The Return of Jimmy Stewart: A Tribute to the Hollywood Legend

Poster of "As Always Jimmy Stewart"

On a night filled with nostalgia and emotions, the iconic American actor Jimmy Stewart, known for his roles in legendary films such as “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Rear Window,” “Vertigo,” “Harvey,” “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” and “The Philadelphia Story,” came back to life through the incredible portrayal by his best impersonator, Steve Nevil, in the theatrical production titled “As Always, Jimmy Stewart.”

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Even though James Stewart left us in 1997, his spirit and legacy continue to thrive through Steve Nevil’s remarkable monologue, which takes us on a journey through the most memorable moments of Stewart’s life, both on and off the screen. This moving performance was staged at the beautiful Colony Theater in Burbank, California, allowing us to delve into Stewart’s later years, following the loss of his beloved wife, the also renowned actress Gloria Hatrick McLean, and the mother of their four children.

In the play, Nevil, embodying Stewart, narrates the highs and lows of his life from the comfort of his home. The room’s décor leads him through cherished memories, and the constant presence of his wife’s photograph fills him with nostalgia and love for her, for his children, and for his country. He even showcases his military uniform, reminiscing about his brave service during World War II.

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Stewart’s triumphant return to the United States as a war hero marked only the continuation of a stellar film career. The play underscores his relentless effort to reclaim his position as one of the leading stars of the silver screen, an achievement he succeeded in accomplishing with flying colors.

“As Always, Jimmy Stewart” is a genuine tribute to a cinematic figure that brings pride to all. Jimmy Stewart was not only a talented actor but also an exemplary father and husband, a patriot dedicated to military service, and a film star who left an indelible mark in more than 80 movies. These films are part of the golden age of Hollywood, a time when moral values were emphasized, and quality was paramount in scripts, locations, stories, and performances.

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It was an honor to witness this production that captures the essence of a true cinema icon. Steve Nevil’s heartfelt performance, endorsed by the Stewart family for the past 19 years, is a faithful portrayal of James Stewart that makes us feel as though the legendary actor is right before us. We want to express our gratitude to producers Leonard C. Carter, Ben Solenberger, and Heather Provost for keeping alive the life and work of one of the most important and influential actors in the history of American cinema, James Stewart. Bravo to this unforgettable tribute that allows us to remember and celebrate the timeless Jimmy Stewart.

Jackie Torres is an actress, writer, director, producer, and film, television, radio, and theater professor based in Hollywood, California. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Radio, Film, and Television from the University of Maryland in College Park and a Master's degree in Public Communications from the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras.

Jackie Torres
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