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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 movie The Undercover Man 1949-03-21
Latest Project:
Series Mister Sterling 2003-01-10
Known For
Series Mister Sterling 2003-01-10
Movie A Ring of Endless Light Grandfather 2002-07-04
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 Old Explorers Leinen Roth 1990-09-28
Movie Glory! Glory! Lester Babbitt 1989-09-25
Movie Nuts Judge Stanley Murdoch 1987-11-20
Movie The Adventures of Mark Twain Mark Twain (voice) 1985-03-01
Series Celebrity Clifford Casey 1984-02-12
Movie The First Deadly Sin Dr. Sanford Ferguson 1980-10-03
Movie Rage! Borski 1980-09-25
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 Man Belongs to the Earth Narrator 1974-05-04
Movie The Balloon Vendor Antonio 1974-12-21
Movie Where the Red Fern Grows Grandpa 1974-06-21
Movie High Crime Commissioner Aldo Scavino 1973-08-12
Movie The Harrad Experiment Philip Tenhausen 1973-05-11
Series Temperatures Rising 1972-09-12
Movie Chato's Land Joshua Everette 1972-01-01
Movie If Tomorrow Comes Frank Phillips 1971-12-17
Movie The Challenge Overman 1970-02-10
Movie Tora! Tora! Tora! Vice Admiral William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr. 1970-01-26
Movie Guns of the Magnificent Seven Levi 1969-07-14
Series My Friend Tony Prof. John Woodruff 1969-01-05
Movie The Split Herb Sutro 1968-11-04
Movie Madigan Chief Inspector Charles Kane 1968-03-13
Movie Planet of the Apes President of the Assembly 1968-02-07
Movie Nobody's Perfect Capt. Mike Riley 1968-01-12
Movie Chuka Lou Trent 1967-07-23
Movie Waterhole #3 Captain Shipley 1967-10-10
Movie The Tenderfoot Captain Ewell 1964-11-08
Movie Black Like Me John Finley Horton 1964-01-01
Movie Icarus Montgolfier Wright 1962-01-01
Movie Who Was That Lady? Harry Powell 1960-04-08
Movie Face of Fire Monk Johnson 1959-08-09
Movie The Restless Years Ed Henderson 1958-12-01
Movie The Deep Six Cmdr. Warren Meredith 1958-01-15
Movie The Young Don't Cry Rudy Krist 1957-07-26
Movie Crime in the Streets Ben Wagner 1956-06-10
Movie The Eddy Duchin Story Lou Sherwood 1956-05-02
Movie The Last Frontier Gus 1955-12-07
Movie Oklahoma! Mr. Carnes 1955-10-10
Movie The McConnell Story SSgt. / Maj . / Col. Ty 'Dad' Whitman 1955-09-29
Movie Battle Cry MSgt. Mac 1955-02-02
Movie The Great Diamond Robbery Mr. Remlick, Lawyer 1954-01-29
Movie The Command Sgt. Elliott 1954-02-13
Movie Them! Sgt. Ben Peterson 1954-06-16
Movie Kiss Me Kate Slug 1953-11-26
Movie All the Brothers Were Valiant Fetcher 1953-11-13
Movie The Girl Who Had Everything Charles "Chico" Menlow 1953-03-27
Movie Above and Beyond Maj William M. Uanna 1953-01-02
Movie Because You're Mine Sergeant 'Bat' Batterson 1952-10-01
Movie Shadow in the Sky Lou Hopke 1952-07-18
Movie Across the Wide Missouri Old Bill (uncredited) 1951-10-12
Movie Angels in the Outfield Angel (voice) (uncredited) 1951-10-19
Movie It's a Big Country Mr. Stacey 1951-11-20
Movie Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone John Malone 1950-12-08
Movie The Next Voice You Hear... Joe Smith 1950-06-29
Movie The Asphalt Jungle Gus Minissi 1950-06-01
Movie Please Believe Me Vincent Maran 1950-05-12
Movie The Outriders Clint Priest 1950-03-01
Movie Battleground Kinnie 1949-11-09
Movie The Undercover Man George Pappas 1949-03-21