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O. Z. Whitehead

American character actor of rather bizarre range, a member of the so-called John Ford Stock Company. Originally a New York stage actor of some repute, Whitehead entered films in the 1930s. He played a wide variety of character parts, often quite different from his own actual age and type. He is probably most familiar as Al Joad in John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath (1940). But twenty-two years later, in his fifth film for Ford, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Whitehead at 51 was playing a lollipop-licking schoolboy! He continued to work predominantly on the stage, appearing now and again in films or on television. In his last years, he suffered from cancer and died in 1998 in Dublin, Ireland, where he had lived in semi-retirement for many years.

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Mar 1, 1911 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Scoundrel 1935-04-30
Latest Project:
Movie The Lion in Winter 1968-10-30
Known For
Poster of Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Poster of Gunsmoke
Poster of Cavalcade of America
Poster of Suspense
Movie The Lion in Winter Bishop of Durham 1968-10-30
Movie Summer Magic Mr. Perkins 1963-07-07
Movie The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Herbert Carruthers 1962-04-15
Movie Panic in Year Zero! Hogan 1962-07-05
Movie Two Rode Together Lt. Whitehead 1961-07-26
Series Hazel Unknown 1961-09-28
Movie The Horse Soldiers Otis 'Hoppy' Hopkins 1959-06-11
Series Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Unknown 1958-10-06
Movie Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! Isaac Goodpasture 1958-12-23
Movie The Last Hurrah Norman Cass Jr. 1958-12-31
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie For Men Only Prof. Bixby 1952-01-11
Movie The San Francisco Story 1952-05-11
Movie Beware, My Lovely Mr. Franks 1952-08-29
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie The Scarf Whoopie 1951-04-06
Movie The Hoodlum Breckenridge 1951-07-05
Movie Comin' Round the Mountain Zeke 1951-07-26
Movie FBI Girl Chauncey 1951-11-04
Movie Journey Into Light Lippy 1951-09-28
Movie One Way Street Gas Station Proprietor (uncredited) 1950-04-01
Series Suspense Unknown 1949-01-06
Movie Ma and Pa Kettle Mr. Billings 1949-04-01
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie Road House Arthur 1948-09-22
Movie A Song Is Born Professor Oddly 1948-10-19
Movie My Brother Talks to Horses Mr. Puddy 1947-02-04
Movie The Romance of Rosy Ridge Ninny Nat 1947-08-04
Movie The Grapes of Wrath Al Joad 1940-03-15
Movie The Scoundrel Calhoun 1935-04-30
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