James Westerfield


Biography

Golden Age character actor James Westerfield was often cast in blue-collar roles. He made his first appearance as a background actor in the Cary Grant American Revolution drama "The Howards of Virginia." After a string of similarly small roles, he earned his first worthwhile supporting role in the 1946 film-noir thriller "Undercurrent," which starred Katharine Hepburn and Robert Mitchum....

Biography

Golden Age character actor James Westerfield was often cast in blue-collar roles. He made his first appearance as a background actor in the Cary Grant American Revolution drama "The Howards of Virginia." After a string of similarly small roles, he earned his first worthwhile supporting role in the 1946 film-noir thriller "Undercurrent," which starred Katharine Hepburn and Robert Mitchum. Westerfield would go on to perform in 55 films over a career that spanned 35 years, appearing opposite some of Hollywood's brightest stars. In the Oscar-winning drama "On the Waterfront," he shared screen time with onscreen heavyweight Marlon Brando, and later sparred with John Wayne's Oscar-winning Rooster Cogburn in the 1969 Western adventure "True Grit." To young audiences, Westfield is likely best remembered as the awestruck cop from a trio of Disney's fantasy-comedies: the shapeshifting adventure "The Shaggy Dog," the high-flying comedy "The Absent-Minded Professor," and one of its sequels, "Son of Flubber." With the emergence of television in the 1950s, Westerfield branched out, appearing in more than 90 different programs before his death from a heart attack in 1971. His final film appearance unrolled posthumously in 1975; he had earned a lead in the gruff Western "Dead Aim" as a compassionate undertaker who takes in an abandoned boy.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Set This Town on Fire (1973)
Arde (1971)
Appleby
Smith! (1969)
Sheriff
True Grit (1969)
Judge Parker
A Man Called Gannon (1969)
Amos
The Love God? (1969)
Reverend Wilkerson
Hang 'Em High (1968)
Prisoner
Blue (1968)
Abe Parker
Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966)
Jack Balter
That Funny Feeling (1965)
Officer Brokaw
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Banker Vannar
Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)
Policeman
Bikini Beach (1964)
Officers
Son of Flubber (1963)
Officer Hanson
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
Jess Younger
The Scarface Mob (1962)
Editor Marriatt
Homicidal (1961)
Mr. Adrims
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
Officer Hanson
Wild River (1960)
Cal Garth
The Plunderers (1960)
Mike Baron
The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959)
Rev. Howard
The Hangman (1959)
Herb Loftus
Cowboy (1958)
Mike Adams
The Proud Rebel (1958)
Birm Bates
Three Brave Men (1957)
O'Reilly
Decision at Sundown (1957)
Otis
Jungle Heat (1957)
Harvey Mathews
Away All Boats (1956)
"Boats" Torgeson
Cell 2455, Death Row (1955)
Red
The Cobweb (1955)
James Petlee
Chief Crazy Horse (1955)
Caleb Mantz
The Scarlet Coat (1955)
Col. Jameson
Lucy Gallant (1955)
Harry Wilson
The Violent Men (1955)
Magruder
Man with the Gun (1955)
Zender
Three Hours to Kill (1954)
Sam Minor
The Human Jungle (1954)
Capt. Marty Harrison
On the Waterfront (1954)
Big Mac
The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951)
Joe London
Side Street (1950)
Patrolman
Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town (1950)
Zoo keeper
O.S.S. (1946)
Stout man
Undercurrent (1946)
Henry Gilson
The Chase (1946)
Job, the butler
Since You Went Away (1944)
Convalescent
Around the World (1944)
Bashful marine
The Pride of the Yankees (1943)
Spectator
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Policeman at accident
Timber (1942)
Tractor driver
The Spirit of Stanford (1942)
Highway West (1941)
Swede

Cast (Special)

The Murdocks and the McClays (1970)
They Went Thataway (1960)
Black Ace Burton
The Blue Men (1959)
Mack Harris
Elfego Baca (1956)
Wilson

Life Events

Bibliography