James Whitmore

Actor
A sturdy and earnest performer on stage, television and in numerous films, James Whitmore was a much-honored character actor and occasional lead whose career stretched from the late 1940s to the early 21st century ... Read more »
Born: 10/01/1921 in White Plains, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (84)

Hail Columbia 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Majestic 2001 (Movie)

Stan Keller (Actor)

Here's To Life 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Practice 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Relic 1997 (Movie)

Dr Albert Frock (Actor)

The Roots of Roe 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle 1993 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shawshank Redemption 1994 (Movie)

Brooks Hatlen (Actor)

National Memorial Day Concert (1993) 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ray Bradbury Theater 1987 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Home on the Range 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Glory! Glory! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Old Explorers 1990 (Movie)

Leinen Roth (Actor)

Sky High 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

All My Sons 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Nuts 1987 (Movie)

Judge Stanley Murdoch (Actor)

The West of the Imagination 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Chesapeake Borne 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Adventures of Mark Twain 1985 (Movie)

of Mark Twain (Voice)

Celebrity 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Those Trains 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Narrator

Parade of Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Rage 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Comeback 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

First Deadly Sin 1979 (Movie)

Dr Sanford Ferguson (Actor)

General Electric's All-Star Anniversary 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Word 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Bully 1978 (Movie)

Theodore Roosevelt (Actor)

Celebration: The American Spirit 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Serpent's Egg 1976 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

Give 'Em Hell, Harry! 1974 (Movie)

Harry S Truman (Actor)

Where the Red Fern Grows 1974 (Movie)

Grandpa (Actor)

Temperatures Rising 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

If Tomorrow Comes 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Harrad Experiment 1972 (Movie)

Philip Tenhausen (Actor)

Will Rogers' U.S.A. 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Chato's Land 1971 (Movie)

Joshua Everette (Actor)

The Challenge 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Tora! Tora! Tora! 1970 (Movie)

Admiral Halsey (Actor)

Guns of the Magnificent Seven 1969 (Movie)

Levi (Actor)

Madigan 1968 (Movie)

Chief Inspector Charles Kane (Actor)

Planet of the Apes 1968 (Movie)

President of the Assembly (Actor)

The Split 1968 (Movie)

Herb Sutro (Actor)

Nobody's Perfect 1967 (Movie)

Capt Mike Riley (Actor)

Chuka 1966 (Movie)

Trent (Actor)

Waterhole Number 3 1966 (Movie)

Captain Shipley (Actor)

Alcoa Premiere 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

The Law and Mr. Jones 1960 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Zane Grey Theater 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The Desilu Playhouse 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Was That Lady? 1960 (Movie)

Harry Powell (Actor)

Face of Fire 1959 (Movie)

Monk Johnson (Actor)

The Restless Years 1958 (Movie)

Ed Henderson (Actor)

The Deep Six 1957 (Movie)

Commander Meredith (Actor)

Crime in the Streets 1956 (Movie)

Ben Wagner (Actor)

The Eddy Duchin Story 1956 (Movie)

Lou Sherwood (Actor)

Battle Cry 1955 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Battle Cry 1955 (Movie)

Sergeant Mac (Actor)

Oklahoma! 1955 (Movie)

Carnes (Actor)

The Last Frontier 1955 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

The McConnell Story 1955 (Movie)

Ty Whitman (Actor)

Them 1954 (Movie)

Sergeant Ben Peterson (Actor)

All the Brothers Were Valiant 1953 (Movie)

Fetcher (Actor)

Kiss Me Kate 1953 (Movie)

Slug (Actor)

The Girl Who Had Everything 1953 (Movie)

Charles "Chico" Menlo (Actor)

The Great Diamond Robbery 1953 (Movie)

Remlick (Actor)

It's a Big Country 1952 (Movie)

Mr. Stacey (Actor)

The Asphalt Jungle 1950 (Movie)

Gus Minissi (Actor)

The Next Voice You Hear 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Ring of Endless Light (TV Show)

Actor

Above and Beyond (Movie)

Maj. Uanna (Actor)

Across the Wide Missouri (Movie)

(Actor)

Favorite Son (TV Show)

Actor

Kraft Television Theater (TV Show)

Actor

Mark, I Love You (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow in the Sky (Movie)

Lou (Actor)

Swing Vote (TV Show)

Actor

The Command (TV Show)

Actor

The Outriders (Movie)

Clint Priest (Actor)

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A sturdy and earnest performer on stage, television and in numerous films, James Whitmore was a much-honored character actor and occasional lead whose career stretched from the late 1940s to the early 21st century. Versatile in almost every genre of film, Whitmore was frequently called upon to play can-do, salt of the earth characters like his combat-weary platoon leader in "Battleground" (1949) or the heroic state patrolman fighting giant ants in the sci-fi classic "Them!" (1954). Whitmore was a frequent guest star in television series and TV movies, as well as worked extensively on stage throughout his career, including solo performances as Will Rogers, Harry S. Truman and Theodore Roosevelt, which earned him the moniker "King of the One Man Show." In his seventh decade, he enjoyed a career boost with a moving performance as an elderly prisoner in "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994) and a 1999 Emmy Award for "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004). A generation of television viewers also knew him as the on-camera spokesman for Miracle-Gro garden products. The man simply would not slow down, an actor in his soul, performing well into late eighties.

