James Allen Whitmore, Jr. (October 1, 1921 – February 6, 2009) was an American stage and movie actor.
Whitmore in 1955
James Allen Whitmore, Jr.
October 1, 1921
|Died||February 6, 2009 (aged 87)|
|Cause of death||Lung cancer|
|Resting place||Cremated, Ashes scattered into the Pacific Ocean|
|Alma mater||Yale University|
|Spouse(s)||Nancy Mygatt (1947-1971, divorced)|
Audra Lindley (1972-1979, divorced)
Nancy Mygatt (1979-1981, divorced)
Noreen Nash (2001-2009, his death)
|Children||Three sons from first marriage:|
James Allen Whitmore, III
|Relatives||Matty Whitmore (grandchild)|
Born on October 1, 1921 in White Plains, New York. to Florence Belle (née Crane) and James Allen Whitmore, Sr.. Whitmore graduated from Yale University before serving in the United States Marine Corps during World War II.
Following the war, Whitmore appeared on Broadway, where he won a special Tony Award in 1948. His first major movie was Battleground, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Other major movies include; The Asphalt Jungle, The Next Voice You Hear, Kiss Me, Kate, Them!, Black Like Me, and Give 'em Hell, Harry, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as 33rd President of the United States Harry S. Truman.
Although not always politically active, in 2007, Whitmore received 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.
Whitmore was married four times; once to Nancy Mygatt in 1947 until they divorced in 1971. Then he married Audra Lindley in 1972 until they divorced in 1979. Later he once again married Nancy Mygatt in 1979 until they divorced once again in 1981. Lastly Whitmore married Noreen Nash in 2001 until Whitmore's death in 2009. He only has three sons from his first marriage including; James Whitmore, Jr..
Whitmore died on February 6, 2009 in his Malibu, California home from lung cancer from which he had since November 2008. He was 87 years old. Whitmore was later cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea.
- "James Whitmore Biography". FilmReference.com. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
- "First Freedom First Launches First-Ever Ads in a Presidential Campaign to Protect Religious Liberty". First Freedom First.
- McLellan, Dennis (February 7, 2009). "James Whitmore Dies at 87; Veteran Award-Winning Actor Brought American Icons to Life – An Avid Gardener, He Also Was Known as the TV Pitchman for Miracle-Gro". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
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- James Whitmore at Find a Grave
- James Whitmore at the Internet Broadway Database
- James Whitmore on IMDb
- James Whitmore at the TCM Movie Database
- Actors Master Class: James Whitmore in How To Steal A Scene
- Whitmore interview. YouTube.
- Staff (undated; copyright 2009). "James Whitmore – Obituary". Associated Press (via the Los Angeles Times module at Legacy.com). Retrieved October 14, 2012.
- Steven Ameche: Remembering James Whitmore At The Market