James Stewart filmography

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1934 portrait of James Stewart

James Stewart was an American actor, World War II and Vietnam War veteran, and Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve who appeared in multiple film roles. From the beginning of his career in 1935 through his final theatrical project in 1991, Stewart appeared in more than 92 films, television programs, and shorts.

Stewart received several awards and nominations for his work. Ten of his films have been preserved in the United States National Film Registry. His roles in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Philadelphia Story, It's a Wonderful Life, Harvey and Anatomy of a Murder earned him Academy Award nominations (he won for The Philadelphia Story). He also won a Golden Globe Award for his role in the television series Hawkins.

Stewart made his mark in screwball comedies, suspense thrillers, westerns and family comedies.[1] While he worked multiple times with directors such as Anthony Mann (Winchester '73 and Bend of the River), Alfred Hitchcock (Rear Window and Vertigo), John Ford (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Cheyenne Autumn), he also worked with Frank Borzage (The Mortal Storm), Frank Capra (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), Billy Wilder (The Spirit of St. Louis), and Otto Preminger (Anatomy of a Murder).

Actors with whom Stewart worked include Henry Fonda, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, John Wayne, Rock Hudson, Lionel Barrymore, William Powell, Edward G. Robinson, Lee Marvin, Richard Widmark, and Robert Mitchum. His leading ladies include Margaret Sullavan, Katharine Hepburn, Paulette Goddard, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Joan Fontaine, Jean Arthur, Bette Davis, Hedy Lamarr, Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, Maureen O'Hara, Donna Reed, Ginger Rogers, and Eleanor Powell.

Filmography (feature films)[edit]

