Started in the movies in the 1930s, making light comedies as a wide-eyed innocent. Appeared in 20 films before earning an Oscar nomination for his defining role in Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, (1939) and the next year won an Oscar for The Philadelphia Story. The word "Philadelphia" on his Oscar was misspelled and, ironically, was kept in the window of his father's hardware store located on Philadelphia Street in Indiana, PA. His career was interrupted by World War II, in which he served as a combat pilot. Returned from the war with a distinguished record and soon starred in It's A Wonderful Life, (1946), earning another Oscar nomination. Appeared in dozens of westerns, including Destry Rides Again, (1939) and Winchester '73 (1950), and made notable appearances in Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948), Rear Window (1954) and Vertigo (1958). The Jimmy Stewart Museum was dedicated in his hometown of Indiana in 1995. When he died in 1997, over 3,000 people (mostly Hollywood celebrities) went to his funeral to pay respects.