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11/7/2008 3:54 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Forget about Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon -- it might be easier to play with James Whitmore, the old man who hung himself in "Shawshank Redemption."
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This guy's only one degree from Mel Gibson, Paris Hilton and even Jeff Probst -- but not from his acting. His son is Steve Whitmore, the Los Angeles Sheriff's spokesman who handled press for the DUI duo, and his grandson is Matty Whitmore, the trust fund baby on the current season of "Survivor."


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You might also mention that James Whitmore is also one of the best actors of all times. Starred in Red Badge of Courage, Asphalt Jungle and tons of great war flicks. Can you tell I'm a fan?

2146 days ago


Who care! Hey smoke week-killer dude!

2146 days ago

Black Power    

Wow! Old James is still alive! Good for him. He is a great actor who you never heard anyone talk bad about. I'd say give up the pipe smoking, but when one reaches his age, I guess anything goes.

2146 days ago

artie help    

i think sarah palin has nice feet.

2146 days ago

Biased information    

I just want anyone who is reading this to know that not all people in the U.S. are as malicious, petty, unbalanced and superficial as most of the people who work for TMZ or who post comments on their site. I read some of the nasty blogs and comments about celebrities and it never fails to amaze me the hateful and disgusting comments people make. I just want everyone to know that most of the U.S. is not this angry and unbalanced. It's just a small fraction of people here who are most likely high on drugs when they write this stuff. I don't know how else to explain it because happy and sane people do not think, feel, talk or write the way many of these insane extremists do on this and many other tabloid sites.

These tabloid sites are a breeding ground for extremism because it give these kind of people an outlet to project their own self-hatred, paranoia and lack of self respect toward innocent celebs. Tabloid sites are a meeting place for like-minded mentally unbalanced people who have nothing better to do than tear into celebrities they don't know. It's very sad that anyone out there is like this. Just realize most of us are not so please don't judge us by the angry vocal minority. Most Americans are nothing like them and we are all amazed that anyone is.

2146 days ago


Wasn't he on Room 222. He was old then!

2146 days ago

Black Power    

Hey. Bo Bo Witch. Are that depressed that you have to type in the stupidest thing your pea brain can think of and post it? Who care? Smoke week? What is that, Ebonics? That must have fried your brain for the rest of the day to write that comment. If you told someone your grandmother was that old, and they told you who cares, what would your reaction be? Probably a little different.

2146 days ago


For all you who are so dis respectful to those not young: you should be ashamed of yourselves... Have some respect, will you? I went to school with Steve but didn't know him.. We were in the same classes. He was friends with the son of Don De Fore, Ronnie De Fore. Don was the neighbor in "Ozzie and Harriet" and the dad in "Hazel." That was Pali High; also the school used in the movie "Carrie." Fun facts..

2146 days ago


You didn't mention James' other son, actor/director James Whitmore, Jr.

2146 days ago


TMZ writers, please buy an AP Stylebook! He HANGED himself in the movie. Not "hung."

2146 days ago


He's a great actor, and Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite films. It looks like he's out having fun. On another note, doesn't anyone recognize him from the Miracle Gro commercials?

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