"In other words, I've got a piece to speak, and blow hot or cold, I'm going to speak it."
James Stewart is considered one of Hollywood's greatest stars with a film career spanning 55 years and a war veteran who served in both World War II and Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force as pilot and rose to the rank of Brigadier General making him the highest-ranking actor in military history. Jimmy Stewart was the epitome of the every day American on and off the silver screen and was named the third greatest actor during the Golden Age of Hollywood by the American Film Institute. Born May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, James Maitland Stewart began his acting career on Broadway which earned him a contract with MGM Studios after being spotted by a talent scout. Stewart starred in numerous classic movies and is best known for his roles as George Bailey in "It's A Wonderful Life," and Jefferson Smith in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," both directed by Frank Capra. He also starred in multiple Alfred Hitchcock films including "Rear Window," "Rope," "The Man Who Knew Too Much," and "Vertigo." He received a total of five Academy Award nominations winning only one in 1941 for Best Actor in a Leading Role as Macaulay Connor in "The Philadelphia Story." In 1985, he was promoted to Major General by President Ronald Reagan and awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The same year he was awarded an Honorary Oscar "for his fifty years of memorable performances, for his high ideals both on and off the screen, with respect and affection of his colleagues."