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Red West

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Red West

Robert Gene "Red" West (March 8, 1936 – July 18, 2017) was an American actor, film stuntman and songwriter.[1] He was known for being a close confidant and songwriter for rock and roll singer Elvis Presley. Upon his firing, West wrote the controversial Elvis: What Happened?, in which he exposed the singer's dangerous drug dependence in an attempt to save him.[2] West was probably best known to American film audiences for his role as Red in Road House, alongside Patrick Swayze. In later years, West appeared in the 2008 independent film Goodbye Solo as William to much critical acclaim.[3] Early life West was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to Lois and Newton Thomas West.[4] West was the cousin of actor 'Sonny' West.[5] While attending high school in Tennessee, West and Sonny met with Elvis Presley.[6] An excellent athlete and former U.S. Marine, West played football for his high school and junior college at Jones County Junior College teams and was a boxer in the Golden Gloves championships.[7] In 1961, West m ...more...

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Robert Westenberg

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Robert Westenberg

Robert Westenberg (born October 26, 1953) is an American musical theatre actor, acting teacher and professor. He appeared on Broadway in Sunday in the Park with George, The Secret Garden and Into the Woods, as well as several other musicals. He is the musical theatre coordinator and associate professor in the theatre and dance department at Missouri State University. Early life and education Born in Miami Beach, Florida, but raised in Fresno, California with his six siblings. Westenberg graduated Bullard High School in 1971, where he was active in sports, specifically football. He then attended California State University, Fresno.[1][2] Westenberg received a master's degree from Denver’s National Theatre Conservatory.[3] Career Broadway He made his Broadway debut in the 1983 revival of Zorba as Nikos, for which he won the Theatre World Award.[4] He took over the role of George in Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George in September 1984, and played opposite Bernadette Peters.[5] He received a T ...more...

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James Westerfield

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James Westerfield

James A. Westerfield (22 March 1913 – 20 September 1971)[1] was an American actor of stage, film, and television. Early years Born in Nashville, Tennessee, to candy-maker Brasher Omier Westerfield and his wife Dora Elizabeth Bailey, he was raised in Detroit, Michigan.[2] (A news story in the June 12, 1949, issue of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle calls the information in the preceding sentence into question. It describes Westerfield as "the son of a famous producer-director" and says he was "a youngster in Denver, Col.")[3] Career Westerfield became interested in theatre as a young man and in the 1930s joined Gilmor Brown's famed Pasadena Community Playhouse, appearing in dozens of plays. He played in numerous films following his debut in 1940, then went to New York City and appeared on Broadway, winning two New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards for his supporting roles in The Madwoman of Chaillot and Detective Story. He then returned to Hollywood and made more than 40 more films. Westerfield maintained an inter ...more...

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Jack Weston

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Jack Weston

Jack Weston (born Jack Weinstein; August 21, 1924 – May 3, 1996) was an American actor. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1976 and a Tony Award in 1981. Life and career Weston, a Cleveland, Ohio native, usually played comic roles in films such as Cactus Flower (1969)[1] and Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960).[2] He occasionally took on heavier parts, such as the scheming crook and stalker who, along with Alan Arkin and Richard Crenna, attempts to terrorize and rob a blind Audrey Hepburn in the 1967 film Wait Until Dark.[3] Weston had countless character roles in major films such as The Cincinnati Kid and The Thomas Crown Affair.[4] On television he made numerous appearances such as murderer Fred Calvert in the 1958 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Daring Decoy." In 1961, he was a guest star in the TV drama Route 66, playing the manager of a traveling group of young women nightclub dancers, who mistreats his employees.[5] In 1963, he was a guest star in the TV drama The Fugitive. In 1976, ...more...

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Johnny Western

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Johnny Western

Johnny Western (born October 28, 1934) is an American country singer-songwriter, musician, actor, and radio show host. He is a member of the Western Music Association Hall of Fame and the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame. Early life Johnny Western was born Johnny Westerlund in Two Harbors in Lake County in northeastern Minnesota but was primarily reared in Northfield in south central Minnesota.[1] His father was an instructor and officer in several Civilian Conservation Corps camps, where Western spent some his earlier years. He also lived on Indian reservations along the Canada–United States border.[2] When he was five years old, Western's parents took him to see the western film Guns and Guitars, which starred the actor/singer Gene Autry. The young boy decided he wanted to be a singing cowboy. At the age of twelve, he received a guitar. Within a year, he was performing professionally.[2] Musical career Johnny Western's professional career began as a young teenager, singing and playing rhythm gui ...more...

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Paul Wexler (actor)

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Paul Wexler (actor)

Paul Goodwin Wexler (May 23, 1929 – November 21, 1979), was an American character actor in feature films and on television for nearly 30 years, from 1950 until 1979.[2] Six-feet-six-inches tall and physically imposing with a long face and deep baritone voice, he specialized in macabre or off-beat roles.[3] Early life and films Born in Portland, Oregon, in 1929, Paul was the son of Jennie C. (nee Davis) and Herman Wexler.[4] He appeared in more than 30 feature films during his career, making his film debut in the Bowery Boys' 1952 comedy Feudin' Fools. In that production he was cast as a slow-witted hillbilly alongside fellow character actor Robert Easton, who early in his own career specialized in playing "country bumpkins".[5] Two of Wexler's more noteworthy films are the 1954 film noir thriller Suddenly in which he plays Slim Adams, a local deputy sheriff gunned down by a would-be presidential assassin, and the 1975 adventure film Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze in which he is the supervillain Captain Seas. ...more...

