Jimmy Stewart

James Maitland Stewart (1908 - 1997)

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James Maitland (Jimmy) Stewart
Born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 9 Aug 1949 in Los Angeles, California, uSAmap
Father of [private daughter (1950s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1950s - unknown)]
Died in Beverly Hills, California, United Statesmap
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James "Jimmy" Stewart is one of the most beloved actors of Hollywood's golden era, Academy Award winner, as well as a World War II hero, and devout family man.

Family Man

Born 20 May 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, James Stewart was the oldest child of Alexander Maitland Stewart and Elizabeth Ruth Jackson.[1][2][3][4] James was of Scottish and Irish ancestry, raised as a Presbyterian and descended from veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the American Civil War.[5][6]

Jimmy's father ran, and later owned, the family hardware store.[6] The family was close-knit.[6] All the children were musicians, inheriting their mother, Elizabeth's skill.[6] Jimmy performed plays with his sisters and was an active boy scout.[6] He continued acting and playing music into early adulthood, on his way to his future in Hollywood.[6] He studied architecture in college and excelled.[6]

Jimmy married Gloria Hatrick McLean, the daughter of Edgar and Jessie Hatrick, August 9th, 1949 in Los Angeles, California.[7] They raised four children together, two sons from Gloria's previous marriage and their twin daughters.[6] The family was Presbyterian.[6]

Actor and Soldier

Jimmy Stewart was awarded the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal.
Jimmy Stewart was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak leaf cluster.
Jimmy Stewart was awarded the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.
Jimmy Stewart was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.
Jimmy Stewart was awarded the American Defense Service Medal.
Jimmy Stewart was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 Service Stars.
Jimmy Stewart was awarded the World War II Victory Medal.
Jimmy Stewart was awarded the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
Jimmy Stewart was awarded the French Croix de Guerre with Palm.
Jimmy Stewart was awarded the U.S. Air Force Presidential Unit Citation.
Jimmy Stewart was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

An American film and stage actor, James (Jimmy) Stewart, starred in many films over the course of his career, several of which are widely considered to be classics. He became known for portraying the average middle class man with everyday life struggles and also for his distinctive voice and down-to-earth nature. Of his acting technique, Cary Grant said, "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."[5]

Jimmy Stewart was a major star for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He was nominated for five Academy Awards and won one. Jimmy was also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award.[5]

Stewart's success, hard work, loyalty and dedication were not limited to the film industry however. The actor also has a notable military career.[8] A World War II and Vietnam Veteran, Jimmy Stewart rose all the way to the rank of Major General in the United States Air Force Reserve.[5]

On 2 July 1997, surrounded by his children, Jimmy Stewart died at the age of 89, in Beverly Hills, California.[9] President Bill Clinton commented that the world had lost "a national treasure... a great actor, a gentleman and a patriot."[5] He is interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.[10]

A Dog Named Beau

Jimmy & Beau

Jimmy once owned a golden retriever that he was very fond of, a dog he called Beau. While filming a movie in Arizona, Stewart received a phone call from his veterinarian who informed him that Beau was terminally ill and that Stewart's wife Gloria wanted Jimmy's permission to put Beau to sleep.[11]

Jimmy told the vet to "keep him alive and I'll be there", then asked for several days leave from the film so he could spend some time with his dog before they put him down.[11]

Looking back on that time Jimmy said, "After [Beau] died there were a lot of nights when I was certain that I could feel him get into bed beside me and I would reach out and pat his head. The feeling was so real that I wrote a poem about it and how much it hurt to realize that he wasn’t going to be there any more."[11]

You can read the poem here, and watch him recite it on Johnny Carson.[12]
This profile won Profile of the Week the Fifth week of May 2014.


  1. "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH3X-PF7 : accessed 1 March 2018), James M Stewart in household of Alexander M Stewart, Indiana, Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 34, sheet 1A, line 33, family 10, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2046; FHL microfilm 2,341,780.
  2. "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFBP-3CT : accessed 1 March 2018), James Maitland Stewart in household of Alexander M Stewart, Indiana Ward 4, Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States; citing ED 117, sheet 7A, line 46, family 162, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1574; FHL microfilm 1,821,574.
  3. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MG36-DY2 : accessed 1 March 2018), James M Stewart in household of Alexander M Stewart, Indiana Ward 4, Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 83, sheet 6B, family 149, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1350; FHL microfilm 1,375,363.
  4. "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVPT-36SP : accessed 1 March 2018), James Maitland Or Jimmy Stewart, Colorado, United States, 03 Jul 1997; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 2014); citing Denver Post, The, born-digital text.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Wikipedia contributors, "James Stewart," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, Wikipedia:James_Stewart (accessed March 1, 2018).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 The Jimmy Stewart Museum website, accessed 1 Mar 2018
  7. "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K82S-DSC : 8 December 2017), James Maitland Stewart and Gloria Hatrick Mclean, 09 Aug 1949; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 2,117,336.
  8. "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMK5-LZG : 5 December 2014), James M Stewart, enlisted 22 Mar 1941, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing "Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946," database, The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD) (http://aad.archives.gov : National Archives and Records Administration, 2002); NARA NAID 126323, National Archives at College Park, Maryland.
  9. California, Death Index, 1940-1997 index, FamilySearch, James Maitland Stewart, 02 Jul 1997; citing Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.
  10. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 01 March 2018), memorial page for James “Jimmy” Stewart (20 May 1908–2 Jul 1997), Find A Grave: Memorial #1816, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Wikipedia contributors, "Beau (poem)," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, Wikipedia:Beau (poem) (accessed March 1, 2018).
  12. I'll Always Love A Dog Named Beau Jimmy Stewart's recital of his Poem; YouTube Video, Courtesy of JohnnyCarson.Com. July 28, 1981

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I just LOVE this man!
posted by Robin Kabrich
My dad PAUL Frenz served with Jimmy.
posted by Shirley Frenz
Jimmy Stewart was a 3rd Cousin to my late husband, Robert M. McKelvey....

Evelyn Murray McKelvey (Murray-2307)

James Stewart is my 15th cousin. ..lol... Pretty far out there.!
posted by E J (Narramore) Gooden

we are trying to standardize the military categories, can you please delete

Category: World War II US Army Air Corps Veterans (the XXX veterans tree is being removed, by saying a person was in in unit, it already implies he is a veteran)

and change

Category: Eighth Air Force


Category: Eighth Air Force, United States Army Air Forces, World War II

and also change

Category: Vietnam War US Air Force Veterans


Category: Vietnam War, United States Air Force

posted by Keith McDonald
Congrats, Brenda! This guy is one of my favorite people ever!
posted by Robin Kabrich
Congrats, Eowyn on being voted "Profile of the Week!" Great job! :)
posted by Brenda (Garwood) Moore

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