Jimmy Stewart Biography

James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart was an American film and stage actor, known for his distinctive drawl voice and down-to-earth persona. Over the course of his career, he starred in many films widely considered classics. He was known for portraying the average American middle class man, with everyday life struggles.

Stewart was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one in competition and receiving one Lifetime Achievement award. Stewart was named the third greatest male screen legend in cinema history by the American Film Institute. He was a major Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract star. He also had a noted military career and was a World War II and Vietnam War veteran, who rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve.

The actor Cary Grant said of Stewart's acting technique, "He had the ability to talk naturally. He knew that in conversations people do often interrupt one another and it's not always so easy to get a thought out. It took a little time for the sound men to get used to him, but he had an enormous impact. And then, some years later, Marlon came out and did the same thing all over again—but what people forget is that Jimmy did it first." Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Jimmy Stewart
Full Name:
James Stewart
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Actor, Pilot, Military Officer, Television Director
Ethnicity:
Scottish American
Religion:
Presbyterianism
Date of Birth:
May 20, 1908
Astrological Sign:
Taurus
Date of Death:
July 2, 1997
Age at Death:
89
Cause of Death:
Pulmonary embolism, Cardiac arrest, Myocardial infarction, Thrombosis
Marriages
  • 1949-08-09
    Actor Jimmy Stewart weds (41) former model Gloria Hatrick McLean (31) at the Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles
Jimmy Stewart Timeline
  • 1939-10-17
    "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", starring Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur, is released
  • 1941-03-22
    Jimmy Stewart is inducted into the Army, becoming the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II
  • 1944-03-22
    American movie star Jimmy Stewart flies his 12th combat mission, leading the 2nd Bomb Wing in an attack on Berlin
  • 1945-03-29
    Movie star Jimmy Stewart is promoted to full colonel, one of the few Americans to rise from private to colonel in four years
  • 1961-04-17
    Jimmy Stewart accepts an honorary Oscar on behalf of his friend Gary Cooper, who is too ill to attend
  • 1968-05-31
    American movie star Jimmy Stewart retires from the Air Force after 27 years of service, and is promoted to major general by President Reagan
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