Jimmy Stewart & Dean Martin
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James Maitland “Jimmy” Stewart, born on May 20, 1908 in Indiana Pennsylvania was an American film and stage actor, known for his distinctive drawl voice and down-to-earth persona. Jimmy had both Scottish and Irish ancestry, and was raised as a Presbyterian.
Over the course of his career, he starred in many films widely considered classics. Known for portraying the average American middle class man, with everyday life struggles he was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one in competition and receiving one Lifetime Achievement award. Stewart was named the third greatest male screen legend in cinema history by theAmerican Film Institute. He was a major Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract star. He also had a noted military career and was a World War II and Vietnam War veteran, who rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve.
The actor Cary Grant said of Stewart’s acting technique, “He had the ability to talk naturally. He knew that in conversations people do often interrupt one another and it’s not always so easy to get a thought out. It took a little time for the sound men to get used to him, but he had an enormous impact. And then, some years later, Marlon came out and did the same thing all over again—but what people forget is that Jimmy did it first.”
The son of Elizabeth Ruth Johnson (1875-1953) and Alexander Maitland Stewart (1871-1961), who owned a hardware store. Stewart descended from veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War. The eldest of three children (he had two younger sisters, Virginia and Mary), he was expected to continue his father’s business, which had been in the family for three generations. When his father accepted a gift of an accordion from a guest, young Stewart quickly learned to play the instrument, which became a fixture offstage during his acting career. As the family grew, music continued to be an important part of family life.
Everybody That Loves Great Entertainment, Loves Life
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Dominic and Frank forever Celebrating Great Entertainment
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