Stewart, Jimmy: Career End

Jimmy Stewart’s career as a leading man extended into the 1970s, when he made a Broadway comeback, in Harvey.

He headed the cast in two TV shows, the comedy series, “The James Stewart Show” (1971-2) and the drama series, “Hawkins” (1973-4).

But he sustained the adulation of the public many years after, his fans increasing in numbers with the proliferation of videotape releases and TV screenings of his old films.

Career Achievements

Stewart was honored with the AFI’s Life Achievement in 1980, the Kennedy Center in 1983, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 1990

During the 1985 Oscar ceremonies, he was honored with a special Academy “for 50 years of meaningful performances, for his high ideals, both on and off the screen, with the respect and affection of his colleagues.

That same year, he received the Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

A super-patriot, he was a hawk on Vietnam and has allied himself with various conservative groups on political and economic issues as well.

Well-liked by the press, Stewart managed to keep his personal life shielded from adverse publicity

After many years of being Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor, he married at the age of 41 and remained an exemplary husband until his wife’s death in 1994.  Together, Stewart and Gloria they had four children

In 1989, he became a published author with “Jimmy Stewart and His Poems.”