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Blackie Whiteford

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Blackie Whiteford
John Penman Whiteford

(1889-04-27)April 27, 1889
DiedMarch 21, 1962(1962-03-21) (aged 72)
Years active1928-1962
Spouse(s)Estelle Wills (divorced)
Alma Bennett (m.1954–1958; her death)

John Penman "Blackie" Whiteford (April 27, 1889 – March 21, 1962) was an American film actor.


In 1903, Whiteford was a seaman between jobs when he was offered a chance to work on The Great Train Robbery film. That opportunity launched his cinematic career, which he claimed eventually included more than 2,000 films (though more likely to have been several hundred).[1][2] Whiteford appeared in 275 films between 1928 and 1962. A career character actor,[3] Whiteford is best known for appearing in 28 films with The Three Stooges between 1936 and 1956.[4]

Whiteford was reportedly married to Estelle Wills, an actress,[2] though this may have been a so-called common-law marriage.[1] Whiteford remarried in 1954 to actress Alma Bennett.

Selected filmography


  1. ^ a b Paul R. Spitzzeri, "Blackface in Los Angeles: A Photograph of Vaudeville Performer Estelle X. Wills, 1920s", The Homestead Blog, February 11, 2019. Retrieved July 21, 2019
  2. ^ a b Quigg, Jack (November 9, 1950). "Rough-Looking Blackie Whiteford Still Going Strong After 2,000 Films". St. Petersburg Times. p. 58. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  3. ^ "Blackie Whiteford". Retrieved December 6, 2012.
  4. ^ "Cast Member : Blackie Whiteford". Retrieved December 6, 2012.

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