Ernest Whitman

Ernest Whitman

Ernest Whitman with Amanda Randolph in Beulah (1953)
Born Ernest Whitman
(1893-02-21)February 21, 1893
Fort Smith, Arkansas. U.S.
Died August 5, 1954(1954-08-05) (aged 61)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor

Ernest Whitman (February 21, 1893 Fort Smith, Arkansas – August 5, 1954 Hollywood, California) was an African American stage and screen actor.[1]

He appeared in a number of films, including King for a Day (1934), The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936), The Green Pastures (1936), Jesse James (1939), Gone With the Wind (1939), Third Finger, Left Hand (1940), Among the Living (1941), Road to Zanzibar (1941), Cabin in the Sky (1943), Stormy Weather (1943), The Lost Weekend (1945), My Brother Talks to Horses (1947), Banjo (1947) and The Sun Shines Bright (1953), his last movie.

Whitman as Vincent Jackson in the Broadway play, The Last Mile, 1930.

Whitman also performed on stage, with a role in The Last Mile and various other productions.[1]

Whitman was the wartime host of the Jubilee radio show aimed at African-American troops. He portrayed the character Bill Jackson in The Beulah Show on radio from 1952 to 1953.[2]

Broadway roles


Whitman died of a liver ailment on August 5, 1954 in Hollywood.[3]



  1. 1 2 "The Last Mile". Internet Broadway Database. 1930. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  2. Tronchoni, José L Bernabé. "Ernest Whitman". 29 Jan 2006. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  3. The Week's Census. Jet. 19 August 1954. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
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