1. James Stewart
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, VERTIGO, REAR WINDOW, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, HARVEY, THE MAN FROM LARAMIE, THE NAKED SPUR
Jimmy Stewart proves his worthiness to be on this list every Christmas. While his role as George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life might be his most recognizable it is only a small piece of a long and storied career. He was not only an Academy Award winner for Best Actor in The Philadelphia Story, he was also a decorated war veteran from World War II and the Vietnam War. Stewart was a famous figure in many Westerns including those he collaborated on with director Anthony Mann including: Winchester ’73, The Naked Spur, and The Man from Laramie. Another career defining partnership was with director Alfred Hitchcock. Together they made four films:Rope, Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and arguably their masterpiece Vertigo. While not a critical or box-office success at the time Vertigo is now one of Stewart’s most highly regarded films and features a career-best performance as John “Scottie” Ferguson. His body of work of work earned him an Academy Lifetime Achievement award in 1985.