James Stewart :: Biography
James Maitland Stewart renowned as “James Stewart” was an exceptionally talented American movie and stage actor. Stewart was best known for distinctive drawl voice and his down to earth persona. The talented actor was born on May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, U.S. As per his educational background, he completed his graduation from Mercersburg Academy preschool in 1926. During his school days, he was active in various activities like football and music. Later he joined Princeton University in 1928 where he excelled at architecture. While studying at the University, he became attracted to schools drama and music clubs. He was invited by University Players after seeing his immense talents at Princeton. Stewart debut role came in Broadway ‘Goodbye Again’ where he portrayed a character of Chauffer.
After making his acting debut, Stewart moved to Los Angeles to find pursue his career in acting. His first movie ‘Art Trouble’ was not well received by the audiences. Later he gained mixed success in the movies ‘The Murder Man’ and ‘Rose Marie’. He got his big break in movie world after appearing in the movie ‘You Can’t Take It With You’. His other appreciable role came in the political comedy drama movie ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’. For his phenomenal performance in the movie, he was nominated for Best Actor in Academy Awards. In the year 1939, his first western movie ‘Destry Rides Again’ was released. He became a part of two big movies in the year 1940 titled ‘The Shop Around the Corner’ and ‘In the Good Old Summertime’. In the same year, he starred in the classic movie ‘The Philadelphia Story’. After a year, he became more popular with being a part of the movie ‘Come Live with Me’. Besides being a phenomenal actor, he had also interest in military service. In 1939, he entered as a co-pilot in cross-country race. He was even prepared to enter in United States Army but he was rejected due to his height and weight. Stewart was enlisted as a private licensed commercial pilot for Air Corps Commission In the year 1943, he was assigned to 445th Bomb Group lead his team as operations officer of 703d Bombardment Squardon. He also played important role during the period of war. Stewart was promoted to ‘Brigadier General’ in the year 1959. He took retirement from Air Force in 1968. After the retirement, he made his comeback in acting career in Frank Capra production ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. For his exceptional performance, he even gained five Academy Awards nomination. Later in 1947 he appeared in comedy movie ‘Magic Town’ but the movie failed to get positive response at box office. His other noticeable role came in 1949 movie ‘Malaya’. During the early period of 1960s, he starred in three John Ford movies ‘Two Rode Together’, ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ and ‘The Searchers’. During the last phase of acting career, he supplied his voice for the movie ‘An American Tail: Fievel Goes West’.
Significance to his personal life, the well-known movie persona got married to former model ‘Gloria Hatrick McLean’ on 9th August. 1949. He adopted sons named ‘Michael’ and ‘Ronald’ after getting married to wife Gloria. The couple had a great time with each other until Gloria left the world on 16th February, 1994. From his marital relation with Gloria, he has twin daughters named ‘Judy’ and ‘Kelly’. The talented actor was admitted to hospital for irregular heartbeat in 1997. He left this world at the age of 89 in Beverly Hill, California. He was never arrested during his entire career neither he fell into any controversial news with his external affairs with girlfriend.
Throughout his career, he was well appreciated for his exceptional acting skills in his movies. Steward had an average height of 5 feet 8 inches. He might have gained considerable amount of net worth and salary from his acting career which he had not exposed in the public. More about this legendary actor can be gathered from wiki and reading his bio on IMDb. He was also active on twitter @js7.