Saturday, February 7, 2009

James Whitmore, 1921-2009. R.I.P.

Actor James Whitmore died today from lung cancer. He was 87.

Whitmore did it all. He was successful on stage, TV and the movies.

He specialized in one man plays. At various times he played Teddy Roosevelt, Will Rogers and Harry Truman. His portrayal of Truman would be reprised for the silver screen in "Give 'em Hell, Harry!" for which he would be nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award nomination in 1975.

I referred to that movie when I reviewed the play According to Tip starring Ken Howard last summer. (

Younger audiences might remember Whitmore in The Shawshank Redemption.

Whitmore supported Barack Obama in the 2008 election.

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