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James Whitmore (1921–2009)


Born on October 1, 1921, in White Plains, New York, gruff veteran character actor James Whitmore earned early and widespread respect with his award-winning dramatic capabilities on Broadway and in films. He would later conquer TV with the same trophy-winning results. The son of James Allen Whitmore and Florence Crane, he was educated at ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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 2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Milton
- Ending Happy (2007) ... Milton
 2005 Fun with Dick and Jane
Toy Store Security Guard (uncredited)
 2003 Mister Sterling (TV Series)
Retired Governor William Sterling Sr.
- Statewide Swing (2003) ... Retired Governor William Sterling Sr.
- Next Question (2003) ... Retired Governor William Sterling Sr.
- Pilot (2003) ... Retired Governor William Sterling Sr.
 2003 A Minute with Stan Hooper (TV Series)
Dr. Goldman
- The Good Doctor (2003) ... Dr. Goldman
 2002 A Ring of Endless Light (TV Movie)
Grandfather
 2000 Here's to Life!
Gus Corley
 1997-1999 The Practice (TV Series)
Raymond Oz
- Oz (1999) ... Raymond Oz
- Legacy (1999) ... Raymond Oz
- Hide and Seek (1997) ... Raymond Oz
 1999 Swing Vote (TV Movie)
Daniel Morissey
 1993 The Poetry Hall of Fame (TV Movie)
 1990 The Ray Bradbury Theatre (TV Series)
Craig Bennett Stiles
- The Toynbee Convector (1990) ... Craig Bennett Stiles
 1990 Old Explorers
Leinen Roth
 1990 Sky High (TV Movie)
Gus Johnson
 1989 Glory! Glory! (TV Movie)
Lester Babbitt
 1988 Favorite Son (TV Mini-Series)
The President
- Part One (1988) ... The President
 1987 Nuts
Judge Stanley Murdoch
 1987 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Joe Keller
- All My Sons (1987) ... Joe Keller
 1986 Moses (Video short)
Moses (voice)
 1985 Zoo Ship (voice)
 1985 Riptide (TV Series)
Ben Wilkenson
- Home for Christmas (1985) ... Ben Wilkenson
 1984 Celebrity (TV Mini-Series)
Clifford Casey
- Part 3 (1984) ... Clifford Casey
- Part 1 (1984) ... Clifford Casey
 1980 Mark, I Love You (TV Movie)
Dwight Hamilton
 1980 The White Shadow (TV Series)
Jake Reeves
- Reunion: Part 2 (1980)
- Reunion: Part 1 (1980) ... Jake Reeves
 1980 The First Deadly Sin
Dr. Sanford Ferguson
 1980 Rage! (TV Movie)
Borski
 1980 The Golden Honeymoon (TV Movie)
Charley Tate
 1979 Comeback (TV Series)
Host
- Freddy Fender Story (1979) ... Host
 1978 The Word (TV Mini-Series)
George Wheeler
 1977 Das Schlangenei
The Priest
 1974 Last Moments
Antonio
 1965-1973 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Timothy Fitzpatrick / Jim Forbes / Amos Campbell
- Women for Sale: Part 2 (1973) ... Timothy Fitzpatrick
- Women for Sale: Part 1 (1973) ... Timothy Fitzpatrick
- The Reward (1965) ... Jim Forbes
- Dry Road to Nowhere (1965) ... Amos Campbell
 1973 High Crime
Commissioner Aldo Scavino
 1973 The Harrad Experiment
Philip Tenhausen
 1972 Will Rogers' USA (TV Movie)
Will Rogers
 1972 Chato's Land
Joshua Everette
 1971 If Tomorrow Comes (TV Movie)
Frank Phillips
 1966-1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Marshal Krug / Carl Kabe / Ezra Hollis / ...
- Lady at the Bar (1970) ... Marshal Krug
- A Flash of Darkness (1969) ... Carl Kabe
- Paid in Full (1967) ... Ezra Hollis
- Nobody Said Hello (1966) ... Capt. Piper Pritican
 1970 Then Came Bronson (TV Series)
Wilson Ford
- The Mountain (1970) ... Wilson Ford
 1970 The Challenge (TV Movie)
Overman
 1969 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Dr. Harry Roarke
- Goodbye Harry (1969) ... Dr. Harry Roarke
 1968 The Split
Herb Sutro
 1968 Bonanza (TV Series)
John Postley
- To Die in Darkness (1968) ... John Postley
 1968 Madigan
Chief Insp. Charles Kane
 1968 Cowboy in Africa (TV Series)
Ryan Crose
- First to Capture (1968) ... Ryan Crose
 1966-1968 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Marshal Seth Campbell / Tom Wills / Joshua Hawks / ...
- Shadow of a Giant (1968) ... Marshal Seth Campbell
- Night in a Small Town (1967) ... Tom Wills
- Target (1966) ... Joshua Hawks
 1968 Nobody's Perfect
Capt. Mike Riley
 1967 Custer (TV Series)
Eldo
- Spirit Woman (1967) ... Eldo
 1967 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
John Patrick McKenna
- The Money Farm (1967) ... John Patrick McKenna
 1967 Waterhole #3
Capt. Shipley
