Stewart, James Maitland

(1908-1997)
   The actor, James Stewart (better known as “Jimmy”), was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania. After attending Mercersburg Academy, he went to Princeton University in 1928 and graduated with a degree in architecture in 1932. However, he had already begun acting while a student. Soon after leaving Princeton, he found work with a theater group, making his first appearance on Broadway that year. After several successful stage roles, he signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1934 and appeared in his first film in 1936. Stewart acted in a number of movies including You Can’t Take It with You (1938) and It’s a Wonderful World (1939) and also did radio work before his major breakthrough as a star in the western, Destry Rides Again and Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, both in 1939. In 1940, he won an Oscar for his role in The Philadelphia Story in which he starred with Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn.
   Stewart was initially rejected for the draft as underweight, but after fattening himself up was accepted for the Army Air Corps in 1941. He rose to the rank of colonel and was awarded the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross and the French Croix de Guerre for his service during World War II. After the war, Stewart starred in the lead role in Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life. Although not an enormous success at the time, the film was to become a perennial Christmas classic in later years. However, his career was really re-established with his performances in the western Winchester ’73 and the comedy Harvey, both in 1950. He also played the lead in Broken Arrow (1950), The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), The Glenn Miller Story (1953), and in two films by Alfred Hitchcock, Rear Window (1954) and Vertigo (1958), and as Charles Lindbergh in The Spirit of St. Louis (1957). Stewart’s career in cinema spanned through to the 1970s; in addition, he often appeared in roles on television. He was given a Life Achievement Award by the American Film Institute in 1980 and an Honorary Academy Award in 1985.

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  • Stewart,James Maitland — Stewart, James Maitland. Known as “Jimmy.” 1908 1997. American actor known for his portrayals of incorruptible and modest heroes in motion pictures such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and It s a Wonderful Life (1946). He won an Academy… …   Universalium

  • Stewart, James Maitland — ▪ 1998       American actor (b. May 20, 1908, Indiana, Pa. d. July 2, 1997, Beverly Hills, Calif.), performed in some 80 motion pictures during a 57 year long career and became one of Hollywood s most beloved stars. With an unpretentious manner,… …   Universalium

  • Stewart, James (Maitland) — (20 may. 1908, Indiana, Pa., EE.UU.–2 jul. 1997, Beverly Hills, Cal.). Actor de cine estadounidense. Debutó en el cine en 1935, pero en un principio le fue difícil conseguir roles debido a sus rasgos angulosos y a su lenta y vacilante forma de… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Stewart, James (Maitland) — born May 20, 1908, Indiana, Pa., U.S. died July 2, 1997, Beverly Hills, Calif. U.S. film actor. He made his film debut in 1935, but at first, Stewart s slow, halting line delivery (perhaps his most readily identifiable trademark) and angular… …   Universalium

  • Stewart, James — ▪ American actor in full  James Maitland Stewart , byname  Jimmy Stewart   born May 20, 1908, Indiana, Pennsylvania, U.S. died July 2, 1997, Beverly Hills, California  major American motion picture star known for his portrayals of diffident but… …   Universalium

  • James Maitland Stewart — noun United States film actor who portrayed incorruptible but modest heros (1908 1997) • Syn: ↑Stewart, ↑Jimmy Stewart • Instance Hypernyms: ↑actor, ↑histrion, ↑player, ↑thespian, ↑role player …   Useful english dictionary

  • Stewart, James — • СТЮАPT (Stewart) (наст. фам. Мейтленд, Maitland) Джеймс (р. 20.5.1908)    амер. актёр. Учился в Принстонском ун те. С 1928 выступал в нью йоркских т рах. В кино с 1935 (ф. Человек убийца ). Амплуа С. сложилось в социальных комедиях Ф. Капры ( С …   Кино: Энциклопедический словарь

  • Stewart — Stewart, Jacky Stewart, James * * * (as used in expressions) Allen Stewart Konigsberg Bluford, Guion S(tewart), Jr. Castlereagh, Robert Stewart, vizconde Chamberlain, Houston Stewart Darnley, Henry Stewart, Lord Stuart, Stewart Halsted, William… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • James — James, Henry James, Henry James, William * * * (as used in expressions) Agee, James Anderson, (James) Maxwell Audubon, John James Baldwin, James (Arthur) Balfour (de Whittingehame), Arthur James, 1 conde Ballard, J(ames) G(raham) Barrie, Sir… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Stewart — /stooh euhrt, styooh /, n. 1. Also, Stuart. See Darnley, Lord Henry. 2. Dugald /dooh geuhld, dyooh /, 1753 1828, Scottish philosopher. 3. James Maitland (Jimmy), 1908 97, U.S. actor. 4. Potter, 1915 85, U.S. jurist: associate justice of the U.S.… …   Universalium

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