89 (passed away Jul. 2nd, 1997)
May. 20th, 1908
Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA
Guest TV Roles
His "aw shucks" demeanor has served him well as the good guy, the shy guy or the nice guy in films like Harvey (1950) and You Can't Take It with You (1938). Alfred Hitchcock (I) turned him into a dramatic leading man in films like Rear Window (1954) and Vertigo (1958). Stewart also starred in his share of westerns, including The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), The Naked Spur (1953) and The Man from Laramie (1955).
- Introduced the 'Cole Porter' (qv) standard "Easy to Love" in 1936's _Born to Dance (1936)_ (qv). His undubbed, reedy tenor voice was actually not so bad. He would later say of the experience, "the song had become such a big hit that they felt even my singing couldn't ruin it." He would later sing a few bars of "Over the Rainbow" as part of his Oscar-winning performance in _The Philadelphia Story (1940)_ (qv).
- When Stewart won the Best Actor Oscar in 1940, he sent it to his father in Indiana, Pennsylvania, who set it in his hardware shop. The trophy remained there for 25 years.
- Daughter Kelly graduated from Stanford and got a PhD from Cambridge University.
- Along with 'Robert De Niro' (qv) and 'Harrison Ford (I)' (qv), Stewart has 8 films in the Imdb's Top 250 movie list.
- His mother's maiden name was Jackson. Her father, Col. Samuel Jackson, served in the Civil War.
- Accepted his friend 'Gary Cooper (I)' (qv)'s honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 1961, because Cooper was dying of cancer.
- In March 2008 a proposal was submitted to award Stewart the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his services to the nation.
- He stopped playing the romantic lead when he was 50 because he felt embarrassed playing 'Kim Novak (I)' (qv)'s lover in _Vertigo (1958)_ (qv) and _Bell Book and Candle (1958)_ (qv), since she was half his age.