James Stewart (May 20, 1908-July 2, 1997) was an actor who starred in four Alfred Hitchcock films: Rear Window, Rope, The Man Who Knew Too Much and Vertigo. He also starred in Anatomy of a Murder, It's a Wonderful Life, Harvey, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. He served in the U.S. Air Force in World War II and was heavily decorated. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in 1940's The Philadelphia Story, which he starred in along with Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. In 1980 he was awarded an American Film Institute lifetime achievement award.
He spoke in a hemming-and-hawing style which was sometimes hard on sound men but came through as sincerity to his audience. As such, his career was built around playing a clean-cut person with good values, and his hesitating acting style gave his characters a natural feel, not seen in many in movies of his time.