James Stewart was an “every man”, an American kinda guy and a much loved actor. His films are classics. He was nominated for 5 Academy Awards winning one for The Philadelphia Story (1940) and he received a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 1985. He was also a Kennedy Center Honor recipient. He starred on Broadway, in motion pictures and radio. In addition to all of this he proudly served his country during World War II. He was lifelong friends with Henry Fonda and collaborated with Frank Capra, Alfred Hitchcock and Anthony Mann.
Stewart gave an unforgettable performance as Jefferson Smith in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) which he received an Oscar Nomination for. His most memorable role was as George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) again receiving an Oscar nomination.
Some of his other memorable films include: Shop Around the Corner (1940), The Stratton Story (1949), Harvey (1950), The Glenn Miller Story (1953), Rear Window (1954) and Vertigo (1958). He appeared in four films with long time friend Margaret Sullivan. Stewart also appeared in several westerns like Winchester ’73 (1950), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), and Cheyenne Autumn (1964).
He truly had a wonderful life. What’s your favorite James Stewart movie?