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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:
39
First Appeared:
In the movie Battleground 1949-11-09
Latest Project:
Series Mister Sterling 2003-01-10
Known For
Filmography
Series Mister Sterling 2003-01-10
Movie A Ring of Endless Light Grandfather 2002-08-23
Movie The Majestic Stan Keller 2001-12-21
Movie Swing Vote Daniel Morissey 1999-04-19
Movie The Relic Dr. Albert Frock 1997-01-10
Movie The Shawshank Redemption Brooks Hatlen 1994-09-23
Movie Nuts Judge Stanley Murdoch 1987-11-20
Series Celebrity Clifford Casey 1984-02-12
Movie The First Deadly Sin Dr. Sanford Ferguson 1980-10-03
Series The Word George Wheeler 1978-11-12
Movie The Serpent's Egg Priester 1977-10-28
Movie The Flying Misfits Capt. James 'Jim' Gutterman 1976-09-21
Movie I Will Fight No More Forever General Oliver O. Howard 1975-04-13
Movie Where the Red Fern Grows Grandpa 1974-06-21
Movie The Canterville Ghost Hyram B. Otis 1974-12-31
Movie The Harrad Experiment Philip Tenhausen 1973-05-11
Movie High Crime Commissioner Aldo Scavino 1973-08-12
Movie Chato's Land Joshua Everette 1972-01-01
Series Temperatures Rising 1972-09-12
Movie If Tomorrow Comes Frank Phillips 1971-12-17
Movie Tora! Tora! Tora! Vice Admiral William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr. 1970-09-23
Movie The Challenge Overman 1970-02-10
Series My Friend Tony Prof. John Woodruff 1969-01-05
Movie Guns of the Magnificent Seven Levi 1969-07-14
Movie Madigan Chief Insp. Charles Kane 1968-03-29
Movie The Split Herb Sutro 1968-11-04
Movie Chuka Lou Trent 1967-07-23
Movie Black Like Me John Finley Horton 1964-01-01
Movie Who Was That Lady? Harry Powell 1960-04-15
Movie The Deep Six Cmdr. Warren Meredith 1958-01-15
Movie Crime in the Streets Ben Wagner 1956-06-10
Movie The Eddy Duchin Story Lou Sherwood 1956-05-02
Movie Them! Sgt. Ben Peterson 1954-06-16
Movie Across the Wide Missouri Old Bill (uncredited) 1951-10-01
Movie It's a Big Country Mr. Stacey 1951-11-20
Movie The Asphalt Jungle Gus Minissi 1950-05-23
Movie The Next Voice You Hear.... Joe Smith 1950-06-29
Movie Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone John J. Malone 1950-12-08
Movie Battleground Kinnie 1949-11-09