1980 James Stewart Tribute

James Stewart received the 8th AFI Life Achievement Award in 1980.

James Stewart's performance in Frank Capra's MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939) helped cement his image as the decent, honest Everyman, and won him his first Oscar(r) nomination.

James Stewart at Dry Muroc Lake, California, in 1936.

James Stewart appeared with Marlene Dietrich in George Marshall's tremendously successful Western comedy DESTRY RIDES AGAIN (1939).

The French honor Colonel James Stewart after World War Two. By the time of his retirement from the Air Force in 1968, Stewart was the highest-ranking entertainer in the U.S. military.

Director Anthony Mann cast the affable James Stewart against type in such films as WINCHESTER '73 (1950), THE NAKED SPUR (1953), and (pictured) THE FAR COUNTRY (1955).

While he partially retired from acting in the 1970s, James Stewart still occasionally appeared in films, including his role as a millionaire philanthropist in AIRPORT 1977 (1977).

Two screen legends: John Wayne and James Stewart in Don Siegel's THE SHOOTIST (1976).