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Michael Weston

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Michael Weston

Michael Weston (born Michael Rubinstein; October 25, 1973) is an American television and film actor. His best-known roles are the private detective Lucas Douglas on House, the deranged and sadistic kidnapper Jake in the HBO drama Six Feet Under and Pvt. Dancer on Scrubs. Personal life Michael Rubinstein was born in New York City, the son of actors Judi West and John Rubinstein. His paternal grandfather is Polish-born Jewish piano virtuoso Arthur Rubinstein. He is also the great-grandson of Polish conductor Emil Młynarski, the founding conductor of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and principal conductor of the Scottish Orchestra.[2] He holds a degree in Theater and Arts from Northwestern University. In 2000 he changed his surname to "Weston" as there was already a "Michael Rubinstein" in the Screen Actors Guild. He has been married to musician Priscilla Ahn since 2010.[3] Acting career Weston is a good friend of actor Zach Braff and has appeared in three features with him, Garden State, Wish I Was Here ...more...

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Jonny Weston

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Jonny Weston

Jonny Weston (born June 16, 1988) is an American actor. He starred as real-life surfer Jay Moriarity in the 2012 film Chasing Mavericks and as brainy high school student David Raskin in the 2015 time-travel adventure Project Almanac.[1][2][3] He has also appeared in Sugar, John Dies at the End, About Cherry and Caroline and Jackie. Early life Weston was born in Charleston, South Carolina. His mother is an educational therapist and his father runs a Christian radio station.[4] Filmography Film Year Title Role Notes 2011 Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You Thom 2012 John Dies at the End Justin White 2012 About Cherry Bobby 2012 Caroline and Jackie Jack 2012 Under the Bed Neal Hausman 2012 Chasing Mavericks Jay Moriarity 2013 Sugar B-Wild 2014 Kelly & Cal Cal 2015 Taken 3 Jimmy 2015 Project Almanac David Raskin 2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Edgar 2015 We Are Your Friends Dustin Mason 201 ...more...

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Richard Wharton (actor)

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Richard Wharton (actor)

Richard Wharton is an American actor. Wharton began his career in 1986 in the film Running Scared. In 2012, he appeared as The Hippy in Seven Psychopaths. He has also had several guest roles on television shows like The Mentalist, CSI: Miami, Nip/Tuck, and others. Wharton is also a stage actor. In 1988, he appeared in Sam Shepard's play Seduced, at the Immediate Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois. He was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for his performance on that play. Filmography Film Year Title Role Notes 1986 Running Scared Punk 1987 Fatal Confession: A Father Dowling Mystery Perpetrator TV movie 1989 Next of Kin Selkirk 1990 Men Don't Leave Nick 1991 The Borrower Alien Pilot 1994 The Fence Halfway House Clerk 1998 March in Windy City Theo TV movie 2001 Herman U.S.A. Vern 2004 Dragon Storm Remmegar 2005 The New Partridge Family Tattoo Parlor Owner 2005 Path of Destruction Dr. Van Owen TV movie 2006 The Key ...more...

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Justin Whalin

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Justin Whalin

Justin Garrett Whalin (born September 6, 1974) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as the teenage Andy Barclay in Child's Play 3 and Jimmy Olsen in the American television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.[2] Early life Whalin, an only child, was born in the Sunset District of San Francisco, California. His mother, Terry Villanueva, is a teacher and school administrator who owns and operates two L.A. area schools: The Learning Castle and La Cañada Preparatory. His father, Craig Whalin, is a real estate appraiser.[3] His parents divorced when he was seven years old and both remarried. He has a younger half-brother, Danny Quiros, an older stepbrother, Michael Galo-Rothman, and an older stepsister, Michele Dahlberg. He studied acting at the esteemed American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) in San Francisco, and attended Lowell High School. After years of commuting between Los Angeles and San Francisco, he and his mother eventually relocated to L.A. permanently when he was fif ...more...

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Michael Whaley

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Michael Whaley

Michael Whaley is an American film and television actor. He graduated from Culver City High school in 1980.[1] Some of his most known characters are Dr. Wesley 'Wes' Hayes on Sisters, Det. Nathan Brubaker on Profiler, Detective Paul Armstrong on Early Edition, and Detective Carlton on CSI: Miami.[1] Filmography Movies Class Act (1992) Separate Lives (1995) Retiring Tatiana (2000) Fair Game (2005) The Santa Clause 2 (2002) Hoodlum & Son (2003) The Ant Bully (2006) Dude, I'm Moving Out (2009) 11:11 (2010) TV Movies Running Against Time (1990) Under Cover (1991) Boy Meets Girl (1993) Twice Upon a Time (1998) The Poseidon Adventure (2005) McBride: Semper Fi (2007) Television A Different World (1989, 1 Episode) Midnight Caller (1990, 2 Episodes) Hunter (1990, 1 Episode) Gabriel's Fire (1991, 1 Episode) L.A. Law (1991, 1 Episode) I'll Fly Away (1992, 1 Episode) Grapevine (1992, 1 Episode) The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1992, 1 Episode) Living Single (1994, ...more...

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Frank Whaley

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Frank Whaley

Frank Joseph Whaley (born July 20, 1963) is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and comedian. He is best known for his roles as Brett in Pulp Fiction, Robbie Krieger in The Doors, and young Archie "Moonlight" Graham in Field of Dreams. Early life Whaley was born and raised in Syracuse, New York,[1] the son of Josephine (née Timilione) and Robert W. Whaley, Sr.[2][3] He is half Irish and half Sicilian. Whaley graduated from Anthony A. Henninger High School in 1981 and left home at 18, and later graduated from the University at Albany. His abusive father died in the 1990s of health problems related to alcoholism. Career Whaley made his film debut in 1987's Ironweed, and 1989 appeared in Field of Dreams, alongside Burt Lancaster and Kevin Costner, and Born on the Fourth of July, alongside Tom Cruise. The latter film began a long collaboration with director Oliver Stone, including 1991's The Doors, in which he played Robby Krieger, and, in the same year, JFK, in which he played a conspirator in the ...more...

