James Whitmore Jr.

James Whitmore Jr.

Highest Rated: 84% The Long Riders (1980)

Lowest Rated: 20% Purple Hearts (1984)

Birthday: Oct 24, 1948

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Television actor-turned-director James Whitmore Jr. was born on October 24, 1948; his father was actor James Whitmore. Whitmore Jr. made his television debut in 1976 with a guest appearance on "McMillan & Wife" before earning a starring role in the military drama series "Baa Baa Black Sheep." He played Captain Jim Gutterman from 1976 to 1978, and continued to appear as a guest character actor in series and made-for-TV movies during the early 1980s. He returned to a larger, starring role in 1984 playing Sgt. Bernie Terwilliger on the crime drama "Hunter." The show garnered widespread critical acclaim, even earning three Emmy Award nominations, but did not result in more lead roles in television or film for Whitmore. Although he continued to act in the 1980s and 1990s, he turned his focus more towards directing. He made his directorial debut in 1984 with an episode of "Riptide" and directed a total of 20 episodes of "Hunter" before leaving the show in 1990. In the 1990s Whitmore directed episodes of some of the most notable shows on television including "Quantum Leap," "Melrose Place," "Beverly Hills, 90210," "The Commish," and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." His experiences acting and directing in crime dramas during the 1970s and 1980s led him to more shows within the genres in the 2000s and 2010s including crime dramas "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" and "24." Whitmore also starred alongside his father in a live production of "Tuesdays with Morrie" at the Peterborough Players Theater in 2006.

Highest rated movies

The Long Riders
Purple Hearts




No Score Yet 78% Wiseguy Director - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crowfoot Director - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. Director - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sky High Director - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tricks of the Trade Detective (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Greater Alarm Capt. Bukowski (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Firefighter Capt. Bukowski (Character) - 1986
20% 62% Purple Hearts Bwana (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 86% Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder Major Flaherty (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 57% The Killing of Randy Webster Officer Vane (Character) - 1981
84% 73% The Long Riders Mr. Rixley (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Yeagers Willie Yeager (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 29% A Force of One Moskowitz (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gypsy Warriors Captain Sheldon "Shelly" Alhern (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 77% The Boys in Company C Lieutenant Archer (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Critical List Dr. Jack Hermanson (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Broken Badge Officer Tim Burke (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law and Order Pete Caputo (Character) - 1976


No Score Yet 85% NCIS Director 2004-2021
93% 82% Evil Director 2021
95% 72% The Good Fight Director 2021
No Score Yet 62% NCIS: New Orleans Director 2014-2020
No Score Yet 78% Madam Secretary Director 2014 2016-2017 2019
No Score Yet 72% NCIS: Los Angeles Director 2009-2013 2017-2019
22% 70% Notorious Director 2016
93% 91% The Good Wife Director 2009-2012 2014-2016
70% 46% Quantico Director 2015
No Score Yet 89% Blue Bloods Director 2012-2013
67% 75% Vegas Director 2013
92% 76% Person of Interest Director 2012
No Score Yet 74% Hawaii Five-0 Director 2010
No Score Yet 88% Lie to Me Director 2010
84% 80% The Unit Director 2006-2007 2009
55% No Score Yet Cane Director 2007
22% 79% Moonlight Director 2007
54% 85% Jericho Director 2006
No Score Yet 77% CSI: New York Director 2005
No Score Yet 84% Cold Case Director,
84% 86% Dead Like Me Director 2004
9% No Score Yet 10-8: Officers on Duty Director 2003
No Score Yet 80% Dawson's Creek Director 1999 2003
87% 87% 24 Director 2002-2003
55% 79% Star Trek: Enterprise Director 2002-2003
21% No Score Yet First Monday Director 2002
No Score Yet 35% JAG Director 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Director 2001
No Score Yet 90% Angel Director 2001
No Score Yet 90% Roswell Director 2000-2001
42% No Score Yet Young Americans Director 2000
No Score Yet 93% The Pretender Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet 95% Charmed Director 1999
83% 92% Buffy the Vampire Slayer Director 1998-1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brooklyn South Director 1998
No Score Yet 65% Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Director 1997
74% 86% The X-Files Director 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Commish Director 1993-1995
No Score Yet 94% Quantum Leap Bob Crockett (Guest Star),
No Score Yet 100% 21 Jump Street Director 1987-1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Bernie Terwilliger (Guest Star) 1984-1986
47% No Score Yet Simon & Simon Unknown (Guest Star) 1981 1983 1986
97% 100% Hill Street Blues Tony Catina (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet 100% Street Hawk Neil Jacobs (Guest Star) 1985
36% No Score Yet Highway to Heaven Richard Gaines (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Airwolf Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet 99% Knight Rider Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet 94% Magnum, P.I. Unknown (Guest Star) 1981-1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Greatest American Hero Norman Fackler (Guest Star) 1981-1982
No Score Yet 100% The Rockford Files Freddie Beamer (Character),
Fred Beamer (Guest Star)
1977 1979
No Score Yet 100% Dallas Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
43% 95% Battlestar Galactica Robber (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Officer Tim Burke (Character) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue Knight Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1973