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James Stewart is a Actor and Scriptwriter American born on 20 may 1908 at Pennsylvania (USA)

James Stewart

James Stewart
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Birth name James Maitland Stewart
Nationality USA
Birth 20 may 1908 at Pennsylvania (USA)
Death 2 july 1997 (at 89 years) at Beverly Hills (USA)
Awards Croix de guerre 1939–1945, Academy Award for Best Actor, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Distinguished Flying Cross

James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an American film and stage actor, known for his distinctive drawl and down-to-earth persona. He starred in many films that are considered to be classics and is known for portraying an American middle class man struggling with a crisis.

Stewart was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one in competition and receiving one Lifetime Achievement award. Stewart was named the third greatest male screen legend of the Golden Age Hollywood by the American Film Institute. He was a major Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract star. He also had a noted military career and was a World War II and Vietnam War veteran, who rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve.

The actor Cary Grant said of Stewart's acting technique:He had the ability to talk naturally. He knew that in conversations people do often interrupt one another and it's not always so easy to get a thought out. It took a little time for the sound men to get used to him, but he had an enormous impact. And then, some years later, Marlon came out and did the same thing all over again—but what people forget is that Jimmy did it first.


Stewart was almost universally described by his collaborators as a kind, soft-spoken man and a true professional. Joan Crawford praised the actor as an "endearing perfectionist" with "a droll sense of humor and a shy way of watching you to see if you react to that humor."

When Henry Fonda moved to Hollywood in 1934, he was again a roommate with Stewart in an apartment in Brentwood, and the two gained reputations as playboys. Both men's children later noted that their favorite activity when not working seemed to be quietly sharing time together while building and painting model airplanes, a hobby they had taken up in New York, years earlier.

After World War II, Stewart settled down, at age 41, marrying former model Gloria Hatrick McLean (March 10, 1918 – February 16, 1994) on August 9, 1949. As Stewart loved to recount in self-mockery, "I, I, I pitched the big question to her last night and to my surprise she, she, she said yes!" Stewart adopted her two sons, Michael and Ronald, and with Gloria he had twin daughters, Judy and Kelly, on May 7, 1951. The couple remained married until her death from lung cancer on February 16, 1994, at the age of 75. Ronald McLean was killed in action in Vietnam on June 8, 1969, at the age of 24, while serving as a lieutenant in the Marine Corps. Daughter Kelly Stewart is an anthropologist.

Stewart was active in philanthropic affairs over the years. His signature charity event, "The Jimmy Stewart Relay Marathon Race," held each year since 1982, has raised millions of dollars for the Child and Family Development Center at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. He was a lifelong supporter of Scouting, having been a Second Class Scout when he was a youth, an adult Scout leader, and a recipient of the prestigious Silver Buffalo Award from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). In later years, he made advertisements for the BSA, which led to his being sometimes incorrectly identified as an Eagle Scout. An award for Boy Scouts, "The James M. Stewart Good Citizenship Award" has been presented since May 17, 2003.

Stewart was a Life Member of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of California.

One of Stewart's lesser-known talents was his homespun poetry. He once read a poem that he had written about his dog, entitled "Beau," while on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. By the end of this reading, Carson's eyes were welling with tears. This was later parodied on a late 1980s episode of the NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live, with Dana Carvey as Stewart reciting the poem on Weekend Update and bringing anchor Dennis Miller to tears. He was also an avid gardener. Stewart purchased the house next door to his own home at 918 North Roxbury Drive, razed the house, and installed his garden in the lot.

Stewart was a staunch supporter of the Republican Party and actively campaigned for Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. He was a hawk on the Vietnam War, and maintained that his son, Ronald, did not die in vain. Stewart actively supported Reagan's bid to win the Republican presidential nomination in 1976.

Following the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, Stewart, Charlton Heston, Kirk Douglas and Gregory Peck issued a statement calling for support of President Johnson's Gun Control Act of 1968.

One of his best friends was fellow actor Henry Fonda, despite the fact that the two had very different political ideologies. A political argument in 1947 resulted in a fistfight, but they maintained their friendship by never discussing politics again. This tale may be apocryphal as Jhan Robbins quotes Stewart as saying: "Our views never interfered with our feelings for each other, we just didn't talk about certain things. I can't remember ever having an argument with him—ever!" However, Jane Fonda told Donald Dewey for his 1996 biography of Stewart that her father did have a falling out with Stewart at that time, although she did not know whether it was because of their political differences. There is a brief reference to their political differences in character in their movie The Cheyenne Social Club. In the last years of his life, he donated to the campaign of Bob Dole in the 1996 presidential election and to Democratic Florida governor Bob Graham in his successful run for the Senate.

