James Stewart

James StewartBorn: 20 May 1908
Died: 2 July 1997










Academy Award winning actor James Stewart was born on this day in 1908.

He began his career on Broadway where he was spotted by an MGM scout and signed a contract with them. His first film The Murder Man (1935) was poorly received by critics but his next film Rose Marie (1936) proved to be more of a success for him.

His minor role in Navy Blue and Gold (1937) attracted the attention of director Frank Capra and he hired Stewart for the film You Can’t Take it With You (1938), it would be the beginning of a successful working partnership between the two. Their next film together, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) earned Stewart his first Best Actor Academy Award nomination.

In 1940 he starred alongside Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in The Philadelphia Story and received his only Best Actor Academy Award. He received three further nominations for It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), Harvey (1950) and Anatomy of Murder (1959).

Other films he is known for include the Hitchcock films Rope (1948) and Rear Window (1954) as well as Westerns The Man from Laramie (1955), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) and the all-star How the West Was Won (1963).

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