O. Z. Whitehead

O. Z. Whitehead

  • Born on
    • March 1st, 1911
  • Died on
    • July 29th, 1998
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.

Starring O. Z. Whitehead on Plex


Acting (16 Credits)

1968The Lion in Winter as Bishop of Durham
1963Summer Magic as Mr. Perkins
1962Panic in Year Zero! as Hogan
1962The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance as Herbert Carruthers
1961Two Rode Together as Lt. Whitehead
1959The Horse Soldiers as Otis 'Hoppy' Hopkins
1958Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! as Isaac Goodpasture
1958The Last Hurrah as Norman Cass Jr.
1952Beware, My Lovely as Mr. Franks
1951The Hoodlum as Breckenridge
1951Comin' Round the Mountain as Zeke
1949Ma and Pa Kettle as Mr. Billings
1948Road House as Arthur
1948A Song Is Born as Professor Oddly
1947The Romance of Rosy Ridge as Ninny Nat
1940The Grapes of Wrath as Al Joad

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