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James Whitmore ACTOR


James Whitmore was born James Allen Whitmore Jr. on October 1st, 1921 in White Plains, New York, USA.  He was the son of park commission official, James Allen Whitmore Sr. and Florence Crane.  He attended Yale University and earned a BA in pre law in 1944.  He then joined the United States Marines and served during World War II.  Upon being discharged, he went on to study acting at a prestigious American Theater Wing under the G.I. Bill.  While studying acting there, he met the first of his three wives, Nancy Mygott and together they had three children.

Whitmore made his Broadway debut on, "Command Decision" (1947) and he won a Tony Award for his supporting role.  Also in 1947, he made his professional acting debut with the Peters Borough, New Hampshire stock company and a television debut on, "Kraft Television Theater" (1947).  He caught the eye of Hollywood and received his first on screen role in, "The Undercover Man" (1949) and that same year he won an Academy Award nomination as best Supporting Actor for his performance on, "Battleground" (1949).

Whitmore alternated between featured and character roles and the occasional lead for much of the 1950's and 1960's.  His next starring role was in, "Above and Beyond" (1952).  He could play a variety of characters such as a sympathetic wheel man in noir classic "The Asphalt Jungle" (1950).  He even proved to be capable of performing in musicals such as in the MGM musical spectacular, "Kiss Me Kate" (1953).

The mid 50's continued with great roles and portraying so many different characters so as not to get type cast.  Whitmore starred in a sci-fi horror film, "Them" (1954) and then a war romance, "Battle Cry" (1954) followed by the musical, "Oklahoma" (1955) and "Crime in the Streets" (1956).  There was not a role that was too difficult for him to portray his talents.  His last film for seven years was, "Who was that Lady?" (1960).

Along with his film career, Whitmore starred on various television shows and even had three of his own series.  The most successful of which, "The Law and Mr. Jones", ran for three seasons on ABC in the early 1960's.  

He returned to working on film in, "Chuka" (1967) and in 1968 portraying the president in the sci-fi classic, "Planet of the Apes" and a role in, "Tora! Tora! Tora!" (1970) a Japanese American Production.  He also was known as the "King of the One Man Show" for his solo performances as  Will Rogers, Harry S. Truman and Theodore Roosevelt in the early 70's.    

During Whitmore's 7th decade as an actor, he made periodic returns to working on the stage appearing in Off-Broadway plays such as, "Handy Dandy" and "About Time" (1990).  James had a successful career boost with an amazing performance as an elderly prisoner in, "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994) and also received an Emmy Award for his role on, "The Practice" (ABC 1997-2004).

Nothing was stopping Whitmore from adding to his successful acting credits with a follow up role in, "The Relic" (1996) and a co-starring role in the ABC Drama, "Swing Vote" (1999).  Whitmore received an Emmy Award for his reprised role of Raymond Oz in two episodes of, "The Practice" (1999) and was cast in another feature film, "The Majestic" (2001).  His final acting role was as a guest star on, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2001).

Whitmore was presented an award in February 2000, with the Will Rogers Communicator Award.  Then in 2003, Whitmore received an Emmy Award nomination for his guest role in, "Mister Sterling" on NBC.  He was also a long time spokesman for Miracle-Gro's garden products and appeared in commercials for the First Freedom First Campaign which advocated religious liberty and the separation of church and state in American politics.  

Whitmore was married a total of three times.  First to Audra Lindley, then Nancy Mygatt and finally on August 7th, 2001 to Noreen Nash.   He had three sons, James, Steven and Daniel.  He had had a fabulous career stretching from the late 40's to the early 21st century.  James Whitmore passed away on February 6th, 2009. 