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Frank K. Wheaton

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Frank K. Wheaton

Frank K. Wheaton is an American attorney, agent, and actor. Biography Frank(ert) Kahlil Wheaton was born September 27, 1951 in Los Angeles, California,[1] but raised in nearby Compton. He is the son of James Wheaton.[1] After graduating from Centennial High School in Compton, he attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon before transferring to Cal State Northridge,[1] where he received a degree in broadcasting. Upon graduation, Frank began working at KPFK and other radio stations in the Los Angeles area. Eventually, he relocated to the East Coast, where he added acting and modeling to his resume. On September 23, 1975 he married vocalist Jean Carn[1] in Washington, DC. They later divorced. He received a JD degree from the University of West Los Angeles in 1982,[2] and was admitted to the Indiana State Bar in 1987.[3] Wheaton founded The Management Group Sports/Entertainment Representatives in 1984. There he began acting as an agent to actors and sports figures, specializing in securing product endors ...more...

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Wil Wheaton

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Wil Wheaton

Richard William Wheaton III (born July 29, 1972) is an American actor, blogger, voice actor and writer. He portrayed Wesley Crusher on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Gordie Lachance in the film Stand by Me, Joey Trotta in Toy Soldiers and Bennett Hoenicker in Flubber. Wheaton has also appeared in recurring roles as Aqualad in Teen Titans, Cosmic Boy on the Legion of Super Heroes and Mike Morningstar/Darkstar in the Ben 10 universe. He has also regularly appeared as a fictionalized version of himself on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory and in the roles of Fawkes on The Guild, Colin Mason on Leverage and Dr. Isaac Parrish on Eureka. Wheaton is also the host and co-creator of the YouTube board game show TableTop. Early life Wheaton was born July 29, 1972, in Burbank, California, to Debra Nordean "Debbie" (née O'Connor), an actress, and Richard William Wheaton, Jr., a medical specialist.[2][3][4] He has a brother, Jeremy, and a sister, Amy.[5] Both appeared uncredited in the Star Trek: ...more...

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James Wheaton

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James Wheaton

James Wheaton (January 11, 1924 – June 9, 2002), was an American motion picture, stage, and television actor. Wheaton's credits include THX 1138, Trouble Comes to Town and Sanford and Son. In the early 1950s, he moved from his native Mississippi to Los Angeles, where he found work in local radio productions. His big break came when he was selected to join the Bishop's Company, a repertory theatre company which toured the United States. As the only African-American member of the group, he was given the opportunity to play a wide range of roles, which was rare for black actors at the time. One of his best known roles with the company was as "Scratch" in "The Devil and Daniel Webster." Later, he would become a leading actor with the Ebony Showcase Theatre in Los Angeles. He would also direct several productions for the theatre.[1] Regarding his staging of The Odd Couple, Los Angeles Times theatre critic Margaret Harford wrote "James Wheaton's slick direction makes the overall production all one could ask."[2][3 ...more...

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Ernie Wheelwright (running back)

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Ernie Wheelwright (running back)

Ernest Lamour 'Wheels' Wheelwright (November 28, 1939 – May 1, 2001) was an American football player. He attended Southern Illinois University. He had several careers but is chiefly remembered as an American football player who played as a running back for the New York Giants (1964–65), Atlanta Falcons (1966–67) and the New Orleans Saints (1967–70). He was also an actor who appeared in a number of films including: The Longest Yard (1974), Trackdown (1976), The Greatest (1977) & Wildcats (1986). Immediately before he began his career as a running back he had served in the 101st Airborne Division(a.k.a. the Screaming Eagles).[1] Ernie Wheelwright was also owner of one of Atlanta's premier nightclubs in the 1960s, the Pink Pussycat Club.[2] 'Wheels' hosted many visiting black artists and had the opportunity to cut a record 'Beggin You Back' for the local Gaye label owned by Johnny Brooks.[3][note 1] In 1970 the NFL asked Wheelwright, then with the New Orleans Saints, to sell his interest on the grounds t ...more...

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Shea Whigham

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Shea Whigham

Franklin Shea Whigham Jr. (born January 5, 1969) is an American actor. He portrayed Elias "Eli" Thompson in the HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire, and also had supporting roles in Kong: Skull Island and True Detective. He appeared as Agent Michael Stasiak in Fast & Furious and Fast & Furious 6. Early life Whigham was born in Tallahassee, Florida, the son of attorney Frank and school librarian Beth. The family moved to Lake Mary, Florida when Wigham was five years old.[1][2] He attended Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas, and then transferred to the State University of New York at Purchase, New York, where he was part of a small acting program with only 31 students and a graduating class of eight seniors.[3] After graduating, he co-founded New York City theatre troupe The Rorschach Group with his college roommate Kirk Acevedo, and served as an actor and artistic director with the troupe for three years.[4] Career Whigham appeared in one 1997 episode of the television series Ghost Stories before ...more...

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Sam Whipple

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Sam Whipple

Sampson E. "Sam" Whipple (September 25, 1960 – June 3, 2002) was an American actor best remembered for his role as Dr. John Ballard on the TV series Seven Days. His credits include The Doors, Airheads, This Is Spinal Tap and The Rock. He also appeared in television shows such as Open All Night,[1] The Larry Sanders Show, Seinfeld, and Home Improvement. On June 3, 2002, Whipple died at age 41 after a two-year battle with cancer.[2] Partial filmography Seven Days (TV) (30 episodes) (1998–2000) .... Dr. John Ballard Seinfeld (TV) (1 episode, "The Maid") (1998) .... Phone Guy #1 NYPD Blue (TV) (1 episode, "A Box of Wendy") (1998) .... Willy The Rock (1996) .... Larry Henderson The Great White Hype (1996) .... Artie Airheads (1994) .... Personal Manager Parker Lewis Can't Lose (TV) (Musso: A Wedding) (1993) .... Reverend Gandin The Larry Sanders Show (TV) (5 episodes) (1992).... Makeup Artist The Doors (1991) .... Ed Sullivan's producer The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (TV) (1991) ...more...

