In Hollywood, working as Whit Bissell, he acted in thrillers, Westerns and science-fiction dramas. His film credits included "Another Part of the Forest" (1948), "The Great Missouri Raid" (1951), "The Creature From the Black Lagoon" (1954) and "Birdman of Alcatraz" (1962).
Born in New York City, the handsome Whitner Bissell appeared on Broadway and other stages, usually specializing in roles such as ineffectual or high-strung doctors or other professionals. He made his film debut in 1943 in "Holy Matrimony."
Whit Bissell, wide-ranging character actor whose more than 200 roles spanning half a century included playing mad scientists in 1950s science fiction thrillers, has died. He was 86.