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James Whitmore

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James Whitmore (October 1, 1921 – February 6, 2009) was an American film actor.

Whitmore's first major picture was Battleground, in a role that was turned down by Spencer Tracy, and for which Whitmore was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Other major films included The Asphalt Jungle, The Next Voice You Hear,[2][3] Above and Beyond, Kiss Me, Kate, Them!, Oklahoma!, Black Like Me, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, Tora! Tora! Tora!, and Give 'em Hell, Harry!, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of former U.S. President Harry S Truman. In the movie Tora! Tora! Tora! he played the part of Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey.

Whitmore did extensive theatre work. He won a Tony Award for "Best Performance by a Newcomer" in the Broadway production of Command Decision (1948). He later won the title "King of the One Man Show" after appearing in the solo vehicles Will Rogers' USA (1970), Give 'em Hell, Harry! (1975) (repeating the role in the film version, for which he was nominated for an Oscar) and as Theodore Roosevelt in Bully (1977) although the latter production did not repeat the success of the first two.

In 1999, he played Raymond Oz in two episodes of The Practice, earning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. In 2002, Whitmore got the role of the Grandfather in the Disney Channel original movie A Ring of Endless Light.

He was a graduate of Yale University, where he was a member of Skull and Bones and served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II.

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The Whitmore family will never grow out of this stage
LA Times Entertainme, 2013-05-08 02:15:00
James Whitmore was a noted character actor. His son and grandchildren carry on his love of theater with Whitmore Eclectic, which is staging 'Proof.'Prolific character actor James Whitmore appeared in countless films ("The Asphalt Jungle," "The Shawshank Redemption") and TV series ("The Twilight Zone") in his six -decade career, earning ...

It’s All About a Dishonest Day’s Work
NY Times Movies, 2010-10-01 04:53:01
James Whitmore, left, and Sterling Hayden, center, are involved in a heist in John Huston’s “Asphalt Jungle.”

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