- born: 20/May/1908 (Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA)
- died: 02/Jul/1997 (Los Angeles, California, USA)
James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart was a highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning American film and stage actor, best known for his homebred screen persona. Over the course of his career, he starred in many films widely considered classics and was nominated for five Oscars, winning one in competition and one life achievement.
Collaborations with Hitchcock
After his work with director Anthony Mann, the second collaboration to define Stewart's career in the 1950s was with acclaimed mystery and suspense director Alfred Hitchcock. Stewart had previously appeared in Hitchcock's technologically innovative 1948 film "Rope", and the two collaborated for the second of four times on the 1954 hit "Rear Window". Photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries, the central character of the film, portrayed by Stewart, projects his fantasies and fears onto the people he observes out his apartment window while on hiatus due to a broken leg. Jeffries gets into more than he can handle, however, when he believes he has witnessed a salesman murder his wife.
After starring in Hitchcock's remake of the director's own production, "The Man Who Knew Too Much", Stewart starred in what many consider Hitchcock's most personal film, "Vertigo". The film starred Stewart as Scottie, a former police investigator suffering from acrophobia, who develops an obsession with a woman he is shadowing. Scottie's obsession inevitably leads to the destruction of everything he once had and believed in. Though the film is widely considered a classic today, it was met with negative reviews and poor box office receipts upon its release, and marked the last collaboration between Stewart and Hitchcock. The director blamed the film's failure on Stewart looking too old to still attract audiences, and replaced him with Cary Grant for "North by Northwest" (1959). In reality, Grant was four years older than Stewart.
- Rope (1948) - cast: Rupert Cadell
- Rear Window (1954) - cast: L.B. 'Jeff' Jefferies
- The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) - cast: Dr. Benjamin McKenna
- Vertigo (1958) - cast: John 'Scottie' Ferguson
He has appeared in the following Hitchcockian documentaries...
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