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23rd Dec '12 2:20:18 PM dsneybuf
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->''“If I had my career over again? Maybe I'd say to myself, speed it up a little.”''
-->-- '''James Stewart'''

James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart (1908-1997) was a popular actor for a good deal of the 20th century, starring in films from ''{{Harvey}}'' to ''ThePhiladelphiaStory'' to ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance''. He is perhaps most famous for his role as George Bailey in the classic film ''ItsAWonderfulLife'', with ''MrSmithGoesToWashington'' getting a strong look-in. His other films included ''YouCantTakeItWithYou'', ''TheShopAroundTheCorner'', ''AnatomyOfAMurder'', and ''Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix1965'', as well as numerous [[TheWestern Westerns]] (including ''Destry Rides Again'', ''Winchester '73'', ''HowTheWestWasWon'', and ''Film/{{Shenandoah}}'') and {{Biopic}}s (including ''TheGlennMillerStory'' and ''The Spirit of St. Louis''). Also notable for making multiple collaborations with several famous directors from the era, such as FrankCapra, Creator/AlfredHitchcock, JohnFord, and Anthony Mann. A mark of his image as an everyman was his constantly being referred to by the public (and this entry) as "Jimmy Stewart", despite the fact that he was never credited as such in any of his famous film roles, always going by "James" (He, in fact, hated being referred to by the nickname).

He fought as a pilot and commander in the SecondWorldWar and flew once as a non-duty observer in a B-52 on a bombing mission during the VietnamWar (eventually promoted to the rank of [[TheBrigadier Brigadier General]] in the [[HomeGuard Air Force Reserves]], starting from private), and was famous for being a NiceGuy, both in his film roles and in real life.

He had a very unusual accent that is hard to describe (a sort of whiny warble/drawl), and very tempting to imitate. Buy hey, audiences ate it up. So did women, apparently, as Stewart was [[ThePornomancer something of a ladies' man]] early in his life, but he stopped after he entered a very loving marriage with model Gloria [=McLean=]. He was also very good friends with HenryFonda, another famous actor from the era and his former roommate.

Also known for reading poems he wrote about his dog on talk shows in his later years.

Some notable movies from his career include:

* ''After Film/TheThinMan'' (1936) - The first movie where he had a substantial role (he was billed third), and one in which he played a very different role than in his later career.
* ''Theatre/YouCantTakeItWithYou'' (1938) - His first movie with FrankCapra.
* ''Destry Rides Again'' (1939)
* ''MrSmithGoesToWashington'' (1939) - Directed by FrankCapra. Made him a star overnight. Oscar nomination.
* ''It's a Wonderful World'' (1939) - ScrewballComedy[=/=]Mystery film
* ''ThePhiladelphiaStory'' (1940) - Won his only Oscar for Best Actor.
* ''TheShopAroundTheCorner'' (1940)
* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' (1946) - Directed by FrankCapra. His first movie after WorldWarII. Now considered the quintessential Christmas movie. Oscar nomination.
* ''Theatre/{{Rope}}'' (1948) - His first movie with AlfredHitchcock.
* ''Theatre/{{Harvey}}'' (1950) - Previously played the role on stage. One of his favorites. Oscar nomination.
* ''{{Film/Winchester73}}'' (1950) - First movie with Anthony Mann.
* ''Bend of the River'' (1952) - Directed by Anthony Mann.
* ''The Greatest Show on Earth'' (1952)
* ''TheGlennMillerStory'' (1953) - Directed by Anthony Mann.
* ''The Naked Spur'' (1953) - Directed by Anthony Mann.
* ''The Far Country'' (1954) - Directed by Anthony Mann.
* ''RearWindow'' (1954) - Directed by AlfredHitchcock.
* ''The Man from Laramie'' (1955) - Directed by Anthony Mann.
* ''TheManWhoKnewTooMuch'' (1956) - Directed by AlfredHitchcock.
* ''Night Passage'' (1957) - With AudieMurphy.
* ''The Spirit of St. Louis'' (1957) - Plays Charles Lindbergh.
* ''{{Vertigo}}'' (1958) - Directed by AlfredHitchcock. Now considered one of the greatest movies ever made.
* ''AnatomyOfAMurder'' (1959) - Oscar nomination.
* ''Two Rode Together'' (1961) - Directed by JohnFord.
* ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance'' (1962) - Directed by JohnFord. First onscreen pairing of him and JohnWayne.
* ''Film/HowTheWestWasWon'' (1962)
* ''Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix1965'' (1965)
* ''Film/{{Shenandoah}}'' (1965)
* ''Film/TheShootist'' (1976) - JohnWayne's last movie.

