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O.Z. Whitehead

Film actor O.Z. Whitehead, who appeared in “The Grapes of Wrath” and “A Song Is Born,” died July 29 in Dublin, Ireland, after a long bout with cancer. He was 87.

Born in New York on March 1, 1911, Whitehead began his acting career on the stage with Katharine Hepburn and the Gish sisters.

In 1935, he ventured into film with a role in “The Scoundrel.” He went on to appear in 29 films between 1935 to 1981. His credits include two John Ford films: “The Grapes of Wrath” (1940) and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962). He played Professor Oddly in the 1948 film “A Song Is Born.” He also worked in television, with parts in “Gunsmoke” and “Perry Mason.”

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