World War II History: Jimmy Stewart & PTSD


How Jimmy Stewart’s Agony in It’s a Wonderful Life Came From Extreme PTSD He Suffered After he Lost 130 of His Men as Fighter Pilot in WWII

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So many great actors served in WW2 and undoubtedly used the pain and anguish suffered from the War in their acting. Here are but a few.

  • Paul Newman
  • Henry Fonda
  • Humphrey Bogart
  • Clark Gable
  • Kirk Douglas


Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!



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    Makes me think of the heroes that will come from the war we are about to face.


    Jimmy Stewart suffered such extreme PTSD after being a bomber pilot in World War II that he acted out his mental distress during ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’.

    Stewart played George Bailey in the classic movie and channeled his anger and guilt into the scenes where he rages at his family.

    Stewart was haunted by ‘a thousand black memories’ from his time as an Air Force commanding officer that he took with him back to Hollywood after the war.

    Pilots who flew with him said that became ‘Flak Happy’ during World War II, a term to describe what is now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

    Stewart wrestled with the guilt of killing civilians in bomb raids over France and Germany including one instance where they destroyed the wrong city by mistake.

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