US actor James Whitmore dies aged 87

February 7th, 2009 - 3:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Los Angeles, Feb 7 (DPA) Veteran US actor James Whitmore has died of lung cancer at his Malibu, California home aged 87, news reports said Saturday.Whitmore died Friday, the Los Angeles Times quoted the actor’s son Steve as saying.

The actor, who was born Oct 1, 1921 in White Plains, New York picked up an Oscar nomination for a lead role for his portrayal of US president Harry Truman in “Give ‘em Hell Harry!” in 1975.

During his long career, Whitmore, who made his debut on Broadway in 1947, earned a Tony Award and one Emmy Award.

Known for his one-man shows, the prolific character actor starred in film versions of musicals “Oklahoma” and “Kiss Me, Kate”, as well as Hollywood movies such as “The Asphalt Jungle”, war-movie “Tora! Tora! Tora!” or science-fiction classic “Planet of the Apes”.

Whitmore also appeared in a number of television series, including “Rawhide”, “The Twilight Zone”, “Dr Kildare” and drama series “The Practice”, which earned him an Emmy Award as a guest actor.

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