James Whitmore

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia James Allen Whitmore Jr. (October 1, 1921 – February 6, 2009) was an American film, theatre, and television actor. During his career, Whitmore won three of the four EGOT honors; - a Tony, a Grammy, and an Emmy. Whitmore also won a Golden Globe and was nominated for two Academy Awards. Following World War II, Whitmore appeared on Broadway in the role of the sergeant in Command Decision. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer gave Whitmore a contract, but his role in the film adaptation was played by Van Johnson. His first major picture for MGM was Battleground, in a role that was turned down by Spencer Tracy, to whom Whitmore bore a noted physical resemblance. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for this role, and won the Golden Globe Award as Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role. Other major films included Angels in the Outfield, The Asphalt Jungle, The Next Voice You Hear, Above and Beyond, Kiss Me, Kate, Them!, Oklahoma!, Black Like Me, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, Tora! Tora! Tora!, and Give 'em Hell, Harry!, a one-man show for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of former U.S. President Harry S Truman. In the film Tora! Tora! Tora!, he played Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey. Whitmore appeared during the 1950s on many television anthology series. He was cast as Father Emil Kapaun in the 1955 episode "The Good Thief" in the ABC religion anthology series ...

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Darabont
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Bob Gunton  •  William Sadler

Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Darabont
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Bob Gunton  •  William Sadler

A Ring of Endless Light (2002)

When 15-year-old Vicky Austin, her sister Suzy and little brother Rob visit their grandfather on Seven Bay Island, Vicky faces several unexpected challenges. Her beloved grandfather, retired Reverend Eaton, seems to be seriously ill, but tries to pretend that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Greg Beeman
CAST:  Mischa Barton  •  Ryan Merriman  •  Jared Padalecki  •  Scarlett Pomers

When 15-year-old Vicky Austin, her sister Suzy and little brother Rob visit their grandfather on Seven Bay Island, Vicky faces several unexpected challenges. Her beloved grandfather, retired Reverend Eaton, seems to be seriously ill, but tries to pretend that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Greg Beeman
CAST:  Mischa Barton  •  Ryan Merriman  •  Jared Padalecki  •  Scarlett Pomers

Battle Cry (1955)

The dramatic story of US marines in training, in combat and in love during World War II. The story centres on a major who guides the raw recruits from their training to combat. Based on the novel by Leon Uris.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raoul Walsh
CAST:  Van Heflin  •  Aldo Ray  •  Mona Freeman  •  James Whitmore

The dramatic story of US marines in training, in combat and in love during World War II. The story centres on a major who guides the raw recruits from their training to combat. Based on the novel by Leon Uris.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raoul Walsh
CAST:  Van Heflin  •  Aldo Ray  •  Mona Freeman  •  James Whitmore

Madigan (1968)

Policemen Bonaro and Madigan lose their guns to fugitive Barney Benesch. As compensation, the two NYC detectives are given a weekend to bring Benesch to justice. While Bonaro and Madigan follow up on various leads, Police Commissioner Russell goes about his duties, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Siegel
CAST:  Richard Widmark  •  Inger Stevens  •  Henry Fonda  •  Harry Guardino

Policemen Bonaro and Madigan lose their guns to fugitive Barney Benesch. As compensation, the two NYC detectives are given a weekend to bring Benesch to justice. While Bonaro and Madigan follow up on various leads, Police Commissioner Russell goes about his duties, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Siegel
CAST:  Richard Widmark  •  Inger Stevens  •  Henry Fonda  •  Harry Guardino

Nuts (1987)

A high-class call girl accused of murder fights for the right to stand trial rather than be declared mentally incompetent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Maureen Stapleton  •  Karl Malden

A high-class call girl accused of murder fights for the right to stand trial rather than be declared mentally incompetent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Maureen Stapleton  •  Karl Malden

Planet of the Apes (1968)

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An U.S. Spaceship lands on a desolate planet, stranding astronaut Taylor in a world dominated by apes, 2000 years into the future, who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franklin J. Schaffner
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Roddy McDowall  •  Kim Hunter  •  James Daly

An U.S. Spaceship lands on a desolate planet, stranding astronaut Taylor in a world dominated by apes, 2000 years into the future, who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franklin J. Schaffner
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Roddy McDowall  •  Kim Hunter  •  James Daly

