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      James Whitmore

      James Whitmore

      Highest Rated: 100% Crime in the Streets (1956)

      Lowest Rated: 20% The Serpent's Egg (1978)

      Birthday: Oct 1, 1921

      Birthplace: White Plains, New York, USA

      A sturdy and earnest performer on stage, television and in numerous films, James Whitmore was a much-honored character actor and occasional lead whose career stretched from the late 1940s to the early 21st century. Versatile in almost every genre of film, Whitmore was frequently called upon to play can-do, salt of the earth characters like his combat-weary platoon leader in "Battleground" (1949) or the heroic state patrolman fighting giant ants in the sci-fi classic "Them!" (1954). Whitmore was a frequent guest star in television series and TV movies, as well as worked extensively on stage throughout his career, including solo performances as Will Rogers, Harry S. Truman and Theodore Roosevelt, which earned him the moniker "King of the One Man Show." In his seventh decade, he enjoyed a career boost with a moving performance as an elderly prisoner in "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994) and a 1999 Emmy Award for "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004). A generation of television viewers also knew him as the on-camera spokesman for Miracle-Gro garden products. The man simply would not slow down, an actor in his soul, performing well into late eighties.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Give 'Em Hell, Harry!
      100% Crime in the Streets
      98% The Asphalt Jungle
      93% Them!
      93% Kiss Me Kate
      89% The Shawshank Redemption
      87% Oklahoma!
      86% Planet of the Apes

      Photos

      THE ASPHALT JUNGLE, Teresa Celli, James Whitmore, 1950 WHO WAS THAT LADY?, Janet Leigh, James Whitmore, 1960 THE NEXT VOICE YOU HEAR..., from left, Nancy Davis, James Whitmore, Gary Gray, 1950 BATTLEGROUND, James Whitmore, 1949 MADIGAN, Henry Fonda, James Whitmore, 1968 THE NEXT VOICE YOU HEAR..., from left, James Whitmore, Nancy Davis, 1950 GIVE 'EM HELL, HARRY!, James Whitmore, 1975 THE NEXT VOICE YOU HEAR..., from left, James Whitmore, Nancy Davis, Gary Gray, 1950 THEM!, James Arness (left), James Whitmore (in train), 1954 THEM!, James Whitmore (with gun), Edmund Gwenn, 1954 MRS. O'MALLEY AND MR. MALONE, from left: James Whitmore, Marjorie Main, 1950 THE NEXT VOICE YOU HEAR..., from left, James Whitmore, Nancy Davis, 1950 THEM!, from left: Edmund Gwenn, James Arness, James Whitmore, 1954 THEM!, from left: Chris Drake, James Whitmore, 1954 PLEASE BELIEVE ME, from left: Peter Lawford, Deborah Kerr, Robert Walker, James Whitmore, 1950 KISS ME KATE, Keenan Wynn, James Whitmore, Howard Keel, 1953 MRS. O'MALLEY AND MR. MALONE, from left: James Whitmore, Ann Dvorak, 1950 THE LAST FRONTIER, Robert Preston, Victor Mature, lobby card poster art, 1955. (c)Columbia Pictures. MRS. O'MALLEY AND MR. MALONE, from left: James Whitmore, Marjorie Main, 1950 MRS. O'MALLEY AND MR. MALONE, from left: James Whitmore, Marjorie Main, 1950

