James Stewart was the movies’ quintessential Everyman, a uniquely all-American performer who parlayed his easygoing persona into one of the most successful and enduring careers in film history. On paper, he was anything but the typical Hollywood star: Gawky and tentative, with a pronounced stammer and a folksy “aw-shucks” charm, he lacked the dashing sophistication and swashbuckling heroism endemic among the other major actors of the era. Yet it’s precisely the absence of affectation which made Stewart so popular; while so many other great stars seemed remote and larger than life, he never lost touch with his humanity, projecting an uncommon sense of goodness and decency which made him immensely likable and endearing to successive generations of moviegoers.
Born May 20, 1908, in Indiana, PA, Stewart began performing magic as a child. While studying civil engineering at Princeton University, he befriended Joshua Logan, who then headed a summer stock company, and appeared in several… read more
James Stewart is tied with Robert De Niro for my all time favourite actor. Stewart is just so natural in all of his roles.