From his appearance, some might have thought that James Stewart would make an unlikely hero. However, the tall, lanky actor with a stammering, craggy voice and a gentle, sensitive demeanor played some of the most rugged, austere cowboys brought to the screen. And he was believable. Even Stewart’s vulnerable characters (as in The Naked Spur and Firecreek) beamed insurmountable intensity at perfectly orchestrated moments, overcoming adversity, and even defying the odds. Nothing outshines a Western in which the underdog Stewart finds inner strength, develops strategic tactics, and exhibits such physical adrenaline and force that his foes find him to be an opponent not to be trifled with.
Born James Maitland Stewart on May 20, 1908, the Pennsylvania native always held high expectations of himself, and set his goals accordingly. Even as a lad, Stewart possessed an inspiring wealth of integrity and an uncanny tenacity for leadership. He achieved the highest rank possible in Boy Scouting when he became an Eagle Scout. Stewart also excelled in academia, and attended Princeton University, where he was graduated with honors in 1932.
Stewart was a well-rounded artist. Upon earning his degree in architecture, Stewart’s aspirations changed drastically; he joined an acting group, and subsequently became acquainted with would-be lifelong friend, Henry Fonda. During the next three years…………..