The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Recently paroled from prison, legendary burglar "Doc" Riedenschneider, with funding from Alonzo Emmerich, a crooked lawyer, gathers a small group of veteran criminals together in the Midwest for a big jewel heist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Sterling Hayden  •  Louis Calhern  •  Jean Hagen  •  James Whitmore

Recently paroled from prison, legendary burglar "Doc" Riedenschneider, with funding from Alonzo Emmerich, a crooked lawyer, gathers a small group of veteran criminals together in the Midwest for a big jewel heist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Sterling Hayden  •  Louis Calhern  •  Jean Hagen  •  James Whitmore

The Majestic (2001)

Set in 1951, a blacklisted Hollywood writer gets into a car accident, loses his memory and settles down in a small town where he is mistaken for a long-lost son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Darabont
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Martin Landau  •  Laurie Holden  •  David Ogden Stiers

Set in 1951, a blacklisted Hollywood writer gets into a car accident, loses his memory and settles down in a small town where he is mistaken for a long-lost son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Darabont
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Martin Landau  •  Laurie Holden  •  David Ogden Stiers

The Relic (1997)

A homicide detective teams up with an evolutionary biologist to hunt a giant creature that is killing people in a Chicago museum.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hyams
CAST:  Penelope Ann Miller  •  Tom Sizemore  •  Linda Hunt  •  James Whitmore

A homicide detective teams up with an evolutionary biologist to hunt a giant creature that is killing people in a Chicago museum.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hyams
CAST:  Penelope Ann Miller  •  Tom Sizemore  •  Linda Hunt  •  James Whitmore

The Serpent's Egg (1977)

Berlin, 1923. Following the suicide of his brother, American circus acrobat Abel Rosenberg attempts to survive while facing unemployment, depression, alcoholism and the social decay of Germany during the Weimar Republic.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ingmar Bergman
CAST:  David Carradine  •  Liv Ullmann  •  Heinz Bennent  •  Gert Fröbe

Berlin, 1923. Following the suicide of his brother, American circus acrobat Abel Rosenberg attempts to survive while facing unemployment, depression, alcoholism and the social decay of Germany during the Weimar Republic.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ingmar Bergman
CAST:  David Carradine  •  Liv Ullmann  •  Heinz Bennent  •  Gert Fröbe

The Undercover Man (1949)

Frank Warren is a treasury agent assigned to put an end to the activities of a powerful mob crime boss. Frank works undercover, posing as a criminal to seek information, but is frustrated when all he finds are terrified witnesses and corrupt police officers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph H. Lewis
CAST:  Glenn Ford  •  Nina Foch  •  James Whitmore  •  Barry Kelley

Frank Warren is a treasury agent assigned to put an end to the activities of a powerful mob crime boss. Frank works undercover, posing as a criminal to seek information, but is frustrated when all he finds are terrified witnesses and corrupt police officers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph H. Lewis
CAST:  Glenn Ford  •  Nina Foch  •  James Whitmore  •  Barry Kelley

Them! (1954)

As a result of nuclear testing, gigantic, ferocious mutant ants appear in the American desert southwest, and a father-daughter team of entomologists join forces with the state police officer who first discovers their existence, an FBI agent and, eventually, the US ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Douglas
CAST:  James Arness  •  Edmund Gwenn  •  Joan Weldon  •  James Whitmore

As a result of nuclear testing, gigantic, ferocious mutant ants appear in the American desert southwest, and a father-daughter team of entomologists join forces with the state police officer who first discovers their existence, an FBI agent and, eventually, the US ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Douglas
CAST:  James Arness  •  Edmund Gwenn  •  Joan Weldon  •  James Whitmore

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

In the summer of 1941, the United States and Japan seem on the brink of war after constant embargos and failed diplomacy come to no end. "Tora! Tora! Tora!", named after the code words use by the lead Japanese pilot to indicate they had surprised the Americans, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Fleischer  •  Toshio Masuda  •  Kinji Fukasaku
CAST:  Martin Balsam  •  Sō Yamamura  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Tatsuya Mihashi

In the summer of 1941, the United States and Japan seem on the brink of war after constant embargos and failed diplomacy come to no end. "Tora! Tora! Tora!", named after the code words use by the lead Japanese pilot to indicate they had surprised the Americans, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Fleischer  •  Toshio Masuda  •  Kinji Fukasaku
CAST:  Martin Balsam  •  Sō Yamamura  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Tatsuya Mihashi

Battleground (1949)