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Joseph Whipp

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Joseph Whipp

Joseph Whipp (born July 12, 1941) is an American actor who has starred in many films and starred on television. He is known for playing police officers in films and on television, too. He also taught drama at Carlmont High School in the 70’s. His first role was in the 1979 movie Escape from Alcatraz as a prison guard. He later on appeared in the 1984 horror movie A Nightmare on Elm Street as a cop and the 1987 science fiction movie The Hidden. He also starred in the 1996 hit horror movie Scream as a sheriff as well as the 1989 horror video classic Death Spa as the ill-fated paranormal investigator Dr. Lido Moray. His most recent film is in the 2010 movie Downstream. Joseph has starred in the soap operas Generations as Charles Mullen from 1989–1990, and on General Hospital as Marty in 1991. He has made many guest appearances on television series, including Lou Grant, The Dukes of Hazzard, Golden Girls, Night Court, Cheers, ER , Monk and The Middle. Filmography Magnum Force (1973) - Palancio's Hitman (unc ...more...

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Johnny Whitaker

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Johnny Whitaker

John Orson Whitaker, Jr. (born December 13, 1959)[1] is an American actor notable for several performances for film and television during his childhood. The redheaded Whitaker is best known for his role as Jody Davis on Family Affair from 1966 to 1971. He also originated the role of Scotty Baldwin on General Hospital in 1965, played the lead in Hallmark's 1969 The Littlest Angel,[2] and portrayed the title character in the 1973 musical version of Tom Sawyer. Early life Whitaker was born in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Van Nuys, the fifth of eight children of Thelma and John O. Whitaker, Sr.[1] Acting career Whitaker and Anissa Jones on Family Affair, 1967 Whitaker began his professional acting career at the age of three by appearing in a television commercial for a local used car dealer. He went on to appear in commercials for Mattel Toymakers, for such toys as Larry the Lion and Crackers the Parrot in their Animal Yackers series. In 1965, Whitaker originated the character of the young Scotty Baldwi ...more...

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Forest Whitaker

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Forest Whitaker

Forest Steven Whitaker III (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director. Whitaker has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Bird, The Crying Game, Platoon, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, The Great Debaters, The Butler and Arrival.[1][2][3] He has also appeared in blockbusters such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as Saw Gerrera and Black Panther as Zuri. He also appeared in Taken 3, a 2014 English-language French action thriller film directed by Olivier Megaton and written by Luc Besson. For his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, Whitaker won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, National Board of Review Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and various critics groups' awards for a lead acting performance. Early life and education Whitaker was born on July 15, 1961 in Longview, Texas,[4] the son of Laura Francis (née Smith), a special education teacher who put herself through college and ...more...

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Duane Whitaker

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Duane Whitaker

Duane Whitaker (born June 23, 1959) is an American actor. Early life Whitaker was born in Abilene, Texas, the oldest child of Nathan Duane Whitaker Sr. (b. August 18, 1933 in Woodson, Texas) and Barbara Ella (née Hudson) (b. April 29, 1934 in Amarillo, Texas), a nurse. He has two younger sisters, Margaret Denise Whitaker (b. April 12, 1962) and Ramona Doyce Whitaker (b. March 24, 1963), both born in Lubbock, Texas.[1] Career Duane Whitaker is probably best known for his role in Quentin Tarantino's popular 1994 film Pulp Fiction as Maynard, the sadistic pawn shop owner. He wrote and portrayed the title role in Eddie Presley (based on his own successful stage play). Whitaker also wrote, directed and appeared in Together and Alone. Other notable roles include; a racist cop in Tales from the Hood, Boss Man in Feast, The Sheriff in Trailer Park of Terror, Luther in From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (which he also co-wrote), Buddy in Dead Letters, Winslow in Broke Sky, Mickey in Cordoba Nights and Dr. B ...more...

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Denzel Whitaker

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Denzel Whitaker

Denzel Dominique Whitaker (born June 15, 1990) is an American actor. His notable film appearances include The Great Debaters and Training Day, as well as TV shows ER, Brothers & Sisters and The War At Home. He was a cast member during the tenth and final season of the Nickelodeon sketch-comedy series All That. He was in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Dadnapped. He also appeared on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, as a player on Zack and Cody's wheelchair basketball team, and in Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. He also appeared in the 2010 Wes Craven horror film My Soul To Take as a blind 16 year old named Jerome that was born early along with 6 other children because of the killing of a murderer that had multiple souls, and the souls escaped and were hiding in the children. He appeared in the 2011 film Abduction, in season 3 of The Boondocks as character Sgt. Gutte, and on Black Dynamite: The Animated Series as Donald The Accountant. He has also worked as an assistant vo ...more...

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Kenn Whitaker

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Kenn Whitaker

Kenn Whitaker (born June 8, 1963) is an American former film and television actor. Biography Whitaker was born Kenneth Dwayne Whitaker in Longview, Texas. He made his first appearance in the film Most Wanted which starred actors Keenen Ivory Wayans and Jon Voight, and then in 1999 he appeared in the film Life which starred Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. Kenn has two brothers, Forest Whitaker (b. 1961) and Damon Whitaker (b. 1970) and a sister, Deborah Whitaker, who are all also actors. Filmography Most Wanted (1997) - Bus Guard #2 Tracey Takes On... (1998) (TV series) - Second Smoking Man (1 episode) Bulworth (1998) - Henchman #1 Party of Five (1999) (TV series) - Detention Center Guard (1 episode) Life (1999/I) - Isaac The Theory of the Leisure Class (2001) - Otis Last Days (2001) - Ben Forchet External links Kenn Whitaker on IMDb ...more...

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Nick Whitaker

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Nick Whitaker (born October 1, 1988) is an American actor who played the lead role in Benji: Off the Leash!.[1][2][3][4] Career Whitaker's first role was a Chase Patterson in Message in a Cell Phone. He is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has appeared in many church related movies which include starring as Joseph Smith in the major film from the LDS Motion Picture Studios, Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration,[5] which is currently playing at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and various visitor centres across the world. He has also appeared in Brigham City,[4][6] Money or The Mission,[5] and the children's film Bug Off.[4] Whitaker has also appeared in the Disney Channel movies High School Musical and Read It and Weep, and he had a minor role as one of the basketball players in Hatching Pete. In Read It and Weep he plays Lenny Bartlett, the older brother of Jamie Bartlett, who is the main character. In the movie he sings the song "I Will Be Around". Unoffic ...more...

