Jimmy Stewart is my all-time favorite actor. Partly because his middle name is Maitland too. Partly because he’s always reminded me of my Grandpa. I don’t know why, but I love him.
May 20, 1908: Jimmy Stewart is born.
For its September 24, 1945, cover story, LIFE Magazine’s Peter Stackpole followed Stewart around his Pennsylvania hometown, chronicling what it looked like when the Hollywood star returned home a war hero. (Peter Stackpole—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Read more about the story, and see the photos here.