The film concentrates on the camaraderie and the divisions between the troops as they ready for the big offensive. Told in a taut narrative, the men of the 101st, led by Van Johnson, wait out the winter in the Ardennes forest to confront the German army in what ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Wellman
CAST:  Van Johnson  •  John Hodiak  •  Ricardo Montalban  •  George Murphy

The film concentrates on the camaraderie and the divisions between the troops as they ready for the big offensive. Told in a taut narrative, the men of the 101st, led by Van Johnson, wait out the winter in the Ardennes forest to confront the German army in what ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Wellman
CAST:  Van Johnson  •  John Hodiak  •  Ricardo Montalban  •  George Murphy

The Harrad Experiment (1973)

At fictional Harrad College students learn about sexuality and experiment with each other. Based on the 1962 book of the same name by Robert Rimmer, this movie deals with the concept of free love during the height of the sexual revolution which took place in the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ted Post
CAST:  James Whitmore  •  Tippi Hedren  •  Don Johnson  •  Bruno Kirby

At fictional Harrad College students learn about sexuality and experiment with each other. Based on the 1962 book of the same name by Robert Rimmer, this movie deals with the concept of free love during the height of the sexual revolution which took place in the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ted Post
CAST:  James Whitmore  •  Tippi Hedren  •  Don Johnson  •  Bruno Kirby

Because You're Mine (1952)

A famous opera singer (Mario Lanza) falls for his sergeant's (James Whitmore) sister (Doretta Morrow) at boot camp.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Hall
CAST:  Mario Lanza  •  Doretta Morrow  •  James Whitmore  •  Dean Miller

A famous opera singer (Mario Lanza) falls for his sergeant's (James Whitmore) sister (Doretta Morrow) at boot camp.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Hall
CAST:  Mario Lanza  •  Doretta Morrow  •  James Whitmore  •  Dean Miller

Angels in the Outfield (1951)

Paul Douglas, stars with Janet Leigh, as the hot-tempered Pittsburgh Pirates manager whose hard-luck team goes on a wining streak thanks to some heavenly intervention.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clarence Brown
CAST:  Paul Douglas  •  Janet Leigh  •  Keenan Wynn  •  Donna Corcoran

Paul Douglas, stars with Janet Leigh, as the hot-tempered Pittsburgh Pirates manager whose hard-luck team goes on a wining streak thanks to some heavenly intervention.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clarence Brown
CAST:  Paul Douglas  •  Janet Leigh  •  Keenan Wynn  •  Donna Corcoran

Across the Wide Missouri (1951)

In the 1830's beaver trapper Flint Mitchell and other white men hunt and trap in the then unnamed territories of Montana and Idaho. Flint marries a Blackfoot woman as a way to gain entrance into her people's rich lands, but finds she means more to him than a ticket ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Wellman
CAST:  Clark Gable  •  Ricardo Montalban  •  John Hodiak  •  Adolphe Menjou

In the 1830's beaver trapper Flint Mitchell and other white men hunt and trap in the then unnamed territories of Montana and Idaho. Flint marries a Blackfoot woman as a way to gain entrance into her people's rich lands, but finds she means more to him than a ticket ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Wellman
CAST:  Clark Gable  •  Ricardo Montalban  •  John Hodiak  •  Adolphe Menjou

The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)

The life story of the famous pianist and band-leader of the 1930s and 1940s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sidney
CAST:  Kim Novak  •  Tyrone Power  •  James Whitmore  •  Victoria Shaw

The life story of the famous pianist and band-leader of the 1930s and 1940s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sidney
CAST:  Kim Novak  •  Tyrone Power  •  James Whitmore  •  Victoria Shaw

The Outriders (1950)

Late in the Civil War, three Confederate soldiers escape from a Union prison camp in Missouri. They soon fall into the hands of pro-Confederate raiders, who force them to act as "outriders" (escorts) for a civilian wagon train that will be secretly transporting ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Rowland
CAST:  Joel McCrea  •  Arlene Dahl  •  Barry Sullivan  •  Claude Jarman Jr.

Late in the Civil War, three Confederate soldiers escape from a Union prison camp in Missouri. They soon fall into the hands of pro-Confederate raiders, who force them to act as "outriders" (escorts) for a civilian wagon train that will be secretly transporting ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Rowland
CAST:  Joel McCrea  •  Arlene Dahl  •  Barry Sullivan  •  Claude Jarman Jr.
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