James Maitland Stewart was an American General in the USAF, and then he became an actor.He was also known as Jimmy Stewart. He was born to Elizabeth Ruth Jackson and Alexander Maitland Stewart. His mother was an excellent pianist, so music always had an important part in his life.
Since childhood, James had a dream to go into aviation sector. He worked for it too, but later he ended up taking the United States Naval Academy because of his father. He was an excellent student, his professors appreciated him for his thesis on an airport design, and he also received a scholarship for his graduate studies.
James started working in play in 1932. James made his screen debut with a short movie Art Trouble (1934). After that, he worked with MGM, and slowly he started gaining popularity. He played high profile roles in the 1930’s. He completed his final theatrical project in 1991. He appeared in more than 92 movies, television program and short films. He has five films listed under 100 greatest American films at the American Film Institute; these included Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Philadelphia Story, Vertigo, and Rear Window. His films are considered to be classics. He usually portrayed American middle-class human struggling with crises.
James was in the U.S. Army in the 1940’s. During the years of , he gained the rank of a colonel. First, he became an instructor in the United States, and later he went on combat missions in Europe. He remained in the U.S. Air Force Reserve team after the war; he retired in 1959 from the post of a brigadier general.
James Stewart won many awards during his career, including Academy Award for the Best Actor (1941), and Golden Globe Award for best performance (1974).
Stewart was a calm, down-to-earth human being. He valued hard work. He was a soft-spoken, kind and a true professional. He was married to model Gloria Hatrick Mclean. He adopted her two children Michael and Ronald. He got the gift of twin daughters, Judy, and Kelly on May 7, 1951.
James’ wife died in 1994 due to lung cancer. He lost his stepson Mclean in 1969; he died while serving in the Marine Corps.