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The Whitmore family will never grow out of this stage
The Whitmore family will never grow out of this stage

Prolific character actor James Whitmore appeared in countless films ("The Asphalt Jungle," "The Shawshank Redemption") and TV series ("The Twilight Zone") in his six -decade career, earning Oscar nominations for 1949's "Battleground" and 1975's "Give 'Em Hell, Harry!" and winning an Emmy in 2000 for his guest appearance on ABC's "The Practice." But according to his son, James Whitmore Jr., an actor and TV director ("NCIS," "The Good Wife") in his own right, theater was his father's true passion right up until he died in 2009 at age 87 of lung cancer. "It was the religion of our...

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