James Westerfield

James Westerfield

Highest Rated: 100% Wild River (1960)

Lowest Rated: 40% Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966)

Birthday: Mar 22, 1913

Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
89% 84% True Grit Judge Parker (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 40% Blue Unknown (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scalplock Nehemiah Mather (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Now You See It, Now You Don't Captain Boyle (Character) - 1967
40% 34% Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round Jack Balter (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 71% That Funny Feeling Officer Brokaw (Character) - 1965
64% 73% Man's Favorite Sport? Policeman (Character) - 1964
91% 84% Birdman of Alcatraz Jess Younger (Character) - 1962
78% 65% Homicidal Mr. Adrims (Character) - 1961
100% 83% Wild River Cal Garth (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 18% The Gunfight at Dodge City Rev. Howard (Character) - 1959
68% 48% The Shaggy Dog Officer Hanson (Character) - 1959
86% 57% Cowboy Mike Adams (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jungle Heat Harvey Mathews (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 77% Decision at Sundown Otis (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Brave Men Chief of Police Timothy Aloysius O'Reilly (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lucy Gallant Harry Wilson (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 86% Chief Crazy Horse Caleb Mantz (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 36% The Scarlet Coat Col. Jameson (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 69% The Violent Men Sheriff Magruder (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 36% Man With the Gun Mr. Zender (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 20% Three Hours to Kill Sam Minor (Character) - 1954
99% 95% On the Waterfront Big Mac (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Whistle at Eaton Falls Joe London (Character) - 1951

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bewitched Mr. Farley (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walt Disney's Disneyland Sheriff Berry (Character) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1970 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Dan Harlan (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Sheriff Reardon (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet 71% Lost in Space Dr. Marvello (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hazel Unknown (Guest Star) 1965-1966 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show Uncle Ollie (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dakotas Simon Deus (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Harry Duggan (Guest Star) 1963 1958 1955
82% 94% The Twilight Zone Anthony O'Toole (Character) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tall Man Maddock (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Carl Vail (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Sheriff Elmore (Guest Star) 1961 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Law and Mr. Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1960-1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1960 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law of the Plainsman Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Unknown (Guest Star) 1959-1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Ringo Aben Burke (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rebel Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mike Hammer Unknown (Guest Star) 1958-1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bat Masterson Shapley Howell (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trackdown Dingo Noble (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Sam Moreno (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lone Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Captain James Reagan (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1951-1952

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