|James Whitmore Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||October 1, 1921|
|Date of Death||February 6, 2009|
James Whitmore was an American actor and voice actor. He was cast in films like Battleground, The Asphalt Jungle, The Next Voice You Hear, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Planet of the Apes, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, Angels in the Outfield, Above and Beyond, Them!, and Kiss Me, Kate. Moreover, James received numerous accolades including a Tony Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and 2 Grammy Awards, in addition to nominations for 2 Academy Awards.
James Allen Whitmore Jr.
He was born on October 1, 1921.
On February 6, 2009, James Whitmore died of lung cancer at the age of 87 in Malibu, California, United States.
Ashes scattered into the Pacific Ocean
White Plains, New York, United States
James Whitmore studied at Amherst Central High School in Snyder, New York, for 3 years. Then, he moved to the Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut, on a football scholarship.
Afterward, he attended Yale University but had to quit playing football after severely injuring his knees. It was then that he turned to the Yale Dramatic Society and began acting. During his time at the university, he was a member of Skull and Bones (an undergraduate senior secret student society at Yale) and was among the founders of the Yale radio station (the student-run WOCD-AM, later renamed WYBC-AM). He graduated with a major in government from Yale University.
He studied acting at the American Theatre Wing and the Actors Studio in New York after World War II.
Actor, Voice Actor
- Father – James Allen Whitmore Sr. (Park Commission Official)
- Mother – Florence Belle (née Crane)
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
74 kg or 163 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
James Whitmore had dated –
- Nancy Mygatt (1947-1971, 1979-1981) – In 1947, he married Nancy Mygatt and they had 3 sons – James Whitmore Jr. (b. October 24, 1948), Steve Whitmore, and Dan Whitmore – before their divorce in 1971. The couple remarried in 1979 only to divorce again in 1981.
- Audra Lindley (1972-1979) – He was married to actor Audra Lindley between 1972 and 1979. The duo worked together on many stage performances including Vaughn McBride’s Elba, William Gibson’s Handy Dandy, and Tom Cole’s About Time.
- Noreen Nash (2001-2009) – In 2001, he got married to film and television actor and author Noreen Nash and they remained together until his death in 2009.
Race / Ethnicity
Whitmore had done endorsement work for –
- Miracle-Gro plant supplement (the 1960s-2000s) (TV Commercial)
- Gaines-Burgers dog food (1977) (TV Commercial)
- Meijer Super Stores (1990s) (TV Commercial)
James Whitmore Facts
- Initially, he had planned on becoming a lawyer.
- He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1942 after the outbreak of World War II. At that time, he was finishing his degree which he completed in 1944. He received his training at Parris Island and Quantico, Virginia and Officers Candidate School, and was commissioned a second lieutenant.
- In July 1944, he was assigned to the 4th Marine Division on Saipan. He contracted amoebic dysentery and was hospitalized while at Tinian and was hospitalized. Later, he served guard duty at the Panama Canal Zone until his discharge in March 1946.
- On February 8, 1960, he was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6611 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
- In November 2008, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and later died at his Malibu, California home on February 6, 2009.
- He was a lifelong Democrat.
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