James Allen Whitmore a.k.a James Whitmore was an American television, film and theater artist. James was born to Florence Belle and James Allen Whitmore Senior in White Plains,
. He did his schooling from Amherst Central High School, New York for the period of three years. He attended the Yale University on a football scholarship, but unfortunately, he had to set aside his passion for football because of injury. After the injury he started taking an interest in acting; he joined the Yale dramatic society. He graduated in the year 1944.
James began his acting career after the Second World War. He appeared in a movie for MGM named Battleground. He appeared in few more films like The Asphalt Jungle, The Next Voice You Hear Angels in the Outfield, and much more. He appeared on television during the 1950’s; he appeared in a show named Anthology Series.
In 1968, James appeared in the movie Planet of Apes as the head of the Simian Assembly. In 1986, he voiced for Mark Twain in the movie The Adventures of Mark Twain. He played the role of librarian Brooks for the classic movie
The Shawshank Redemption
(1994). He has also worked in a Disney movie named A Ring of Endless Light (2002), playing the role of a grandfather. His last screen appearance was in a C.S.I. episode Ending Happy. He has won many awards that include- Golden Globe Awards (1949), Grammy Award (1975), CableAce Awards (1989), and Emmy Awards (1999).
James Whitmore was first married to Nancy Mygatt in 1947; they divorced in 1971. They had three sons named Stephen, Jame, and Danny. He got married to actress Audra Lindley in 1972 but divorced her in 1979. Whitmore and Nancy married again in 1979, but after two years they divorced.
In the year 2001, James got married to author and actress Noreen Nash. In his later stage of life, he was in Peterborough, New Hampshire.