He was pre-law at Yale.
James co-founded the Yale radio station.
In 2001, Whitmore was nominated for a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for the film Here's To Life!
In November 1977, James played Theodore Roosevelt on Broadway in the play Bully.
James Whitmore has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2000, Whitmore won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his part in The Practice. He was nominated again for this award in 2003 for a role in Mister Sterling but he did not win.
James won a Golden Globe in 1950 for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film Battleground.
Whitmore has been nominated for two Oscars; in 1950 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in the film Battleground and in 1976 for Best Actor in a Leading Role in the film Give 'Em Hell Harry.
James received a football scholarship from Yale but later had to give it up due to injuries.
In June 2006, Whitmore began his run in the play Tuesdays with Morrie at the Peterborough Players Theater in Peterborough, NH with his son James Whitmore Jr.
Whitmore ran an acting workshop in the early 1950s and among his students included the then unknown James Dean. It was Whitmore who sent him to audition for The Actors' Studio in New York.
In 1948 he won a Tony Award for his role in the play Command Decision.
James has 3 elder siblings.
James married actress Audra Lindley in 1972. They got divorced in 1979.
James made his debut on Broadway in 1947 starring in the play Command Decision.
Whitmore served with the Marines in World War 2.
Whitmore married his wife Noreen in 2001.
James has 3 children with his first wife Nancy Mygatt including his son James Whitmore Jnr who is also an actor.
In 1944, James graduated from Yale with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Whitmore went to high school in Wallingford, Connecticut.
Whitmore's parents were called James and Florence.
James grew up in White Plains, New York.
He is 5 feet 10 inches tall.
James Whitmore: I certainly wasn't the idol of millions, I just happened to get good parts.
James Whitmore: I think second guessing one's self and your life is the most futile thing in the world.
James Whitmore: I have no regrets, real regrets, about any darn thing.