Best films

How the West Was Won (1962)
Rear Window (1954)
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
Vertigo (1958)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Usually with

Cedric Gibbons
Cedric Gibbons
(17 films)
Bess Flowers
Bess Flowers
(11 films)
Clark Gable
Clark Gable
(11 films)
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Filmography of James Stewart (100 films)

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La Classe américaine, 1h10
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius, Dominique Mézerette
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors John Wayne, Dustin Hoffman, Burt Lancaster, Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Lana Turner
Roles Jacques (Archive Footage)
Rating80% 4.037564.037564.037564.037564.03756
The film begins with the following lines appearing on screen, complete with deliberate spelling mistakes: "Attention! Ce flim n'est pas un flim sur le cyclimse. Merci de votre compréhension." ("Attention! This flim is not a flim about cyclign. Thank you for your understanding.")
La classe américaine, 39minutes
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius, Dominique Mézerette
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors John Wayne, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Burt Lancaster
Roles Jacques (Archive Footage)
Rating73% 3.6744453.6744453.6744453.6744453.674445
Diffusé pour les fêtes de fin d'année, ce second détournement (qui fait suite à Derrick contre Superman) est un Ça cartoon déjanté mêlant des séquences originales présenté par Valérie Payet et Philippe Dana à des extraits redoublés de dessins animés avec Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck... et de films avec Steve McQueen, Burt Lancaster, Jack Nicholson, Jean Gabin, etc. Il s'agit du second des trois téléfilms du Grand Détournement.
La classe américaine
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius, Dominique Mézerette
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors John Wayne, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Elvis Presley, James Stewart
Roles Jacques (Archive Footage)
Rating80% 4.0354454.0354454.0354454.0354454.035445
George Abitbol, l'homme le plus classe du monde, meurt tragiquement lors d'une croisière. Dans un dernier souffle, il murmure : « Monde de merde ». Pourquoi ? Ces mots intriguent le rédacteur en chef d'un quotidien américain. Il dépêche ses trois meilleurs enquêteurs : Dave, Peter et Steven (prononcer « Pétère et Stéveune ») pour éclaircir ce mystère...
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, 1h15
Directed by Phil Nibbelink, Simon Wells
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation, Western
Themes Films about animals, Transport films, Rail transport films, Mise en scène d'un rongeur, Mise en scène d'une souris, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Phillip Glasser, James Stewart, Cathy Cavadini, Nehemiah Persoff, Dom DeLuise, Amy Irving
Roles Wylie Burp (voice)
Rating64% 3.2483.2483.2483.2483.248
Several years after settling in to their new home in The Bronx, New York, the impoverished Mousekewitz family soon finds that conditions are not as ideal as they had hoped, as they find themselves still struggling against the attacks of mouse-hungry felines. Fievel spends his days thinking about the wild west dog-sheriff Wylie Burp, while his sister, Tanya, dreams of becoming a singer. Meanwhile, Tiger's girlfriend Miss Kitty leaves him to find a new life out West, remarking that perhaps she's looking for "a cat that's more like a dog."
Cinema Paradiso, 1h58
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes L'adolescence, Films about films, Films about children, Medical-themed films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Films about disabilities, La cécité
Actors Philippe Noiret, Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi, Jacques Perrin, Brigitte Fossey, Antonella Attili
Roles George Bailey (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating84% 4.2494054.2494054.2494054.2494054.249405
In Rome, in the 1980s, famous Italian film director Salvatore Di Vita returns home late one evening, where his girlfriend sleepily tells him that his mother called to say someone named Alfredo has died. Salvatore obviously shies from committed relationships and has not been to his home village of Giancaldo, Sicily in 30 years. As his girlfriend asks him who Alfredo is, Salvatore flashes back to his childhood.
Sans Soleil, 1h40
Directed by Chris Marker
Origin France
Genres Science fiction, Documentary
Themes Films set in Africa, Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Florence Delay, Arielle Dombasle, Kim Novak, James Stewart, Charlotte Kerr, Alexandra Stewart
