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Birthday: May 20, 1908
Place: Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 6' 3"
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His "aw shucks" demeanor has served him well as the good guy, the shy guy or the nice guy in films like Harvey (1950) and You Can't Take It with You (1938). Alfred Hitchcock turned him into a dramatic leading man in films like Rear Window (1954) and Vertigo (1958). Stewart also starred in his share of westerns, including The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), The Naked Spur (1953) and The Man from Laramie (1955).
- Ranked #10 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
- He was the first movie star to enter the service for World War II, joining a year before Pearl Harbor was bombed. He was initially refused entry into the Air Force because he weighed 5 pounds less than the required 148 pounds, but he talked the recruitment officer into ignoring the test. He eventually became a Colonel, and earned the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Croix de Guerre and 7 battle stars. In 1959, he served in the Air Force Reserve, before retiring as a brigadier general.
- The James Stewart Museum was dedicated in Indiana, Pennsylvania on 20 May 1995
- Recipient of an American Film Institute Life Achievement Award. 
- Attended Princeton University. Graduated in 1932 with a degree in architecture.
- When Stewart won the Best Actor Oscar in 1940, he sent it to his father in Indiana, Pennsylvania, who set it in his hardware shop. The trophy remained there for 25 years.
- The word "Philadelphia" on the Oscar that Jimmy received in 1941 for The Philadelphia Story (1940) is misspelled. Ironically, the Oscar was kept in the window of Jimmy's father's hardware store located on Philadelphia Street in Indiana, Pennsylvania.
- Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, USA, in the Wee Kirk O' the Heathers Churchyard , on the left side, up the huge slope, to the left of the Taylor Monument, space 2, lot 8.
- James was named Best Classic Actor of the 20th Century in an Entertainment Weekly on-line poll. [September 1999]
- He held the highest active military rank of any actor in history. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps and rose to the rank of colonel; after the War, he continued in the US Air Force Reserve becoming a brigadier general (1-star). Two former actors outranked him: John Ford was an actor before becoming a director and a rear admiral (2-star) in the US Naval Reserve; President Ronald Reagan was Commander-in-Chief, but he made his last theatrical TV appearance in 1965.
- Never took an acting lesson, and felt that people could learn more when actually working rather than studying the craft.
- When he left to serve in WWII, his father gave him a letter which he kept in his pocket everyday until the war ended.
- Played the Accordian.
- Often incorrectly noted as having achieved the highest rank in Boy Scouting, Eagle Scout, while in his youth in Indiana, Pennsylvania; he was a scout for four years, attaining Second Class. He appeared in a series of award-winning commercials promoting the Boy Scouts, and served as a volunteer with the Orange County and Los Angeles Area Councils. He was awarded the Silver Beaver, the highest adult award.
- Appeared on "Password" (1961) in 1964 with his wife Gloria Stewart's daughter and their twin daughters.
- Had four children - twin daughters Kelly Stewart and Judy Stewart-Murray who acted with their parents in "Password" (1961); and his wife's sons from a previous marriage, Ronald, five years old, and Michael, two years old when she married Stewart, who adopted them as his own. Ronald Stewart was killed in action while serving in the Vietnam War in 1969.
- Was a regular on the "Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts." He was even a guest of honor in 1978.
- Introduced the Cole Porter standard "Easy to Love" in 1936's Born to Dance (1936). His undubbed, reedy tenor voice was actually not so bad. He would later say of the experience, "the song had become such a big hit that they felt even my singing couldn't ruin it." He would later sing a few bars of "Over the Rainbow" as part of his Oscar-winning performance in The Philadelphia Story (1940).
- Recipient of Kennedy Center Honors in 1983.
- Starred in the NBC Radio series "The Six Shooter" (1953-54).
- Many of his works were donated to Brigham Young University in 1983, including his personal copy of It's a Wonderful Life (1946).
- He was Alfred Hitchcock's original choice to play the lead in North by Northwest (1959).
- Hit #133 on the Billboard Singles Charts in 1965 with "The Legend of Shenandoah" (Decca 31795), a narration backed up with the Charles "Bud" Dant Orchestra
- Was of Northern Irish heritage from County Antrim.
- Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1972.
- When Stewart served as an officer and a pilot in the Army Air Corps in WWII, one of the sergeants in his unit was Walter Matthau.
- He once said the the public was his biggest critic, and if they didn't like his performance, neither did he.
- His two natural children, twin daughters Judy and Kelly Stewart, were born May 7, 1951. His wife, Gloria Stewart (the former Gloria Hatrick McLean), a former model from Larchmount, New York, also brought two sons to the marriage: Ronald and Michael (aged 5 and 2 at the time of the wedding in 1949), whom he adopted. Ronald later died on active service, as a Marine officer on June 8, 1969 in Vietnam.
- Over 3,000 people, mostly Hollywood celebrities, attended his funeral to pay their respects.
- President Harry S. Truman was an admirer of Stewart's work, and even commented that if he'd had a son, he'd have wanted him to be "just like Jimmy Stewart."
- Despite having been a decorated war hero in WWII, he declined to talk about this, in part because of the traumatic experiences he had in killing others and watching friends die. The roles he chose after returning from the war were generally darker, some say because he was hardened by combat.
- A true "regular guy," he genuinely disliked the glamour often basked in by Hollywood stars, avoiding expensive clothes and fancy cars.
- He was voted the 3rd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
- He remained faithful to his wife Gloria Stewart throughout their marriage. While this may seem ordinary, it was rare in Hollywood for male stars to stay devoted to their wives, with many of his colleagues, such as Gary Cooper, John Wayne, and his friend Henry Fonda, having had a series of infidelities.
- His mother's maiden name is McGowen.
- One of the first (if not the first) stars to receive a percentage of the gross of his movies.
- Was of Scottish and Irish heritage. His mother's maiden name is McGowen.
- His best friend was probably Henry Fonda, whom he met while at acting camp. Early on, they got into a fist-fight over politics (Stewart was a staunch Republican, Fonda a very liberal Democrat) that was won by Fonda, but they apparently never discussed politics again. When Fonda moved to Hollywood, he lived with Stewart and the two gained a reputation as some of the playboys in Hollywood. Once married, both men's children noted that their favorite activity when not working seemed to be silently painting model airplanes together.
- By the 1950s, he was wearing a toupee for his movie roles, though he often went without it in public. His baldness was made less obvious by wearing a gray toupee for many movie roles.
- He was voted the 9th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
- Was named #3 on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends Actor list by the American Film Institute
- According to the March 31, 1941 issue of 'Time' Magazine, Stewart was drafted into the Army. Prior to induction, he flew in a private plane to California and the next day braved a large crowd of female admirers to board a Los Angeles trolley car that took him and other draftees off to be inducted for a year hitch in the Army. 'Time' said that Stewart's salary would drop to a month from ,000.
- He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 1708 Vine Street.
- Was very good friends with Ronald Reagan, Henry Fonda, John Wayne and Gary Cooper.
- Accepted his friend Gary Cooper's honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 1961, because Cooper was dying of cancer.
- Died one day after Robert Mitchum.
- While always gracious with his fans, he was always very protective of his privacy. A notable example of this occurred when a nervy family of tourists set up a picnic on his front lawn. Stewart came out of his house and, without uttering a word, turned on the sprinklers.
- Hosted the Academy Awards in 1946 (alongside Bob Hope), 1958 (alongside David Niven, Jack Lemmon, Rosalind Russell,Bob Hope' and "Donald Duck")
- Upon accepting his Honorary Oscar in 1985, he stated that "this was the greatest award he received, to know that, after all these years, I haven't been forgotten." The audience gave him a 10 minute standing ovation, making the show run long. Steven Spielberg, who was in attendance, stated that he was so humbled to even be in the same room as Jimmy, because he respected him so much.
- While filming The Big Sleep (1978) in August 1977, Stewart appeared much older than his sixty-nine years as the rich, wheelchair-bound General Sternwood. He had a hearing and possible memory impairment which caused him to keep flubbing his lines. It is believed that these health problems necessitated Stewart's gradual retirement from movies shortly afterwards, although he was also concerned by the violence and explicit sexual content of modern films and saw no future for himself in the movie industry.
