Feb 7, 2009

Veteran American actor James Whitmore dies at 87

Emmy award winning veteran American actor James Whitmore has died at the age of

Whitmore died of lung cancer at his home in Malibu on Friday, his son Steve Whitmore said. The actor was diagnosed with the disease in November last year.

A World War II Marine Corps veteran, Whitmore bore a striking resemblance to actor Spencer Tracy. He was best known for his popular one-man shows about American leaders Harry Truman, Will Rogers and Theodore Roosevelt.

Whitmore won a Tony Award in 1948 for outstanding performance by a newcomer for his role of a cynical Army Air Forces sergeant in the Broadway production of "Command Decision."

After Broadway, he moved to Hollywood, where he received an Oscar Award nomination for best supporting actor for his second film, the 1949 World War II drama "Battleground", the 'Los Angeles Times' reported.

Whitmore's performance in 1975 film "Give 'em Hell, Harry!" earned him the best actor Oscar nomination.

He went on to act in over 50 movies including "The Asphalt Jungle," "Them!," "Kiss Me Kate," "Battle Cry," "Oklahoma!," "Planet of the Apes," "Tora! Tora! Tora!," "The Serpent's Egg," "Nuts," and "The Majestic", the paper said.

Whitmore also won an Emmy Award in 2000 as outstanding guest actor in drama series "The Practice".