Jimmy Stewart Was A WWII Veteran And His PTSD Affected The Filming Of 'It's A Wonderful Life'

By | November 9, 2019

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3/24/1941-San Pedro, CA: James Stewart's costume for this next production is from a new costume department--the U.S. Army. Yes, Jimmy's passed his physical and he's in the Army now. The Nations number one draftee had to eat himself into a new role. He was

In World War II, Jimmy Stewart answered the same patriotic call as many men and joined the military. Even though Stewart was a working actor at the time, he felt the call to duty like anyone else and made it his mission to serve America in its time of need. For Stewart it wasn’t just about gaining the accolades and attaboys, he genuinely wanted to serve his country, but that came at a price. By the end of World War II he was suffering from PTSD, something that affected him deeply while filming It’s A Wonderful Life

Jimmy Stewart Was Rejected From The Military On His First Go Around

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source: military times

When Stewart tried to join the military in 1940 he was rejected because he was five pounds beneath the required weight for his height. He was certain that this wouldn’t happen to him again so he sought out the help of Don Loomis, a trainer who was famous for getting stars to their preferred weight. Once Stewart put on the five pounds he convinced the military to retest him and he was allowed in the military. After completing training he quickly advanced through the ranks and became a second lieutenant in January of 1942. That's not bad for someone who was underweight just a few years before.