2001   The Majestic
2000   Here s To Life
1998   Behind the Planet of the Apes
1997   The Relic
1996   Wild Bill, Hollywood Maverick: The Life and Times of William A. Wellman
1994   The Shawshank Redemption
1992   Where The Red Fern Grows - Pt. 1 & 2
1990   Old Explorers
1988   Glory! Glory!
1987   All My Sons
1987   Frontier Heritage
1987   Nuts 
1985   Celebrity
1985   The Adventures of Mark Twain
1981   The Killing of Randy Webster 
1980   Rage 
1980   The First Deadly Sin

1978   Bully 
1978   The Word 
1977   The Serpent s Egg
1975   Give 'Em Hell, Harry!
1975   I Will Fight No More Forever
1974   Where the Red Fern Grows
1973   High Crime
1973   The Harrad Experiment
1971   Chato's Land
1970   Tora! Tora! Tora!
1969   Guns of the Magnificent Seven
1968   Madigan
1968   Nobody's Perfect 
1968   Planet of the Apes
1967   Chuka
1967   Waterhole Number 3 
1964   Black Like Me
1960   Who Was That Lady?
1959   Face of Fire
1958   The Restless Years
1957   The Deep Six
1956   Crime in the Streets
1956   The Eddy Duchin Story
1956   The Last Frontier
1955   Battle Cry 
1955   Oklahoma!
1955   The McConnell Story
1954   Them
1953   All the Brothers Were Valiant
1953   Kiss Me Kate
1953   The Girl Who Had Everything 
1953   The Great Diamond Robbery
1952   Above and Beyond 
1952   Because You're Mine
1952   It s a Big Country
1950   The Next Voice You Hear
1949   Battleground
1949   Ray Bradbury Dancing Among the Muses

Matinee Classics - Above and Beyond with Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker
Matinee Classics - Across the Wide Missouri starring Clark Gable, Ricardo Montalban, John Hodiak, Adolphe Menjou, J. Carrol Naish, Jack Holt, Alan Napier, George Chandler, Richard Anderson, Maria Elena Marques, Howard Keel, James Whitmore, Chief Tahachee, Nipo T. Strongheart, Evelyn Finley, Bobby Barber and Timothy Carey
Matinee Classics - All the Brothers Were Valiant starring Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger, Ann Blyth, Betta St. John, Keenan Wynn, James Whitmore, Kurt Kasznar, Lewis Stone, Robert Burton, Peter Whitney, John Lupton, Jonathan Cott, Mitchell Lewis, James Bell and Leo Gordon
Matinee Classics - James Allen Whitmore Jr.
Matinee Classics - Planet of the Apes starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, James Daly, Linda Harrison, Robert Gunner, Lou Wagner, Woodrow Parfrey, Jeff Burton, Buck Kartalian, Norman Burton, Wright King and Paul Lambert
Matinee Classics - Mark, I Love You starring Kevin Dobson, James Whitmore, Cassie Yates, Dana Elcar, Molly Cheek, Peggy McCay, Lana Smith, Jay W. MacIntosh, Justin Dana, Raleigh Bond, Pat Corley and Michael Currie
Matinee Classics - Please Believe Me starring Deborah Kerr, Robert Walker, Mark Stevens, Peter Lawford, James Whitmore, J. Carrol Naish, Spring Byington and Carol Savage
Matinee Classics - The Asphalt Jungle starring Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe, John McIntire, Marc Lawrence, Barry Kelley, Anthony Caruso, Teresa Celli, Marilyn Monroe, William Davis, Dorothy Tree, Brad Dexter and John Maxwell
Matinee Classics - The First Deadly Sin starring Frank Sinatra, Faye Dunaway, David Dukes, George Coe, Brenda Vaccaro, Martin Gabel, Anthony Zerbe, James Whitmore, Joe Spinell, Anna Navarro, Jeffrey DeMunn, John Devaney, Robert Weil, Hugh Hurd, Jon DeVries and Bruce Willis
Matinee Classics - The Girl Who Had Everything starring Elizabeth Taylor, Fernando Lamas, William Powell, Gig Young, James Whitmore, William Walker and Robert Burton

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