Roles Himself / John 'Scottie' Ferguson (archive footage)
Rating79% 3.9957353.9957353.9957353.9957353.995735
Le film est construit autour du discours d'un cameraman fictif, Sandor Krasna, rédacteur de lettres lues tout au long du film par Florence Delay. Dans ses écrits, il va traiter successivement du temps, de la mémoire, de la fragilité humaine face aux séismes du Japon ou encore face à la famine, menace constante au Cap Vert ou en Guinée-Bissau. Le cinéaste voyage alors aux « deux pôles extrêmes de la survie » tel qu'il le dit lui-même. Il montrera non pas les difficultés pour ces sociétés à s'en sortir, mais plutôt leur façon de vivre et d'exister au-delà de ce qui peut leur coûter la vie. Car comme il l'annonce : « Moi, ce que je veux vous montrer, ce sont les fêtes de quartier ».
Mr. Krueger's Christmas, 26minutes
Directed by Kieth Merrill
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Christmas films, Films about religion
Actors James Stewart
Roles Mr. Krueger
Rating79% 3.976353.976353.976353.976353.97635
James Stewart plays Willy Krueger, a widowed apartment janitor who lives in a basement flat with his cat George. On a cold Christmas Eve, he daydreams to escape his lonely life: he muses about being a man of culture and means, an ice dance at Temple Square, a sleigh ride, as well as the conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and also imagines himself in the stable with Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus.
A Tale of Africa, 2h
Directed by Susumu Hani
Origin Japon
Genres Drama
Actors James Stewart, Philip Sayer
Roles Old Man
Rating54% 2.7450252.7450252.7450252.7450252.745025
Au Kenya, un vieil homme et sa petite-fille hébergent un pilote après le crash de son avion. Le pilote et la jeune femme sont attirés l'un par l'autre, mais la fiancée du pilote arrive sur les lieux de l'accident.
The Big Sleep, 1h39
Directed by Michael Winner
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime, Romance
Actors Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Richard Boone, Candy Clark, Joan Collins, Edward Fox
Roles General Sternwood
Rating58% 2.901292.901292.901292.901292.90129
In 1970s England, private detective Philip Marlowe (Robert Mitchum) is asked to the stately home of General Sternwood (James Stewart), who hires Marlowe to learn who is blackmailing him. While at the mansion, he meets the General's spoiled and inquisitive daughter Charlotte (Sarah Miles) and wild younger daughter Camilla (Candy Clark).
The Magic of Lassie, 1h40
Directed by Don Chaffey
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Musical
Themes Films about animals, Films about music and musicians, Films about dogs, Musical films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors James Stewart, Michael Sharrett, Pernell Roberts, Mickey Rooney, Gary Davis, Stéphanie Zimbalist
Roles Clovis Mitchell
Rating57% 2.8568652.8568652.8568652.8568652.856865
The story begins on the Mitchell Winery in Northern California. Lassie lives with Clovis Mitchell and his grandchildren, Chris and Kelly, but is discovered one day by her former owner. Lassie is taken back to the previous owner's estate in Colorado Springs. Dissatisfied with her new home, the dog runs away and travels across several states to be with the Mitchell family again.
Airport '77, 1h54
Directed by Jerry Jameson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Disaster, Action, Adventure
Themes La fin du monde, Seafaring films, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Dans un avion, Disaster films, American disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents, Films about hijackings
Actors Jack Lemmon, Lee Grant, James Stewart, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Brenda Vaccaro
Roles Philip Stevens
Rating57% 2.850562.850562.850562.850562.85056
A privately owned luxury Boeing 747-100, Stevens' Flight 23, flies invited guests to an estate in Palm Beach, Florida, owned by wealthy philanthropist Philip Stevens, who also owns the jetliner. Valuable artwork from Stevens's private collection is also on board the jetliner, to be eventually displayed in his new museum. Such a collection motivates a group of thieves led by co-pilot Bob Chambers to hijack the aircraft.
The Shootist, 1h40
Directed by Don Siegel
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Western
Actors John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, Harry Morgan, James Stewart, Richard Boone
Roles Dr. E.W. Hostetler
Rating76% 3.847883.847883.847883.847883.84788
An aging Books arrives in Carson City, Nevada on January 22, 1901. In a newspaper he reads that Great Britain's Queen Victoria has died. After a stranger calls him an "old man" and barks at him to get out of the way, Books laments that the Old West is dying too.