James Stewart

BirthDay:

20 May 1908

BirthPlace:

Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA

BirthName:

James Maitland Stewart

Bio:

James Maitland Stewart was born on 20 May 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent.

Stewart 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. In 1929 he won a place at Princeton, 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 northeastern United States, 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 U.S. Army in 1940 as a private (after twice failing the medical for being underweight). During the course of World War II he rose to the rank of colonel, first as an instructor at home in the United States, and later on combat missions in Europe. He remained involved with the U.S. Air Force Reserve after the war and retired in 1959 as a brigadier general.

Stewart's acting career took off properly after the war. 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.
Filmography

Actor ( 209 credits )

Wogan: The Best Of (2015)  Himself - Guest (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
The Seventies (2015)  Himself - Actor (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
John Ford et Monument Valley (2013) Himself (archive footage)
Welcome to the Basement (2012)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2013)
Stars of the Silver Screen (2011)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2011)
These Amazing Shadows (2011) Himself (archive footage)
I Am (2010) George Bailey (archive footage) (uncredited)
Special Collector's Edition (2010)  John 'Scottie' Ferguson (uncredited) (1 episode, 2011)
Beer and Board Games (2010)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2013)
Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010) Jefferson Smith (archive footage)
Farewell (2009) Ransom Stoddard (archive footage)
Erika Rabau: Puck of Berlin (2008) Himself (archive footage)
The Rachel Maddow Show (2008)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2010)
Banda sonora (2007)  Glenn Miller (1 episode, 2009)
Polònia (2006)  George Bailey (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episod
Filmmakers vs. Tycoons (2005) (archive footage)
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004) (archive footage)
Hell's Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety Films (2003) Narrator (archive footage)
War Stories with Oliver North (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
4 Vertigo (2000) John 'Scottie' Ferguson (archive footage)
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (1997) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  George Bailey (1 episode, 2014)
Éste es mi barrio (1996)  George Bailey (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episod
Women of the House (1995)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 1995)
A Century of Cinema (1994) Himself
Menace II Society (1993) George Bailey in 'It's a Wonderful Life' (archive foota
Renegade (1992)  George Bailey (uncredited) (1 episode, 1994)
Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992) Lin McAdam
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991) Wylie (voice)
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991) Himself
Burt Reynolds' Conversation With (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 1991)
Movie Memories with Debbie Reynolds (1991)  Himself (1991) (unknown episodes)
Memories of 1970-1991 (1991)  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode)
Reflections on the Silver Screen (1990)  Himself (1 episode, 1992)
Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend (1989) Himself (archive footage)
A Conversation with Dinah (1989)  Himself (1 episode, 1990)
Cinema Paradiso (1988) George Bailey (archive footage) (uncredited)
Entertaining the Troops (1988) Himself (archive footage)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 1989)
Biography (1987)  Himself (5 episodes, 1997-2006)
CBS This Morning (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1989)
Josh, the Logan Legend (1986) Himself
American Masters (1985)  Himself (4 episodes, 1989-2009)
Muppet Babies (1984) (1 episode, 1988)
Palace of Dreams (1984) Himself (uncredited)
Sans Soleil (1983) Himself / John 'Scottie' Ferguson (archive footage)
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Breakaway (1983)  Himself (1 episode, 1983)
