Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 6th, 2009
James Whitmore, the well-known actor of over 50 movies, and the star of such celebrated cryptofiction films as Them!, has died of lung cancer in Malibu, on February 6th, 2009, at the age of 87. He was diagnosed with the disease a week before Thanksgiving.
Born in White Plains, N.Y., on October 1, 1921, Whitmore later moved to Buffalo, N.Y., where he attended public schools until his senior year of high school, when he attended the Choate School in Wallingford, Conn., on a football scholarship.
He was surrounded by what he considered to be the most important in his life, which was his family. He was loved and admired for his work as an actor, but he was loved and admired for being a father, a grandfather and a great-grandfather to all those who knew him and loved him. said his son Steve
In addition to his son Steve, Whitmore is survived by his third wife, Noreen; his sons James Jr. and Dan; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Whitmore’s Los Angeles Times obit can be found here.
Dr. Patricia ‘Pat’ Medford [played by Joan Weldon]: [observing the tunnel walls] Look! Held together with saliva!
Ben Peterson [played by James Whitmore]: Yeah! Spit’s all that’s holding me together right now, too.