Whitford Kane spent most of his career on-stage, in Ireland, England, or America, but managed to fit movies and television into his work as well. The son of a physician, he was born in 1881 in Lame, Ireland (now Northern Ireland) and studied acting in Belfast. He made his London debut in 1910 and followed this with his first Broadway performance in 1912. Kane spent most of the rest of his career in America, where he became a highly regarded actor, equally good at comedy and tragedy, and his range of parts covered the territory from gormless Will Mossop in Hobson's Choice to Judas Iscariot in Dust of the Road, both in 1915. He aged gracefully into character roles that were also occasionally leads, in the manner of Edmund Gwenn or Walter Huston, and was particularly acclaimed for his Shakespearean portrayals. Kane's work was of sufficient regard to merit the publishing of an autobiography, entitled Are We All Met?, in 1931. During the 1930s, he became a close friend of Orson Welles, and was one of the mainstays of the latter's Mercury Theatre Company -- and although he wasn't in the film, it was Kane who provided the name selected for the protagonist of Citizen Kane (1941).Primarily a New York-based actor, Kane didn't have much to do with movies until late in his career -- he had a co-starring role in the Robert Montgomery/Maureen O'Sullivan vehicle Hide-Out (1934), and appeared in some early, pre-World War II television broadcasts, but it wasn't until after the war that he began showing up on the big screen. These were usually in small roles in big pictures, such as Sproule, the publisher, in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947). To viewers of the baby-boom generation, the older, avuncular Whitford Kane -- who somewhat resembled both Cecil Kellaway and Charles Winninger -- is probably best-remembered as Joshua Michael Tucker, the kindly blind friend of the young protagonist in the family drama My Dog Rusty (1948), which was popular in the late '40s and widely seen on television in the early '60s. He continued acting on television into his seventies, and passed away in New York City in 1956.