James Westerfield

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.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Nashville, Tennessee, USA
    Birthday
    3/22/1913
On the Waterfront
On the Waterfront
7.9
Birdman of Alcatraz
Birdman of Alcatraz
7.5
Hang 'em High
Hang 'em High
6.8
Man with the Gun
Man with the Gun
6.2
The Chase
The Chase
6.1
Homicidal
Homicidal
6.5
The Human Jungle
The Human Jungle
5.3
Undercurrent
Undercurrent
5.8
The Sons of Katie Elder
The Sons of Katie Elder
7.1
Man's Favorite Sport?
Man's Favorite Sport?
6.9
Decision at Sundown
Decision at Sundown
6.3
True Grit
True Grit
7.4
Highway West
Highway West
5.8
Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round
Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round
5.1
Wild River
Wild River
7.3
The Cobweb
The Cobweb
5.7
The Gunfight at Dodge City
The Gunfight at Dodge City
5.6
The Proud Rebel
The Proud Rebel
5.9
Dead Aim
Dead Aim
3.2
The Plunderers
The Plunderers
5.9
Jungle Heat
Jungle Heat
4.3
Three Brave Men
Three Brave Men
4.8
The Violent Men
The Violent Men
6.3
Side Street
Side Street
6.6
Blue
Blue
5.2
The Shaggy Dog
The Shaggy Dog
6.1
Cowboy
Cowboy
6.3
The Hangman
The Hangman
6.1
The Absent-Minded Professor
The Absent-Minded Professor
6.4
The Howards of Virginia
The Howards of Virginia
6.1
Son of Flubber
Son of Flubber
5.9
Three Hours to Kill
Three Hours to Kill
4.9
That Funny Feeling
That Funny Feeling
5.9
Bartleby
Bartleby
0
Smith!
Smith!
5.5
About Face
About Face
5
The Love God?
The Love God?
6
The Whistle at Eaton Falls
The Whistle at Eaton Falls
6.2
Chief Crazy Horse
Chief Crazy Horse
5.6
Around the World
Around the World
5
The Boy Who Stole the Elephant
The Boy Who Stole the Elephant
0
Lucy Gallant
Lucy Gallant
7
Bikini Beach
Bikini Beach
5.7
Away All Boats
Away All Boats
5.1
Scalplock
Scalplock
6.5
The Further Adventures of Gallegher
The Further Adventures of Gallegher
0
Now You See It, Now You Don't
Now You See It, Now You Don't
0
Set This Town on Fire
0
The Magnificent Ambersons
The Magnificent Ambersons
7.3
The Bachelor Party
0
Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town
Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town
6.1
A Man Called Gannon
A Man Called Gannon
4.5
The Pride of the Yankees
The Pride of the Yankees
7.4
The Scarlet Coat
The Scarlet Coat
6.3
The Helen Morgan Story
The Helen Morgan Story
0
Old Man
Old Man
0
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