Actor James Whitmore has died

By: The Associated Press.
By: The Associated Press.

The character actor was perhaps most recognized for being a long-time TV pitchman for Miracle-Gro plant food. But his many movies include the highly regarded, "The Shawshank Redemption," in which he played the character "Brooks," a long-time prison inmate who kills himself after being released.

Whitmore's stage performances included one-man shows about Harry Truman, Will Rogers and Theodore Roosevelt. The Tony and Emmy-winning actor was also nominated for an Oscar. He got his Oscar nod for the film version of the play about Truman, becoming the only actor ever nominated for a film that had just one cast member.

Whitmore's son says his father was diagnosed with cancer a week before Thanksgiving and died this afternoon at his home in California.

Whitmore was 87.

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