Sean Whitesell (March 11, 1963 – December 28, 2015) was an American film and television actor, who was also a television writer and producer.
March 11, 1963|
Iowa Falls, Iowa, U.S.
|Died||December 28, 2015
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery|
|Occupation||American film and television actor|
|Family||John Whitesell (brother)
Chris Whitesell (brother)
Patrick Whitesell (brother)
Jim Whitesell (brother)
Tom Whitesell (brother)
Lauren Sánchez (sister-in-law)
Whitesell was born in Iowa Falls, Iowa, the son of Patricia and John Patrick "Jack" Whitesell. He has five brothers John II, Christopher, Thomas, Patrick, and James. He graduated from the University of Iowa and then studied acting at the University of California in San Diego, where he received an MFA in acting. Whitesell is best known for his portrayal of cannibalistic inmate Donald Groves, the initial cellmate of Miguel Alvarez (Kirk Acevedo), in season 1 of HBO's Oz, on which he was a regular until his character's execution.
In 2002, Whitesell returned to the show, but not to act; he wrote and produced several episodes in the show's later seasons. Whitesell has acted almost exclusively in television, aside from some early minor film roles, such as in Calendar Girl opposite Jason Priestley. He also served as both a writer and a recurring guest actor on Homicide: Life on the Street, in addition to appearing in the television movie that concluded the series in 2000. Although Whitesell has not acted since Homcide ended, he was a producer for most of the fourth season of House, and also wrote one episode, "Ugly". He produced and wrote for a few other recent successful series, including The Black Donnellys, Boston Public and Cold Case.
He was married to KTTV weather anchor, Maria Quiban Whitesell; they had one son, Gus. He died on December 28, 2015 in Los Angeles from glioblastoma multiforme, aged 52. Services were held at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Los Angeles.
- Variety Magazine: "Sean Whitesell, Producer for ‘Oz,’ ‘House,’ ‘The Killing,’ Dies at 52" by Carmel Dagan December 31, 2015
- Times of India: "'Oz' producer Sean Whitesell dead at 52" January 1, 2016
- Deadline: "Sean Whitesell Dies: Television Writer-Producer And Brother Of WME’s Patrick Whitesell Was 52" by Ross A. Lincoln December 31, 2015
- Chicago Sun-Times: "Celebrity Status: Like Rest of Family, Whitesell at Home on Stage -- Only His Is Gentile Center" by Toni Ginnetti January 30, 2006
- The Courier: "Iowa Falls family finds ties to show business" by Jessica Miller Mar 12, 2001
- The Wrap: "Sean Whitesell, TV Writer and Brother of WME’s Patrick Whitesell, Dead at 52" by Jeff Sneider December 31, 2015