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Al White

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Al White

Allen "Al" White (born May 17, 1942)[2] is an American character actor.[3] He has appeared in various movies, such as Airplane! and Airplane II: The Sequel, and Back to the Future Part II. Over the course of his Hollywood acting career, White has frequently portrayed police detectives in television and film. Career On screen, White is perhaps best known for his role in hit comedy Airplane! as the jive-talking man whose words have to be translated (he reprised the jive-talking for a courtroom scene in the sequel). He also acted in Back to the Future Part II and has a long television resume, including roles in popular shows Wonder Woman, The Jeffersons. The Incredible Hulk and The Dukes of Hazzard, and more recently CSI: Miami and The King of Queens. White, who was raised in San Francisco, California from an early age, decided to embark on an acting career after he had been employed as a janitor in Golden Gate Park for eight years. White has won a number of awards for his theatre work. He later became a memb ...more...

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Bernard White (actor)

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Bernard White (actor)

Bernard "Bernie" White (born June 8, 1959) is a Sri Lankan–American actor, screenwriter and film director.[1] Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and raised in Detroit, White received his bachelor's degree in theatre at Michigan State University. He previously was married to actress Julia Campbell and currently is married to actress Jackie Katzman. Filmography Year Title Role 1985 American Drive-In Lou 1985 The Last Hunt 1986 The Eleventh Commandment Robert Knight 1986 The Education of Allison Tate John Riversong 1987 Body Count Robert Knight 1990 Ain't No Way Back Joe Campbell 1991 The Entertainers Luis 1991 Twenty Dollar Star Brian 1994 Killing Obsession Lt. Jackson 1995 The Wacky Adventures of Dr. Boris and Nurse Shirley 1998 City of Angels Circulating Nurse #2 2000 Pay It Forward Cop 2002 The Scorpion King Falconmaster 2003 The Matrix Reloaded Rama Kandra 2003 The Matrix Revolutions Rama Kandra 2004 Raising Hele ...more...

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David White (actor)

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David White (actor)

David White (April 4, 1916 – November 27, 1990) was an American stage, film and television actor best known for playing Darrin Stephens' boss Larry Tate on the 1964–72 ABC situation comedy Bewitched. Early life Born on April 4, 1916 in Denver, Colorado, his family later moved to Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. White graduated from Los Angeles City College and began acting at the Pasadena Playhouse and the Cleveland Play House. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and, after his discharge, made his Broadway debut in 1949 in the original play Leaf and Bough.[1] Career White appeared on numerous television series in the 1950s and '60s. He made two guest appearances on the CBS courtroom drama Perry Mason. In 1960, he played Henry De Garmo in "The Case of the Madcap Modiste," and in 1963 he played newspaper editor Victor Kendall in "The Case of the Witless Witness." He also appeared in Sgt Bilko, Peter Gunn, Mr. Lucky, The Untouchables, The Fugitive, Mission: Impossible, Father Knows B ...more...

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Brian J. White

Brian Joseph White (born April 21, 1975) is an American actor. Early life White was born near Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Estelle Bowser, a financial advisor, and Jo Jo White, a Hall of Fame basketball player for the Boston Celtics, sports executive, and restaurateur.[1][2][3] He is the oldest of six children. White attended Newton South High School and was a graduate of Dartmouth College,[2] where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Career White began acting in a number of television series such as Moesha, The Parkers, Spyder Games, Second Time Around, and The Shield. He then moved into film roles, appearing in The Family Stone, Brick, Stomp the Yard, The Game Plan, and In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale. He had a recurring role as Lieutenant Carl Davis on Moonlight. In 2009, White appeared in Fighting and 12 Rounds. He starred in I Can Do Bad All By Myself, and followed this with a regular role in the series Men of a Certain Age. In 2011, White starred in The Heart Special ...more...

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Jaleel White

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Jaleel White

Jaleel Ahmad White (born November 27, 1976)[1] is an American actor. In 1989, he was cast in the role of Steve Urkel on the sitcom Family Matters.[2] The character, which was originally intended to be a one-time guest appearance, was an instant hit with audiences and White became a regular cast member. The series aired for a total of nine seasons, from 1989 to 1997 on ABC, and from 1997 to 1998 on CBS. Aside from this character, White is also known as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog in the animated shows: Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic SatAM and Sonic Underground, all of which were produced by the now-defunct DiC Entertainment. He reprised his role as Sonic in the 2013 Sonic fan film. After Family Matters ended, White starred in the UPN series Grown Ups from 1999 to 2000. He later attended UCLA where he graduated with a degree in film and television in 2001. He has continued his acting career with roles in Dreamgirls (2006), and guest stints on Boston Legal, House, and Psych. In March 2012, White ap ...more...

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De'voreaux White

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De'voreaux White

De'voreaux White (born August 6, 1965) is an American actor.[1] Career Feature films He was born August 6, 1965 in Los Angeles, California. White is perhaps best known for his role in Die Hard as the young limousine driver, Argyle.[2] He also played a youth in the 1980 film Blues Brothers, in which he tries to steal a guitar from Ray Charles' music store. In 1984 he played Wylie, who was lynched for accidentally shooting a white sheriff in Places in the Heart. White is one of the boys who attempt to keep the baseball in the Neil Simon movie Max Dugan Returns. He appeared in the 2000 drama Shadow Hours. In 1992, he played the role of Lucky in the movie Trespass. In it, he plays the drug-addicted little brother of King James, played by Ice-T. Television series White starred in the television series Head of the Class as Aristotle McKenzie. He played several characters on Little House on the Prairie. He appeared in many television shows during the 1970s and 1980s such as The Jeffersons, In the Heat of the ...more...

