up. After his first screen appearance in Art Trouble (1934), he worked for a time for MGM as a contract player and slowly began making a name for himself in increasingly high-profile roles throughout the rest of the 1930s. His famous collaborations with Frank Capra, in You Can't Take It with You (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and, after World War II, It's a Wonderful Life (1946) helped to launch his career as a star and to establish his screen persona as the likable everyman. Having learned to fly in 1935, he was drafted into the US Army as a private in 1940 (after twice failing the medical for being underweight) and during the course of World War II rose to the rank of Colonel, first as an instructor at home in the US, and later on combat missions in Europe. He remained involved with the US Air Force Reserve after the war and retired in 1959 as a Brigadier General. His acting career took off properly after the war and during the course of his long professional life he had roles in some of Hollywood's best remembered films, starring in a string of Westerns (bringing his "everyman" qualities to movies like The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)), biopics (The Stratton Story (1949), The Glenn Miller Story (1954) and The Spirit of St. Louis (1957), for instance) thrillers (most notably his frequent collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock) and even some screwball comedies . He continued to work into the 1990s and died at the age of 89 in 1997.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
You Can't Take It With You Tony Kirby 1938 Comedy
Lux Playhouse 1958 Drama
The Jimmy Stewart Show Prof. James K. Howard 1971 Comedy
Hawkins Billy Jim Hawkins 1973 - 1974
How the West Was Won Linus Rawlings 1979 Fantasy
Breakers Alex Markham 1998 - 1999
Motorcity Himself 2012 Action
U Can Do It Tony Kirby 2013 Music
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
On Our Merry Way 0000
The Murder Man 1935 Crime, Drama, Romance
Born to Dance 1936 0
Wife vs. Secretary 1936 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Gorgeous Hussy 1936 Drama, History
After the Thin Man 1936 Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Seventh Heaven Chico 1937
Of Human Hearts 1938 0
The Shopworn Angel 1938 0, Biography
You Can't Take It with You Tony Kirby 1938 0, Biography
Vivacious Lady 1938 Comedy, Romance
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Jefferson Smith 1939 0
Made for Each Other 1939 0, 0
The Ice Follies of 1939 Musical, Drama
It's a Wonderful World Guy Johnson 1939
Mr Smith Goes to Washington Jefferson Smith 1939 Drama
The Shop Around the Corner Alfred Kralik 1940 0, Biography
Destry Rides Again Thomas Jefferson 'Tom' Destry Jr. 1940 Comedy
The Mortal Storm 1940 Drama
The Philadelphia Story Macaulay Connor 1940 Comedy, Romance
Ziegfeld Girl Gilbert Young 1941 Drama, Musical, Romance
It's a Wonderful Life George Bailey 1946 0, 0
Magic Town 1947 Comedy, Romance
Call Northside 777 1948 Crime, Drama
Rope Rupert Cadell 1948 Crime, Drama, Mystery
You Gotta Stay Happy 1948 Comedy, Romance
The Stratton Story 1949
Harvey Elwood P. Dowd 1950
Winchester '73 Lin McAdam 1950
The Jackpot 1950 Comedy
No Highway in the Sky Theodore Honey 1951
Carbine Williams 1952 0
Bend of the River 1952 Fantasy
The Naked Spur Howard Kemp 1953 0, 0, Fantasy
Thunder Bay 1953 Adventure, Drama
The Far Country 1954 0, Biography, Fantasy
The Glenn Miller Story Glenn Miller 1954 Drama, Music
The Man from Laramie 1955 Fantasy, 0
Strategic Air Command 1955 Action, Drama
The Man Who Knew Too Much Dr. Benjamin McKenna 1956 Game Show, 0, Comedy
The Spirit of St. Louis Charles Augustus 'Slim' Lindbergh 1957 Adventure, Drama
Night Passage 1957
Vertigo John 'Scottie' Ferguson 1958 Game Show
Bell, Book and Candle 1958 Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
Anatomy of a Murder Paul Biegler 1959 Comedy, 0
The FBI Story 1959
The Mountain Road 1960
Two Rode Together 1961
How the West Was Won Linus Rawlings 1962 0, Fantasy
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Ransom Stoddard 1962 Drama, Romance
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation 1962 Comedy, Family
Take Her, She's Mine Frank Michaelson 1963
Dear Brigitte 1965 Comedy
Shenandoah 1965 Drama
The Rare Breed 1966 Drama, Romance
Firecreek 1968
Bandolero! 1968 Action, Crime, Drama
The Cheyenne Social Club 1970 Comedy
Fools' Parade Mattie Appleyard 1974
The Shootist 1976 Fantasy, 0
The Magic of Lassie 1978 Family, Drama
Right of Way 1988 Drama
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Wylie 1991 Animation, Adventure, Family
Rear Window 1998 0
Semper Ride Athlete 2009 Sport
L'affaire Farewell Ransom Stoddard 2009 Drama, Thriller
Cinema Slasher Presents: Night Whispers Jon Dempsey 2013 Comedy, Horror