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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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Born:
Oct 1, 1921 In White Plains - New York - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
126
First Appeared:
In the series Westinghouse Studio One 1948-11-07
Latest Project:
Series The Word (US) 2017
Known For
Poster of The Shawshank Redemption
Poster of For the People
Poster of Decision
Poster of Crossroads
Filmography

The Word (US) (2018)

Series
as Unknown

Mister Sterling (2003)

Drama War & Politics
Series
7.5 1 votes

A Minute with Stan Hooper (2003)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown

A Ring of Endless Light (2002)

Romance Drama Family
Movie
as Grandfather
5.8 5 votes

The Majestic (2001)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Stan Keller
6.6 164 votes

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)

Crime Drama Mystery
Series
as Unknown
6.4 183 votes

Swing Vote (1999)

Drama TV Movie
Movie
as Daniel Morissey
4.0 1 votes

The Relic (1997)

Horror Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Dr. Albert Frock
5.8 121 votes

The Practice (1997)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.6 23 votes

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Brooks Hatlen
8.5 7565 votes

Old Explorers (1990)

Drama
Movie
as Leinen Roth

Glory! Glory! (1989)

Movie
as Lester Babbitt

Tricks of the Trade (1988)

Movie

Nuts (1987)

Drama
Movie
as Judge Stanley Murdoch
6.0 24 votes

The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985)

Animation Adventure Family
Movie
as Mark Twain (voice)
6.8 18 votes

George Burns Comedy Week (1985)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown

The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Drama
Series
as Unknown
8.0 3 votes

Celebrity (1984)

TV Movie Drama
Movie
as Clifford Casey
6 1 votes

Hail Columbia! (1982)

Documentary
Movie
as Narrator

The Klan: A Legacy of Hate in America (1982)

Movie
as Narrator

The First Deadly Sin (1980)

Crime Drama Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Dr. Sanford Ferguson
5.3 5 votes

Bully: An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt (1978)

Drama
Movie
as Teddy Roosevelt

The Word (1978)

Movie
as George Wheeler

The White Shadow (1978)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.5 3 votes

The Serpent's Egg (1977)

Thriller Drama Mystery
Movie
as Priester
5.7 18 votes

The Flying Misfits (1976)

Movie
as Capt. James 'Jim' Gutterman

I Will Fight No More Forever (1975)

Action Drama Western War
Movie
as General Oliver O. Howard
3.3 3 votes

Give 'em Hell, Harry! (1975)

Movie
as Harry S. Truman

Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)

Drama Family
Movie
as Grandpa
6.8 23 votes

The Balloon Vendor (1974)

Drama
Movie
as Antonio

The Harrad Experiment (1973)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Philip Tenhausen
2.5 2 votes

High Crime (1973)

Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Commissioner Aldo Scavino
5.2 3 votes

Chato's Land (1972)

Action Adventure Western
Movie
as Joshua Everette
6.8 28 votes

Temperatures Rising (1972)

Series

If Tomorrow Comes (1971)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Frank Phillips
8 1 votes

The Challenge (1970)

Drama War
Movie
as Overman

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

History Action Drama Adventure War
Movie
as Vice Admiral William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr.
6.9 136 votes

Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)

Action Adventure Drama Western
Movie
as Levi
4.6 14 votes

My Friend Tony (1969)

Crime
Series
as Prof. John Woodruff

Then Came Bronson (1969)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown

Nobody's Perfect (1968)

Comedy War
Movie
as Capt. Mike Riley

Madigan (1968)

Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Chief Insp. Charles Kane
5.5 12 votes

Planet of the Apes (1968)

Adventure Drama Action
Movie
as President of the Assembly
7.5 761 votes

The Name of the Game (1968)

Mystery
Series
as Unknown
8.3 3 votes

The Split (1968)

Crime Thriller
Movie
as Herb Sutro
6 4 votes

Custer (1967)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.0 1 votes

Chuka (1967)

Action Drama Western
Movie
as Lou Trent
3.9 5 votes

Judd for the Defense (1967)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Danny Thomas Hour (1967)

Comedy Drama Music
Series
as Unknown

Waterhole #3 (1967)

Western Comedy
Movie
as Captain Shipley
6.5 3 votes

Cowboy in Africa (1967)

Series
as Unknown
0.0 1 votes

The Monroes (1966)

Western
Series
as Unknown

The CAT (1966)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
9.5 2 votes

Tarzan (1966)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
4.3 3 votes

For the People (1965)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Run for Your Life (1965)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
9.0 1 votes

The Loner (1965)

Western
Series
as Unknown

The Big Valley (1965)

Western
Series
as Unknown
5.5 4 votes

Black Like Me (1964)