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Jesse White (actor)

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Jesse White (actor)

Jesse White (born Jonah Marcus Weidenfeld,[note 1][1] January 3, 1917 – January 9, 1997) was an American character actor. He is best remembered for having portrayed the Maytag repairman in television commercials from 1967 to 1988. Life and career White was born in Buffalo, New York, and was raised in Akron, Ohio to Jewish parents.[2] He was nicknamed "Jesse". He made his first amateur appearance in local stage productions at the age of fifteen. Though aspiring to be an actor, he worked at many different jobs during the 1930s, including selling beauty supplies and lingerie. After moving to Cleveland, Ohio, White began a career in vaudeville and burlesque, traveling widely before landing a role on Broadway. In 1942, White made his Broadway debut in The Moon is Down, followed by a successful performance in the role of a sanitarium orderly in the popular play Harvey. He would later reprise his role in the 1950 film version and the 1972 television movie.[3] In 1947, White made his film debut in a small part in ...more...

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Jeremy Allen White

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Jeremy Allen White

Jeremy Allen White (born February 17, 1991) is an American film and television actor. He is best known for playing Phillip "Lip" Gallagher on the acclaimed Showtime dramedy series Shameless. White has appeared in several films including Beautiful Ohio, The Speed of Life, Afterschool, Twelve, and After Everything.[1] Early life Prior to meeting each other, White's parents had both moved to New York City to pursue careers in acting. After meeting, performing on stage together for several years, and marrying, the couple ended their acting careers and obtained jobs that would help them support their new family. Throughout elementary school White was a dancer, specifically ballet, jazz, and tap. At the age of 13 upon entering a new middle school dance program he had a change of heart and decided to pursue acting.[2] White got the job to play Phillip "Lip" Gallagher on Shameless right out of high school.[3] Personal life White has a child with his girlfriend, American actress Addison Timlin. Their daughter, E ...more...

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Michael Jai White

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Michael Jai White

Michael Jai White (born November 10, 1967) is an American actor and martial artist who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is the first black person to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture,[1] having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn.[note 1] White appeared as Marcus Williams in the Tyler Perry films Why Did I Get Married? and Why Did I Get Married Too?, and starred as the character on the TBS/OWN comedy-drama television series Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse. White portrayed Jax Briggs in Mortal Kombat: Legacy. White also portrayed boxer Mike Tyson in the 1995 HBO television movie Tyson, and starred as Black Dynamite in the titular hit blaxploitation film, as well as the titular Warner Bros. Animation series. Early life White was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved as a teen to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he graduated from Central High School in 1985. He is an accomplished martial artist, holding black belts in eight differen ...more...

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Sammy White (actor)

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Sammy White (actor)

Sammy White (né Samuel Kwait; 28 May 1894 Providence, Rhode Island – 3 March 1960 Beverly Hills, California) was an American vaudeville song-and-dance comedian who appeared in a few films. He appeared with Lew Clayton, as Clayton and White, in the Broadway show Schubert Gaieties of 1919. Career With his first wife, Eva Puck, White appeared in vaudeville as Puck and White. They starred in the original Broadway stage version of the classic musical Show Boat (1927). In Show Boat, he played the role of comic dancer Frank Schultz, and Puck played the role of Ellie May Chipley, who eventually marries Frank. In 1932, they reprised their roles in the first Broadway revival of the show. However, by the time the Universal Pictures film version was made in 1936, White and Puck had divorced, so the role of Ellie went to Queenie Smith, with White repeating his performance as Frank in the film. White later married Broadway actress Beatrice Curtis (1906–1963), the daughter of vaudeville actress Anna Chandler (1884–1957). ...more...

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Ron White

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Ron White

Ronald Dee White (born December 18, 1956) is an American stand-up comedian and actor, best known as a charter member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Nicknamed "Tater Salad", he is the author of the book I Had the Right to Remain Silent But I Didn't Have the Ability, which appeared on the New York Times best seller list. Biography Ronald Dee White was born on December 18, 1956 in Fritch, Texas, to Charles Don White and Barbara Joan Craig.[1] White served in the United States Navy. According to his own account, White joined the service at age 17 and served on the auxiliary rescue and salvage ship USS Conserver near the end of the Vietnam War.[2] He is an avid fisherman and has loved fishing as a hobby. From a young age his dream was to become a comedian. He lived in Mexico for a brief period and bought a pottery factory there[3] before returning to the U.S. to pursue comedy. He included stories from his youth in his book I Had the Right to Remain Silent But I Didn't Have the Ability. From January 2000 throu ...more...

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Peter White (actor)

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Peter White (actor)

Peter White (born October 10, 1937) is an American actor. White was born in New York City, New York and studied acting at the prestigious Yale School of Drama. In 1968, White received critical acclaim for his role as Alan McCarthy in off-Broadway's The Boys in the Band.[1] White, and the rest of the original cast, appeared in the 1970 film version, directed by William Friedkin.[2] He played Director of Central Intelligence John A. McCone in the film Thirteen Days. Among White's many television credits are appearances on The Feather and Father Gang,[3] Ally McBeal, The West Wing, Dallas, The Colbys,[4] a recurring co-starring role as Dr. Thomas Reed on the television series Sisters[4] and playing the role of Lincoln 'Linc' Tyler off and on for over thirty years on the soap opera All My Children.[5] In 2010 White appeared in filmmaker Crayton Robey's making-of The Boys in the Band documentary Making the Boys.[6][7][8] References New York Daily News Canby, Vincent (18 March 1970). "The Boys in the Ban ...more...

