Actor James Whitmore has died of lung cancer, aged 87.The Emmy and Tony award winning star was diagnosed with the illness in November (08) and passed away on Friday (06Feb09) afternoon at his home in Malibu, California.
Whitmore was famed for his one-man shows about former American presidents Harry Truman and Theodore Roosevelt.
He won a Tony Award in 1948 for his role in Broadway show Command Decision and in 1975 received an Academy Award nomination for best actor for his portrayal of Truman in Give 'em Hell, Harry!
He was also the recipient of an Emmy Award in 2000 as outstanding guest actor in drama series The Practice.
Whitmore starred in over 50 films throughout his career - most recently in 1994's critically acclaimed The Shawshank Redemption.
He is survived by his third wife, Noreen Nash, three sons and eight grandchildren.