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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 Studio One 1948-11-07
Latest Project:
Series A Minute with Stan Hooper 2003-10-29
Known For
Poster of The Majestic
Poster of The Klan: A Legacy of Hate in America
Poster of Bully: An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt
Poster of Decision
Series A Minute with Stan Hooper Unknown 2003-10-29
Series Mister Sterling 2003-01-10
Pelicula The Majestic Stan Keller 2001-12-21
Series CSI: Las Vegas Unknown 2000-10-06
Pelicula Swing Vote Daniel Morissey 1999-04-19
Series El abogado Unknown 1997-03-04
Pelicula The Relic Dr. Albert Frock 1997-01-10
Pelicula The Shawshank Redemption Brooks Hatlen 1994-10-14
Pelicula Cadena perpetua Brooks Hatlen 1994-09-23
Pelicula Old Explorers Leinen Roth 1990-09-28
Pelicula Glory! Glory! Lester Babbitt 1989-09-25
Pelicula Tricks of the Trade 1988-01-01
Pelicula Loca Judge Stanley Murdoch 1987-11-20
Pelicula The Adventures of Mark Twain Mark Twain (voice) 1985-03-01
Series The Ray Bradbury Theater Unknown 1985-05-21
Series George Burns Comedy Week Unknown 1985-09-18
Pelicula The Klan: A Legacy of Hate in America Narrator 1982-10-01
Pelicula Hail Columbia! Narrator 1982-01-01
Pelicula El primer pecado mortal Dr. Sanford Ferguson 1980-10-03
Series The White Shadow Unknown 1978-11-27
Series The Word George Wheeler 1978-11-12
Pelicula Bully: An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt Teddy Roosevelt 1978-09-29
Pelicula El huevo de la serpiente Priester 1977-10-28
Pelicula The Flying Misfits Capt. James 'Jim' Gutterman 1976-09-21
Pelicula Give 'em Hell, Harry! Harry S. Truman 1975-09-17
Pelicula Indios General Oliver O. Howard 1975-04-13
Pelicula The Balloon Vendor Antonio 1974-12-21
Pelicula Where the Red Fern Grows Grandpa 1974-06-21
Pelicula La policía detiene, la ley juzga Commissioner Aldo Scavino 1973-08-12
Pelicula The Harrad Experiment Philip Tenhausen 1973-05-11
Pelicula Chato el apache Joshua Everette 1972-01-01
Series Temperatures Rising 1972-09-12
Pelicula If Tomorrow Comes Frank Phillips 1971-12-17
Pelicula The Challenge Overman 1970-02-10
Pelicula Tora! Tora! Tora! Vice Admiral William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr. 1970-01-26
Series Then Came Bronson Unknown 1969-09-17
Pelicula La furia de los siete magníficos Levi 1969-07-14
Series My Friend Tony Prof. John Woodruff 1969-01-05
Pelicula El reparto Herb Sutro 1968-11-04
Series The Name of the Game Unknown 1968-09-20
Pelicula Brigada homicida Chief Insp. Charles Kane 1968-03-29
Pelicula El planeta de los simios President of the Assembly 1968-02-07
Pelicula Nobody's Perfect Capt. Mike Riley 1968-01-12
Pelicula Chuka Lou Trent 1967-07-23
Series Custer Unknown 1967-09-06
Series Judd for the Defense Unknown 1967-09-08
Series Cowboy in Africa Unknown 1967-09-11
Series The Danny Thomas Hour Unknown 1967-09-11
Pelicula El oeste loco Captain Shipley 1967-10-10
Series The CAT Unknown 1966-09-16
Series Tarzan Unknown 1966-09-08
Series The Monroes Unknown 1966-09-07
Series The Loner Unknown 1965-09-18
Series The Big Valley Unknown 1965-09-15
Series Run for Your Life Unknown 1965-09-13
Series For the People Unknown 1965-01-31
Pelicula The Tenderfoot Captain Ewell 1964-11-08
Series Slattery's People Unknown 1964-09-21
Series Twelve O'Clock High Unknown 1964-09-18
Pelicula Black Like Me John Finley Horton 1964-01-01
Series Arrest and Trial Unknown 1963-09-15
Series The Greatest Show on Earth Unknown 1963-09-17
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters Unknown 1963-09-29
Series Kraft Suspense Theatre Unknown 1963-10-10
Series Going My Way Unknown 1962-10-03
Series Combat! Unknown 1962-10-02
Series El virginiano Unknown 1962-09-19
Pelicula Icarus Montgolfier Wright 1962-01-01
Series Alcoa Premiere Unknown 1961-10-10
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Series Bus Stop Unknown 1961-10-01
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Series The Wonderful World of Disney Unknown 1961-09-24
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Series The Law and Mr. Jones 1960-10-07
Series Checkmate Unknown 1960-09-17
Pelicula ¿Quién es esa chica? Harry Powell 1960-04-15
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Series La dimensión desconocida Unknown 1959-10-02
Pelicula Face of Fire Monk Johnson 1959-08-09
Series The Detectives Unknown 1959-10-16
Pelicula The Restless Years Ed Henderson 1958-12-01
Series Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Unknown 1958-10-06
Series Decision Unknown 1958-07-06
Pelicula La profundidad del mar Cmdr. Warren Meredith 1958-01-15
Pelicula The Young Don't Cry Rudy Krist 1957-07-26
Series Panic! Unknown 1957-03-05
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Pelicula Crime in the Streets Ben Wagner 1956-06-10
Pelicula La historia de Eddy Duchin Lou Sherwood 1956-05-02
Pelicula The McConnell Story SSgt. / Maj . / Col. Ty 'Dad' Whitman 1955-09-29
Pelicula Más allá de las lágrimas MSgt. Mac 1955-02-02
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Crossroads Unknown 1955-10-07
Series Playwrights '56 Unknown 1955-10-04
Series The 20th Century Fox Hour Unknown 1955-10-05
Pelicula Oklahoma Mr. Carnes 1955-10-10
Pelicula Desierto salvaje Gus 1955-12-07
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Pelicula La humanidad en peligro Sgt. Ben Peterson 1954-06-16
Pelicula Retaguardia Sgt. Elliott 1954-02-13
Pelicula The Great Diamond Robbery Mr. Remlick, Lawyer 1954-01-29
Pelicula Bésame, Kate Slug 1953-11-26
Pelicula Todos los hermanos eran valientes Fetcher 1953-11-13
Series The United States Steel Hour Unknown 1953-10-27
Pelicula The Girl Who Had Everything Charles 'Chico' Menlow 1953-03-27
Series Oscar (The Academy Awards) Unknown 1953-03-18
Pelicula Shadow in the Sky Lou Hopke 1952-07-18
Pelicula Because You're Mine Sergeant 'Bat' Batterson 1952-10-01
Pelicula El gran secreto Maj William M. Uanna 1952-12-31
Pelicula It's a Big Country Mr. Stacey 1951-11-20
Pelicula Angels in the Outfield Angel (voice) (uncredited) 1951-10-19
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Pelicula Más allá del Missouri Old Bill (uncredited) 1951-10-01
Pelicula Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone John J. Malone 1950-12-08
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Pelicula The Next Voice You Hear.... Joe Smith 1950-06-29
Pelicula La jungla de asfalto Gus Minissi 1950-05-22
Pelicula Please Believe Me Vincent Maran 1950-05-12
Pelicula Los escoltas Clint Priest 1950-03-01
Pelicula Fuego en la nieve Kinnie 1949-11-09
Pelicula Relato Criminal George Pappas 1949-03-21
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07