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O. Z. Whitehead

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O. Z. Whitehead

Oothout Zabriskie Whitehead (March 1, 1911 – July 29, 1998)[1] was a stage and film character actor. He was born in New York City and attended Harvard University. Called "O.Z." or "Zebby", he also authored several volumes of biographical sketches of early members of the Bahá'í Faith especially in the West after he moved ("pioneered" as a Bahá'í) to Dublin, Ireland in 1963. Film, TV and Theatre actor Whitehead first appeared on Broadway in Martin Beck Theatre performing in The Lake (1933) in 55 performances from December 1933 to February 1934 (which was Katharine Hepburn's first Broadway leading role) and 11 other plays by 1939.[2] Hepburn encourages his early career.[3] O. Z. Whitehead was one of the last surviving members of John Ford's "stock company" of character actors. Along with John Carradine, Donald Meek, Ward Bond, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey, Jr. et al., Whitehead was one of the many actors regularly employed by Ford to breathe life into even the smallest roles in his films. His best-known part was ...more...

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Steve White (actor)

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Steve White (actor)

Steve White (born March 1961) is an American actor and comedian, best known for his roles in Spike Lee films. He has worked with Lee five times (Do the Right Thing in 1989, Mo' Better Blues in 1990, Malcolm X in 1992, Clockers in 1995, and Get on the Bus in 1996). From 1992 to 1997, White performed stand-up comedy on Russell Simmons's Def Comedy Jam on HBO and he also had a recurring role on the ABC comedy series Hangin' With Mr. Cooper. Steve was most recently one of the guest announcers on The Price Is Right. White told the KQRS Morning Show on January 24, 2013 that he will appear in Robert Townsend's latest movie with Townsend Entertainment, Playin' for Love. References https://m.imdb.com/name/nm0925473/bio?ref_=m_mn_ov_bio External links Steve White on IMDb ...more...

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Sean Whitesell

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Sean Whitesell

Sean Whitesell (March 11, 1963 – December 28, 2015) was an American film and television actor, writer and producer. Biography Whitesell was born in Iowa Falls, Iowa,[2][3][4] the son of Patricia and John Patrick "Jack" Whitesell.[5][6] He has five brothers John II, Christopher, Thomas, Patrick, and James.[4][2][7] He graduated from the University of Iowa[2] and then studied acting at the University of California in San Diego, where he received an MFA in acting. Whitesell is best known for his portrayal of cannibalistic inmate Donald Groves, the initial cellmate of Miguel Alvarez (Kirk Acevedo), in season 1 of HBO's Oz, on which he was a regular until his character's execution. In 2002, Whitesell returned to the show, but not to act; he wrote and produced several episodes in the show's later seasons. Whitesell has acted almost exclusively in television, aside from some early minor film roles, such as in Calendar Girl opposite Jason Priestley. He also served as both a writer and a recurring guest actor on Ho ...more...

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Charles Malik Whitfield

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Charles Malik Whitfield

Charles Malik Whitfield (born August 1, 1972) is an American actor. Whitfield is best known for his performance as Otis Williams in the television miniseries, The Temptations (1998), for which he was nominated for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series. Life and career Whitfield was born in the Bronx, New York.[1] Beginning his career in 1992, he played, from 1993 to 1994, Dr. Ben Price on the ABC daytime soap opera, One Life to Live. He later appeared in films Fresh and Bleeding Hearts.[1] Whitfield is best known for his role as Otis Williams in the 1998 miniseries The Temptations.[2][3] From 2001-03 he starred as James Mooney in the CBS legal drama series, The Guardian.[4] Whitfield later guest-starred on CSI: Miami, Castle, The Game, Private Practice, White Collar, Rizzoli & Isles, Body of Proof, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Good Wife, and Scorpion. He also had the recurring role of Agent Henriksen in The CW series Supernatural from 2007 to 200 ...more...

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Mitchell Whitfield

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Mitchell Whitfield

Mitchell Whitfield (born September 8, 1964) is an American actor and voice actor. Life and career Whitfield was born in Brooklyn, New York. He guest-starred in several episodes of Friends as Dr. Barry Farber, Rachel's orthodontist ex-fiancé, whom Rachel left at the altar on their wedding day. He also appeared in Dharma & Greg; Murder, She Wrote; Diagnosis Murder and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as well as Curb Your Enthusiasm. In the 1992 film My Cousin Vinny, Whitfield starred as Stan Rothenstein, opposite Ralph Macchio. He also appeared in an episode of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. As a voice actor, Whitfield voiced Phobos on W.I.T.C.H. and Donatello in the TMNT film. He played Benjamin, a Marine friend of Eddie Birdlace, in Dogfight. As of 2015, Whitfield does the voice of Fixit on Transformers: Robots in Disguise. Filmography Live-action A Match Made in Heaven - Gordon Rosner Amy's Orgasm - Don Best Men - Sol Jacobs Blossom - Larry Levin[1] Critics and Other Freaks - Casting ...more...

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Bradley Whitford

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Bradley Whitford

Bradley Whitford (born October 10, 1959) is an American actor and political activist. He portrayed White House Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman in the NBC television drama The West Wing, for which he was nominated for three consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards from 2001 to 2003, winning in 2001. This role also earned him three consecutive Golden Globe Award nominations. Whitford also played Danny Tripp in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Dan Stark in the Fox police buddy-comedy The Good Guys, Timothy Carter, a character who was believed to be Red John, in the CBS series The Mentalist, antagonist Eric Gordon in the film Billy Madison, Arthur Parsons in The Post, and Dean Armitage in the horror film Get Out. In 2015, he won a second Primetime Emmy Award for his role as Marcy in Transparent, and a fifth Primetime Emmy Award nomination for portraying Magnus Hirschfeld in the same series. He was an occasional columnist for The Huffington Post until November 2009.[1] Early life Whitford was born in Madison, Wisconsi ...more...

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Napoleon Whiting

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Napoleon Whiting

Napoleon Whiting (September 21, 1910, Mississippi – October 22, 1984, Los Angeles, California), was an American character actor. He played many bit parts, often uncredited, as a menial worker such as the African American butler, a stereotypical role. He also appeared as the butler in Giant (1956). Whiting was best known to television audiences for his work as Silas on The Big Valley, a typecast but highly visible role. External links Napoleon Whiting on IMDb Napoleon Whiting at the Internet Broadway Database ...more...