- He was a hawk on the Vietnam War and was active in promoting a number of right-wing political causes. In 1966, two years before his retirement from the US Air Force Reserve, he requested and was given permission to follow as a non-duty observer on a mission over North Vietnam in a B-52. This has often, specifically on the internet, been mistaken as his last mission as a pilot. He never flew B-52 as a pilot, nor did he fly any combat mission at all as a pilot in Vietnam!
- Upon his death in July of 1997, a small group of fans and admirers placed a few items on his Hollywood star, not the least of which was a rather tall (although not 6' tall) plush rabbit wearing overalls. (It was reportedly stolen later in the night.)
- Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian award, by his friend President Ronald Reagan at the White House in 1985.
- Stewart very much wanted the role of Roger Thornhill in North by Northwest (1959) and he was the original choice for it, but after the financial failure of Vertigo (1958), director Alfred Hitchcock, unfairly blamed the film's box office woes on Stewart, claiming Stewart now looked too old to still attract audiences and cast Cary Grant instead, even though Grant was actually four years older than Stewart. Previously one of the director's favorite collaborators, Stewart and Alfred Hitchcock never worked together again.
- Of all the movies he has done It's a Wonderful Life (1946) was his favourite.
- Replaced Cary Grant as Rupert Cadell in Rope (1948). Ironically, Cary Grant replaced him as Roger Thornhill in North by Northwest (1959).
- His performance as George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) is ranked #8 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
- His performance as James "Scottie" Ferguson in Vertigo (1958) is ranked #30 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
- His jazz and blues piano-playing skills were showcased in Anatomy of a Murder (1959).
- After making The Magic of Lassie (1978) Stewart went into semi- retirement from acting. During the next few years he suffered from many health problems including heart disease, skin cancer, deafness and senility.
- Along with his friends John Wayne and Ward Bond, Stewart strongly supported blacklisting in Hollywood during the late 1940s. According to Michael Munn's biography "Jimmy Stewart: The Truth Behind the Legend" (2004), he worked as a secret agent for FBI leader J. Edgar Hoover, rooting out suspected communists from Hollywood. Hoover knew the actor was a right- wing Republican and asked him to work undercover for the FBI in 1947, because Stewart's status as a famous, decorated war hero and officer in the American Army Air Force Reserve Corps made him the perfect choice to help flush out subversives in LA, Stewart's late wife, Gloria Stewart, recalled. The biography claims the star was so keen to assist Hoover, he spied on his closest friends, including Cary Grant and director Frank Capra, who had directed him in It's a Wonderful Life (1946). Stewart's wife recalled, "Jim went barefoot up the mountain and saw the burning bush - only God's name was J. Edgar Hoover. When Hoover realized Jim was willing to fight crime he played on it. Jim would have done anything to get those gangsters out of town. But, he was concerned about how it would turn out for friends like Cary Grant who'd developed friendships with these people".
- His performance as George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) is ranked #60 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
- Three of his films are on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time, two of which are in the top five! They are: "The Spirit of St. Louis" (1957) at #69, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939) at #5, and "It's a Wonderful Life" at #1.
- According to the curator of the James Stewart Museum, he was exactly 6ft 3in tall. His military physical would have indicated he was 6ft 3in tall, since he was 138 lbs and was 5 lbs under the 143 required for his draft eligibility. The weight/height requirements for the United States Airforce Service Prior to October 1999 was 143 lbs minimum for a man 6ft 3in in height.
- Director John Ford accused Stewart of racism for remarks he made to Woody Strode on the set of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). Strode later said he didn't believe Stewart was really racist.
- Medals awarded: * Distinguished Service Medal * Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster * Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters * Army Commendation Medal * American Defense Service Medal * European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 Service Stars * World War II Victory Medal * Armed Forces Reserve Medal * French Croix de Guerre with Palm * Presidential Medal of Freedom
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