Born on this date in 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania
His museum in his hometown was dedicated on his birthday in 1995
Never took acting lessons, instead relying more on actually working
Turned down the lead in "On Golden Pond", a role that Henry Fonda went on to win the Oscar for.
Wanted to play the role of Roger Thornhill in North by Northwest, but Hitchcock wanted to use Cary Grant.
His favorite type of films were Westerns, and greatly dislike war films because of their usually inaccurate portrayals of war.
Inducted to the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1972.
Enlisted in the service before the US entered World War II and eventually reached the rank of Brigadier General
It's a Wonderful Life was his first film in five years, after taking that time off for his service in the Army
Spoke before Congress in 1988, along with Burt Lancaster, Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, and Martin Scorcese, against Ted Turner's attempts to colorize classic black and white films.