After a mention of my column and movies, the boss and I got into a Jimmy Stewart discussion the other day.
I was telling him that Stewart is by far one of my favorite actors for any decade because his acting ability was unlike anyone else’s. And to top it off, Stewart was just a genuinely down to earth and likable guy.
Stewart received numerous honors and awards over time and has been placed in the top 10 on numerous best actor lists.
IMDb.com has a thorough biography for Stewart. Here’s a couple of notes about Stewart from the website:
• He genuinely disliked the glamor often basked in by the Hollywood stars, avoiding expensive clothes and fancy cars.
• While always gracious with his fans, he was always very protective of his privacy. A notable example of this occurred when a nervy family of tourists set up a picnic on his front lawn. Stewart came out of his house and, without uttering a word, turned on the sprinklers.
• Upon his death in July of 1997, a small group of fans and admirers placed a few items on his Hollywood star, not the least of which was a rather tall plush rabbit wearing overalls.
• In reference to his retirement from acting: “He was also concerned with the violence and explicit sexual content of modern films, and he saw no future for himself in the movie business.”
Alisa Boswell loves movies and literature and writes for the Portales News-Tribune. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 356-4481 or on Facebook at Cmi staff-Alisa Boswell.