Cromwell in March 2010
January 27, 1940 |
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Residence||Warwick, New York, United States|
|Other names||Jamie Cromwell|
James Oliver Cromwell (born January 27, 1940) is an American actor and producer. Some of his more notable films include Babe (1995), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), L.A. Confidential (1997), The Green Mile (1999), Space Cowboys (2000), The Sum of All Fears (2002), I, Robot (2004), and The Artist (2011), as well as the television series Six Feet Under (2003–2005), 24 (2007), American Horror Story: Asylum (2012), and Halt and Catch Fire (2015).
Cromwell has been nominated for four Emmy Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Babe. In 2013, he won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Actor for his role in Still Mine and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role in American Horror Story: Asylum.
Cromwell was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised in Manhattan, New York. He is the son of actress Kay Johnson (1904–1975) and actor, director, and producer John Cromwell (1887–1979), who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. He has English, German, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. He was educated at The Hill School, Middlebury College, and the Carnegie Institute of Technology. Like his parents, he was drawn to the theater, performing in everything from Shakespeare to experimental plays.
Cromwell's first television performance was in a 1974 episode of The Rockford Files playing Terry, a tennis instructor. A few weeks later, he began a recurring role as Stretch Cunningham on All in the Family. In 1975, he took his first lead role on television as Bill Lewis in the short-lived Hot l Baltimore, appeared on M*A*S*H as Captain Leo Bardonaro, in the episode "Last Laugh" in Season 6 and a year later he made his film debut in Neil Simon's classic detective spoof Murder by Death.
In 1980, Cromwell guest-starred in the two-part episode "Laura Ingalls Wilder" of the long-running television series Little House on the Prairie. He played Harve Miller, one of Almanzo Wilder's (Dean Butler) old friends.
While Cromwell continued with regular television work throughout the 1980s, he made appearances in films for his supporting roles in the films Tank and Revenge of the Nerds (both 1984). He guest starred on the sitcom Night Court, playing a mental patient, along with Predator actor Kevin Peter Hall. He had starring roles in the 1990s critically acclaimed films Babe (1995), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), L.A. Confidential (1997), The Green Mile, and Snow Falling on Cedars (both 1999). He also played Dr. Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and the Star Trek: Enterprise pilot episode "Broken Bow" (the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "In a Mirror, Darkly" later reused some of the First Contact footage). He has also appeared in other Star Trek roles, on the television series The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, though not as Cochrane (his appearances on these shows predated his role in First Contact); he guest-starred in episodes including "The Hunted", "Birthright" (Part I and II) and "Starship Down". He also voiced The Colonel in Dreamworks' Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.
Cromwell has had additional successes on television throughout his career. His role as newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst in the television film RKO 281 earned him an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Television Movie. The following year, he received his second Emmy Award nomination for playing Bishop Lionel Stewart on the NBC medical drama series ER. In 2004, he guest-starred as former President D. Wire Newman in the The West Wing episode "The Stormy Present". From 2003 to 2005, Cromwell played George Sibley in the HBO drama series Six Feet Under, which earned him his third Emmy Award nomination in 2003. Along with the rest of his castmates, he was also nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2005 and 2006. The following year, Cromwell played Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in The Queen (2006), that earned Helen Mirren an Academy Award for Best Actress. He also guest starred as Phillip Bauer, father of lead character Jack, in the sixth season of the Fox thriller drama series 24.
In October 2007, Cromwell played the lead role of James Tyrone Sr. in the Druid Theatre Company's production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, at the Gaiety in Dublin as part of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival's 50th Anniversary. That same year he received the King Vidor Memorial Award from the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival for his artistic achievements in film. More recently, Cromwell played George Herbert Walker Bush in Oliver Stone's W. (2008), that chronicles the rise to power of his son up until the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In an interview, Cromwell revealed that Stone had originally offered the role to Warren Beatty and Harrison Ford.
Cromwell was married to Ann Ulvestad from 1976 to their divorce in 1986. They had three children.
Cromwell is known for his tall stature; at 6 ft 6.5 in (1.99 m), he is the tallest actor nominated for an Academy Award. His son John is even taller, standing at a height of 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m). In the 2012 film Memorial Day, John played the young Bud Vogel, while James played him as a grandfather, and both Cromwells appear as the same character at different ages in American Horror Story: Asylum (2012) and the first season of Betrayal (2013). Cromwell grew up to be taller than both of his parents: his father was 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and his mother was 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m).
In the late 1960s, Cromwell was a member of the Committee to Defend the Panthers, a group organized to defend 13 members of the Black Panther Party who had been imprisoned in New York on charges of conspiracy. All 13 were eventually released. In a 2004 interview with CNN, Cromwell praised the Panthers.
