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

James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart (19081997) was a popular American film actor for a good deal of the 20th century. He is perhaps most famous for his role as George Bailey in the classic film ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'', with ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington'' also getting a strong look-in.

His other films included ''Theatre/YouCantTakeItWithYou'', ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory'', ''Film/TheShopAroundTheCorner'', ''Film/{{Harvey}}'', ''Film/RearWindow'', ''Film/AnatomyOfAMurder'', and ''[[Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix1965 The Flight of the Phoenix]]'', as well as numerous [[TheWestern Westerns]] (including ''Film/DestryRidesAgain'', ''[[{{Film/Winchester73}} Winchester '73]]'', ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance'', ''Film/HowTheWestWasWon'', and ''Film/{{Shenandoah}}'') and {{Biopic}}s (including ''Film/TheGlennMillerStory'' and ''The Spirit of St. Louis'').

Stewart is 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 squadron 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 Reserve]], 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 a stumbling delivery that is 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.

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!!Partial filmography:

* ''Film/AfterTheThinMan'' (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/TheLastGangster'' (1937)
* ''Film/SeventhHeaven'' (1937) -- Remake of 1927 silent film.
* ''Theatre/YouCantTakeItWithYou'' (1938) -- His first movie with Creator/FrankCapra.
* ''Film/DestryRidesAgain'' (1939) -- With Creator/MarleneDietrich. His first Western.
* ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington'' (1939) -- Directed by Frank Capra. Made him a star overnight. Oscar nomination.
* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulWorld'' (1939) -- With Creator/ClaudetteColbert. ScrewballComedy[=/=]Mystery film.
* ''Made For Each Other'' -- With Creator/CaroleLombard.
* ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory'' (1940) -- With Creator/KatharineHepburn and Creator/CaryGrant. Notable as the film for which he won his only Best Actor Oscar.
* ''Film/TheShopAroundTheCorner'' (1940)
* ''Film/ComeLiveWithMe'' (1941) -- With Creator/HedyLamarr.
* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' (1946) -- Directed by Frank Capra. His first movie after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, his personal favorite of all the movies he made, and probably his best-known role for modern audiences. 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)
* ''Film/TheGlennMillerStory'' (1953) -- Directed by Anthony Mann.
* ''Film/TheNakedSpur'' (1953) -- Directed by Anthony Mann.
* ''Film/RearWindow'' (1954) -- Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 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.
* ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooMuch'' (1956) -- Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
* ''Night Passage'' (1957) -- With Creator/AudieMurphy.
* ''The Spirit of St. Louis'' (1957) -- Plays Charles Lindbergh.
* ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'' (1958) -- Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Now considered one of the greatest movies ever made.
* ''Film/BellBookAndCandle'' (1958) -- His last romantic leading man role.
* ''Film/AnatomyOfAMurder'' (1959) -- Oscar nomination.
* ''Film/TwoRodeTogether'' (1961) -- Directed by Creator/JohnFord.
* ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance'' (1962) -- Directed by John Ford. First onscreen pairing of him and Creator/JohnWayne.
* ''Film/HowTheWestWasWon'' (1962) -- Directed by John Ford.
* ''Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation'' (1963)
* ''Cheyenne Autumn'' (1964) -- Directed by John Ford.
* ''[[Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix1965 The Flight of the Phoenix]]'' (1965)
* ''Film/{{Shenandoah}}'' (1965)
* ''Film/TheShootist'' (1976) -- Creator/JohnWayne's last movie.
* ''[[Film/{{Airport}} Airport '77]]'' (1977)
* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'' (1991) -- His final movie.

!!Tropes associated with Jimmy Stewart's work:
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* CharacterFilibuster + MotorMouth: Arguably Jimmy's signature is the moment in his films where his character gives a passionate and enthusiastic rant. Bonus points if it's a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech or a WhatTheHellHero speech.
* {{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.]]
* TheEponymousShow: His short-lived early '70s sitcom ''The Jimmy Stewart Show'' (which is also notable as the only time he allowed himself to be billed as "Jimmy" rather than "James" onscreen).
* 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.
* 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.
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