May 20th marks the 100th birthday of actor Jimmy Stewart.
The League has has his list of actors about whom he is a bit fannish, and Mr. Stewart is right at the top of that list. In fact, when we were in college and took "Acting for Non-Drama Majors", we were asked to name our favorite actor, and I named Jimmy Stewart (almost everyone else named Al Pacino, which I found hilarious).
Mr. Stewart not only acted in films and television for decades, he was also a decorated soldier during World War II where he served as a pilot of B-17's and B-24's in the Army Air Corps.
I will point you to the Jimmy Stewart Museum website for a biography. And to IMDB for a synopsis of his film roles.
The truth is that I've only seen a small fraction of Mr. Stewart's work.
Made for Each Other
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Destry Rides Again
The Philadelphia Story
It's a Wonderful Life
The Spirit of St. Louis
Anatomy of a Murder
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
"Harvey" is still a favorite, and I highly recommend it. And, of course, I really dig "Vertigo". But if "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" doesn't fill you with a desire to dress in red, white and blue, you, sir, hate America. And, worse, if you don't get choked up a bit at the end of "It's a Wonderful Life" (and I don't care how many times you've seen it), your heart is made of stone.
So a special League thanks to day to Mr. Stewart.