Drama
Movie
as John Finley Horton

Twelve O'Clock High (1964)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
8 5 votes

Slattery's People (1964)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Tenderfoot (1964)

Movie
as Captain Ewell

Arrest and Trial (1963)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Greatest Show on Earth (1963)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
0 1 votes

Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963)

Mystery Drama
Series
as Unknown

Burke's Law (1963)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
8.0 4 votes

The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1963)

Western
Series
as Unknown

Icarus Montgolfier Wright (1962)

Science Fiction Animation Drama
Movie

The Virginian (1962)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.0 1 votes

Combat! (1962)

War & Politics Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.8 8 votes

Going My Way (1962)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown

The Wonderful World of Disney (1961)

Series
as Unknown

Dr. Kildare (1961)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.3 6 votes

Bus Stop (1961)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Alcoa Premiere (1961)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Ben Casey (1961)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.3 3 votes

Who Was That Lady? (1960)

Comedy
Movie
as Harry Powell
6.6 5 votes

Checkmate (1960)

Mystery
Series
as Unknown

The Law and Mr. Jones (1960)

Series

Route 66 (1960)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.3 5 votes

Rawhide (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.7 9 votes

Face of Fire (1959)

Drama
Movie
as Monk Johnson
6.8 2 votes

The Detectives (1959)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Twilight Zone (1959)

Drama Mystery Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
8.2 144 votes

The Deep Six (1958)

War Drama
Movie
as Cmdr. Warren Meredith
6.0 1 votes

Decision (1958)

Series
as Unknown

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Restless Years (1958)

Movie
as Ed Henderson

Panic! (1957)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Young Don't Cry (1957)

Drama
Movie
as Rudy Krist

Crime in the Streets (1956)

Crime
Movie
as Ben Wagner
6.3 3 votes

The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)

Drama Music Romance
Movie
as Lou Sherwood
6.1 8 votes

Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1956)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
8.0 1 votes

The McConnell Story (1955)

Drama
Movie
as SSgt. / Maj . / Col. Ty 'Dad' Whitman

Playwrights '56 (1955)

Series
as Unknown

Gunsmoke (1955)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.7 19 votes

Battle Cry (1955)

Drama Romance War
Movie
as MSgt. Mac
5.3 9 votes

Crossroads (1955)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The 20th Century Fox Hour (1955)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Last Frontier (1955)

Action Western
Movie
as Gus
5.1 6 votes

Oklahoma! (1955)

Western Music Romance
Movie
as Mr. Carnes
6.3 45 votes

The Command (1954)

Western
Movie
as Sgt. Elliott
4.6 4 votes

The Great Diamond Robbery (1954)

Comedy Crime
Movie
as Mr. Remlick, Lawyer

Them! (1954)

Science Fiction Mystery Horror
Movie
as Sgt. Ben Peterson
6.8 100 votes

Climax! (1954)

Drama Mystery
Series
as Unknown
6.0 1 votes

The Girl Who Had Everything (1953)

Romance Drama
Movie
as Charles 'Chico' Menlow
6 2 votes

The Academy Awards (1953)

Series
as Unknown
6.5 12 votes

All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953)

Adventure
Movie
as Fetcher

The United States Steel Hour (1953)

Series
as Unknown

Kiss Me Kate (1953)

Music
Movie
as Slug
6.6 22 votes

Shadow in the Sky (1952)

Drama
Movie
as Lou Hopke

Because You're Mine (1952)

Comedy Music
Movie
as Sergeant 'Bat' Batterson
6 1 votes

Above and Beyond (1952)

Action Drama
Movie
as Maj William M. Uanna
8 1 votes

Across the Wide Missouri (1951)

Adventure Romance Western
Movie
as Old Bill (uncredited)
4.9 7 votes

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown

It's a Big Country (1951)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Mr. Stacey

Angels in the Outfield (1951)

Comedy Family Fantasy
Movie
as Angel (voice) (uncredited)
6.2 6 votes

Please Believe Me (1950)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Vincent Maran
5 2 votes

The Outriders (1950)

Western
Movie
as Clint Priest

The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Action Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Gus Minissi
7.4 84 votes

Lux Video Theatre (1950)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Next Voice You Hear.... (1950)

Drama
Movie
as Joe Smith
6.5 1 votes

Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone (1950)

Mystery Comedy
Movie
as John J. Malone

The Undercover Man (1949)

Crime Drama
Movie
as George Pappas
6 5 votes

Battleground (1949)

Action Adventure Drama War
Movie
as Kinnie
6.3 20 votes

Westinghouse Studio One (1948)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
8.0 1 votes