Hume Cronyn

Actor, Screenwriter, Director
The son of a prominent Canadian politician, Hume Cronyn made his stage debut with the Montreal Repertory Theatre in 1930 while still a student at McGill University and reached Broadway in 1934, playing the Janitor in ... Read more »
Born: 07/18/1911 in London, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (78)

A Separate Peace 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway: The Golden Age 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Broadway Legends 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Off Season 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Burton: Taylor-Made For Stardom 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Alfred Hitchcock: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Jessica Tandy 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Seasons of Love 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Horton Foote's Alone 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Angel Passing 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Marvin's Room 1996 (Movie)

Marvin (Actor)

People 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Camilla 1994 (Movie)

Ewald (Actor)

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pelican Brief 1993 (Movie)

Justice Abraham Rosenberg (Actor)

Neil Simon's Broadway Bound 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Day One 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Cocoon: the Return 1988 (Movie)

Joe Finley (Actor)

Everybody's Doing It 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Batteries Not Included 1987 (Movie)

Frank Riley (Actor)

The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Brewster's Millions 1985 (Movie)

Rupert Horn (Actor)

Cocoon 1985 (Movie)

Joe Finley (Actor)

Impulse 1984 (Movie)

Dr Carr (Actor)

The Thrill of Genius 1984 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The World According to Garp 1982 (Movie)

Mr Fields (Actor)

Honky Tonk Freeway 1981 (Movie)

Sherm Schaefler (Actor)

Rollover 1981 (Movie)

Maxwell Emery (Actor)

Hawaii Five-O 1968 - 1980 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Oath: 33 Hours in the Life of God 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Conrack 1974 (Movie)

Skeffington (Actor)

The Parallax View 1974 (Movie)

Editor Bill Rintels (Actor)

There Was a Crooked Man 1970 (Movie)

Dudley Whinner (Actor)

Gaily, Gaily 1969 (Movie)

"Honest" Tim Grogan (Actor)

The Arrangement 1969 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)

Hamlet 1964 (Movie)

Polonius (Actor)

Cleopatra 1963 (Movie)

Sosigenes (Actor)

Sunrise at Campobello 1960 (Movie)

Louis Howe (Actor)

The Alcoa Hour 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Crowded Paradise 1956 (Movie)

Geroge Heath (Actor)

Brute Force 1947 (Movie)

Captain Munsey (Actor)

The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946 (Movie)

Arthur Keats (Actor)

Lifeboat 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shadow of a Doubt 1943 (Movie)

Herbie Hawkins (Actor)

The Phantom of the Opera 1942 (Movie)

Gerard (Actor)

12 Angry Men (TV Show)

Actor

A Doll's House (TV Show)

Actor

A Letter for Evie (Movie)

John Phineas McPherson (Actor)

Age-Old Friends (TV Show)

Actor

An African Love Story (TV Show)

Actor

Day One (Movie)

James F. Byrnes (Actor)

Foxfire (TV Show)

Actor

Grow Old Along With Me (TV Show)

Actor

Off Season (Movie)

(Actor)

People Will Talk (Movie)

Prof. Elwell (Actor)

Santa and Pete (TV Show)

Actor

Sea People (TV Show)

Actor

The Beginning or the End (Movie)

Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer (Actor)

The Bride Goes Wild (Movie)

John McGrath (Actor)

The Cross of Lorraine (Movie)

Duval (Actor)

The Gin Game (TV Show)

Actor

The Green Years (Movie)

Papa Leckie (Actor)

The John Garfield Story (TV Show)

Actor

The Sailor Takes a Wife (Movie)

Freddie (Actor)

The Secret Heart (Movie)

Man (Voice)

The Seventh Cross (Movie)

Paul Roeder (Actor)

To Dance With the White Dog (TV Show)

Actor

Yesterday's Children (TV Show)

Actor

Ziegfeld Follies (Movie)

Monty (Actor)
Writer (3)

Rope 1948 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

The Dollmaker (TV Show)

Screenplay

Under Capricorn (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (1)

Actors Studio 1948 - 1950, 1968 - 1980 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

The son of a prominent Canadian politician, Hume Cronyn made his stage debut with the Montreal Repertory Theatre in 1930 while still a student at McGill University and reached Broadway in 1934, playing the Janitor in "Hipper's Holiday". Short and wiry, he gained a reputation for excellence onstage, adroitly portraying ordinary people, and would later prove his versatility by branching into directing, producing and playwriting. An early appearance on the new medium of TV (a 1939 NBC presentation of "Her Master's Voice") preceded Cronyn's first feature role as the literal-minded, snooping, armchair detective-neighbor in Alfred Hitchcock's understated thriller "Shadow of a Doubt" (1943). He also collaborated on the screenplays for Hitchcock's "Rope" (1948, with Arthur Laurents) and "Under Capricorn" (1949, with James Birdie), as well as playing the ship's radio operator in the director's "Lifeboat" (1944).

