James Whitmore passes away at 87

February 8th, 2009 - 2:05 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 8 (ANI): Veteran actor James Whitmore, who played American icons such as Harry Truman, Will Rogers and Theodore Roosevelt, has died aged 87.

Whitmore was twice nominated for Academy Awards as best actor in 1976 for “Give ”em Hell, Harry!,”, and as best supporting actor in 1950 for the war movie “Battleground.”

He also won an Emmy Award in 2000 for a guest-starring role on “The Practice,” as well as a Tony Award for “Command Decision.”

His more recent film credits include the Shawshank Redemption. He played an inmate who committed suicide, reports the BBC.

He died in Malibu, just northwest of Los Angeles, of lung cancer. (ANI)

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