Year Movie Role Director Notes
1935 The Murder Man Shorty Tim Whelan With Spencer Tracy
1936 Rose Marie John Flower W. S. Van Dyke With Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald
Next Time We Love Christopher Tyler Edward H. Griffith With Margaret Sullavan
Wife vs. Secretary Dave Clarence Brown With Clark Gable and Jean Harlow
Small Town Girl Elmer William A. Wellman With Janet Gaynor and Robert Taylor
Speed Terry Martin Edwin L. Marin First top-billed role
With Wendy Barrie
The Gorgeous Hussy Roderick "Rowdy" Dow Clarence Brown With Joan Crawford and Lionel Barrymore
Born to Dance Ted Barker Roy Del Ruth With Eleanor Powell
After the Thin Man David Graham W. S. Van Dyke With William Powell and Myrna Loy
1937 Seventh Heaven Chico Henry King Remake of 1927 film
The Last Gangster Paul North Sr. Edward Ludwig With Edward G. Robinson
Navy Blue and Gold John "Truck Cross/John Cross Carter Sam Wood With Robert Young and Lionel Barrymore
1938 Of Human Hearts Jason Wilkins Clarence Brown With Walter Huston
Vivacious Lady Prof. Peter Morgan Jr. George Stevens With Ginger Rogers
The Shopworn Angel Pvt. William "Texas" Pettigrew H. C. Potter With Margaret Sullavan
You Can't Take It With You Tony Kirby Frank Capra With Lionel Barrymore
1939 Made for Each Other John Horace "Johnny" Mason John Cromwell With Carole Lombard
The Ice Follies of 1939 Larry Hall Reinhold Schünzel With Joan Crawford
It's a Wonderful World Guy Johnson W. S. Van Dyke With Claudette Colbert
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington[I] Jefferson Smith Frank Capra New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Destry Rides Again[I] Thomas Jefferson Destry Jr. George Marshall With Marlene Dietrich
1940 The Shop Around the Corner[I] Alfred Kralik Ernst Lubitsch With Margaret Sullavan
The Mortal Storm Martin Breitner Frank Borzage With Margaret Sullavan
No Time for Comedy Gaylord "Gay" Esterbrook William Keighley With Rosalind Russell
The Philadelphia Story[I] Macaulay "Mike" Connor George Cukor Academy Award for Best Actor
With Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn
1941 Come Live with Me Bill Smith Clarence Brown With Hedy Lamarr
Pot o' Gold James Hamilton "Jimmy" Haskel George Marshall With Paulette Goddard
Ziegfeld Girl Gilbert "Gil" Young Robert Z. Leonard With Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr and Lana Turner
1946 It's a Wonderful Life[I] George Bailey Frank Capra Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
With Donna Reed
1947 Magic Town Lawrence "Rip" Smith William A. Wellman With Jane Wyman
1948 Call Northside 777 P.J. McNeal Henry Hathaway With Lee J. Cobb
On Our Merry Way Slim King Vidor
Leslie Fenton
John Huston
George Stevens
With Henry Fonda
Rope Rupert Cadell Alfred Hitchcock With Farley Granger
You Gotta Stay Happy Marvin Payne H.C. Potter With Joan Fontaine and Eddie Albert
1949 The Stratton Story Monty Stratton Sam Wood With June Allyson
Malaya John Royer Richard Thorpe With Spencer Tracy and Lionel Barrymore
1950 Winchester '73 Lin McAdam Anthony Mann With Shelley Winters and Dan Duryea
Broken Arrow Tom Jeffords Delmer Daves With Jeff Chandler and Debra Paget
Harvey Elwood P. Dowd Henry Koster Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
The Jackpot Bill Lawrence Walter Lang With Barbara Hale
1951 No Highway in the Sky Theodore Honey Henry Koster With Marlene Dietrich
1952 The Greatest Show on Earth Buttons Cecil B. DeMille With Charlton Heston
Bend of the River Glyn McLyntock Anthony Mann With Julie Adams and Rock Hudson
Carbine Williams David Marshall "Marsh" Williams Richard Thorpe With Jean Hagen
1953 The Naked Spur[I] Howard Kemp Anthony Mann With Janet Leigh and Robert Ryan
Thunder Bay Steve Martin Anthony Mann With Joanne Dru and Dan Duryea
The Glenn Miller Story Glenn Miller Anthony Mann Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
1954 Rear Window[I] L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries Alfred Hitchcock With Grace Kelly
The Far Country Jeff Webster Anthony Mann With Walter Brennan
1955 Strategic Air Command Lt. Col. Robert "Dutch" Holland Anthony Mann With June Allyson
The Man from Laramie Will Lockhart Anthony Mann With Arthur Kennedy
Artists and Models Man on balcony Frank Tashlin Cameo
1956 The Man Who Knew Too Much Dr. Ben McKenna Alfred Hitchcock With Doris Day
1957 The Spirit of St. Louis Charles Augustus "Slim" Lindbergh Billy Wilder With Murray Hamilton
Night Passage Grant McLaine James Neilson With Audie Murphy and Dan Duryea
1958 Vertigo[I] Det. John "Scottie" Ferguson Alfred Hitchcock San Sebastián International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
With Kim Novak
Bell, Book and Candle Shepherd "Shep" Henderson Richard Quine With Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon and Ernie Kovacs
1959 Anatomy of a Murder Paul Biegler Otto Preminger Laurel Award for Top Male Dramatic Performance
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Venice Film Festival - Volpi Cup
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
The FBI Story John Michael "Chip" Hardesty Mervyn LeRoy With Vera Miles
1960 The Mountain Road Major Baldwin Daniel Mann With Lisa Lu
1961 Two Rode Together Marshal Guthrie McCabe John Ford Nominated - Laurel Award for Top Action Performance (3rd place)
With Richard Widmark
1962 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance[I] Ransom Stoddard John Ford Bronze Wrangler for Theatrical Motion Picture
With John Wayne and Lee Marvin
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation Roger Hobbs Henry Koster Silver Bear for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated - Laurel Award for Top Male Comedy Performance (3rd place)
How the West Was Won[I] Linus Rawlings Henry Hathaway With Walter Brennan and Carroll Baker
1963 Take Her, She's Mine Frank Michaelson Henry Koster Nominated - Laurel Award for Top Male Comedy Performance (4th place)
1964 Cheyenne Autumn Wyatt Earp John Ford With Arthur Kennedy as Doc Holliday
1965 Dear Brigitte Prof. Robert Leaf Henry Koster With Glynis Johns and Fabian
Shenandoah Charlie Anderson Andrew McLaglen With Doug McClure and Katharine Ross
The Flight of the Phoenix Capt. Frank Towns Robert Aldrich With Richard Attenborough and Peter Finch
1966 The Rare Breed Sam Burnett Andrew McLaglen With Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith
1968 Firecreek Johnny Cobb Vincent McEveety With Henry Fonda
Bandolero! Mace Bishop Andrew McLaglen With Dean Martin and Raquel Welch
1970 The Cheyenne Social Club John O'Hanlan Gene Kelly With Henry Fonda
1971 Fools' Parade Mattie Appleyard Andrew McLaglen With George Kennedy and Kurt Russell
1976 The Shootist Dr. E.W. Hostetler Don Siegel With John Wayne
1977 Airport '77 Philip Stevens Jerry Jameson With Jack Lemmon
1978 The Big Sleep General Sternwood Michael Winner With Robert Mitchum
The Magic of Lassie Clovis Mitchell Don Chaffey With Mickey Rooney
1981 Afurika Monogatari (A Tale of Africa, released in the U. S. as The Green Horizon) Old Man Susumu Hani Cameo
1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Wylie Burp Phil Nibbelink
Simon Wells
Voice only
^ I denotes film preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