Relationships

Frances Cronyn

Mother

Susan Cooper Executive Producer

Wife
Married July 20, 1996 until his death June 15, 2003

Hume Cronyn

Father
member of Canadian Parliament

Tandy Cronyn

Daughter
born in 1945 acted with father in HBO Showcaase presentation of "Age-Old Friends" (1989), playing his daughter

Christopher Cronyn

Son
born in 1943

Jessica Tandy Actor

Wife
Met 1940 Married Sept. 27, 1942 until her death Sept. 11, 1994

Susan Tettemer

Step-Daughter
Jessica Tandy's daughter by first husband, actor Jack Hawkins took Cronyn's name at the age of 12

Robert Whitehead

Cousin
married to actor Zoe Caldwell

Emily Woodruff

Wife
From Atlanta, GA; family owned majority share in Coca-Cola Company; fellow student at American Academy Married 1934; told Cronyn they needed to keep marriage secret; never lived together Divorced 1936; she later had long-term relationship with Glesca Marshall

EDUCATION

Ridley College

1930

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York 1934
received Ninth Annual Award for Achievement for Alumni in 1964

McGill University

Montreal , Quebec 1930 - 1931
graduate studies(pre-law)

Mozarteum

Salzburg 1932 - 1933
trained for stage with Harold Kreutzberg

Milestones

1998

Appeared in the CBS minseries, "Seasons of Love"

1997

Acted in Showtime movies "12 Angry Men" and "Horton Foote's Alone"

1996

Had featured role in "Marvin's Room"

1996

Home movies shot by Cronyn and Tandy on their journey to East Africa in 1966, augmented by footage from his return there in 1995, became "An African Love Story" (Disney Channel)

1994

Last screen appearance with Tandy, playing her former lover, in "Camilla"; released after her death

1993

Last film with Pakula, "The Pelican Brief"

1993

Acted opposite Tandy in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" CBS TV-movie "To Dance With the White Dog"; earned an Emmy for his performance

1992

Earned second Emmy as the grandfather in "Neil Simon's Broadway Bound" (ABC)

1989

Teamed with Vincent Gardenia for the HBO movie "Age-Old Friends"; received first Emmy Award; daughter Tandy Cronyn co-starred

1988

Appeared in sequel (with Tandy), "Cocoon: The Return"

1987

With Tandy, reprised stage roles for a CBS "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation of "Foxfire"

1987

Starred opposite Tandy in "*batteries not included"

1986

Last Broadway show to date, "The Petition", co-starring Tandy

1985

Scored big success in Ron Howard's "Cocoon", featuring an all-star cast of oldsters including Don Ameche (who won a Supporting Actor Oscar), Maureen Stapleton and Tandy

1984

Appeared opposite Tandy in PBS presentation of "The Gin Game"

1984

Co-wrote (with Cooper) award-winning teleplay, "The Dollmaker" (ABC), Jane Fonda's TV-movie debut; adapted from Harriette Arnow's novel

1981

First feature film with Tandy in 35 years, "Honky Tonk Freeway"

1980

With Susan Cooper, co-wrote play, "Foxfire"; co-starred with Tandy on Broadway

1978

Co-produced (with Mike Nichols) and starred in "The Gin Game" opposite Tandy on Broadway and on tour

1974

Acted in first of three movies directed by Alan J Pakula, "The Parallax View"

1973

Starred opposite Tandy on Broadway in "Noel Coward in Two Keys"

1969

Last film with Mankiewicz, "There Was a Crooked Man"

1968

Lost an eye to cancer (date approximate)

1966

Starred opposite Tandy in Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance" on Broadway

1964

Played Polonius in "Hamlet" (on stage and film), directed by John Gielgud and starring Richard Burton in the title role; won Tony Award as Featured Actor in a Play

1963

First time playing his favorite role (Harpagon) in Moliere's "The Miser" at Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN

1960

Portrayed Louis Howe in "Sunrise at Campobello"

1954

TV series debut as actor (with Tandy), "The Marriage" (NBC); also produced

1953

Regular actor on radio series, "The Marriage"

1951

First of three films directed by Joseph L Mankiewicz, "People Will Talk"

1951

First time acting on stage opposite Tandy in Broadway production of "The Fourposter", a play they would end up doing more than 600 times over the years

1950

Broadway directing debut, "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep"

1949

Adapted "Under Capricorn" (from Helen Simpson's novel), directed by Hitchcock

1948

Debut as TV series producer (with Donald Davis) and director (with Fred Carr and Ralph Warren), "Actors Studio" (initially aired on ABC, later on CBS)

1948

Wrote first screen adaptation, "Rope" (from Patrick Hamilton's play), directed by Hitchcock

1946

Stage directing debut, "Portrait of a Madonna" in Los Angeles, starring Tandy; this one-act play by Tennessee Williams led directly to her playing Blanche Du Bois in Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" on Broadway

1943

Earned Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his turn in "The Seventh Cross"; wife Jessica Tandy's first appearance in an American film

1942

Screen acting debut in "Shadow of a Doubt", first of four feature collaborations with director Alfred Hitchcock (two acting, two writing)

1939

TV debut as Ned Farrar on "Her Master's Voice" (NBC)

1935

Breakthrough stage role as the the lead in the road company of George Abbott's Broadway success, "Three Men on a Horse"

1934

Broadway acting debut in "Hipper's Holiday"

1931

Immigrated to USA

1931

Professional stage debut, "Up Pops the Devil" with Cochran's Stock Company at the National Theatre, Washington, DC

1930

Stage acting debut at Montreal Repertory Theatre (while at McGill)

Bonus Trivia

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Lecturer at AADA (1938-39) and Actors' Lab in Los Angeles (1945-46)

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He received the Commedia Matinee Club Award for "The Fourposter" in 1952.

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Given the Barter Theatre Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Theatre in 1961

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Presented with the Herald Theatre Award for "A Delicae All!" in 1972

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Awarded Brandeis University's Creative Arts Award for Distinguished Achievement (1978)

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Inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1979

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Received National Press Club Award in 1979

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Given the Commonwealth Award for distinguished service in the Dramatic Arts (1983)

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Awarded the Humanitas Prize from the Human Family Institute (1985)

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Received Alley Theatre Award in recognition of Significant Contribution to the Theatre Arts (1987)

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Received honorary LL.D from the University of Western Ontario in 1974

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Awarded honorary LHD from Fordham University (1985)

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Decorated with the Order of Canada

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