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James Whitmore

Born on October 1, 1921, just outside New York City in White Plains, New York, character veteran James Whitmore was well regarded in his early years for his award-winning dramatic capabilities on Broadway and in films. Later he conquered TV with the same trophy-winning results. Educated at Connecticut's Choate School after receiving a football scholarship, he later earned his BA from Yale University in 1944 before serving with the Marines in World War II. Following his discharge and study in the American Theatre Wing,he met first of four wives, Nancy Mygatt. In the summer of 1947, Whitmore's debuted on Broadway as Tech Sergeant Evans in "Command Decision". His gritty performance reaped the stage acting trifecta -- Tony, Donaldson and Theatre World awards --in one fell swoop.  Following the release of the war picture Battleground (1949), earning himself both Golden Globe and an Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor.  He went on to find a solid footing in films throughout the early part of the 1950s, before turning to television performances and only returning to film decades later.   Earning distinction throughout his six-decade career, Whitmore showed worthy Oscar potential once again with his touching role as an aged, ill-fated prison parolee in The Shawshank Redemption (1994), and copped an Emmy for a recurring part on "The Practice" in the late 90s. A household face in commercials as well, one of his ultimate passions was gardening and he eventually became the commercial spokesman for Miracle-Gro plant food.

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Oct 1, 1921 In White Plains - New York - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Oscar (The Academy Awards) 1929-05-16
Latest Project:
Series A Minute with Stan Hooper 2003-10-29
Known For
Poster of The Majestic
Poster of The Restless Years
Poster of Todos los hermanos eran valientes
Poster of Los escoltas
Series Mister Sterling 2003-01-10
Series A Minute with Stan Hooper Unknown 2003-10-29
Movie The Majestic Stan Keller 2001-12-21
Series CSI: Las Vegas Unknown 2000-10-06
Movie The Relic Dr. Albert Frock 1997-01-10
Series The Practice Unknown 1997-03-04
Movie Cadena perpetua Brooks Hatlen 1994-09-23
Movie Glory! Glory! Lester Babbitt 1989-09-25
Movie Tricks of the Trade 1988-01-01
Movie Nuts Judge Stanley Murdoch 1987-11-20
Series The Ray Bradbury Theater Unknown 1985-05-21
Movie The Adventures of Mark Twain Mark Twain (voice) 1985-03-01
Movie Celebrity Clifford Casey 1984-02-12
Movie Hail Columbia! Narrator 1982-01-01
Movie The First Deadly Sin Dr. Sanford Ferguson 1980-10-03
Movie The Word George Wheeler 1978-11-12
Movie El huevo de la serpiente Priester 1977-10-28
Movie Indios General Oliver O. Howard 1975-04-13
Movie Give 'em Hell, Harry! Harry S. Truman 1975-09-17
Movie Where the Red Fern Grows Grandpa 1974-06-21
Movie Il venditore di palloncini Antonio 1974-12-21
Movie The Harrad Experiment Philip Tenhausen 1973-05-11
Movie La polizia incrimina la legge assolve Commissioner Aldo Scavino 1973-08-12
Movie Chato el apache Joshua Everette 1972-01-01
Movie The Challenge Overman 1970-02-10
Movie Tora! Tora! Tora! Vice Admiral William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr. 1970-09-23
Series Then Came Bronson Unknown 1969-09-17
Movie La furia de los Siete Magníficos Levi 1969-07-14
Movie El planeta de los simios President of the Assembly 1968-02-07
Movie Nobody's Perfect Capt. Mike Riley 1968-01-12
Movie Brigada homicida Chief Insp. Charles Kane 1968-03-29
Series The Name of the Game Unknown 1968-09-20
Movie The Split Herb Sutro 1968-11-04
Series Custer Unknown 1967-09-06
Movie Chuka Lou Trent 1967-07-23
Movie Waterhole #3 Captain Shipley 1967-10-10
Series Tarzan Unknown 1966-09-08
Series Run for Your Life Unknown 1965-09-13
Series The Big Valley Unknown 1965-09-15
Movie Black Like Me John Finley Horton 1964-01-01
Movie The Tenderfoot Captain Ewell 1964-11-08
Series Arrest and Trial Unknown 1963-09-15
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Movie Icarus Montgolfier Wright 1962-01-01
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Series Combat! Unknown 1962-10-02
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Movie ¿Quién es esa chica? Harry Powell 1960-04-15
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Movie Face of Fire Monk Johnson 1959-08-09
Series En los límites de la realidad Unknown 1959-10-02
Movie La profundidad del mar Cmdr. Warren Meredith 1958-01-15
Series Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Unknown 1958-10-06
Movie The Restless Years Ed Henderson 1958-12-01
Series Panic! Unknown 1957-03-05
Movie The Young Don't Cry Rudy Krist 1957-07-26
Movie Crime in the Streets Ben Wagner 1956-06-10
Movie La Historia de Eddy Duchin Lou Sherwood 1956-01-01
Movie The McConnell Story SSgt. / Maj . / Col. Ty 'Dad' Whitman 1955-09-29
Movie Más allá de las lágrimas MSgt. Mac 1955-02-02
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie Oklahoma! Mr. Carnes 1955-10-10
Movie Desierto salvaje Gus 1955-12-07
Movie Retaguardia Sgt. Elliott 1954-02-13
Movie The Great Diamond Robbery Mr. Remlick, Lawyer 1954-01-29
Movie La humanidad en peligro Sgt. Ben Peterson 1954-06-16
Movie The Girl Who Had Everything Charles 'Chico' Menlow 1953-03-27
Movie Todos los hermanos eran valientes Fetcher 1953-11-13
Movie Bésame, Kate Slug 1953-11-26
Movie Because You're Mine Sergeant 'Bat' Batterson 1952-10-01
Movie Shadow in the Sky Lou Hopke 1952-07-18
Movie El gran secreto Maj William M. Uanna 1952-12-31
Movie Más allá del Missouri Old Bill (uncredited) 1951-10-01
Movie It's a Big Country Mr. Stacey 1951-11-20
Movie Please Believe Me Vincent Maran 1950-05-12
Movie Los escoltas Clint Priest 1950-03-01
Movie La jungla de asfalto Gus Minissi 1950-05-23
Movie The Next Voice You Hear.... Joe Smith 1950-06-29
Movie Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone John J. Malone 1950-12-08
Movie Relato Criminal George Pappas 1949-03-21
Movie Fuego en la nieve Kinnie 1949-11-09
Series Westinghouse Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Series Oscar (The Academy Awards) Unknown 1929-05-16