Brooks Was Here

Actor James Whitmore died yesterday at the age of 87.  He starred in a $#!+ load of movies and TV shows (including The Twilight Zone and the original Planet of the Apes), but is perhaps best known to younger audiences for his heartbreaking portrayal of elderly parolee Brooks in the 1994 feature film The Shawshank Redemption.  Freethinkers remember him fondly for participating in the First Freedom First Campaign, a series of commercials supporting separation of church and state.  (He appeared smoking a pipe; ironic given that it was lung cancer that finally killed him.)


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