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Did You Know?
... that while attending Princeton University, James Stewart joined a theater troupe whose members included Henry Fonda and Margaret Sullavan. Stewart and Fonda would remain lifelong friends. Learn more in our Tribute to Henry Fonda.
... that Jimmy Stewart was born and raised in a town called Indiana in the state of Pennsylvania If you go there you will find a town full of pride for their hometown hero. There is the Jimmy Stewart Airport. The Jimmy Stewart Museum and Theater and a statue of Jimmy Stewart.
... that James gave the Best Actor Oscar that he won for his performance in The Philadelphia Story to his father. His father kept it safe and sound, displayed prominently in the window of his hardware store located, ironically, on Philadelphia Street in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Learn more in our Tribute to The Philadelphia Story.
... that in the 1950's James Stewart broke free from the studio system but insisting that he receive a percentage of the profits that his movies made. He was the first actor to insist on this type of fee structure and would lead the way for generations of big-name stars.
... that James Stewart's son was killed in the Vietnam War.
... that James Stewart is the highest ranking actor in military history. He joined the Army Air Corps well before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. When the United States entered WWII James was one of the first batch of airmen to ship out. He flew over 1,000 bombing raids and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Croix de Guerre medals. He remained in the Air Force reserves until 1968, retiring at the rank of Brigadier General.
... you can listen to Jimmy Stewart talk about his air force squadron.
... that everyone thinks they can do a Jimmy Stewart impersonation. Here's Jim Carrey's version. Pretty funny.
... that Jimmy Stewart will always have new generations of fans thanks to the Christmas tradition of family viewings of It's a Wonderful Life. In 1977 he wrote about the movie mentioning that it was his favorite of all the films he made And where can you find this interesting article? On mymerrychristmas.com of course.
... that Jimmy Stewart was a poet. An accidental poet. Here's how he explains it. "I'm sure I never said to myself: 'Now, Jim why don't you sit down and write a poem.' It's still a mystery to me, but I think probably it's something that happened by accident like a lot of things have happened in my life." His poems were published in a book called Jimmy Stewart and his Poems but it is unfortunately out of print now.
... that if you are a Boy Scout you can be awarded the James M Stewart Good Citizenship Award. You have to pass a quiz about Jimmy Stewart, write an essay and do a good citizen project in your community in his honor. If we were Boy Scouts we would want to get one of these.
... James Stewart and Hollywood musicals aren't two things that go together are they? Early in his career Jimmy Stewart was in the MGM musical Born to Dance and he sang! You can listen to him here.
... We're going to leave you with a clip so touching that it brought tears to host Johnny Carsons' eyes. You don't want to know what it did to us. Here's Jimmy Stewart reading a poem he wrote about his dog Beau.
Grauman's/Mann's Chinese Theater Footprints
James Stewart is just one of the many legendary celebrities to leave hand and footprints outside the famous Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater.
Mann's Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA SEE MAP
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find James Stewart's star:
Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
1708 Vine St.
Burial Place of James Stewart
Forest Lawn Glendale
1712 S. Glendale Ave.
Glendale, CA SEE MAP