Happy Birthday, Jimmy Stewart.

James Maitland Stewart
(May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997)

Jimmy Stewart, surely one of the greatest movie actors of all time, was born 111 years ago today.

Having just finished a commentary for Kino Lorber’s upcoming Blu-Ray of Anthony Mann’s Thunder Bay (1953), and Bend Of The River before that, I’ve been marveling at Stewart’s craft — over and over again. Nobody underplays quite like he does, and nobody uses their own personal quirks to such a huge advantage.

But, of course, it doesn’t stop at the movies. Stewart also flew in the Air Force during World War II and beyond — something he rarely spoke about, and never waved around to bring attention to himself. They guy was a real national treasure.

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Filed under 1953, Anthony Mann, Dan Duryea, Harry Morgan, James Stewart, Kino Lorber

2 responses to “Happy Birthday, Jimmy Stewart.

  1. Walter

    Toby, I agree that James Stewart was more than an actor. He loved his country and served it well during World War II and the Cold War that followed. As far as I know, Stewart was the only Hollywood star who was also a Brigadier General. Yes, he never used that star to bring attention to himself. Hands down, James Stewart is a real national treasure. We will never see his like again, in Hollywood.

    Happy Birthday! James Maitland Stewart.

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  2. Jeremy Entract

    I agree. One of the biggest stars, finest and most versatile actors and a man who quietly went about his work in the military so successfully.
    Long been viewed as a top favourite in our home.
    Happy Birthday, Jimmy!

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