His nickname was “Jimmy” which he didn’t like really. He’s born on May 20th 1908 and was one of the best actors of Hollywood He played in about 80 movies and was the first movie star to enter the service for World War II, joining a year before Pearl Harbor was bombed. He was initially refused entry into the Air Force because he weighed 5 pounds less than the required 148 pounds, but he talked the recruitment officer into ignoring the test. He eventually became a Colonel(active duty) & then Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve., and earned the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Croix de Guerre and 7 battle stars. In 1959, he served in the Air Force Reserve, before retiring as a brigadier general.
He won his first Oscar in 1941 for " The Philadelphia Story", he sent it to his father in Indiana, Pennsylvania, who set it in his hardware shop. The trophy remained there for 25 years. In 1985 he received an Honorary Oscar, the audience gave him a ten-minute standing ovation.
He died on July 2nd 1997 at age 89.
Acrylics on canvas, 70×100 cm, 28×40 inches
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