James Westerfield

Golden Age character actor James Westerfield was often cast in blue-collar roles. He made his first appearance as a background actor in the Cary Grant American Revolution drama "The Howards of Virginia." After a string ... Read more »
Born: 03/22/1913

Filmography

Actor (44)

The Murdocks and the McClays 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Arde 1970 (Movie)

Appleby (Actor)

A Man Called Gannon 1969 (Movie)

Amos (Actor)

Now You See It, Now You Don't 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Smith 1969 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

The Love God? 1969 (Movie)

Reverend Wilkerson (Actor)

True Grit 1969 (Movie)

Judge Parker (Actor)

Blue 1968 (Movie)

Abe (Actor)

Hang 'Em High 1968 (Movie)

Prisoner (Actor)

Lost in Space 1965 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Gallagher 1964 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round 1966 (Movie)

Jack Balter (Actor)

The Sons of Katie Elder 1965 (Movie)

Banker Vannar (Actor)

Bikini Beach 1964 (Movie)

Second Officer (Actor)

Man's Favorite Sport? 1964 (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

That Funny Feeling 1964 (Movie)

Officer Brokaw (Actor)

The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

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Birdman of Alcatraz 1962 (Movie)

Jess Younger (Actor)

Son of Flubber 1962 (Movie)

Officer Hanson (Actor)

Homicidal 1961 (Movie)

Mr Adrims (Actor)

The Absent-Minded Professor 1961 (Movie)

Officer Hanson (Actor)

Wild River 1960 (Movie)

Cal Garth (Actor)

The Plunderers 1959 (Movie)

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The Shaggy Dog 1959 (Movie)

Officer Hanson (Actor)

Cowboy 1958 (Movie)

Mike Adams (Actor)

Proud Rebel 1958 (Movie)

Birm Bates (Actor)

The Gunfight at Dodge City 1958 (Movie)

Reverend Howard (Actor)

The Hangman 1958 (Movie)

Herb Loftus (Actor)

Decision at Sundown 1957 (Movie)

Otis (Actor)

Elfego Baca 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

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Three Brave Men 1956 (Movie)

O'Reilly (Actor)

Chief Crazy Horse 1955 (Movie)

Caleb Mantz (Actor)

Lucy Gallant 1955 (Movie)

Frank Wilson (Actor)

Man Without a Gun 1955 (Movie)

Drummer (Actor)

The Cobweb 1955 (Movie)

James Petlee (Actor)

The Scarlet Coat 1955 (Movie)

Colonel Jameson (Actor)

On the Waterfront 1954 (Movie)

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The Violent Men 1954 (Movie)

Magruder (Actor)

Three Hours to Kill 1954 (Movie)

Sam Minor (Actor)

Undercurrent 1946 (Movie)

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The Magnificent Ambersons 1942 (Movie)

Cop at Accident (Actor)

Scalplock (TV Show)

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Set This Town on Fire (TV Show)

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The Blue Men (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Golden Age character actor James Westerfield was often cast in blue-collar roles. He made his first appearance as a background actor in the Cary Grant American Revolution drama "The Howards of Virginia." After a string of similarly small roles, he earned his first worthwhile supporting role in the 1946 film-noir thriller "Undercurrent," which starred Katharine Hepburn and Robert Mitchum. Westerfield would go on to perform in 55 films over a career that spanned 35 years, appearing opposite some of Hollywood's brightest stars. In the Oscar-winning drama "On the Waterfront," he shared screen time with onscreen heavyweight Marlon Brando, and later sparred with John Wayne's Oscar-winning Rooster Cogburn in the 1969 Western adventure "True Grit." To young audiences, Westfield is likely best remembered as the awestruck cop from a trio of Disney's fantasy-comedies: the shapeshifting adventure "The Shaggy Dog," the high-flying comedy "The Absent-Minded Professor," and one of its sequels, "Son of Flubber." With the emergence of television in the 1950s, Westerfield branched out, appearing in more than 90 different programs before his death from a heart attack in 1971. His final film appearance unrolled posthumously in 1975; he had earned a lead in the gruff Western "Dead Aim" as a compassionate undertaker who takes in an abandoned boy.

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