Relationships

James Allen Whitmore

Father

Florence Bell Whitmore

Mother

Daniel Whitmore

Son
Mother, Nancy Mygatt

Steven Whitmore

Son
Mother, Nancy Mygatt

Audra Lindley Actor

Wife
Married in 1972 divorced in 1979

Nancy Mygatt

Wife
First married in 1947, but divorced in 1971 later remarried in 1979, but they divorced again in 1981

Noreen Nash Actor

Wife
Married August 7, 2001 until his death in 2009

James Whitmore Jr. Director

Son
Born October 24, 1948 mother, Nancy Mygatt

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York , New York

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1944
Attended on a football scholarship; co-founder of Yale radio station(pre-law)

American Theatre Wing

New York , New York

Choate

Wallingford , Connecticut

Milestones

2003

Garnered an Emmy Award nomination for his guest role in "Mister Sterling" (NBC)

2001

Guest starred on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS) for his final acting role

2001

Had featured role in "The Majestic"; directed by Frank Darabont

1999

Co-starred as one of the US Supreme Court justices in the ABC drama, "Swing Vote"

1999

Reprised role of Raymond Oz for two episodes of "The Practice" (ABC)

1997

Had a supporting role in the film, "The Relic"

1997

Cast as Raymond Oz, the legendary attorney who served as mentor to Bobby Donnell (Dylan McDermott) in the ABC drama, "The Practice"

1994

Return to feature films after a seven-year absence in "The Shawshank Redemption"; directed by Frank Darabont

1990

Appeared in the Off-Broadway production, "Handy Dandy"

1989

Portrayed a televangelist in the HBO original movie, "Glory! Glory!"

1988

Played the US president in the NBC miniseries, "Favorite Son"

1987

Starred in the PBS' production of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons"

1987

Portrayed the judge overseeing the trial of a woman (Barbra Streisand) accused of murder in "Nuts"

1985

Created the role of Henry Pulaski in the stage production, "Handy Dandy"

1984

Acted in the NBC miniseries, "Celebrity"

1982

Last Broadway appearance (to date) "Almost an Eagle"

1978

Co-starred in the CBS miniseries, "The Word"

1977

Portrayed US President Teddy Roosevelt in the one-man stage show, "Bully!"; production filmed and released theatrically

1975

Earned a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for recreating his stage role in the one-man show, "Give 'Em Hell, Harry!"

1974

Reprised role in the Broadway staging of "Will Rogers' USA"

1972

Recreated stage role in CBS adaptation of "Will Rogers' USA"

1972

Cast in the short-lived ABC sitcom, "Temperatures Rising"

1969

Returned to Broadway in the unsuccessful production of "Inquest"

1969

Portrayed Will Rogers in the one-man show, "Will Rogers' USA"; toured with the show on and off for thirty years; final performance was in 2000

1969

Cast as Admiral Halsey in the Japanese-American production of "Tora! Tora! Tora!"

1968

Played the leading character of Professor Woodruff in the NBC series, "My Friend Tony"

1968

Played the president in the sci-fi classic, "Planet of the Apes"

1967

Returned to features in the Western, "Chuka"

1960

Cast as the lead in the ABC crime drama, "The Law and Mr. Jones"

1960

Last film for seven years, "Who Was That Lady?"

1956

Offered a strong turn as a social worker in "Crime in the Streets"

1955

Narrated and co-starred in the war drama, "Battle Cry"

1955

Played a supporting role in the film musical, "Oklahoma!"

1954

Had a leading role in the black and white sci-fi film, "Them!"

1953

Teamed with Keenan Wynn as gangsters in the feature version of "Kiss Me Kate"

1951

Played featured role in "It's a Big Country"

1949

Earned a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for playing a sergeant in "Battleground"

1949

Film acting debut, "The Undercover Man"

1947

TV debut, "Kraft Television Theater"

1947

Made Broadway debut playing Sergeant in "Command Decision"

1947

Made professional acting debut with the Peterborough, New Hampshire stock company

1941

Served in the US Marines during WWII

Joined the Yale Drama School Players

Bonus Trivia

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In February 2000, Whitmore was presented with the Will Rogers Communicator Award.

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