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James Stewart (I) (1908–1997)

James Maitland Stewart was born on May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he was a keen athlete (football and track), musician (... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Vertigo John 'Scottie' Ferguson
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Anatomy of a Murder
Anatomy of a Murder Paul Biegler
The Philadelphia Story
The Philadelphia Story Macaulay Connor


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 1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
Wylie (voice)
 1986 North and South, Book II (TV Mini-Series)
Miles Colbert
- Episode #1.6 (1986) ... Miles Colbert
- Episode #1.5 (1986) ... Miles Colbert
- Episode #1.4 (1986) ... Miles Colbert (credit only)
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Miles Colbert
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Miles Colbert (credit only)
 1983 Right of Way (TV Movie)
Teddy Dwyer
 1980 Mr. Krueger's Christmas (TV Short)
Mr. Krueger
 1980 Afurika monogatari
Old Man
 1978 General Electric's All-Star Anniversary (TV Movie documentary)
Mark Twain
 1978 The Magic of Lassie
Clovis Mitchell
 1978 The Big Sleep
General Sternwood
 1977 Airport '77
Philip Stevens
 1976 The Shootist
Dr. Hostetler
 1976 Sentimental Journey (Short)
Joe - the Old Pilot (as Mr. James Stewart)
 1973-1974 Hawkins (TV Series)
Billy Jim Hawkins
- Candidate for Murder (1974) ... Billy Jim Hawkins
- Murder on the Thirteenth Floor (1974) ... Billy Jim Hawkins
- Murder in the Slave Trade (1974) ... Billy Jim Hawkins
- Blood Feud (1973) ... Billy Jim Hawkins
- A Life for a Life (1973) ... Billy Jim Hawkins
 1972 Harvey (TV Movie)
Elwood P. Dowd
 1971-1972 The Jimmy Stewart Show (TV Series)
Prof. James K. Howard / Josiah Kessel
- A Bone of Much Contention (1972) ... Prof. James K. Howard / Josiah Kessel (as Jimmy Stewart)
- Old School Ties (1972) ... Prof. James K. Howard / Josiah Kessel (as Jimmy Stewart)
- Jim's Decision (1972) ... Prof. James K. Howard / Josiah Kessel (as Jimmy Stewart)
- Price Is Right (1972) ... Prof. James K. Howard / Josiah Kessel (as Jimmy Stewart)
- Song of the Jailbird (1972) ... Prof. James K. Howard / Josiah Kessel (as Jimmy Stewart)
 1971 Fools' Parade
Mattie Appleyard
 1970 The Cheyenne Social Club
John O'Hanlan
 1968 Bandolero!
Mace Bishop
 1968 Firecreek
Johnny Cobb
 1966 The Rare Breed
 1965 The Flight of the Phoenix
Frank Towns
 1965 Shenandoah
 1965 Dear Brigitte
Professor Robert Leaf
 1959-1964 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Jimmy Stewart
- The Income Tax Show (1964) ... Jimmy Stewart
- Jack Directs Film (1963) ... Jimmy Stewart
- Jack Goes to Concert (1960) ... Jimmy Stewart (uncredited)
- The Jimmy Stewart Show (1959) ... Jimmy Stewart (uncredited)
 1964 Cheyenne Autumn
Wyatt Earp
 1963 Take Her, She's Mine
Frank Michaelson
 1962 How the West Was Won
Linus Rawlings
 1962 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Slim Conway
- Flashing Spikes (1962) ... Slim Conway
 1962 Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation
Roger Hobbs
 1962 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Ransom Stoddard
 1961 Two Rode Together
Marshal Guthrie McCabe
 1960 The Mountain Road
Maj. Baldwin
 1959 Startime (TV Series)
Azel Dorsey
- Cindy's Fella (1959) ... Azel Dorsey
 1959 The FBI Story
John Michael 'Chip' Hardesty
 1959 Lux Playhouse (TV Series)
- Cowboy Five Seven (1959) ... Narrator
 1959 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Cowboy Five Seven (1959) ... Narrator
 1959 Anatomy of a Murder
Paul Biegler
 1958 Bell Book and Candle
Shepherd 'Shep' Henderson
 1958 Vertigo
John 'Scottie' Ferguson
