Father of county sheriff’s spokesman dies at 87

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Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor James Whitmore — who was also the father of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore — died Friday at his Malibu home.

Whitmore appeared in many films, including “The Asphalt Jungle,” “Planet of the Apes” and “The Shawshank Redemption” (one of my most favorite movies).

He was 87.

Steve Whitmore was quoted in an Associated Press article that moved late Friday night:

“My father was a great man and it gives me great joy to speak about a father that always had my back,” said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

“He always said the most important thing in life was family. He loved his work, but he always saw it as a way to provide for the most important thing, and that’s family.”

  • Sharon Ewing

    My condolences to Steve, Danny, and Jim. I’m right there with you and understand completely what you are going through. Wishing you all the best at this difficult time. It is so hard losing our parents.
    Sharon Ewing – old friend from Canyon, Paul Revere, Pali.

  • Cadence Call

    A great, underappreciated Whitmore movie, and one of the best war movies of all time: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041163/

  • Patrick Casey

    Greeting Steve,

    Each time I see your name in the news it brings to mind many years ago when my sister Cathy, was with us. Lots of good memories.

    I remember your Dad, with fondness….such a nice guy.

    Just wanted to say Hi.

    Patrick Casey
    hboair@yahoo.com