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James Westerfield

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia James A. Westerfield (22 March 1913 – 20 September 1971) was an American actor of stage, film, and television. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, to candy-maker Brasher Omier Westerfield and his wife Dora Elizabeth Bailey, he was raised in Detroit, Michigan. (A news story in the June 12, 1949, issue of The Brooklyn Daily Eagle calls the information in the preceding sentence into question. It describes Westerfield as "the son of a famous producer-director" and says that he was "a youngster in Denver, Col.") He became interested in theatre as a young man and in the 1930s joined Gilmor Brown's famed Pasadena Community Playhouse, appearing in dozens of plays. He played in numerous films following his debut in 1940, then went to New York City and appeared on Broadway, winning two New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards for his supporting roles in The Madwoman of Chaillot and Detective Story. He then returned to Hollywood and made more than 40 more films. Westerfield maintained an interest in the theatre. He directed more than 50 musicals in a summer-musical tent he owned in Danbury, Connecticut, and was the original stage director and producer for the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. He directed three seasons of "Theatre Under the Stars" in Vancouver, British Columbia, and appeared in musical roles with the Detroit Civic Light Opera, the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, and the San Francisco Civic Light Opera. On film, Westerfield had roles in The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), On The Waterfront (1954), Lucy Gallant (1955), the 1957 Budd Boetticher-directed Western Decision at Sundown starring Randolph Scott, Cowboy (1958), a repeating role in The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) and its sequel Son of Flubber (1963), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), Man's Favorite Sport (1964), The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), Hang 'Em High (1968) and True Grit (1969). Westerfield had many roles on television, including seven episodes as John Murrel from 1963 to 1964 on ABC's The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, starring child actor Kurt Russell in the title role. He made two guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of Sheriff Bert Elmore in the 1957 episode, "The Case of the Angry Mourner." He also appeared in an episode of The Lone Ranger in 1954 entitled "Texas Draw." Westerfield's other appearances were on such series as The Rifleman, The Californians, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, The Alaskans, The Rebel, Straightaway, Going My Way, The Asphalt Jungle, Hazel, The Andy Griffith Show, Daniel Boone, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Gunsmoke. He played the circus leader, Dr. Marvello, in an episode of Lost in Space "Space Circus" (1966). Westerfield as a young man was a roommate of fellow Pasadena Playhouse actor George Reeves. The two remained close friends until Reeves's death in 1959. Westerfield was married to Alice G. Fay (an actress under the name Fay Tracey), who, along with his mother, survived him. Westerfield died from a heart attack in Woodlands Hills, California, at the age of fifty-eight.


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Born:
Mar 22, 1913 In Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
78
First Appeared:
In the movie The Howards of Virginia 1940-09-19
Latest Project:
Movie Dead Aim 1971-01-01
Known For

James Westerfield Movies Filmography

Movie
Dead Aim
John Applebee 1971-01-01
Movie
Smith!
Sheriff 1969-03-21
Movie
The Love God?
Rev. Wilkerson 1969-08-01
Movie
True Grit
Judge Parker 1969-06-11
Series
The Outcasts
Unknown 1968-09-23
Movie
Hang 'em High
Prisoner 1968-07-31
Movie
Blue
Abe Parker 1968-05-09
Series
Mannix
Unknown 1967-09-16
Series
Judd for the Defense
Unknown 1967-09-08
Movie
Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round
Jack Balter 1966-10-12
Series
The Time Tunnel
Unknown 1966-09-09
Series
The Big Valley
Unknown 1965-09-15
Series
Green Acres
Unknown 1965-09-15
Series
Lost in Space
Unknown 1965-09-15
Movie
That Funny Feeling
Officer Brokaw 1965-08-25
Movie
The Sons of Katie Elder
Mr. Vennar 1965-06-23
Movie
Man's Favorite Sport?
Policeman 1964-01-29
Series
Daniel Boone
Unknown 1964-09-24
Series
Profiles in Courage
Unknown 1964-11-08
Series
Bewitched
Unknown 1964-09-17
Movie
Son of Flubber
Police Officer Hanson 1963-01-16
Series
The Dakotas
Unknown 1963-01-07
Series
The Beverly Hillbillies
Unknown 1962-09-26
Movie
Birdman of Alcatraz
Jess Younger 1962-07-03
Movie
Homicidal
Alfred S. Adrims 1961-07-26
Movie
The Absent-Minded Professor
Officer Hanson 1961-03-16
Series
The Tall Man
Unknown 1960-09-10
Movie
Wild River
Cal Garth 1960-05-26
Movie
The Plunderers
Mike Baron 1960-11-05
Series
Thriller
Unknown 1960-09-13
Series
My Three Sons
Unknown 1960-09-29
Series
The Andy Griffith Show
Unknown 1960-10-03
Movie
The Hangman
Herb Loftus 1959-06-17
Movie
The Shaggy Dog
Officer Hanson 1959-03-19
Movie
The Gunfight at Dodge City
Reverend Howard 1959-05-01
Series
Rawhide
Unknown 1959-01-09
Series
Tightrope
Unknown 1959-09-08
Series
The Twilight Zone
Unknown 1959-10-02
Series
The Rebel
Unknown 1959-10-04
Series
Law of the Plainsman
Unknown 1959-10-01
Series
Bat Masterson
Unknown 1958-10-08
Series
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse
Unknown 1958-10-06
Series
The Rifleman
Unknown 1958-09-30
Series
The Texan
Unknown 1958-09-29
Series
Wanted: Dead or Alive
Unknown 1958-09-06
Movie
The Proud Rebel
Birm Bates 1958-07-01
Movie
Cowboy
Mike Adams 1958-02-19
Movie
Jungle Heat
1957-07-22
Series
Richard Diamond, Private Detective
Unknown 1957-07-01
Movie
Decision at Sundown
Otis, the Bartender 1957-11-10
Series
Perry Mason
Unknown 1957-09-21
Series
Maverick
Unknown 1957-09-22
Series
Trackdown
Unknown 1957-10-04
Movie
Three Brave Men
Chief O'Reilly 1956-12-01
Series
Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater
Unknown 1956-10-05
Series
State Trooper
Unknown 1956-09-25
Series
The Adventures of Jim Bowie
Unknown 1956-09-07
Movie
Chief Crazy Horse
Caleb Mantz 1955-03-31
Movie
The Violent Men
Sheriff Magruder 1955-01-26
Movie
Man with the Gun
Mr. Zender (drummer) 1955-11-05
Movie
The Cobweb
James Petlee 1955-06-07
Series
Gunsmoke
Unknown 1955-09-10
Series
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie
Three Hours to Kill
Sam Minor 1954-11-04
Movie
The Human Jungle
Capt. Marty Harrison 1954-10-03
Series
Lassie
Unknown 1954-09-12
Movie
On the Waterfront
Big Mac 1954-06-22
Series
General Electric Theater
Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie
The Whistle at Eaton Falls
Joe London 1951-08-02
Movie
Side Street
Charlie (policeman) 1950-03-23
Series
Studio One
Unknown 1948-11-07
Series
The Philco Television Playhouse
Unknown 1948-10-03
Movie
The Chase
Job the Butler 1946-11-16
Movie
Undercurrent
Henry Gilson 1946-11-11
Movie
Around the World
Bashful Marine 1943-11-27
Movie
About Face
Soldier with Daisy 1942-04-16
Movie
Highway West
Swede, Trucker at Cafe 1941-08-07
Movie
The Howards of Virginia
Backwoodsman 1940-09-19