On Friday, one of my favorite actors will be honored when his image is released on a U.S. postage stamp on Friday, August 17. The Jimmy Stewart stamp is the 13th in the Legends of Hollywood series.
I’ve been a big fan of Stewart since my first viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life. Then I saw Mr. Smith goes to Washington and Stewart was forever immortalized as one of my favorite actors. What is your favorite Jimmy Stewart movie?
But Stewart, who starred in more than 80 movies, is not only an inspiration on the screen; he’s an inspiration to the American citizen. In the middle of a successful movie career Stewart enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served as a pilot during World War II where he won several honors for dangerous combat missions including the Distinguished Flying Cross and The Air Medal.
The stamp will be released in a ceremony on Friday at Universal Studios in Hollywood. The James Stewart Museum in his hometown — Indiana, PA — will also be celebrating the stamps release.
Since I will not be able to attend either, I think I will break out my favorite Jimmy Stewart DVDs and have my own little marathon this weekend to celebrate.
Next year will honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of the actor who passed away in 1997.