Such a versatile and mesmerizing actor of stage, screen and TV. He passed away at his home in Malibu at age 87. He was known for his one-man shows about Will Rogers, Teddy Roosevelt, and Harry Truman, for which Whitmore won a Best Actor Oscar nod, marking the only time in Oscar history that an actor has been nominated for a film in which he was the only cast member. In 1947, discharged from Marine duty, he made his Broadway debut in the military drama Command Decision and was awarded a Tony for outstanding performance by a newcomer. Two years later, Whitmore was nominated for a Supporting Actor Oscar in the war movie Battleground. Refusing to be typed, he appeared in a slew of war movies, Westerns, musicals, dramas, and TV series. Today, when so many talented character actors are having trouble finding work, it’s inspiring to remember that, in a time when jobs were plentiful, one craftsman did it so well.
R.I.P. James Whitmore
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