James Whitmore

James Whitmore

Born on October 1, 1921, just outside New York City in White Plains, New York, character veteran James Whitmore was well regarded in his early years for his award-winning dramatic capabilities on Broadway and in films. Later he conquered TV with the same trophy-winning results. Educated at Connecticut's Choate School after receiving a football scholarship, he later earned his BA from Yale University in 1944 before serving with the Marines in World War II. Following his discharge and study in the American Theatre Wing,he met first of four wives, Nancy Mygatt. In the summer of 1947, Whitmore's debuted on Broadway as Tech Sergeant Evans in "Command Decision". His gritty performance reaped the stage acting trifecta -- Tony, Donaldson and Theatre World awards --in one fell swoop.  Following the release of the war picture Battleground (1949), earning himself both Golden Globe and an Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor.  He went on to find a solid footing in films throughout the early part of the 1950s, before turning to television performances and only returning to film decades later.  

Earning distinction throughout his six-decade career, Whitmore showed worthy Oscar potential once again with his touching role as an aged, ill-fated prison parolee in The Shawshank Redemption (1994), and copped an Emmy for a recurring part on "The Practice" in the late 90s. A household face in commercials as well, one of his ultimate passions was gardening and he eventually became the commercial spokesman for Miracle-Gro plant food.

YearTitleCharacterRelease Date
2005

Meet Mr. Miracle-Gro: The Horace Hagedorn Story

2005-07-18
2002

A Ring of Endless Light

Grandfather2002-07-04
2001

The Majestic

Stan Keller2001-12-21
1999
Swing Vote
Daniel Morissey1999-04-19
1997
The Relic
Dr. Albert Frock1997-01-10
1994

The Shawshank Redemption

Brooks Hatlen1994-09-23
1990

Old Explorers

Leinen Roth1990-09-28
1989

Glory! Glory!

Lester Babbitt1989-09-25
1988
Tricks of the Trade
1988-01-01
1987
Nuts
Judge Stanley Murdoch1987-11-20
1985
The Adventures of Mark Twain
Mark Twain (voice)1985-03-01
1984
Celebrity
Clifford Casey1984-02-12
1982
The Klan: A Legacy of Hate in America
Narrator1982-10-01
1982
Hail Columbia!
Narrator1982-01-01
1980
The First Deadly Sin
Dr. Sanford Ferguson1980-10-03
1978
The Word
George Wheeler1978-11-12
1978
Bully: An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt
Teddy Roosevelt1978-09-29
1977
The Serpent's Egg
Priester1977-10-28
1976
The Flying Misfits
Capt. James 'Jim' Gutterman1976-09-21
1975
Give 'em Hell, Harry!
Harry S. Truman1975-09-17
1975
I Will Fight No More Forever
General Oliver O. Howard1975-04-13
1974
The Balloon Vendor
Antonio1974-12-21
1974
Where the Red Fern Grows
Grandpa1974-06-21
1973
High Crime
Commissioner Aldo Scavino1973-08-12
1973
The Harrad Experiment
Philip Tenhausen1973-05-11
1972
Chato's Land
Joshua Everette1972-01-01
1971
If Tomorrow Comes
Frank Phillips1971-12-17
1970
The Challenge
Overman1970-02-10
1970
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Vice Admiral William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr.1970-01-26
1969
Guns of the Magnificent Seven
Levi1969-07-14
1968
The Split
Herb Sutro1968-11-04
1968
Madigan
Chief Insp. Charles Kane1968-03-29
1968
Planet of the Apes
President of the Assembly1968-02-07
1968
Nobody's Perfect
Capt. Mike Riley1968-01-12
1967
Waterhole #3
Captain Shipley1967-10-10
1967
Chuka
Lou Trent1967-07-23
1964
The Tenderfoot
Captain Ewell1964-11-08
1964
Black Like Me
John Finley Horton1964-01-01
1962
Icarus Montgolfier Wright
1962-01-01
1960
Who Was That Lady?
Harry Powell1960-04-15
1959
Face of Fire
Monk Johnson1959-08-09
1958
The Restless Years
Ed Henderson1958-12-01
1958
The Deep Six
Cmdr. Warren Meredith1958-01-15
1957
The Young Don't Cry
Rudy Krist1957-07-26
1956
Crime in the Streets
Ben Wagner1956-06-10
1956
The Eddy Duchin Story
Lou Sherwood1956-01-01
1955
The Last Frontier
Gus1955-12-07
1955
Oklahoma!
Mr. Carnes1955-10-10
1955
The McConnell Story
SSgt. / Maj . / Col. Ty 'Dad' Whitman1955-09-29
1955
Battle Cry
MSgt. Mac1955-02-02
1954
Them!
Sgt. Ben Peterson1954-06-16
1954
The Command
Sgt. Elliott1954-02-13
1954
The Great Diamond Robbery
Mr. Remlick, Lawyer1954-01-29
1953
Kiss Me Kate
Slug1953-11-26
1953
All the Brothers Were Valiant
Fetcher1953-11-13
1953
The Girl Who Had Everything
Charles 'Chico' Menlow1953-03-27
1952
Above and Beyond
Maj William M. Uanna1952-12-31
1952
Because You're Mine
Sergeant 'Bat' Batterson1952-10-01
1952
Shadow in the Sky
Lou Hopke1952-07-18
1951
It's a Big Country
Mr. Stacey1951-11-20
1951
Angels in the Outfield
Angel (voice) (uncredited)1951-10-19
1951
Across the Wide Missouri
Old Bill (uncredited)1951-10-01
1950
Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone
John J. Malone1950-12-08
1950
The Next Voice You Hear....
Joe Smith1950-06-29
1950
The Asphalt Jungle
Gus Minissi1950-05-23
1950
Please Believe Me
Vincent Maran1950-05-12
1950
The Outriders
Clint Priest1950-03-01
1949
Battleground
Kinnie1949-11-09
1949
The Undercover Man
George Pappas1949-03-21