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Born: March 22, 1913, Nashville
Died: September 20, 1971 (age 58), Woodland Hills
Biography: James A. Westerfield 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. He became interested in theatre as a young man and in the 1930s joined Gilmor... MORE
Biography: James A. Westerfield 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. 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 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, On The Waterfront, Lucy Gallant, the 1957 Budd Boetticher-directed Western Decision at Sundown starring Randolph Scott, Cowboy, a repeating role in The Absent-Minded Professor and its sequel Son of Flubber, Birdman of Alcatraz, Man's Favorite Sport, The Sons of Katie Elder, Hang 'Em High and True Grit. LESS
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