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O.Z. Whitehead

American character actor of rather bizarre range, a member of the so-called 'John Ford Stock Company.' Originally a New York stage actor of some repute, Whitehead entered films in the 1930s. He played a wide variety of character parts, often quite different from his own actual age and type. He is probably most familiar as Al Joad in John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath (1940). But twenty-two years later, in his fifth film for Ford, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Whitehead at 51 was playing a lollipop-licking schoolboy! He continued to work predominantly on the stage, appearing now and again in films or on television. In his last years, he suffered from cancer and died in 1998 in Dublin, Ireland, where he had lived in semi-retirement for many years.


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Born:
Mar 1, 1911 In New York City, New York,
Movie/TV Credits:
25
First Appeared:
In the movie The Scoundrel 1935-04-30
Latest Project:
Movie The Lion in Winter 1968-01-01
Known For
Poster of The Horse Soldiers
Poster of The Last Hurrah
Poster of The Hoodlum
Poster of The Grapes of Wrath
Filmography

The Lion in Winter (1968)

Drama History
Movie
as Bishop of Durham
7.6 86 votes

Summer Magic (1963)

Comedy Family
Movie
as Mr. Perkins
6.3 11 votes

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Western
Movie
as Herbert Carruthers
7.4 251 votes

Panic in Year Zero! (1962)

Drama Science Fiction Thriller
Movie
as Hogan
5.8 29 votes

Two Rode Together (1961)

Western
Movie
as Lt. Whitehead
6.0 24 votes

Hazel (1961)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.8 8 votes

The Horse Soldiers (1959)

Adventure Action Western War
Movie
as Otis 'Hoppy' Hopkins
6.8 34 votes

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Isaac Goodpasture
6.0 1 votes

The Last Hurrah (1958)

Drama
Movie
as Norman Cass Jr.
7.5 9 votes

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.8 28 votes

Gunsmoke (1955)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.9 21 votes

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)

Mystery Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.7 45 votes

For Men Only (1952)

Drama
Movie
as Prof. Bixby
6.5 1 votes

The San Francisco Story (1952)

Western
Movie
5.0 1 votes

Beware, My Lovely (1952)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Mr. Franks
4.3 6 votes

Cavalcade of America (1952)

Series
as Unknown

Comin' Round the Mountain (1951)

Comedy
Movie
as Zeke
6.9 7 votes

The Scarf (1951)

Drama Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Whoopie
5.5 3 votes

The Hoodlum (1951)

Drama Thriller Crime
Movie
as Breckenridge
6.9 4 votes

Suspense (1949)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.0 1 votes

Road House (1948)

Drama Action Thriller Romance
Movie
as Arthur
6.2 7 votes

Westinghouse Studio One (1948)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
8.0 1 votes

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Drama
Movie
as Al Joad
7.8 183 votes

The Scoundrel (1935)

Drama
Movie
as Calhoun
6.8 2 votes