What happened to Jimmy Stewart’s children?

Jimmy Stewart and Gloria’s children included Michael and Ronald McLean (Stewart’s stepsons) and twins Judy Stewart-Merrill and Kelly Stewart Harcourt (pictured above with their father). Michael McLean holds back while Kelly Stewart Harcourt became an anthropologist teaching ABC10 at the University of California at Davis. Only one of the children followed his father into the entertainment industry; Judy Stewart-Merrill became an actress, starring in Password, VIP Swing, and The Mike Douglas Show with Dicy Trends. Unfortunately, Ron McLean’s story would end in tragedy.

According to the Jimmy Stewart Museum website, military service was important to the Stewarts, dating back to the War of Independence. Stewart himself served in World War II and retired as Brigadier General from the Air Force Reserve in 1968, making him the most senior entertainer in Hollywood history. Jimmy Stewart’s stepson Ron followed in the family’s footsteps and served as the Marine. Unfortunately, he was killed while serving in Vietnam in 1969 when his unit in the DMZ was ambushed via History Net.

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