AKA Mr. Smith - for his favorite role.
|I am here today to remind you of an extraordinary man. He was not only a decent person but a great actor as well. Hank Fonda, one of his friends, claimed acting was just something that he didn't have to work at much. With his performance in the comedy, the Philadelphia Story, came a 1940 Best actor award and since then he has performed in over 70 motion pictures.
Author Ray Pickard discribes him in these words: To the natural losers of this world he brought the comforting message that cynics, slick talkers and crooks would not inherit the earth, at least not as long as he was around.
His attitude was never brash, or egotistical. His boyish charm and distinctive drawl aided him in his endeavors. At age 40, he was introduce to his future wife - Gloria - who described him as super shy, hardly saying a word all night.
He demonstrated his stubborn side by insisting on doing his own stunt work in the movie: The Man from Laramie. On another occasion, he insisted that his doctor give him a sore throat . Reluctantly, the doctor agreed to give him the sorest throat of his lifetime for the role of Mr. Smith in the movie: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. He is most remembered for his role as George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life.
As we pay our respects to Jimmy Stewart, we are reminded of how precious life is. He will be sorely missed!