 1955-1957 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Bart / Britt Ponset / Joe Newman
- The Trail to Christmas (1957) ... Bart
- The Town with a Past (1957) ... Britt Ponset
- The Windmill (1955) ... Joe Newman
 1957 Night Passage
Grant McLaine
 1957 The Spirit of St. Louis
Charles Augustus 'Slim' Lindbergh
 1956 The Man Who Knew Too Much
Dr. Benjamin McKenna
 1955 Strategic Air Command
Lt. Col. Robert 'Dutch' Holland
 1955 The Man from Laramie
Will Lockhart
 1954 Rear Window
L.B. 'Jeff' Jefferies
 1954 The Far Country
Jeff Webster
 1954 The Glenn Miller Story
Glenn Miller
 1954 Tomorrow's Drivers (Short)
The Story Teller
 1953 Thunder Bay
 1953 The Naked Spur
Howard Kemp
 1952 Carbine Williams
Marsh Williams
 1952 Bend of the River
Glyn McLyntock
 1952 The Greatest Show on Earth
'Buttons' A Clown
 1951 No Highway in the Sky
Theodore Honey
 1950 Harvey
Elwood P. Dowd
 1950 The Jackpot
William J. 'Bill' Lawrence
 1950 Broken Arrow
Tom Jeffords
 1950 Winchester '73
Lin McAdam
 1949 Malaya
John Royer
 1949 The Stratton Story
Monty Stratton
 1948 You Gotta Stay Happy
Marvin Payne
 1948 10,000 Kids and a Cop (Short documentary)
Introductory Narration
 1948 Rope
Rupert Cadell
 1948 Call Northside 777
P.J. McNeal
 1948 On Our Merry Way
 1947 Magic Town
Rip Smith
 1946 It's a Wonderful Life
George Bailey
 1941 Ziegfeld Girl
Gilbert Young
 1941 Pot o' Gold
Jimmy Haskell
 1941 Come Live with Me
Bill Smith
 1940 The Philadelphia Story
Macaulay Connor
 1940 No Time for Comedy
Gaylord Esterbrook
 1940 The Mortal Storm
Martin Breitner
 1940 The Shop Around the Corner
Alfred Kralik
 1939 Destry Rides Again
Tom Destry Jr.
 1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Jefferson Smith
 1939 It's a Wonderful World
Guy Johnson
 1939 The Ice Follies of 1939
Larry Hall
 1939 Made for Each Other
John Horace Mason
 1938 You Can't Take It with You
Tony Kirby
 1938 Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 12 (Documentary short)
James Stewart
 1938 The Shopworn Angel
Bill Pettigrew
 1938 Vivacious Lady
Peter Morgan, Jr.
 1938 Of Human Hearts
Jason Wilkins
 1937 Navy Blue and Gold
John Cross Carter
 1937 The Last Gangster
Paul North
 1937 Seventh Heaven
 1936 After the Thin Man
David Graham
 1936 Born to Dance
Ted Barker
 1936 The Gorgeous Hussy
'Rowdy' Dow
 1936 Speed
Terry Martin
 1936 Small Town Girl
Elmer Clampett
 1936 Important News (Short)
Cornelius Stevens (uncredited)
 1936 Wife vs. Secretary
 1936 Next Time We Love
Christopher Tyler
 1936 Rose-Marie
John Flower
 1935 The Murder Man
 1934 Art Trouble (Short)
Jack Burton (uncredited)
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Other Works:

(10/12/47) Radio: While in Chicago filming "Call Northside 777" Stewart appeared as the Guest Quiz-master on the NBC show "Quiz Kids" broadcast from WMAQ, the NBC affiliate in Chicago, in the Merchandise Mart. See more »

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3 Biographical Movies | 15 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 3 Interviews | 11 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

General James Stewart | Jimmy Stewart | Lieutenant James Stewart | Mr. James Stewart


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[It's a Wonderful Life (1946)] Such a pure movie. It wasn't taken from a novel or a play. It was developed from one little paragraph. Simple story, no message, no violence, no mob scenes. When the movies have a story like this, they do it better than any medium there is. See more »


His daughter Kelly and her husband teach at the University of California at Davis. See more »


Often played honest, average middle class individuals who are unwittingly drawn into some kind of crisis. See more »



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