 1967 Tarzan (TV Series)
Cliff Stockwell
- Tiger, Tiger! (1967) ... Cliff Stockwell
 1967 Chuka
Lou Trent
 1967 The Invaders (TV Series)
Harry Swain
- Quantity: Unknown (1967) ... Harry Swain
 1965-1966 12 O'Clock High (TV Series)
Col. Harry Connelly / Col. J. Paul 'Pappy' Hartley
- The Ace (1966) ... Col. Harry Connelly
- The Hero (1965) ... Col. J. Paul 'Pappy' Hartley
 1966 The Monroes (TV Series)
Sergeant Shanghai Blackmer
- The Hunter (1966) ... Sergeant Shanghai Blackmer
 1966 Shane (TV Series)
Harry Himber
- Day of the Hawk (1966) ... Harry Himber
 1966 T.H.E. Cat (TV Series)
Arnie Ludock
- Little Arnie from Long Ago (1966) ... Arnie Ludock
 1966 The Loner (TV Series)
Doc Fritchman
- The Mourners for Johnny Sharp: Part 2 (1966) ... Doc Fritchman
- The Mourners for Johnny Sharp: Part 1 (1966) ... Doc Fritchman
 1965 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Chief Jim Holland
- This Town for Sale (1965) ... Chief Jim Holland
 1965 For the People (TV Series)
Hillard Vance
- Any Benevolent Purpose (1965) ... Hillard Vance
 1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Joe Piante
- Who Killed Cop Robin? (1965) ... Joe Piante
 1965 Combat! (TV Series)
Hertzbrun
- The Cassock (1965) ... Hertzbrun
 1964 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Captain Ewell
- The Tenderfoot: Part 3 (1964) ... Captain Ewell
- The Tenderfoot: Part 2 (1964) ... Captain Ewell
- The Tenderfoot: Part 1 (1964) ... Captain Ewell
 1963-1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Major Will Stanton / J. Marvin Bean
- A Lion Amongst Men (1964) ... Major Will Stanton
- The Long, Lost Life of Edward Smalley (1963) ... J. Marvin Bean
 1964 Slattery's People (TV Series)
Representative Harry Sanborn
- Question: What Is Truth? (1964) ... Representative Harry Sanborn
 1964 Black Like Me
John Finley Horton
 1964 Death at the Stock Car Races (TV Movie)
Buck Larsen
 1964 Suspense (TV Series)
Buck Larsen
- I, Buck Larsen (1964) ... Buck Larsen
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Marsh
- Love the Giver (1964) ... Marsh
 1963 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Martin Burnham
- My Name Is Martin Burnham (1963) ... Martin Burnham
 1963 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Henry Clay Kincaid
- If You Can't Believe the Truth... (1963) ... Henry Clay Kincaid
 1963 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV Series)
Foxy Smith
- The Day of the Golden Fleece (1963) ... Foxy Smith
 1962-1963 Rawhide (TV Series)
Colonel John Macklin / Sergeant Joe Duclos
- Incident of Iron Bull (1963) ... Colonel John Macklin
- Incident of the Dogfaces (1962) ... Sergeant Joe Duclos
 1963 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Dr. Donald Forrest
- Father Was an Intern (1963) ... Dr. Donald Forrest
 1963 Route 66 (TV Series)
Ralph Vincent
- A Gift for a Warrior (1963) ... Ralph Vincent
 1963 Going My Way (TV Series)
Dr. Corden
- Tell Me When You Get to Heaven (1963) ... Dr. Corden
 1962 Icarus Montgolfier Wright (Short) (voice)
 1960-1962 The Law and Mr. Jones (TV Series)
Abraham Lincoln Jones / Abraham Lincoln James / Abraham Lincolnm Jones
- My Worthy Colleague (1962) ... Abraham Lincoln Jones
- Thicker Than Water (1962) ... Abraham Lincoln Jones
- The Man Who Wanted to Die (1962) ... Abraham Lincoln Jones
- Wilderness (1962) ... Abraham Lincoln Jones
- Everybody Is Money (1962) ... Abraham Lincoln Jones
 1962 Focus (TV Movie)
Lawrence Newman
 1961 The Detectives (TV Series)
Francis Xavier Murphy
- Act of God (1961) ... Francis Xavier Murphy
 1961 Checkmate (TV Series)
Detective Lt. Dave Harker
- Nice Guys Finish Last (1961) ... Detective Lt. Dave Harker
 1961 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Fred Collins
- The Witch Next Door (1961) ... Fred Collins
 1961 Bus Stop (TV Series)
Victor Kane
- Success Story (1961) ... Victor Kane
 1956-1961 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Narrator / Jonas / Joel Begley / ...
- The Silent Sentry (1961) ... Narrator
- Wayfarers (1960) ... Jonas
- Checkmate (1959) ... Joel Begley
- Debt of Gratitude (1958) ... Ben Kincaid
- Fearful Courage (1956) ... Jeb
 1960 The Chevy Mystery Show (TV Series)
Philip Selby
- Thunder of Silence (1960) ... Philip Selby
 1960 Who Was That Lady?
Harry Powell
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Judge Lee Anderson
