James Whitmore

James Whitmore

Performer

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

Roles (6)

Almost an Eagle Playbill - Opening Night, Dec 1982 Almost an Eagle (1982)
Opened Dec 16, 1982
  • as The Colonel (Original)
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Bully Playbill - Preview Night, Oct 1977 Bully (1977)
Opened Nov 1, 1977
  • as Theodore Roosevelt (Original)
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Will Rogers' USA Playbill - May 1974 Will Rogers' USA (1974)
Opened May 6, 1974
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Inquest Playbill - April 1970 Inquest (1970)
Opened Apr 23, 1970
  • as Emanuel Bloch (Original)
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Winesburg, Ohio Playbill - Feb 1958 Winesburg, Ohio (1958)
Opened Feb 5, 1958
  • as Tom Willard (Original)
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Command Decision Playbill - Oct 1947 Command Decision (1947)
Opened Oct 1, 1947
  • as Tech Sergeant Harold Evans (Original)
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Awards

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