Born in 1908 in Indiana, Jimmy Stewart's acting debut was in a boy scout play. He then appeared on stage with a local magician - Jimmy's job was to fill any awkward pauses by playing the accordion. At Princeton University he acted in productions put on by the Triangle Club and, with Princeton being all-male at the time, was head of the cheerleading squad. His first film role was in The Murder Man in 1935, and he first hooked up with Frank Capra in 1938 (You Can't Take It With You). After serving with honours in WWII he remained in the Air Force Reserve until 1968 and, as a brigadier general, was America's highest-ranked entertainer.