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Stuart Maxwell Whitman (born February 1, 1928) is an Americanmarker actor.

Stuart Whitman is arguably best-known for playing Marshal Jim Crown in the western television series Cimarron Strip in 1967. Whitman also starred with John Wayne in the Western movie, The Comancheros, in 1961, and received top billing as the romantic lead in the extravagant aerial epic Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines in 1965.

Early life

Whitman was born in San Franciscomarker, the eldest of two sons. His parents, Cecilia (née Gold) and Joseph Whitman, traveled frequently during his childhood, and as a result, he attended over twenty schools. He graduated from high school and spent three years in the Army Corps of Engineers. He became a boxer and was at one time a top light heavyweight contender. After leaving the army, he enrolled in Los Angeles City College and the Los Angeles Academy of Dramatic Art.

Film career

Whitman was a supporting actor in When Worlds Collide (1951), All American (1953), Brigadoon (1954), Ten North Frederick (1958), These Thousand Hills (1959), and The Sound and the Fury (1959). His first leading man role is in Murder, Inc. in 1960.

In 1961, Whitman was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as a child molester in The Mark. He has since appeared in starring and supporting roles in many films, including Francis of Assisi, The Fiercest Heart, The Longest Day, The Comancheros (sharing leading man status with John Wayne), Convicts 4, The Day and the Hour, Signpost to Murder, Shock Treatment, Rio Conchos, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Sands of the Kalahari,"The City Beneath the Sea", An American Dream, The Last Escape, The Decks Ran Red, The Invincible Six, Night of the Lepus, Shatter, Tony Saitta, Guyana: Crime of the Century, Treasure Seekers and The White Buffalo.

When Charlton Heston, who had originally been signed to play the lead in Darby's Rangers left the movie, James Garner was given the lead and Whitman wound up with Garner's original role in the film.

Television

In 1957, Whitman was seriously considered for the role of "Bart Maverick" in the smash hit television series Maverick. The studio needed another Maverick to rotate as the series lead with James Garner. Garner, who had filmed seven episodes, closely resembled Whitman at the time, but Jack Kelly was chosen for the part.

A decade later, however, Whitman had a memorable foray into television for a single season in 1967, playing the heroic Marshal Jim Crown in the lavish western TV series Cimarron Strip. The show, which ran 90 minutes per episode, was highly regarded for its thrilling theme music, top-notch production values, and Whitman's performance. His principal costar was Randy Boone, who played the photographer Francis Wilder.

Later Whitman performed the role of Clark Kent's father Jonathan Kent on the popular TV series Superboy.

Whitman made over two hundred appearances in various movies and television shows over a half-century span between 1951 and 2000. One of his early roles came in 1957 in the syndicated military dramas, Harbor Command, a drama about the United States Coast Guard, and The Silent Service, based on true stories of the submarine service of the United States Navy.

Personal life

Stuart was married to the French-bornmarker Caroline Boubis (1966 - 1974). They divorced, and had one son together, Justin.His first marriage, to Patricia LaLonde (13 October 1952 - 1966), ended in divorce. They had four children: Tony Whitman (b. 1953), Michael Whitman (b. 1954), Scott Whitman (b. 1958) and Linda Whitman (b. 1956).

References

  1. According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At Ancestry.com
  2. http://www.classicimages.com/articles/2009/10/02/current_issue/whitmanstuart.txt
  3. Screen World 17 Mar 1961


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