Cromwell has long been an advocate of progressive causes, particularly regarding animal rights. He became a vegetarian in 1974 after seeing a stockyard in Texas and experiencing the "smell, terror, and anxiety". He became an ethical vegan while playing the character of Farmer Hoggett in the 1995 film Babe. He frequently speaks out on issues regarding animal cruelty for PETA, largely on the treatment of pigs.
In an October 2008 interview, Cromwell strongly attacked the Republican Party and the George W. Bush administration, saying that their foreign policy would "either destroy us or the entire planet".
In February 2013, Cromwell was arrested for interrupting a University of Wisconsin Board of Regents meeting while showing a graphic photo of a cat to protest alleged mistreatment of animals on campus. The well-publicized incident, which garnered nationwide notice, was resolved on March 25, 2013, when an attorney representing Cromwell entered no-contest pleas to the non-criminal offense and agreed to pay $100 forfeitures and court costs of $263.50. In December 2015, he was removed from an event in New York for heckling an energy company receiving an award.
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|1976||Murder by Death||Marcel|
|1978||Cheap Detective, TheThe Cheap Detective||Schnell|
|1981||Nobody's Perfekt||Dr. Carson|
|1982||Born to the Wind||Fish Belly|
|1983||Man with Two Brains, TheThe Man with Two Brains||Realtor|
|1984||House of God, TheThe House of God||Officer Quick|
|1984||Tank||Deputy Euclid Baker|
|1984||Revenge of the Nerds||Mr. Skolnick||Credited as "Jamie Cromwell"|
|1984||Oh, God! You Devil||Priest|
|1986||Fine Mess, AA Fine Mess||Detective Blist|
|1986||Last Precinct, TheThe Last Precinct||Chief Bludhorn|
|1987||Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise||Mr. Skolnick|
|1988||Rescue, TheThe Rescue||Admiral Rothman|
|1989||Runnin' Kind, TheThe Runnin' Kind||Unknown|
|1989||Pink Cadillac||Motel Desk Clerk|
|1992||Babe, TheThe Babe||Brother Mathias|
|1993||Romeo Is Bleeding||Cage|
|1995||Babe||Farmer Arthur Hoggett|
|1996||People vs. Larry Flynt, TheThe People vs. Larry Flynt||Charles Keating|
|1996||Star Trek: First Contact||Dr. Zefram Cochrane|
|1997||L.A. Confidential||Captain Dudley Smith|
|1997||The Education of Little Tree||Granpa|
|1998||Owd Bob||Adam MacAdam|
|1998||Species II||Senator Judson Ross|
|1998||Deep Impact||Alan Rittenhouse|
|1998||Babe: Pig in the City||Farmer Arthur Hoggett|
|1999||General's Daughter, TheThe General's Daughter||Lt. Gen. Joseph Campbell|
|1999||Bachelor, TheThe Bachelor||Priest|
|1999||Green Mile, TheThe Green Mile||Warden Hal Moores|
|1999||Snow Falling on Cedars||Judge Fielding|
|2000||Space Cowboys||Bob Gerson|
|2002||Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron||The Colonel|
|2002||Sum of All Fears, TheThe Sum of All Fears||President J. Robert Fowler|
|2002||Nazi, TheThe Nazi||Franz|
|2003||Snow Walker, TheThe Snow Walker||Walter Shepherd|
|2004||I, Robot||Dr. Alfred Lanning|
|2005||Longest Yard, TheThe Longest Yard||Warden Rudolph Hazen|
|2006||Queen, TheThe Queen||Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh|
|2007||Becoming Jane||Reverend Austen|
|2007||Spider-Man 3||Captain George Stacy|
|2008||Hit Factor||Orson Fierce|
|2008||W.||George H. W. Bush|
|2009||Lonely Place for Dying, AA Lonely Place for Dying||Howard Simons|
|2009||Surrogates||Dr. Lionel Canter|
|2011||Artist, TheThe Artist||Clifton|
|2012||Cowgirls n' Angels||Terence Parker|
|2012||Memorial Day||Bud Vogel|
|2012||Flying into Love||Lyndon B. Johnson|
|2012||Still Mine||Craig Morrison|
|2012||Soldiers of Fortune||Sam Haussmann|
|2013||The Trials of Cate McCall||Justice Sumpter|
|2014||Big Hero 6||Professor Callaghan / Yokai||Voice|
|1974||Rockford Files, TheThe Rockford Files||Terry||Episode: "The Countess"|
|1974||All in the Family||Stretch Cunningham||3 episodes|
|1974||Maude||Alfie||Episode: "Last Tango in Tuckahoe"|
|1975||Hot l Baltimore||Bill Lewis||13 episodes|
|1975||Barbary Coast||Roy||Episode: "The Ballad of Redwing Jail"|
|1976||Stranded||Jerry Holmes||Television film|
|1976||Once an Eagle||J. L. Cleghorne||Television film|
|1976–1977||Nancy Walker Show, TheThe Nancy Walker Show||Glen||13 episodes|
