James Whitmore was a veteran Tony- and Emmy-winning actor who brought American icons Will Rogers, Harry Truman and Theodore Roosevelt to life in one-man shows.
Whitmore's Broadway success brought him to Hollywood, where he received an Academy Award nomination for supporting actor in his second movie, the hit 1949 World War II drama "Battleground," in which he played a tobacco-chewing, battle-weary Army sergeant.
Supporting roles and occasional leads in some of his 50 movies include "The Asphalt Jungle," "Them!," "Kiss Me Kate," "Battle Cry," "Oklahoma!," "Planet of the Apes," "Tora! Tora! Tora!," "The Serpent's Egg," "Nuts," "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Majestic."
|1949||Best Supporting Actor||Battleground||Nomination|
|1975||Best Actor||Give 'em Hell, Harry!||Nomination|