James Whitmore

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James Whitmore (1921 - 2009)
James Whitmore, as Sgt. Ben Peterson, enjoying himself a little too much, takes aim with a M20B1 "Super Bazooka in Them!.

James Whitmore (1921-2009) was an American stage, film, and television actor whose seven decade career included roles in such films as Them!, Tora! Tora! Tora!, and Guns of the Magnificent Seven. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1950 for his debut role as Sgt. Kinnie in the World War II film Battleground and was also nominated for Best Actor in 1976 for his role as President Harry S. Truman in the feature film adaptation of the one-man show Give'em Hell, Harry! To younger audiences, he is perhaps best known for his role of Brooks Hatlen in 1994's The Shawshank Redemption. In addition, he served as a lieutenant in the US Marine Corps during World War II. He also was the father of actor/director James Whitmore Jr.

James Whitmore can be seen using the following weapons in the following films and television series:


Film

Gun Character Film Note Date
M1928 Thompson Sgt. Kinnie Battleground . 1949
Colt Official Police Trooper Sgt. Ben Peterson Them! . 1954
M20B1 "Super Bazooka" Trooper Sgt. Ben Peterson Them! . 1954
M1928 Thompson Trooper Sgt. Ben Peterson Them! . 1954
M2 Flamethrower Trooper Sgt. Ben Peterson Them! . 1954
M1 Garand MSgt. Mac Battle Cry . 1955
Madsen M50 Herb Sutro The Split 1968
Colt 1851 Navy Joshua Everette Chato's Land 1972
Percussion Cap Musket Joshua Everette Chato's Land 1972

Television

Gun Character Title Note Date
Luger P08 Capt. Hertzbrun Combat! "The Cassock" (S3E17) 1965
M1 Carbine Capt. Hertzbrun Combat! "The Cassock" (S3E17) 1965



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