James Maitland Stewart (May 20, 1908 - July 2, 1997) was an American actor who starred in four Alfred Hitchcock
films: Rear Window, Rope, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Vertigo. He also starred in Anatomy of a Murder, It's a Wonderful Life, Harvey, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Stewart was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and he served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II and was heavily decorated. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in 1940's The Philadelphia Story, which he starred in along with Cary Grant
and Katharine Hepburn
. In 1980 he was awarded an American Film Institute lifetime achievement award.
Stewart spoke in a hemming-and-hawing style which was sometimes hard on sound men but came through as sincerity to his audience. His career was therefore built around playing a clean-cut person with good values, and his hesitating acting style gave his characters a natural feel not seen in many movies of his time.
His first posting in the U.S. Army Air Forces was at Moffett Field, California. His final mission in the U.S. Air Force before retirement was a bombing mission over Vietnam that he specifically requested as a close for his military career.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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