The Moviemakers (1983) (uncredited) (1 episode)
Cheers (1982)  George Bailey (uncredited) (1 episode, 1987)
Wogan (1982)  Himself (2 episodes, 1988-1991)
Cinéma cinémas (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1984)
A Tale of Africa (1980) Old Man
The Magic of Lassie (1978) Clovis Mitchell
The Big Sleep (1978) General Sternwood
Airport '77 (1977) Philip Stevens
Bitte umblättern (1977)  Himself (1 episode, 1985)
America at the Movies (1976) Jefferson Smith / George Bailey / Charles A. Lindbergh
The Shootist (1976) Dr. Hostetler
That's Entertainment, Part II (1976) Clip from 'Ziegfeld Girl' (archive footage)
Sentimental Journey (1976) Joe - the Old Pilot (as Mr. James Stewart)
Brother Can You Spare a Dime (1975) (archive footage)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself (1 episode, 1989)
Just One More Time (1974) Himself (uncredited)
That's Entertainment! (1974) Himself - Co-Host
Dinah! (1974)  Himself (1 episode, 1977)
The World at War (1973)  Himself - Squadron Commander (1 episode, 1974)
Hawkins (1973)  Billy Jim Hawkins (8 episodes, 1973-1974)
ABC Late Night (1973)  Himself (1 episode, 1974)
The Julie Andrews Hour (1972)  Himself (1 episode, 1972)
Directed by John Ford (1971) Himself (uncredited)
Fools' Parade (1971) Mattie Appleyard
Great Performances (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 1987)
The Jimmy Stewart Show (1971)  Prof. James K. Howard / ... (24 episodes, 1971-1972)
Parkinson (1971)  Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1982)
V.I.P.-Schaukel (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 1979)
The Pet Set (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 1971)
The Cheyenne Social Club (1970) John O'Hanlan
Film Night (1970)  Himself (1 episode, 1970)
The David Frost Show (1969)  Himself (2 episodes, 1970)
The Movie Game (1969)  Himself (1 episode, 1970)
Stars on Sunday (1969)  Himself - Bible reading (1 episode, 1975)
This Is Your Life (1969)  Himself (1 episode, 1982)
Bandolero! (1968) Mace Bishop
Firecreek (1968) Johnny Cobb
The Carol Burnett Show (1967)  Himself (1 episode, 1978)
The Joey Bishop Show (1967)  Himself (1 episode, 1969)
The Rare Breed (1966) Sam Burnett
Film Preview (1966)  Himself (1 episode, 1966)
Hollywood Star Spangled Revue (1966) Himself
Hollywood My Home Town (1965) Himself (archive footage)
The Flight of the Phoenix (1965) Frank Towns
Shenandoah (1965) Charlie
Dear Brigitte (1965) Professor Robert Leaf
The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (1965)  Himself (10 episodes, 1967-1974)
National Geographic Specials (1965)  Narrator (1 episode, 1977)
Wayne and Shuster Take an Affectionate Look At... (1965)  Himself (2 episodes, 1965)
Cheyenne Autumn (1964) Wyatt Earp
Cinema (1964)  Himself (1 episode, 1967)
Take Her, She's Mine (1963) Frank Michaelson
Hollywood and the Stars (1963)  Himself (1 episode, 1964)
How the West Was Won (1962) Linus Rawlings
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962) Roger Hobbs
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) Ransom Stoddard
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Himself (9 episodes, 1970-1992)
X-15 (1961) Himself / Narrator (voice)
Two Rode Together (1961) Marshal Guthrie McCabe
Password All-Stars (1961)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
The Dick Powell Theatre (1961)  Himself - Host (1 episode, 1963)
Alcoa Premiere (1961)  Slim Conway (1 episode, 1962)
The Mike Douglas Show (1961)  Himself - Co-Host / ... (4 episodes, 1978)
The Mountain Road (1960) Maj. Baldwin
Anatomy of a Murder (1959) Paul Biegler
The FBI Story (1959) John Michael 'Chip' Hardesty
Startime (1959)  Azel Dorsey (1 episode, 1959)
Bell Book and Candle (1958) Shepherd 'Shep' Henderson
Vertigo (1958) John 'Scottie' Ferguson
Lux Playhouse (1958)  Narrator (1 episode, 1959)
Night Passage (1957) Grant McLaine
The Spirit of St. Louis (1957) Charles Augustus 'Slim' Lindbergh
The Heart of Show Business (1957) Himself, Narrator
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) Dr. Benjamin McKenna
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood, City of Stars (1956) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
The Man from Laramie (1955) Will Lockhart
Strategic Air Command (1955) Lt. Col. Robert 'Dutch' Holland
MGM Parade (1955)  Macaulay Connor (1 episode, 1955)