- The Hanging Judge (1959) ... Judge Lee Anderson
 1957-1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Mr. Anderson / Major Abe Kasner / Guy Cato / ...
- The Sounds of Eden (1959) ... Mr. Anderson
- Dark December (1959) ... Major Abe Kasner
- Free Weekend (1958) ... Guy Cato
- Galvanized Yankee (1957) ... Capt. Miles Shay
 1959 Face of Fire
Monk Johnson
 1958 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Earl Sherwood
- The Town Budget (1958) ... Earl Sherwood
 1958 The Restless Years
Ed Henderson
 1958 Decision (TV Series)
Danny Cochran
- Fear Has Many Faces (1958) ... Danny Cochran
 1958 The Deep Six
Commander Warren Meredith
 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Gabe Carswell
- The Gabe Carswell Story (1958) ... Gabe Carswell
 1957 Studio 57 (TV Series)
- Goodbye Joe (1957)
 1957 The Young Don't Cry
Rudy Krist
 1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Jake Flannigan
- Deep Water (1957) ... Jake Flannigan
 1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Warden Lightfoot
- Nothing to Lose (1957) ... Warden Lightfoot
 1957 Panic! (TV Series)
Father Dolan
- The Priest (1957) ... Father Dolan
 1956-1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Tom Miller / Stash Prohaska
- The Stalker (1957) ... Tom Miller
- The Fog (1956) ... Stash Prohaska
 1954-1957 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Danny Cochran / Joe Green
- Fear Has Many Faces (1957) ... Danny Cochran
- For Value Received (1954) ... Joe Green
 1956 Chevron Hall of Stars (TV Series)
March
- The Tough Haul (1956)
- A Man Named March (1956) ... March
- The Bequest (1956)
 1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Senator Edmund G. Ross
- Out to Kill (1956)
- A Profile in Courage (1956) ... Senator Edmund G. Ross
 1954-1956 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Joe Benson / Tommy McDermott
- Midnight Kill (1956) ... Joe Benson
- The Big Payday (1956) ... Tommy McDermott
 1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Tracy / Intermission Guest
- The Quick and the Dead (1956) ... Tracy
- Miss Mabel (1956) ... Intermission Guest
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- Seasoned Timber (1956)
 1956 Crime in the Streets
Ben Wagner
 1956 The Eddy Duchin Story
Lou Sherwood
 1956 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Sam
- A Favor for Sam (1956) ... Sam
 1956 Playwrights '56 (TV Series)
David
- This Business of Murder (1956) ... David
 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
Starker
- Blonde Mink (1955) ... Starker
 1955 The Last Frontier
Gus
 1955 Crossroads (TV Series)
Father Emil Joseph Kapaun
- The Good Thief (1955) ... Father Emil Joseph Kapaun
 1955 The McConnell Story
SSgt. / Maj. / Col. Ty 'Dad' Whitman
 1955 Battle Cry
MSgt. Mac / Narrator
 1954 The Command
Sgt. Elliott
 1954 The Great Diamond Robbery
Mr. Remlick, Lawyer
 1953 Kiss Me Kate
Slug
 1953 The Girl Who Had Everything
Charles 'Chico' Menlow
 1952 Above and Beyond
Maj. William 'Bill' M. Uanna - Security Officer, Operation Silverplate
 1952 Because You're Mine
Sergeant 'Bat' Batterson
 1952 Shadow in the Sky
Lou Hopke
 1951 Across the Wide Missouri
Old Bill (uncredited)
 1951 Angels in the Outfield
Angel (voice, uncredited)
 1951 The Red Badge of Courage
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1950 Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone
John J. Malone
 1950 The Next Voice You Hear...
Joe Smith, American
 1950 Please Believe Me
Vincent Maran
 1950 The Outriders
Clint Priest
 1949 Battleground
Kinnie
 1949 The Undercover Man
George Pappas
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "Winesburg, Ohio" on Broadway. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Portrayal | 6 Articles | See more »

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[regarding his acting talent] I never thought I was good. I've touched the hem of the garment a few times but never grabbed it full-hand. See more »

Trivia:

Went to the Choate School Wallingford, Connecticult on a football scholarship. Was a pre-law collegiate at Yale University but quit playing football after suffering two knee injuries. While at Yale he set up the campus radio station and starred in a nightly sports news show called "Jim Whitmore Speaks". See more »

Nickname:

Jimmy

Star Sign:

Libra

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