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James Stewart

James Stewart
Photo: Studio publicity still / Public domain / Wikimedia Commons

Birth Date

May 20, 1908


July 2, 1997


United States

Sun Sign


Natural hair color

Dark brown

Eye color



6 ft 3 in | 191 cm


65 kg | 143 pounds

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Early acting career First movie Breakthrough

James Maitland Stewart was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States, on May 20, 1908, was an American actor.

Young James Stewart first started acting during his years at the Mercersburg Academy, Pennsylvania in a play "The Wolves", in role as Buquet.

He landed his Broadway debut in a play "Carry Nation" (1932) in role as Constable Gano.

He signed a contract with MGM in April 1935.

He made his big screen debut in crime drama movie The Murder Man (1935) in role as Shorty, opposite Spencer Tracy.

He got his first starring role as Terry Martin in action film Speed (1936).

Stewart's breakthrough performance came as Tony Kirby in romantic comedy film You Can't Take It with You (1938).

Best Movies

He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Macaulay "Mike" Connor in comedy film The Philadelphia Story (1940).

He was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actor for his roles in movies:

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) political comedy drama in role as Jefferson "Jeff" Smith

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) fantasy comedy drama in role as George Bailey

Harvey (1950) comedy drama in role as Elwood P. Dowd

Anatomy of a Murder (1959) courtroom drama crime in role as Paul Biegler

He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Roger Hobbs in comedy film Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962).

He was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his role as Glenn Miller in biographical movie The Glenn Miller Story (1954).

Rear Window (1954) mystery thriller with Grace Kelly and directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Vertigo (1958) noir psychological thriller opposite Kim Novak and directed by Alfred Hitchcock

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) western with John Wayne and Lee Marvin

Rope (1948) psychological crime thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock

The Shop Around the Corner (1940) romantic comedy opposite Margaret Sullavan

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) drama thriller with Doris Day

Winchester '73 (1950) Western with Shelley Winters

The Shootist (1976) western with John Wayne and Lauren Bacall

Destry Rides Again (1939) western opposite Marlene Dietrich

The Man from Laramie (1955) Western drama in role as Will Lockhart

TV Shows

He played Prof. James K. Howard in NBC sitcom The Jimmy Stewart Show (1971).

He portrayed Billy Jim Hawkins in CBS television series Hawkins (1973).

He was nominated for the CableACE Award for Actor in a Dramatic or Theatrical Program for his role as Teddy Dwyer in HBO drama film Right of Way (1983).


Graduated from Mercersburg Academy prep school in Pennsylvania (1928).

Graduated from Princeton University (1932) with Bachelor of Science degree in architecture.

Had two sisters, Mary and Virginia.

Had Scottish and Ulster Scots ancestry.

He was best friends with Ronald Reagan, Henry Fonda, Gary Cooper and John Wayne.

He was a World War II and Vietnam War veteran and pilot.

He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985.

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1708 Vine Street in 1960.

He received the Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1985.

Received the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1965.

Hosted the Academy Awards in 1946 and 1958.

Was a Life Member of the Sons of the Revolution in California.

Supported the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC).

Stewart died on July 2, 1997, Beverly Hills, California, United States, at age of 89.


He was married to actress and model Gloria Hatrick McLean (1949-1994), he adopted her two sons and with Gloria he had twin daughters.


He dated Dorothy Lamour (1947-1948), Anita Colby (1945-1948), Dinah Shore (1942), Lana Turner (1940-1941), Olivia de Havilland (1939-1942), Katharine Hepburn (1938-1939), Ginger Rogers (1938-1939), Loretta Young (1937-1939), Eleanor Powell (1936), Jean Harlow (1935-1936), Janet Gaynor (1935-1936), Margaret Sullavan (1932-1933) and Rosalind Russell (1926)

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