!!Tropes associated with this actor include:

* BewareTheNiceOnes: Everyone agreed that Stewart was a nice guy and usually played nonthreatening characters, but in real life he was hawkish, right-wing and had a 27-year-long career in the Air Force, where he ran bombing runs during World War 2.
* NonActionGuy: Stewart's typical role when paired with JohnWayne.

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->''“If I had my career over again? Maybe I'd say to myself, speed it up a little.”''
-->-- '''James Stewart'''

James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart (1908-1997) was a popular actor for a good deal of the 20th century, starring in films from ''{{Harvey}}'' to ''ThePhiladelphiaStory'' to ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance''. He is perhaps most famous for his role as George Bailey in the classic film ''ItsAWonderfulLife'', with ''MrSmithGoesToWashington'' getting a strong look-in. His other films included ''YouCantTakeItWithYou'', ''TheShopAroundTheCorner'', ''AnatomyOfAMurder'', and ''Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix1965'', as well as numerous [[TheWestern Westerns]] (including ''Destry Rides Again'', ''Winchester '73'', ''HowTheWestWasWon'', and ''Film/{{Shenandoah}}'') and {{Biopic}}s (including ''TheGlennMillerStory'' and ''The Spirit of St. Louis''). Also notable for making multiple collaborations with several famous directors from the era, such as FrankCapra, Creator/AlfredHitchcock, JohnFord, and Anthony Mann. A mark of his image as an everyman was his constantly being referred to by the public (and this entry) as "Jimmy Stewart", despite the fact that he was never credited as such in any of his famous film roles, always going by "James" (He, in fact, hated being referred to by the nickname).

He fought as a pilot and commander in the SecondWorldWar and flew once as a non-duty observer in a B-52 on a bombing mission during the VietnamWar (eventually promoted to the rank of [[TheBrigadier Brigadier General]] in the [[HomeGuard Air Force Reserves]], starting from private), and was famous for being a NiceGuy, both in his film roles and in real life.

He had a very unusual accent that is hard to describe (a sort of whiny warble/drawl), and very tempting to imitate. Buy hey, audiences ate it up. So did women, apparently, as Stewart was [[ThePornomancer something of a ladies' man]] early in his life, but he stopped after he entered a very loving marriage with model Gloria [=McLean=]. He was also very good friends with HenryFonda, another famous actor from the era and his former roommate.

Also known for reading poems he wrote about his dog on talk shows in his later years.

Some notable movies from his career include:

* ''After Film/TheThinMan'' (1936) - The first movie where he had a substantial role (he was billed third), and one in which he played a very different role than in his later career.
* ''Theatre/YouCantTakeItWithYou'' (1938) - His first movie with FrankCapra.
* ''Destry Rides Again'' (1939)
* ''MrSmithGoesToWashington'' (1939) - Directed by FrankCapra. Made him a star overnight. Oscar nomination.
* ''It's a Wonderful World'' (1939) - ScrewballComedy[=/=]Mystery film
* ''ThePhiladelphiaStory'' (1940) - Won his only Oscar for Best Actor.
* ''TheShopAroundTheCorner'' (1940)
* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' (1946) - Directed by FrankCapra. His first movie after WorldWarII. Now considered the quintessential Christmas movie. Oscar nomination.
* ''Theatre/{{Rope}}'' (1948) - His first movie with AlfredHitchcock.
* ''Theatre/{{Harvey}}'' (1950) - Previously played the role on stage. One of his favorites. Oscar nomination.
* ''{{Film/Winchester73}}'' (1950) - First movie with Anthony Mann.
* ''Bend of the River'' (1952) - Directed by Anthony Mann.
* ''The Greatest Show on Earth'' (1952)
* ''TheGlennMillerStory'' (1953) - Directed by Anthony Mann.
* ''The Naked Spur'' (1953) - Directed by Anthony Mann.
* ''The Far Country'' (1954) - Directed by Anthony Mann.
* ''RearWindow'' (1954) - Directed by AlfredHitchcock.
* ''The Man from Laramie'' (1955) - Directed by Anthony Mann.
* ''TheManWhoKnewTooMuch'' (1956) - Directed by AlfredHitchcock.
* ''Night Passage'' (1957) - With AudieMurphy.
* ''The Spirit of St. Louis'' (1957) - Plays Charles Lindbergh.
* ''{{Vertigo}}'' (1958) - Directed by AlfredHitchcock. Now considered one of the greatest movies ever made.
* ''AnatomyOfAMurder'' (1959) - Oscar nomination.
* ''Two Rode Together'' (1961) - Directed by JohnFord.
* ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance'' (1962) - Directed by JohnFord. First onscreen pairing of him and JohnWayne.
* ''Film/HowTheWestWasWon'' (1962)
* ''Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix1965'' (1965)
* ''Film/{{Shenandoah}}'' (1965)
* ''Film/TheShootist'' (1976) - JohnWayne's last movie.

!!Tropes associated with this actor include:

* BewareTheNiceOnes: Everyone agreed that Stewart was a nice guy and usually played nonthreatening characters, but in real life he was hawkish, right-wing and had a 27-year-long career in the Air Force, where he ran bombing runs during World War 2.
* NonActionGuy: Stewart's typical role when paired with JohnWayne.
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10th Dec '12 3:47:05 PM gallium
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* ''After Film/TheThinMan'' (1936) - The first movie where he had a substantial role (he was billed third), and one in which he played a very different role than in his later career.
24th Nov '12 1:36:52 AM Aquila89
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James "Jimmy" Stewart (1908-1997) was a popular actor for a good deal of the 20th century, starring in films from ''{{Harvey}}'' to ''ThePhiladelphiaStory'' to ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance''. He is perhaps most famous for his role as George Bailey in the classic film ''ItsAWonderfulLife'', with ''MrSmithGoesToWashington'' getting a strong look-in. His other films included ''YouCantTakeItWithYou'', ''TheShopAroundTheCorner'', ''AnatomyOfAMurder'', and ''Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix1965'', as well as numerous [[TheWestern Westerns]] (including ''Destry Rides Again'', ''Winchester '73'', ''HowTheWestWasWon'', and ''Film/{{Shenandoah}}'') and {{Biopic}}s (including ''TheGlennMillerStory'' and ''The Spirit of St. Louis''). Also notable for making multiple collaborations with several famous directors from the era, such as FrankCapra, Creator/AlfredHitchcock, JohnFord, and Anthony Mann. A mark of his image as an everyman was his constantly being referred to by the public (and this entry) as "Jimmy Stewart", despite the fact that he was never credited as such in any of his famous film roles, always going by "James" (He, in fact, hated being referred to by the nickname).

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James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart (1908-1997) was a popular actor for a good deal of the 20th century, starring in films from ''{{Harvey}}'' to ''ThePhiladelphiaStory'' to ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance''. He is perhaps most famous for his role as George Bailey in the classic film ''ItsAWonderfulLife'', with ''MrSmithGoesToWashington'' getting a strong look-in. His other films included ''YouCantTakeItWithYou'', ''TheShopAroundTheCorner'', ''AnatomyOfAMurder'', and ''Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix1965'', as well as numerous [[TheWestern Westerns]] (including ''Destry Rides Again'', ''Winchester '73'', ''HowTheWestWasWon'', and ''Film/{{Shenandoah}}'') and {{Biopic}}s (including ''TheGlennMillerStory'' and ''The Spirit of St. Louis''). Also notable for making multiple collaborations with several famous directors from the era, such as FrankCapra, Creator/AlfredHitchcock, JohnFord, and Anthony Mann. A mark of his image as an everyman was his constantly being referred to by the public (and this entry) as "Jimmy Stewart", despite the fact that he was never credited as such in any of his famous film roles, always going by "James" (He, in fact, hated being referred to by the nickname).
15th Nov '12 7:19:13 PM Mdumas43073
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* ''It's A Wonderful World'' (1939) - ScrewballComedy[=/=]Mystery film

