Ernest Whitman (February 21, 1893 - August 5, 1954) was an American stage and screen actor.[1]

Ernest Whitman
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Ernest Whitman as "Bill" with
Amanda Randolph in the title role of
The Beulah Show on radio (1953)
Ernest Whitman

(1893-02-21)February 21, 1893
DiedAugust 5, 1954(1954-08-05) (aged 61)

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

Whitman was the wartime host of the Armed Forces Radio Service Jubilee radio show which was designed for African-American troops and featured mostly African-American entertainers. He portrayed the character Bill Jackson in The Beulah Show on radio from 1952 to 1953.

Broadway rolesEdit

Whitman as Vincent Jackson in the Broadway play, The Last Mile, 1930.
  • The Last Mile (1930) as Vincent Jackson
  • Chamberlain Brown's Scrap Book (1932) as Ashley the penitent


Whitman died of a liver ailment on August 5, 1954 in Hollywood.[2]

Partial filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b "The Last Mile". Internet Broadway Database. 1930. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  2. ^ The Week's Census. Jet. 19 August 1954. Retrieved 21 July 2011.

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