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

James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart (19081997) was a popular actor for a good deal of the 20th century, starring in films from ''{{Harvey}}'' to ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory'' to ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance''. He is perhaps most famous for his role as George Bailey in the classic film ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', with ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington'' getting a strong look-in. His other films included ''Theatre/YouCantTakeItWithYou'', ''Film/TheShopAroundTheCorner'', ''Film/AnatomyOfAMurder'', and ''Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix1965'', as well as numerous [[TheWestern Westerns]] (including ''Destry Rides Again'', ''[[{{Film/Winchester73}} Winchester '73]]'', ''Film/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 Creator/FrankCapra, Creator/AlfredHitchcock, Creator/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 UsefulNotes/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 [[FourStarBadass Major 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. But 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 Creator/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.
* ''Film/SeventhHeaven'' (1937) -- remake of 1927 silent film
* ''Theatre/YouCantTakeItWithYou'' (1938) -- His first movie with Creator/FrankCapra.
* ''Destry Rides Again'' (1939) -- His first Western.
* ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington'' (1939) -- Directed by Creator/FrankCapra. Made him a star overnight. Oscar nomination.
* ''It's a Wonderful World'' (1939) -- ScrewballComedy[=/=]Mystery film
* ''Made For Each Other'' -- With Carole Lombard
* ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory'' (1940) -- Won his only Oscar for Best Actor.
* ''Come Live With Me'' (1941) -- With Creator/HedyLamarr
* ''Film/TheShopAroundTheCorner'' (1940)
* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' (1946) -- Directed by Creator/FrankCapra. His first movie after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and his personal favorite of all the movies he made. Now considered the quintessential Christmas movie. Oscar nomination.
* ''Theatre/{{Rope}}'' (1948) -- His first movie with Creator/AlfredHitchcock.
* ''Theatre/{{Harvey}}'' (1950) -- Previously played the role on stage. One of his favorites. Oscar nomination.
* ''[[{{Film/Winchester73}} Winchester '73]]'' (1950) -- First movie with Anthony Mann.
* ''Bend of the River'' (1952) -- Directed by Anthony Mann.
* ''Film/TheGreatestShowOnEarth'' (1952)
* ''TheGlennMillerStory'' (1953) -- Directed by Anthony Mann.
* ''Film/TheNakedSpur'' (1953) -- Directed by Anthony Mann.
* ''RearWindow'' (1954) -- Directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock. Stewart's favorite of the movies they did together.
* ''Film/TheFarCountry'' (1955) -- Directed by Anthony Mann.
* ''Strategic Air Command'' (1955)
* ''The Man from Laramie'' (1955) -- Directed by Anthony Mann.
* ''TheManWhoKnewTooMuch'' (1956) -- Directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock.
* ''Night Passage'' (1957) -- With Creator/AudieMurphy.
* ''The Spirit of St. Louis'' (1957) -- Plays Charles Lindbergh.
* ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'' (1958) -- Directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock. Now considered one of the greatest movies ever made.
* ''AnatomyOfAMurder'' (1959) -- Oscar nomination.
* ''Two Rode Together'' (1961) -- Directed by Creator/JohnFord.
* ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance'' (1962) -- Directed by Creator/JohnFord. First onscreen pairing of him and JohnWayne.
* ''Film/HowTheWestWasWon'' (1962)
* ''Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix1965'' (1965)
* ''Film/{{Shenandoah}}'' (1965)
* ''Film/TheShootist'' (1976) -- JohnWayne's last movie.
* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'' (1991) -- His final movie.

!!Tropes associated with Jimmy Stewart's work:
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* ActorAllusion: In the movie ''Strategic Air Command'', Stewart plays an Air Force Reserve colonel flying a B-36 bomber (later, B-47) who is also a Major League Baseball player. At this time, he was an actual Air Force Reserve colonel who was assigned to the real Strategic Air Command, while also being a Hollywood movie star.
* {{Badass}}: The man was a Brigadier General, ''after'' he became an actor. And no, we're not kidding.
* {{Determinator}}: When World War II rolled around, Stewart was refused into the armed forces for failing the military's height and weight requirements and being a tad too old (he was over 30). When he gained weight and logged in several hundred hours of flight training to prove he was capable, he was still refused for active duty due to being a beloved actor that the military didn't want to send to certain death. He pushed for it, survived the war, and stayed in the reserves for another 22 years before retiring as a Brigadier General. [[HeAlsoDid He also acted in the meantime.]]
* JumpedAtTheCall: The man fought to serve his country when he had all the reasons not to, and everyone else had all the reasons not to let him.
* NonActionGuy: Stewart's typical role when paired with Creator/JohnWayne. Ironic, since Stewart was a genuine decorated war hero and Wayne did not serve in the military.
* PlayingAgainstType:
** He plays AntiHero roles in some of the Hitchcock and Mann films, and in ''After the Thin Man'' [[spoiler:he's actually the murderer.]]
** In ''Rope'' he's a StrawNihilist, [[spoiler:though he comes to renounce it.]]
* ThoseTwoActors: As was the case with directors, he frequently re-teamed with actresses - he was in four films with Margaret Sullavan (''Next Time We Love'', ''The Shopworn Angel'', ''The Mortal Storm'', and ''Film/TheShopAroundTheCorner''), three with June Allyson (''The Stratton Story'', ''The Glenn Miller Story'', and ''Strategic Air Command''), and two with Jean Arthur (''Theatre/YouCantTakeItWithYou'' and ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington''). Oddly, he only appeared opposite his most iconic leading lady, Donna Reed, in one film (''[[Film/ItsAWonderfulLife It's A Wonderful Life]]'', obviously).
** Perhaps Stewart's most iconic co-star other than Reed was Creator/JohnWayne - they starred in three movies together, toward the end of both men's careers.
* WideEyedIdealist: The kind of character most often associated with his career--due in no small part to ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' and ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington''. The former film in particular is a ''major'' BreakTheCutie.