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* ''It's A a Wonderful World'' (1939) - ScrewballComedy[=/=]Mystery film
13th Nov '12 9:14:38 AM GGGG
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He had a very unusual accent that is hard to describe (a sort of whiny warble/drawl), and very tempting to imitate. Buy hey, audiences ate it up. So did women, apparently, as Stewart was [[ThePornomancer something of a ladies' man]] early in his life, but he stopped after he entered a very loving marriage with model Gloria McLean. He was also very good friends with HenryFonda, another famous actor from the era and his former roommate.

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He had a very unusual accent that is hard to describe (a sort of whiny warble/drawl), and very tempting to imitate. Buy hey, audiences ate it up. So did women, apparently, as Stewart was [[ThePornomancer something of a ladies' man]] early in his life, but he stopped after he entered a very loving marriage with model Gloria McLean.[=McLean=]. He was also very good friends with HenryFonda, another famous actor from the era and his former roommate.
13th Nov '12 9:13:59 AM GGGG
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* ''YouCantTakeItWithYou'' (1938) - His first movie with FrankCapra.

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* ''YouCantTakeItWithYou'' ''Theatre/YouCantTakeItWithYou'' (1938) - His first movie with FrankCapra.



* ''ItsAWonderfulLife'' (1946) - Directed by FrankCapra. His first movie after WorldWarII. Now considered the quintessential Christmas movie. Oscar nomination.
* ''{{Rope}}'' (1948) - His first movie with AlfredHitchcock.
* ''{{Harvey}}'' (1950) - Previously played the role on stage. One of his favorites. Oscar nomination.

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* ''ItsAWonderfulLife'' ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' (1946) - Directed by FrankCapra. His first movie after WorldWarII. Now considered the quintessential Christmas movie. Oscar nomination.
* ''{{Rope}}'' ''Theatre/{{Rope}}'' (1948) - His first movie with AlfredHitchcock.
* ''{{Harvey}}'' ''Theatre/{{Harvey}}'' (1950) - Previously played the role on stage. One of his favorites. Oscar nomination.



* ''The Spirit of St. Louis'' (1957) - Plays CharlesLindbergh.

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* ''The Spirit of St. Louis'' (1957) - Plays CharlesLindbergh.Charles Lindbergh.



* ''TheManWhoShotLibertyValance'' (1962) - Directed by JohnFord. First onscreen pairing of him and JohnWayne.
* ''HowTheWestWasWon'' (1962)

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* ''TheManWhoShotLibertyValance'' ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance'' (1962) - Directed by JohnFord. First onscreen pairing of him and JohnWayne.
* ''HowTheWestWasWon'' ''Film/HowTheWestWasWon'' (1962)
13th Nov '12 9:11:32 AM GGGG
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* ''It's A Wonderful World'' (1939) - ScrewballComedy[=/=]Mystery film
10th Nov '12 6:51:53 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Everyone agreed that Stewart was a nice guy and often nonthreatening characters, but in real life he was hawkish, right-wing and had a 27-year-long career in the Air Force, where he ran bombing runs during World War 2.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Everyone agreed that Stewart was a nice guy and often usually played nonthreatening characters, but in real life he was hawkish, right-wing and had a 27-year-long career in the Air Force, where he ran bombing runs during World War 2.
10th Nov '12 6:51:22 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* TheNonActionGuy: Stewart's typical role when paired with JohnWayne.

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* TheNonActionGuy: NonActionGuy: Stewart's typical role when paired with JohnWayne.
10th Nov '12 6:51:08 PM CaptainCrawdad
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!!Tropes associated with this actor include:

* BewareTheNiceOnes: Everyone agreed that Stewart was a nice guy and often nonthreatening characters, but in real life he was hawkish, right-wing and had a 27-year-long career in the Air Force, where he ran bombing runs during World War 2.
* TheNonActionGuy: Stewart's typical role when paired with JohnWayne.
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