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 56% A Ring of Endless Light Grandfather (Character) - 2002
      42% 60% The Majestic Stan Keller (Character) $27.8M 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's to Life! Gus Corley (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Swing Vote Daniel Morissey (Character) - 1999
      37% 34% The Relic Dr. Albert Frock (Character) $34.0M 1997
      89% 98% The Shawshank Redemption Brooks Hatlen (Character) $27.3M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The West of the Imagination Unknown (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sky High Gus Johnson (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Old Explorers Leinen Roth (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Glory! Glory! Lester Babbitt (Character) - 1989
      41% 71% Nuts Judge Stanley Murdoch (Character) $29.5M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All My Sons Joe Keller (Character) - 1986
      80% 81% The Adventures of Mark Twain Mark Twain (Voice) - 1985
      No Score Yet 50% Hail Columbia! Narrator - 1982
      67% 30% The First Deadly Sin Dr. Sanford Ferguson (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rage Borski (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mark, I Love You Dwight Hamilton (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bully Unknown (Character) - 1978
      20% 56% The Serpent's Egg The Priest (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Word George Wheeler (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 78% I Will Fight No More Forever General Oliver O. Howard (Character) - 1975
      100% 82% Give 'Em Hell, Harry! Harry S. Truman (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Circus Show Antonio (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 75% Where the Red Fern Grows Grandpa (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet High Crime Commissioner Aldo Scavino (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 12% The Harrad Experiment Philip Tenhausen (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 57% Chato's Land Joshua Everette (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet If Tomorrow Comes Frank Phillips (Character) - 1971
      55% 81% Tora! Tora! Tora! Vice Adm. William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr. (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Challenge Overman (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet 40% Guns of the Magnificent Seven Levi (Character) - 1969
      77% 49% Madigan Unknown (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 30% The Split Herb Sutro (Character) - 1968
      86% 88% Planet of the Apes President of the Assembly (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nobody's Perfect Capt. Mike Riley (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 56% Waterhole No. 3 Capt. Shipley (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet 20% Chuka Lou Trent (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Long, Lost Life of Edward Small J. Marvin Bean (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tenderfoot Captain Ewell (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 81% Black Like Me John Finley Horton (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 38% Who Was That Lady? Harry Powell (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 44% Face of Fire Monk Johnson (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Restless Years Ed Henderson (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 20% The Deep Six Commander Warren Meredith (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young Don't Cry Rudy Krist (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 55% The Eddy Duchin Story Lou Sherwood (Character) - 1956
      100% 40% Crime in the Streets Ben Wagner (Character) - 1956
      87% 75% Oklahoma! Carnes (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 44% Battle Cry MSgt. Mac/Narrator (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 34% Savage Wilderness Gus (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 42% The McConnell Story SSgt./Maj./Col. Ty `'Dad'` Whitman (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Heroes of the Deep Jake Flannigan (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 17% The Command Sgt. Elliot (Character) - 1954
      93% 77% Them! Police Sgt. Ben Peterson (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Diamond Robbery Mr. Remlick (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 25% All the Brothers Were Valiant Fetcher (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 64% Above and Beyond Maj. William "Bill" M. Uanna (Character) - 1953
      93% 72% Kiss Me Kate Slug (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 29% Because You're Mine Sgt. "Bat" Batterson (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 50% Shadow in the Sky Lou Hopke (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 25% It's a Big Country Unknown (Character) - 1951
      98% 87% The Asphalt Jungle Gus Minissi (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 65% The Next Voice You Hear Joe Smith (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 14% The Outriders Unknown (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Please Believe Me Vincent Maran (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone John J. Malone (Character) - 1950
      60% 79% The Undercover Man George Pappas (Character) - 1949
      78% 83% Battleground Kinnie (Character) - 1949

      TV

      Credit
      93% 91% The Good Wife Director 2013
      No Score Yet 63% NCIS: Los Angeles Director 2011
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      54% 83% Jericho Director 2006-2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mister Sterling Unknown (Character) 2003
      No Score Yet 77% Dawson's Creek Director 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 1997 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Brooklyn South Director 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ray Bradbury Theater Craig Bennett Stiles (Character) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The White Shadow Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Jim Forbes (Guest Star) 1965 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Temperatures Rising Dr. Vincent Campanelli (Character) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Marshal Krug (Guest Star) 1966 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1966-1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tarzan Cliff Stockwell (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 O'Clock High Unknown (Guest Star) 1965-1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shane Harry Himber (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Loner Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1962-1963
      92% 96% The Twilight Zone Captain Benteen (Character) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Dr. Donald Forrest (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Ralph Vincent (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Law and Mr. Jones Abraham Lincoln Jones (Character) 1960-1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bus Stop Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre Unknown (Character),
      Narrator
      1956 1958-1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Gabe Carswell (Guest Star) 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Warden Lightfoot (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1956-1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Showcase 39 Unknown (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Sam (Character) 1956