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It's impossible to do justice to the story of Whitman's life. Why even try? Instead, here's the story from the man himself.

"I was born in New York City, NY. I spent the first 16 years of my life in N.Y. and then my family relocated to Fontana, Calif, a small town 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

For my last two years of high school, which was in California, I became involved in drama and speech clubs. Even though my first opportunity to study acting was in high school, I knew at 13 that my first choice was to be an actor. My second choice was a short order cook, and third a garbage man. Needless to say, I did not have to resort to plans B and C.

Shortly after my first year of college I was drafted into the Army. I spent two years and out. Subsequently, I completed a total of three years of college, and then circumstances dictated that I work full time. I became a counselor in an institution for delinquent boys. After seven years as a counselor I decided to persue my first love, acting, hence I quit the nine to five.

I became involved in several community acting workshops, and participated in many local theater productions, the stage is still my first love. After years of doing theater in New York and Los Angeles, about 1975 I was asked to audition for Sandford & Son, they wanted me for one show, it developed into six years of having fun.

The search to become a paid actor was not easy. During those "lean" years I waited tables, picked grapes, worked on the railroad, worked in a dairy, spent a year in Mexico, where I went to become a professional volleyball player, none of the above lasted too long."

Yes, the early years were tough, but Whitman held strong to his dream to be an actor. And today the world is a better place.

Here now, for your enjoyment, is a list of some of Whitman's acting credits.

 Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story (1992) (TV) 
 
 Seventh Coin, The (1992) 
 
 You Must Remember This (1992) (TV) 
 
 Boyz N the Hood (1991) 
 
 Van Dyke Show, The" (1988) TV Series 
 
 Hell Town (1985) TV Series 
 
 Best of Times, The (1983) TV Series 
 
 D.C. Cab (1983)
 
 Of Mice and Men (1981) (TV) 
 
 Main Event, The (1979) 
 
 Sanford Arms (1977) TV Series 
 
 Grady (1975) TV Series 
 
 Sanford and Son (1972) TV Series 


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