O.Z. Whitehead (1911–1998)


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American character actor of rather bizarre range, a member of the so-called "John Ford Stock Company." Originally a New York stage actor of some repute, Whitehead entered films in the 1930s. He played a wide variety of character parts, often quite different from his own actual age and type. He is probably most familiar as Al Joad in 'John Ford (I)... See full bio »

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(age 87) in Dublin, Ireland

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(1940)
The Lion in Winter Bishop of Durham
(1968)
The Horse Soldiers Hoppy Hopkins
(1959)
(1962)

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 1997 Biological Maintenance Department (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1995 Jake's Progress (TV Mini Series)
Elderly Man
- Episode #1.8 (1995) ... Elderly Man
- Episode #1.7 (1995) ... Elderly Man
 1994 Ailsa
American tourist
 1992 Hello Stranger
Head Waiter
 1990 Diary of a Madman
Lunatic
 1983 Caught in a Free State (TV Mini Series)
US Ambassador David Gray
- Episode #1.3 (1983) ... US Ambassador David Gray
 1981 The Manions of America (TV Mini Series)
Storekeeper
- Part II (1981) ... Storekeeper
 1979 Thursday Play Date (TV Series)
Will O'Neill
- Passing Through (1979) ... Will O'Neill
 1977 Philadelphia, Here I Come!
Ben Burton
 1968 The Lion in Winter
Bishop of Durham
 1967 Ulysses
Alexander J. Dowie
 1963 Summer Magic
Mr. Perkins
 1962 Panic in Year Zero!
Hogan - Grocery Store Owner
 1962 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Herbert Carruthers
 1962 Hazel (TV Series)
Ernie
- Hazel and the Gardener (1962) ... Ernie
 1961 National Velvet (TV Series)
- Donald's Tonsils (1961)
 1960-1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Simms / Mr. Newton
- Final Arrangements (1961) ... Simms
- Not the Running Type (1960) ... Mr. Newton
 1961 Two Rode Together
Lt. Chase
 1961 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Harry Beacom
- The Case of the Cowardly Lion (1961) ... Harry Beacom
 1960 Chartroose Caboose
J.B. King
 1960 Hotel de Paree (TV Series)
Hardcastle
- Sundance and the Good-Luck Coat (1960) ... Hardcastle
 1960 Bonanza (TV Series)
Hamp
- San Francisco (1960) ... Hamp
 1960 The Man from Blackhawk (TV Series)
Charley Welsh
- Diamond Cut Diamond (1960) ... Charley Welsh
 1960 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Charley Welsh
- Circle of Evil (1960) ... Charley Welsh
 1959 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series)
Ticket Agent
- Terry Comes Home (1959) ... Ticket Agent
 1959 The Horse Soldiers
Hoppy Hopkins
 1959 The Third Man (TV Series)
Whimmer
- Death of an Overlord (1959) ... Whimmer
 1958 Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!
Isaac Goodpasture
 1958 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Andy
- The Town Budget (1958) ... Andy
 1958 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Hank Blenis
- Lynching Man (1958) ... Hank Blenis
 1958 The Last Hurrah
Norman Cass, Jr. (as O. Z. Whitehead)
 1958 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
Tasha
- Beat the Band (1958) ... Tasha
 1955 I Spy (TV Series)
Sentry
- The Amateur (1955) ... Sentry
 1954 Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson (TV Series)
Customer
- A Chair on the Boulevard (1954) ... Customer
 1954 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (TV Series)
Dog Keeper
- Dear Little Fool (1954) ... Dog Keeper
 1954 The Web (TV Series)
 1954 Studio One (TV Series)
Peter Kovalesky
- The Remarkable Incident at Carson Corners (1954) ... Peter Kovalesky
 1953 Suspense (TV Series)
George Vance
- Nightmare at Ground Zero (1953) ... George Vance
 1953 The Body Beautiful
Oscar Blunt
 1953 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
 1952 Feudin' Fools
Yancy Smith
 1952 Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
- Right to Hate (1952)
- Poor Miss Emmie (1952)
 1952 Beware, My Lovely
Mr. Franks
 1952 We're Not Married!
Jeff's Postman (uncredited)
 1952 For Men Only
Prof. Bixby
 1951 F.B.I. Girl
Chauncey - Undertaker
 1951 Journey Into Light
Lippy
 1951 The Hoodlum
Breckenridge
 1951 The Scarf
Whoopie (uncredited)
 1950 Dallas
Settler (uncredited)
 1950 One Way Street
Gas Station Proprietor (uncredited)
 1949 Ma and Pa Kettle
Mr. Billings
 1948 Family Honeymoon
Jess (uncredited)
 1948 Road House
Arthur
 1948 A Song Is Born
Professor Oddly
 1948 The Pirate
Hurtada (uncredited)
 1947 The Romance of Rosy Ridge
Ninny Nat
 1947 My Brother Talks to Horses
Mr. Puddy
 1942 To the Shores of Tripoli
Marine Recruit (uncredited)
 1940 The Grapes of Wrath
Al Joad
 1936 M'Liss
Sheriff (uncredited)
 1935 The Scoundrel
Calhoun
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War has the effect of accelerating change in all the worst possible ways. People become harder, more ruthless.

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Although he played Denver Pyle's son in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), he was nine years his senior in real life. See more »

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