Stewart, Jimmy: Greatest Performances of Uniquely Screen Actor

For the critic Andrew Sarris, Jimmy Stewart was “the most complete actor-personality in the American cinema, particularly gifted in expressing “the emotional ambivalence of the action hero” (in Western directed by Anthony Mann).

Stewart has incarnated and articulated  a uniquely American presence on the screen throughout his career.

His presence was more complicated and complex than it seemed at first glance, or on the surface.

Unlike his friend and colleague Henry Fonda, Stewart was primarily a screen actor, and a Hollywood screen actor at that.  His few stage performances had never reached the same quality or intensity.