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James Stewart

James Stewart


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Also Known As: Died: July 2, 1997
Born: May 20, 1908 Cause of Death: blood clot in lungs
Birth Place: Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: Cast ...


"I am James Stewart, playing James Stewart. I couldn't mess around doing great characterization. I play variations of myself. Audiences have come to expect certain things from me and are disappointed if they don't get them." --James Stewart in "The MGM Stock Company"

James Stewart on Frank Capra: "Without any doubt he was the greatest director I ever knew. He was able to do things like no one else. He had a very solid sense of values, real values like family and friends and community and God, and because of his remarkable gift for humor he was able to get all of those values into his pictures without ever appearing to preach".

Became brigadier general in Air Force Reserves from 1959 until he retired in 1968. (Highest-ranking Hollywood entertainer in the US military.)

Voted one of Top Ten Money-Making Stars (Motion Picture Herald-Fame Poll) in 1950, 1952, 1954, and 1957 and Top Money-Making star in 1955

"In the Fifties, Stewart was the first of the big-league stars to make a modern percentage deal on his filmmaking but it was with Universal and not MGM." --From "The MGM Stock Company"

He received the Croix de guerre with the Palm Award in 1985.

Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in 1985.

He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Monterey Film Festival (1988).

Given Palm Springs International Film Festival's Desert Palm Achievement Award in 1992.

He was decorated with Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Stewart was posthumously honored by a resolution that was passed by the US House of Representatives.

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