About James Stewart
James Maitland Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an American actor and military pilot, eventually being awarded the rank of Major General in the United States Air Force. Known for his distinctive drawl and everyman screen persona, Stewart’s film career spanned 80 films from 1935 to 1991. With the strong morality he portrayed both on and off the screen, he epitomized the “American ideal” in the twentieth century. In 1999, the American Film Institute (AFI) ranked him third on its list of the greatest American male actors.
In 1935, he landed his first of several supporting roles in movies and in 1938 he had his big breakthrough in Frank Capra’s ensemble comedy ‘You Can’t Take It with You’. The following year, Stewart garnered his first of five Academy Award nominations for his portrayal of an idealized and virtuous man who becomes a senator in Capra’s ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’. He won his only Academy Award for Best Actor for his work in the comedy ‘The Philadelphia Story’.
Stewart starred in copious films throughout his acting career, with titles such as ‘How the West Was Won’, ‘Dear Brigitte’, ‘Firecreek’, ‘ The Shootist’, ‘Airport ’77’ and his final appearance in the film ‘An American Trail: Fievel Goes West’. Learn More…