|1977||Police Story||Lutz||Episode: "Ice Time"|
|1977||M*A*S*H||Captain Leo Bardonaro||Episode: "Last Laugh"|
|1977||Three's Company||Detective Lannigan||Episode: "Chrissy's Night Out"|
|1977||Barney Miller||Sgt. Wilkinson||Episode: "Group Home"|
|1977||Girl in the Empty Grave, TheThe Girl in the Empty Grave||Deputy Malcolm Rossiter Jr.||Television film|
|1977||Deadly Game||Deputy Malcolm Rossiter Jr.||Television film|
|1978||Peeping Times||Bernard Mantee||Comedy Special|
|1978||Maude||Dr. Farrington||Episode: "The Obscene Phone Call"|
|1978||Alice||Detective Ralph Hilton||Episode: "Who Ordered the Hot Turkey?"|
|1979||Barney Miller||Neil Spencer||Episode: "Strip Joint"|
|1979||Flatbush||Sonny||Episode: "Kar Kannibals"|
|1979||Eight Is Enough||Coach Pollard||Episode: "The Better Part of Valor"|
|1979||Diff'rent Strokes||Father O'Brien||Episode: "Arnold's Hero"|
|1979||White Shadow, TheThe White Shadow||Mr. Hamilton||Episode: "Mainstream"|
|1980||White Shadow, TheThe White Shadow||Art Cummings||Episode: "The Death of Me Yet"|
|1980||Little House on the Prairie||Harve Miller||2 episodes|
|1980||A Christmas Without Snow||Reverend Lohman||Television film|
|1981||Barefoot in the Park||Harry Pepper||Television film|
|1981||Barney Miller||Jason Parrish||Episode: "Liquidation"|
|1982||Nurse||Paul Moore||Episode: "A Place to Die"|
|1982||Father Murphy||Farley Webster||2 episodes|
|1982||Rainmaker, TheThe Rainmaker||Noah Curry||Television film|
|1982||Wall, TheThe Wall||Francisek||Television film|
|1984||Buffalo Bill||Staunton McMoller||Episode: "Jerry Lewis Week"|
|1984||Gimme a Break!||Russell Cosgrove||Episode: "Class of '84"|
|1984||Spraggue||Lieutenant Hurley||Television film|
|1984||Earthlings||Simon Games||Television film|
|1984–1985||Dallas||Gerald Kane||3 episodes|
|1985||Night Court||Alan||Episode: "Nuts About Hurry"|
|1985||Family Ties||John Hancock||Episode: "Philadelphia Story"|
|1985||Riptide||Joey Dietz||Episode: "Girls Night Out"|
|1985||Hardcastle and McCormick||Jake Fellows||Episode: "Undercover McCormick"|
|1985||Knight Rider||Curtis||Episode: "Ten Wheel Trouble"|
|1985||Wildside||Fake Buffalo Bill||Episode: "Buffalo Who?"|
|1985||Hill Street Blues||Lowenhandler||Episode: "Grin and Bear It"|
|1985||Hunter||Seymour Robbins||Episode: "Sniper"|
|1985||Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone||Obediah Payne||Episode: "A Message From Charity"|
|1985–1986||Scarecrow and Mrs. King||Gregory||2 episodes|
|1986||Amazing Stories||Francis||Episode: "One for the Road"|
|1986||Magnum, P.I.||French Policeman||Episode: "Photo Play"|
|1986||Dream West||Major General David Hunter||Television film|
|1986–1987||Easy Street||Quentin Standard||22 episodes|
|1987||Alison's Demise||Humboldt Hobson||Television film|
|1988||China Beach||Ambassador||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1988||Mr. Belvedere||Roy Gallagher||Episode: "Fat Cats"|
|1988||Mama's Boy||Lucky||3 episodes|
|1989||Christine Cromwell||Arthur||Episode: "Things That Go Bump in the Night"|
|1990||Life Goes On||Bill Henderson||Episode: "Thacher and Henderson"|
|1990||Matlock||Judge Raymond Price||Episode: "Nowhere to Turn"|
|1990||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Prime Minister Nayrok||Episode: "The Hunted"|
|1990||Miracle Landing||B.J. Cocker||Television film|
|1991||In a Child's Name||Unknown||Television film|
|1991||Young Riders, TheThe Young Riders||Jacob||Episode: "Peacemakers"|
|1991||Jake and the Fatman||Havilland||Episode: "It Never Entered My Mind"|
|1992||Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation||Mr. Skolnick||Television film|
|1993||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Jaglom Shrek||2 episodes|
|1994||Home Improvement||Fred||Episode: "My Dinner with Wilson"|
|1994||Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love||Mr. Skolnick||Television film|
|1994||The Shaggy Dog||Charlie "The Robber" Mulvihill||Television film|
|1995||Indictment: The McMartin Trial||Judge Pounders||Television film|
|1995||Picket Fences||The Bishop||Episode: "Saint Zach"|
|1995||Hawkeye||Unknown||Episode: "The Visit"|
|1995||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Hanok||Episode: "Starship Down"|
|1995–1996||Partners||Mr. Saxonhouse||2 episodes|
