James Whitmore

James Whitmore, the Tony Award-winning, Oscar-nominated character actor with a thug's face and a way with words, died Feb. 6, 2009, after a battle with lung cancer. Mr. Whitmore, 87, a White Plains, NY, native, landed a memorable late-career role as a grizzled prison librarian in the movie "The Shawshank Redemption." He leaves behind decades of film, TV and stage work. He died at his home in Malibu, CA, his son, Steve, announced.

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  • Born: Oct 1, 1921 in White Plains, NY, USA
  • Death: Feb 6, 2009 in Malibu, CA, USA


Theatre World
1948 Theatre World Award Command Decision Winner
Tony Award
1948 Special Award Command Decision Winner