The Far Country (1954) Jeff Webster
The Glenn Miller Story (1954) Glenn Miller
Screen Snapshots: Memories in Uniform (1954) Himself (archive footage)
Rear Window (1954) L.B. 'Jeff' Jefferies
The George Gobel Show (1954)  Himself (2 episodes, 1955-1960)
Tomorrow's Drivers (1954) The Story Teller
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Laugh Parade (1953) Himself (archive footage)
Thunder Bay (1953) Steve
The Naked Spur (1953) Howard Kemp
General Electric Theater (1953)  Bart / ... (3 episodes, 1955-1957)
Bend of the River (1952) Glyn McLyntock
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) 'Buttons' A Clown
Carbine Williams (1952) Marsh Williams
Today (1952)  Himself (2 episodes, 1984-1990)
No Highway in the Sky (1951) Theodore Honey
Schlitz Playhouse (1951)  Narrator (1 episode, 1959)
The Jackpot (1950) William J. 'Bill' Lawrence
Harvey (1950) Elwood P. Dowd
Winchester '73 (1950) Lin McAdam
Screen Snapshots 2856: It Was Only Yesterday (1950) Jimmy Stewart (archive footage)
Broken Arrow (1950) Tom Jeffords
The Jack Benny Program (1950)  Himself / ... (8 episodes, 1952-1964)
The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950)  Himself (1 episode, 1955)
What's My Line? (1950)  Himself - Mystery Guest (1 episode, 1963)
Malaya (1949) John Royer
The Stratton Story (1949) Monty Stratton
Arthur Godfrey and His Friends (1949)  Himself (1 episode, 1955)
You Gotta Stay Happy (1948) Marvin Payne
Rope (1948) Rupert Cadell
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Party (1948) Himself (archive footage)
Call Northside 777 (1948) P.J. McNeal
On Our Merry Way (1948) Slim
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)  Himself (3 episodes, 1953-1959)
10,000 Kids and a Cop (1948) Introductory Narration
Magic Town (1947) Rip Smith
Thunderbolt (1947) Himself
It's a Wonderful Life (1946) George Bailey
American Creed (1946) Himself
Some of the Best (1943) Macaulay Connor in The Philadelphia Story (archive foot
Screen Snapshots Series 23, No. 1: Hollywood in Uniform (1943) Himself (archive footage)
Winning Your Wings (1942) Himself (as Lieutenant James Stewart)
Screen Snapshots Series 21, No. 7 (1942) Himself (archive footage)
Fellow Americans (1942) Narrator (voice)
Ziegfeld Girl (1941) Gilbert Young
Pot o' Gold (1941) Jimmy Haskell
Come Live with Me (1941) Bill Smith
Breakdowns of 1941 (1941) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
The Miracle of Sound (1940) Himself (archive footage)
The Philadelphia Story (1940) Macaulay Connor
No Time for Comedy (1940) Gaylord Esterbrook
The Mortal Storm (1940) Martin Breitner
The Shop Around the Corner (1940) Alfred Kralik
Hollywood: Style Center of the World (1940) Himself (archive footage)
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (1940) Himself
Destry Rides Again (1939) Tom Destry Jr.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Jefferson Smith
Land of Liberty (1939) (archive footage)
It's a Wonderful World (1939) Guy Johnson
Hollywood Hobbies (1939) Himself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 8 (1939) Himself (archive footage)
The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939) Larry Hall
Made for Each Other (1939) John Horace Mason
You Can't Take It with You (1938) Tony Kirby
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 12 (1938) James Stewart
The Shopworn Angel (1938) Bill Pettigrew
Vivacious Lady (1938) Peter
Of Human Hearts (1938) Jason Wilkins
Hollywood Goes to Town (1938) Himself (as Jimmy Stewart)
Navy Blue and Gold (1937) John Cross
The Last Gangster (1937) Paul North
The First Gangster and the Last Gangster (1937) Himself - Actor in 'The Last Gangster' (archive footage)
Seventh Heaven (1937) Chico
After the Thin Man (1936) David
Born to Dance (1936) Ted Barker
The Gorgeous Hussy (1936) 'Rowdy' Dow
Speed (1936) Terry Martin
Small Town Girl (1936) Elmer Clampett
Important News (1936) Cornelius Stevens (uncredited)
Wife vs. Secretary (1936) Dave
Next Time We Love (1936) Christopher Tyler
Rose-Marie (1936) John Flower
The Murder Man (1935) 'Shorty'
Art Trouble (1934) Jack Burton (uncredited)

Producer ( 1 credit )

Lux Playhouse (1958) producer (1 episode, 1959)

Director ( 3 credits )

Lux Playhouse (1958) (1 episode, 1959)
General Electric Theater (1953) (1 episode, 1957)
Schlitz Playhouse (1951) (1 episode, 1959)