James Westerfield is an American actor born on March 22, 1913, in Nashville, Tennessee. Throughout his lifetime, Westerfield starred in over 50 films. His acting career started in 1942 when he landed a role in the film Magnificent Ambersons. This was then followed by several acting projects like On the Waterfront in 1954, Cowboy in 1958, Birdman of Alcatraz in 1962, Man's Favorite Sport in 1964, The Sons of Katie Elder in 1965, Hang 'Em High in 1968 and True Grit in 1969. He is well-remembered in his roles in the Disney comedy films The Shaggy Dog in 1959, The Absent-Minded Professor in 1961, and Son of Flubber in 1963. He also showed his flexible acting skills by playing tough roles as a cop, thug, or bartender in some of his films. His performance in the movie On the Waterfront as Big Mac is said to be one of his most brilliant roles. He married the actress Alice G. Fay in December 1962. Westerfield died on September 20, 1971 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California due to a heart attack.