James Whitmore

James Whitmore
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James Whitmore
TV: North side of the 6600 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Actor
Born Oct. 1, 1921 in White Plains, NY
Died Feb. 6, 2009 of lung cancer in Malibu, CA

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."

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1949 Best Supporting Actor Battleground Nomination
    1975 Best Actor Give 'em Hell, Harry! Nomination

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