|1996||Strange Luck||Minister||Episode: "Healing Hands"|
|1996||The Client||Officer Joe Denton||Episode: "The High Ground"|
|1999||Slight Case of Murder, AA Slight Case of Murder||John Edgerson||Television film|
|1999||RKO 281||William Randolph Hearst||Television film|
|2000||Fail Safe||Gordon Knapp||Live broadcast|
|2001||ER||Bishop Stewart||4 episodes|
|2001||Star Trek: Enterprise||Dr. Zefram Cochrane||2 episodes|
|2001||Citizen Baines||Senator Elliot Baines||7 episodes|
|2002||Death in the Family, AA Death in the Family||Joel Lynch||Television film|
|2002||The Magnificent Ambersons||Major Amberson||Television film|
|2002||RFK||President Lyndon B. Johnson||Television film|
|2003||Angels in America||Henry||2 episodes|
|2003–2005||Six Feet Under||George Sibley||27 episodes|
|2004||West Wing, TheThe West Wing||President D. Wire Newman||Episode: "The Stormy Present"|
|2004||Salem's Lot||Father Donald Callahan||Miniseries|
|2005||Pope John Paul II||Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha||Miniseries|
|2006||Avenger||Paul Devereaux||Television film|
|2007||24||Phillip Bauer||8 episodes|
|2007||Masters of Science Fiction||Randolph Ludwin||Episode: "Watchbird"|
|2008||My Own Worst Enemy||Alistar Trumble||6 episodes|
|2009||Last Days of Lehman Brothers, TheThe Last Days of Lehman Brothers||Hank Paulson||Television film|
|2010||Sotto il Cielo di Roma||Pope Pius XII||2 episodes|
|2012–2013||Boardwalk Empire||Andrew W. Mellon||4 episodes|
|2012–2013||American Horror Story: Asylum||Dr. Arthur Arden||10 episodes|
|2013||Do No Harm||Dr. Phillip Carmelo||3 episodes|
|2013–2014||Betrayal||Thatcher Karsten||13 episodes|
|2014–2015||Murder in the First||Warren Daniels||10 episodes|
|2015||Halt and Catch Fire||Jacob Wheeler||8 episodes|
|2016||The Young Pope||Cardinal Michael Spencer||Upcoming series|
|2007||Long Day's Journey into Night||James Tyrone, Sr.||Druid Theatre|
|2012||Waiting for Godot||Pozzo||Center Theatre Group|
|2014||Rupert||Rupert Murdoch||Sydney Theatre Company|
Awards and nominations
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- "Genealogy Data: John Oliver (James) Cromwell", Ancestry.com
- "Pedigree of Cromwell's family". Retrieved April 9, 2015.
- "The Rockford Files" The Countess (1974)
- "All in the Family (a Titles & Air Dates Guide)". Epguides.com. November 27, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
- "StarTrek.com Offers Commentary on 'In a Mirror, Darkly'". TrekToday. April 27, 2005. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
- Gaiety Theatre Dublin, Ireland – Irish Theatre Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- "W: James Cromwell vs. George Bush Snr.". SuicideGirls. October 15, 2008. Retrieved October 15, 2008.
- "James Cromwell files for divorce", Associated Press, January 14, 2005
- Ellis, Cynthia, "Tribeca Film Festival Interview: John and James Cromwell: A .45 at 50th", The Huffington Post, May 4, 2010
- Memorial Day review
- "Black Panther, drunk priest, kind farmer". CNN. June 18, 2004. Retrieved March 23, 2007.
- "AR-News James Cromwell interview in The Age (Melbourne) focuses on animal rights". EnviroLink Network. June 23, 2003. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
- Cardoni, Salvatore (December 27, 2011). "James Cromwell: You Don't Own Another Creature". Takepart.com. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
- "Select Your Media Preferences: James Cromwell's PETA Ad". Peta Tv. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
- The Money Men By Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, Crown Books 2000, page 181
- "Farm to Fridge". Meatvideo.com. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
- WMTV (2013-02-07). "Actor James Cromwell Arrested at UW Regents Meeting". Gray Television, Inc. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
- "James Cromwell Arrested Protesting UW Cat Experiments". PETA. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
- "Attorney for actor James Cromwell agrees to fine for pro-animal outburst". The Cap Times.
- Randall, Michael (December 18, 2015). "Six protesters taken into custody in anti-CPV power plant demonstration". recordonline.com (Times Herald-Record). Retrieved 20 December 2015.
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