- Stuart Whitman dies at age 92 after a battle with skin cancer.
- Many remember him for his roles in various Westerns.
- His last known role was in 2000.
It was reported yesterday that actor Stuart Whitman died at the age of 92. We remember him in Westerns like The Comancheros and The Longest Day. His son confirms the sad news to TMZ. “Old Hollywood lost another one of its true stars. Stuart Whitman was known for his rugged roles and handsome charm. We were proud of him for his TV, film roles and his Oscar nomination, but what we will really remember is his exuberant love of his family and friends,” his son Justin tells TMZ.
Whitman had apparently been in and out of the hospital due to skin cancer that had seeped into his bloodstream. While Whitman was versatile and played in many genres, he actually earned an Oscar nomination for the 1961 drama The Mark.
Stuart Whitman, a versatile actor with a reputation for Westerns
Whitman got his start in TV Westerns in the early 1950s after serving briefly in the U.S. Army. He would serve three years in the Corps of Engineers at Fort Lewis, Washington and was honorably discharged in 1948. In the late ’50s, he had a stint on the series Highway Patrol, which led into his big break in the 1959 film The Sound and the Fury. He would then go on to star in other well-known films like The Day and the Hour, Those Magnificent Men, and Signpost to Murder in the mid-’60s.
Many people may remember his role as Marshal Jim Crown in the TV series Cimarron Strip. While the show lasted one season, it did solidify and protect his reputation as a Western star. The movie star would later make appearances in Walker, Texas Ranger, S.W.A.T., Knight Rider, and Fantasy Island.
Whitman’s last known role was in the 2000 TV movie The President’s Man. We will never forget is unarguable talents! May he rest in peace.