James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an
American film and stage actor, known for his distinctive voice and
persona. Over the course of his career, he starred in many films widely
considered classics and was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning
one in competition and receiving one Lifetime Achievement award. He was a
major MGM contract star. He also had a noted military career and was a
World War II and Vietnam War veteran, who rose to the rank of Brigadier
General in the United States Air Force Reserve.