Jimmy Stewart Biography, Height, Wife, Children, Net Worth

A hundred Star Wars movies might get released and Marvel Studios might continue to churn out the best superhero movies, but the glory of a Hollywood classic like It’s a Wonderful Life will always live on. The Christmas classic is one of the many extraordinary works of the full life lived by American actor and military officer, James Maitland Stewart, more commonly known as Jimmy Stewart. With a career that lasted 60 years in two major paths, he died as an American icon. Here is a detailed look at Jimmy Stewart’s life from his childhood to his acting and military career.

Jimmy Stewart Biography

Born in the early years of the 20th century (20 May 1908), Jimmy Stewart made landfall in Indiana, Pennsylvania. He was born to parents who owned a hardware store. His education may have started formally at Mercersburg Academy but he was already a skilled accordion player in his early days. His acting life started back in school when he participated in school plays. Jimmy was one of those people that excelled at whatever they did; he studied architecture at Princeton University and stood out academically. His academic excellence earned him a scholarship for his graduate studies but Jimmy was a man who had his sights set on Performing arts.

There is nothing to suggest that Jimmy wouldn’t have excelled in a career as an architect, but he certainly wouldn’t have been the beloved icon as he is today. His road to life as a national icon started at Princeton University as a member of the Triangle Club. This was where he began to perform as a stage actor. After graduation, the man who had found what he loved, opted to pursue a career in acting. In the same year after his graduation, he made his Broadway debut and performed in a few more shows, but due to the depression rocking the country at the time, a lot of the shows were canceled. The few that managed to open long enough for critics to get them reviewed, received a lot of praise for Jimmy Stewart’s performances.

His growing reputation earned him a contract with the Hollywood movie production company, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1935. He struggled to find love from viewers despite appearing in a number of movies. He, however, hit stardom through his performance in You Can’t Take It With You. The movie was a box office and critical hit, winning the Oscar award for Best Picture. It was this movie that made Stewart what he was destined to be, a star.

Over the course of his career, Stewart appeared in over 80 films and made multiple radio appearances. He was nominated for four Oscar awards during his lifetime and he won one.

In a career that was defined majorly by his exploits in front of the camera, Jimmy Stewart had a spell as a United States military officer during World War II. He applied to join the US Army Air Corps and became a pilot. This was something he had always wanted to do but his father never let him. Although he never saw much on the battlefront during his early days as a military officer, his national image facilitated the recruiting of many men into the army, providing enough hands to win the war. After playing mascot for the army, Stewart was finally set to be a military officer. He rose to the rank of a Colonel in the Air Force and his military awards include a Distinguished Service Medal award and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The war ended and he returned to his acting career after some hesitation triggered by the things he experienced during the war. He made It’s a Wonderful Life in 1946 and it is widely regarded as the most defining work of his career.

In 1997, Jimmy Stewart died after a brief illness.

His Net Worth

His extensive career and a ton of commercially successful projects made Jimmy a rich man. Before his death, the Pennsylvanian star was worth $30 million. Alongside his movie income were incomes from commercials and endorsements deals.

See Also: Biography of Leo Howard – His Age, Height, Family Life, and Girlfriend 

Jimmy’s Wife, Children, and Family

Stewart, Gloria Hatrick McLean, and their twins: Image Source

Known for playing your average middle-class American man, Jimmy tried to live as one; a simple life despite his fame and fortune. Even though he was reputed as a playboy, Jimmy was only ever married to one woman, Gloria Hatrick McLean. The couple got married in 1949 and were together until Gloria’s death in 1994.

They had four children, biologically sharing twin daughters (Judy and Kelly) with Stewart adopting Gloria’s children (Michael and Ronald) from a previous relationship.

Height – How Tall Was He?

Jimmy Stewart was a tall lanky shy man while he was alive, he was 6 feet 3 inches tall. The handsome actor had body features that made the ladies swoon over him and before he got married, he was quite famous with the ladies.

Recent

Sam Raimi Net Worth: How Much Is The Filmmaker Worth In 2019?

Samuel M. Raimi is a multi-talented filmmaker well known for creating the Evil Dead series that generated a cult following, he is also known...

Why Did CocoSori Disband and What are the Former Members Doing Now?

For a few years, the not so popular k-pop; J-pop duo CocoSori, created by MOL Entertainment, thrilled their fans with heartfelt music and stirred...

Sofia Coppola Net Worth And How Much She Made From Her Movies

If there was really anyone that fits the bill of Hollywood royalty, then Sofia Coppola wouldn't be too far off the mark. She is...

Kris Wolf – 5 Interesting Facts To Know About The Wrestler

Born in America but made in Japan, Kris Hernandez better known by her ring name Kris Wolf is a larger than life personality, an...

Where are The ‘Shahs of Sunset’ Cast Now and How Old are They? 

Shahs of Sunset is a documentary reality TV show which focused on the lifestyle of a group of wealthy Iranian-Americans living in Beverly Hills. When...

Recommended

Bill Hemmer Gay, Married, Wife, Family, Bio, Wiki

There are some people you can barely help but to know. One of such is Bill Hemmer. The journalist has had a good round...

Who Are Patrick Mahomes Parents And Family Members, His Bio And NFL Stats

Born to a father who was a professional athlete, Patrick Mahomes was born with athletic genes. Rather than follow in his father's footsteps to...

Shannon Bream Bio, Age, Salary, Husband, Height, Body Measurements 

Shannon Bream is a well-known name in the American news fraternity. She is an American journalist and currently works for the Fox News Channel. She...

Is Ian McKellen Gay? Relationship With Patrick Stewart, Who is The husband 

There is no denying that Ian McKellen is an icon, a talent for the ages and a man with seemingly unlimited charm. The English actor...

Dwayne Johnson’s Parents: Dad, Mom And Family

Moms and Dads are important, yes some people get by without them, but it's so much easier when they are there and pose as...

Get the Latest Gist, Profiles and Trends Straight To Your in your inbox

Related Stories