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  • BIRTH 01/03/1911
  • DEATH 29/07/1998
  • Country United States
  • SHOWS 3
  • MOVIES 13

O. Z. Whitehead

American character actor of rather bizarre range, a member of the so-called John Ford Stock Company. Originally a New York stage actor of some repute, Whitehead entered films in the 1930s. He played a wide variety of character parts, often quite different from his own actual age and type. He is probably most familiar as Al Joad in John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath (1940). But twenty-two years later, in his fifth film for Ford, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Whitehead at 51 was playing a lollipop-licking schoolboy! He continued to work predominantly on the stage, appearing now and again in films or on television. In his last years, he suffered from cancer and died in 1998 in Dublin, Ireland, where he had lived in semi-retirement for many years.

O. Z. Whitehead

Shows (3)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Mr. Newton / Simms
Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Harry Beacom
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Hank Blenis

Movies (13)

The Lion in Winter
The Lion in Winter
Bishop of Durham
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Herbert Carruthers
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
Al Joad
A Song Is Born
A Song Is Born
Professor Oddly
The Horse Soldiers
The Horse Soldiers
Otis 'Hoppy' Hopkins
Summer Magic
Summer Magic
Mr. Perkins
The Last Hurrah
The Last Hurrah
Norman Cass Jr.
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!
Isaac Goodpasture
Ma and Pa Kettle
Ma and Pa Kettle
Mr. Billings
Two Rode Together
Two Rode Together
Lt. Whitehead
FBI Girl
FBI Girl
Chauncey
Road House
Road House
Arthur
Panic in Year Zero!
Panic in Year Zero!
Hogan