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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 McKenna of the Mounted 1932-08-26
Latest Project:
Movie Под давлением 2013-03-15
Known For
Poster of Мажестик
Poster of Celebrity
Movie Под давлением Lester Babbitt 2013-03-15
Movie Во власти тигра Joe Smith 2012-05-02
Movie Большое путешествие вглубь океанов 3D Chief Insp. Charles Kane 2009-01-01
Movie Сорокалетний девственник Sergeant 'Bat' Batterson 2005-08-11
Series Mister Sterling 2003-01-10
Series A Minute with Stan Hooper Unknown 2003-10-29
Movie Мажестик Stan Keller 2001-12-21
Series C.S.I. Место преступления Unknown 2000-10-06
Series Практика Unknown 1997-03-04
Movie Реликт Dr. Albert Frock 1997-01-10
Movie Solo Harry S. Truman 1996-10-23
Movie Побег из Шоушенка Brooks Hatlen 1994-09-10
Movie Glory! Glory! Lester Babbitt 1989-09-25
Movie Tricks of the Trade 1988-01-01
Movie Nuts Judge Stanley Murdoch 1987-11-20
Movie Приключения Марка Твена Mark Twain (voice) 1985-03-01
Series Театр Рэя Брэдбери Unknown 1985-05-21
Movie Celebrity Clifford Casey 1984-02-12
Movie Hail Columbia! Narrator 1982-01-01
Movie Первый смертный грех Dr. Sanford Ferguson 1980-10-03
Movie El último pecado de la burguesía Frank Phillips 1978-11-02
Movie The Word George Wheeler 1978-11-12
Movie The Serpent's Egg Priester 1977-10-28
Movie I Will Fight No More Forever General Oliver O. Howard 1975-04-13
Movie Give 'em Hell, Harry! Harry S. Truman 1975-09-17
Movie Where the Red Fern Grows Grandpa 1974-06-21
Movie Il venditore di palloncini Antonio 1974-12-21
Movie The Harrad Experiment Philip Tenhausen 1973-05-11
Movie La polizia incrimina la legge assolve Commissioner Aldo Scavino 1973-08-12
Movie Земля Чато Joshua Everette 1972-01-01
Movie Тора! Тора! Тора! Vice Admiral William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr. 1970-09-23
Movie The Challenge Overman 1970-02-10
Movie Ружья великолепной семерки Levi 1969-07-14
Series Then Came Bronson Unknown 1969-09-17
Movie Планета обезьян President of the Assembly 1968-02-07
Movie Nobody's Perfect Capt. Mike Riley 1968-01-12
Movie Madigan Chief Insp. Charles Kane 1968-03-29
Series The Name of the Game Unknown 1968-09-20
Movie The Split Herb Sutro 1968-11-04
Series Custer Unknown 1967-09-06
Series Защитник Джадд Unknown 1967-09-08
Movie Chuka Lou Trent 1967-07-23
Series The Danny Thomas Hour Unknown 1967-09-11
Movie Waterhole #3 Captain Shipley 1967-10-10
Series Tarzan Unknown 1966-09-08
Series Run for Your Life Unknown 1965-09-13
Series Большая долина Unknown 1965-09-15
Movie Black Like Me John Finley Horton 1964-01-01
Series Twelve O'Clock High Unknown 1964-09-18
Movie The Tenderfoot Captain Ewell 1964-11-08
Series Arrest and Trial Unknown 1963-09-15
Series Правосудие Бёрка Unknown 1963-09-20
Movie Icarus Montgolfier Wright 1962-01-01
Series Виргинцы Unknown 1962-09-19
Series Combat! Unknown 1962-10-02
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Series Доктор Килдэр Unknown 1961-09-27
Movie Leto je krivo za sve Mark Twain (voice) 1961-11-12
Movie Who Was That Lady? Harry Powell 1960-04-15
Series Шоссе 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Series Сумеречная зона Unknown 1959-10-02
Movie Face of Fire Monk Johnson 1959-08-09
Movie The Deep Six Cmdr. Warren Meredith 1958-01-15
Movie The Restless Years Ed Henderson 1958-12-01
Series Вестингауз – Театр Десиле Unknown 1958-10-06
Series Panic! Unknown 1957-03-05
Movie The Young Don't Cry Rudy Krist 1957-07-26
Movie The Eddy Duchin Story Lou Sherwood 1956-01-01
Movie Crime in the Streets Ben Wagner 1956-06-10
Movie Battle Cry MSgt. Mac 1955-02-02
Series Дымок из ствола Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie The Last Frontier Gus 1955-12-07
Movie The McConnell Story SSgt. / Maj . / Col. Ty 'Dad' Whitman 1955-09-29
Movie Oklahoma! Mr. Carnes 1955-10-10
Movie The Command Sgt. Elliott 1954-02-13
Movie The Great Diamond Robbery Mr. Remlick, Lawyer 1954-01-29
Movie Them! Sgt. Ben Peterson 1954-06-16
Series Кульминация Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie All the Brothers Were Valiant Fetcher 1953-01-01
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie The Girl Who Had Everything Charles 'Chico' Menlow 1953-03-27
Movie Kiss Me Kate Slug 1953-11-26
Movie All the Brothers Were Valiant Fetcher 1953-11-13
Movie Shadow in the Sky Lou Hopke 1952-07-18
Movie Above and Beyond Maj William M. Uanna 1952-12-31
Movie Because You're Mine Sergeant 'Bat' Batterson 1952-10-01
Movie Across the Wide Missouri Old Bill (uncredited) 1951-10-01
Movie Angels in the Outfield Angel (voice) (uncredited) 1951-10-19
Movie It's a Big Country Mr. Stacey 1951-11-20
Movie The Outriders Clint Priest 1950-03-01
Movie Please Believe Me Vincent Maran 1950-05-12
Movie Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone John J. Malone 1950-12-08
Movie Асфальтовые джунгли Gus Minissi 1950-05-23
Movie The Next Voice You Hear.... Joe Smith 1950-06-29
Movie Father Was a Fullback Angel (voice) (uncredited) 1949-09-30
Movie The Undercover Man George Pappas 1949-03-21
Movie Battleground Kinnie 1949-11-09
Series Первая студия Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie City of Missing Girls General Oliver O. Howard 1941-03-27
Movie Port of Seven Seas Ben Wagner 1938-07-01
Movie McKenna of the Mounted 1932-08-26
Movie A Bill of Divorcement Joshua Everette 1932-09-30