James Whitmore

James Whitmore

  • Born on
    • October 1st, 1921
  • Died on
    • February 6th, 2009
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia James Allen Whitmore Jr. (October 1, 1921 – February 6, 2009) was an American film, theatre, and television actor. During his career, Whitmore won three of the four EGOT honors; - a Tony, a Grammy, and an Emmy. Whitmore also won a Golden Globe and was nominated for two Academy Awards. Following World War II, Whitmore appeared on Broadway in the role of the sergeant in Command Decision. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer gave Whitmore a contract, but his role in the film adaptation was played by Van Johnson. His first major picture for MGM was Battleground, in a role that was turned down by Spencer Tracy, to whom Whitmore bore a noted physical resemblance. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for this role, and won the Golden Globe Award as Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role. Other major films included Angels in the Outfield, The Asphalt Jungle, The Next Voice You Hear, Above and Beyond, Kiss Me, Kate, Them!, Oklahoma!, Black Like Me, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, Tora! Tora! Tora!, and Give 'em Hell, Harry!, a one-man show for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of former U.S. President Harry S Truman. In the film Tora! Tora! Tora!, he played Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey. Whitmore appeared during the 1950s on many television anthology series. He was cast as Father Emil Kapaun in the 1955 episode "The Good Thief" in the ABC religion anthology series Crossroads. Other roles followed on Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theater, Lux Video Theatre, Kraft Theatre, Studio One in Hollywood, Schlitz Playhouse, Matinee Theatre, and the Ford Television Theatre. In 1958, he carried the lead in "The Gabe Carswell Story" of NBC's Wagon Train, with Ward Bond. Whitmore has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6611 Hollywood Boulevard. The ceremony was held on February 8, 1960.

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Acting (42 Credits)

2002A Ring of Endless Light as Grandfather
2001The Majestic as Stan Keller
1997The Relic as Dr. Albert Frock
1994The Shawshank Redemption as Brooks Hatlen
1987Nuts as Judge Stanley Murdoch
1985The Adventures of Mark Twain as Mark Twain (voice)
1980The First Deadly Sin as Dr. Sanford Ferguson
1977The Serpent's Egg as Priester
1975I Will Fight No More Forever as General Oliver O. Howard
1974Where the Red Fern Grows as GrandpaWatch Free
1973The Harrad Experiment as Philip Tenhausen
1973High Crime as Commissioner Aldo Scavino
1972Chato's Land as Joshua Everette
1970Tora! Tora! Tora! as Vice Admiral William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr.
1969Guns of the Magnificent Seven as Levi
1968Planet of the Apes as President of the Assembly
1968Madigan as Chief Inspector Charles Kane
1968The Split as Herb Sutro
1967Chuka as Lou Trent
1967Waterhole #3 as Captain Shipley
1964Black Like Me as John Finley Horton
1960Who Was That Lady? as Harry Powell
1956Crime in the Streets as Ben Wagner
1956The Eddy Duchin Story as Lou Sherwood
1955Battle Cry as MSgt. Mac
1955The Last Frontier as Gus
1955Oklahoma! as Mr. Carnes
1954Them! as Sgt. Ben Peterson
1954The Command as Sgt. Elliott
1953The Girl Who Had Everything as Charles "Chico" Menlow
1953Kiss Me Kate as Slug
1953All the Brothers Were Valiant as Fetcher
1952Above and Beyond as Maj. William M. Uanna
1951It's a Big Country: An American Anthology as Mr. Stacey
1951Across the Wide Missouri as Old Bill (uncredited)
1951Angels in the Outfield as Angel (voice) (uncredited)
1950The Next Voice You Hear... as Joe Smith
1950The Asphalt Jungle as Gus Minissi
1950Please Believe Me as Vincent Maran
1950The Outriders as Clint Priest
1949The Undercover Man as George Pappas
1949Battleground as Kinnie


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