James Whitmore : biography
James Allen Whitmore, Jr. (October 1, 1921 – February 6, 2009) was an American film, and stage and television actor.
Whitmore was diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2008, from which he died, at the age of 87 in February 2009, at his Malibu, California, home.McLellan, Dennis (February 7, 2009). . Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
Whitmore was twice married to Nancy Mygatt, first in 1947. The couple had three sons before their divorce in 1971. One of those sons, James, III, found success as a television actor and director under the name James Whitmore, Jr. Another son, Steve Whitmore, became the public spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. His youngest son, Daniel, was a Forest Service Snow Ranger and firefighter before he launched his own construction company.
Whitmore was married to actress Audra Lindley (died 1997) from 1972 until 1979. He later remarried Mygatt, but they divorced again after two years.
In 2001, he married actress and author Noreen Nash, who is the grandmother of film actor Sebastian Siegel.
Whitmore is the grandfather of Survivor: Gabon contestant Matty Whitmore. In his later years, Whitmore spent most of his summers in Peterborough, New Hampshire, performing with the Petersborough Players().
Although not always politically active, in 2007, Whitmore generated some publicity with his endorsement of Barack Obama for U.S. President. In January 2008, Whitmore appeared in television commercials for the First Freedom First campaign, which advocates preserving "the separation of church and state" and protecting religious liberty. . First Freedom First.
- The Undercover Man (1949)
- Battleground (1949)
- Please Believe Me (1950)
- The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
- The Next Voice You Hear… (1950)
- Mrs. O’Malley and Mr. Malone (1950)
- The Red Badge of Courage (1951) (uncredited narrator)
- Across the Wide Missouri (1951) (uncredited)
- Angels in the Outfield (1951) (uncredited voice)
- Because You’re Mine (1952)
- Above and Beyond (1952)
- The Girl Who Had Everything (1953)
- Kiss Me Kate (1953)
- All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953)
- Them! (1954)
- The Last Frontier (1955 Film) (1955)
- Battle Cry (1955)
- The McConnell Story (1955)
- Oklahoma! (1955)
- Crime in the Streets (1956)
- The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
- The Young Don’t Cry (1957)
- Who Was That Lady? (1960)
- Going My Way as Dr. Corden in "Tell Me When You Get to Heaven" (1963)
- Black Like Me (1964)
- The Tenderfoot (1964), Disney’s The Wonderful World of Color
- Chuka (1967)
- Waterhole #3 (1967)
- Nobody’s Perfect (1968)
- Planet of the Apes (1968)
- Madigan (1968)
- The Split (1968)
- Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)
- The Challenge (1970) (TV)
- Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
- Chato’s Land (1972)
- High Crime (1973)
- The Harrad Experiment (1973)
- Where the Red Fern Grows (1974) (TV)
- The Balloon Vendor (1974)
- I Will Fight No More Forever (1975) (TV)
- Give ’em Hell, Harry! (1975)
- The Serpent’s Egg (1977)
- The First Deadly Sin (1980)
- The Adventures of Mark Twain (1986) (voice)
- All My Sons (1987) (TV)
- Nuts (1987)
- The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
- The Relic (1997)
- Swing Vote (1999)