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James Whitmore, Jr.

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James Whitmore, Jr.

James Allen Whitmore III (born October 24, 1948), better known as James Whitmore Jr., is an American actor best known for his role as Captain Jim Gutterman on the television program Baa Baa Black Sheep, and (since the 1980s) a television director. He is the son of actor James Whitmore.[1] Life and career Born in Manhattan, New York, Whitmore has had recurring guest-starring roles on the TV series The Rockford Files and Hunter. He also appeared in two episodes of Magnum, P.I. and an episode of Battlestar Galactica before directing many episodes of series by Donald P. Bellisario, the creator of Magnum and a writer on Galactica.[2] Whitmore occasionally acts in the episodes he directs, such as two episodes of Quantum Leap ("8 1/2 Months" and "Trilogy, Pt. 1"). In that series, as well as several others, he played different characters in each appearance, rather than recurring roles.[2] In addition to directing episodes of shows for Bellisario (Quantum Leap, Tequila and Bonetti, JAG, NCIS, and NCIS: Los Angeles ...more...

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James Whitmore

James Allen Whitmore Jr. (October 1, 1921 – February 6, 2009) was an American film, theatre, and television actor.[1] During his career, Whitmore won three of the four EGOT honors: a Tony, a Grammy, and an Emmy. Whitmore also won a Golden Globe and was nominated for two Academy Awards. Early life and military service Born in White Plains, New York, to Florence Belle (née Crane) and James Allen Whitmore, Sr., a park commission official,[2] Whitmore attended Amherst Central High School in Snyder, New York, for three years,[3] before transferring to the Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut, on a football scholarship. He went on to study at Yale University, but he had to quit playing football after severely injuring his knees.[4] After giving up football, he turned to the Yale Dramatic Society and began acting.[5] While at Yale, he was a member of Skull and Bones,[6] and was among the founders of the Yale radio station (the student-run WOCD-AM, later renamed WYBC-AM).[7] Whitmore planned on becoming a lawy ...more...

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Stuart Whitman

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Stuart Whitman

Stuart Maxwell Whitman (born February 1, 1928)[1] is an American actor. He is known for playing Marshal Jim Crown on the Western television series Cimarron Strip (1967). Whitman also starred with John Wayne in the Western film entitled The Comancheros (1961), and received top billing as the romantic lead in the film Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (1965). Early life Stuart Maxwell Whitman was born on February 1, 1928, in San Francisco, California, the eldest of two sons of Cecilia (née Gold) and Joseph Whitman. His family was Jewish.[2] In the 1950s, Whitman described himself to Hedda Hopper as "a real American - have a little bit of English, Irish, Scotch and Russian - so I get along with everyone."[3] His parents had married in their teens and traveled frequently during his childhood - his father was a lawyer who moved into property development. Whitman started his education in New York, in Manhattan and Poughkeepsie.[4][5] "I went to so many schools—26 in all!—that I was always an outside ...more...

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Ernest Whitman

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Ernest Whitman

Ernest Whitman (February 21, 1893 - August 5, 1954) was an American stage and screen actor.[1] His nickname was Bubbles. He appeared in a number of films, including King for a Day (1934), The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936), The Green Pastures (1936), Jesse James (1939), Gone With the Wind (1939), Third Finger, Left Hand (1940), Among the Living (1941), Road to Zanzibar (1941), Cabin in the Sky (1943), Stormy Weather (1943), The Lost Weekend (1945), My Brother Talks to Horses (1947), Banjo (1947) and The Sun Shines Bright (1953), his last movie. Whitman also performed on stage, with a role in The Last Mile and various other productions.[1] Whitman was the wartime host of the Armed Forces Radio Service Jubilee radio show which was designed for African-American troops and featured mostly African-American entertainers. He portrayed the character Bill Jackson in The Beulah Show on radio from 1952 to 1953.[2] Broadway roles Whitman as Vincent Jackson in the Broadway play, The Last Mile, 1930. The Last Mi ...more...

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Isiah Whitlock, Jr.

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Isiah Whitlock, Jr.

Isiah Whitlock Jr. (born September 13, 1954) is an American actor. Early life Whitlock was born in South Bend, Indiana. He attended college at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) in Marshall, Minnesota, where he enrolled through a football scholarship and studied theater. Injuries led him to stop playing football and focus on acting.[1] After graduating in 1976, he moved to San Francisco and joined the American Conservatory Theater.[2] Career Whitlock is best known for his role on the HBO television series The Wire as corrupt state senator Clay Davis. He has also appeared in the Spike Lee films She Hate Me, 25th Hour, Red Hook Summer, Chi-Raq and BlacKkKlansman. In those projects, Whitlock established a catchphrase from his characters' distinct pronunciation of the word "shit" ("sheeeeeeeee-it").[3] Whitlock also made appearances on Chappelle's Show and has made several appearances as various characters on Law & Order. He appeared as Eugene, a supporting role, in the 2003 film Pieces of April ...more...

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Peter Whitney

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Peter Whitney

Peter Whitney (born Peter King Engle; May 24, 1916 – March 30, 1972) was an American actor in film and television. Whitney was born in Long Branch, New Jersey. Tall and heavyset, he played brutish villains in many Hollywood films in the 1940s and 1950s. Career Whitney was often a supporting character actor credited at least in the top ten actors appearing in several Hollywood classic feature films, such as Destination Tokyo (1943), Action in the North Atlantic (1943), Mr. Skeffington (1944), Murder, He Says (1945) (in which he played a dual role), The Big Heat (1953), In the Heat of the Night (1967), The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970), and others before becoming well known for his work in television. From the late 1950s, Whitney played character roles in many television series, including nine appearances on ABC's The Rifleman. One of his roles in The Rifleman was "Mail Order Groom" (1960), an episode in which he portrays John Jupiter, a man of great physical strength who must exert patience while he is haras ...more...

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