Television appearances[edit]

Stewart had made guest appearances on television, The Jack Benny Program, in the 1950s, but first starred in Flashing Spikes, an hour-long episode of Alcoa Premiere directed by John Ford. In the early 1970s, he transitioned his career from cinema to television. For the series Hawkins, Stewart received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama. In 1972, Stewart reprised his role from the film Harvey in a television film of the same name.

Year Show Role Run Notes
1959 Lux Playhouse Narrator single episode Narrator for the episode Cowboy Five Seven, which documented a Strategic Air Command crew at Westover Air Force Base
1962 Flashing Spikes Slim Conway single episode part of the Alcoa Premiere anthology series
1971 The Jimmy Stewart Show Prof. James K. Howard 1971–1972 NBC Television series
1972 Harvey Elwood P. Dowd PBS Television film
1973 Hawkins Billy Jim Hawkins 1973–1974 CBS Television series
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
1980 Mr. Krueger's Christmas Mr. Krueger Television film
1982 The American Film Institute Salute to Frank Capra Himself – Host American Film Institute Television film
1983 Right of Way Teddy Dwyer HBO Television film
Nominated - CableACE Award for Actor in a Dramatic or Theatrical Program
1986 North and South, Book II Miles Colbert ABC Miniseries

Documentaries and short subject[edit]

Incomplete listing.

Year Movie Role Director Notes
1934 Art Trouble Mr. Burton Ralph Staub Uncredited; Shemp Howard short
1936 Important News Cornelius "Corn" Stevens
1938 Hollywood Goes to Town Himself
1939 Hollywood Hobbies Himself
1942 Fellow Americans Narrator for the USAAF
Winning Your Wings Narrator John Huston for the USAAF
1943 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood in Uniform Himself
1946 American Creed Himself
1947 Thunderbolt! Narrator John Sturges
William Wyler
for the USAF
1948 10,000 Kids and a Cop Narrator Charles Barton
1954 Tomorrow's Drivers Narrator
1956 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood, City of Stars Himself
1957 The Heart of Show Business Narrator
1961 X-15 Narrator USAF
1971 Directed by John Ford Himself Peter Bogdanovich
1974 The World at War Himself Thames Television ITV series
Just One More Time Himself
That's Entertainment! Himself and Archive Footage Jack Haley, Jr.
1994 A Century of Cinema Himself and Archive Footage Caroline Thomas

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "James Stewart Biography". Allmovie. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 

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