James Cromwell

Actor, Director
Despite spending years honing his craft on stage and building a career on television and in film, actor James Cromwell spent the better part of two decades struggling to make his name in the shadow of his famous father ... Read more »
Born: 01/26/1940 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (128)

Admissions 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Betrayal 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Hero 6 2014 (Movie)

Robert Callaghan (Voice)

Murder in the First 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tortured 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

American Horror Story 2003 - 2007, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boardwalk Empire 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Do No Harm 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Home Improvement 1994 - 1996, 2003 - 2007, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1993 - 1996, 2003 - 2007, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Partners 1995 - 1996, 2003 - 2007, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Picket Fences 1994 - 1996, 2003 - 2007, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Still Mine 2013 (Movie)

Craig Morrison (Actor)

The Trials of Cate McCall 2013 (Movie)

Justice Sumpter (Actor)

A Lonely Place for Dying 2012 (Movie)

Howard Simons (Actor)

Cowgirls 'N Angels 2012 (Movie)

Terence Parker (Actor)

Hide Away 2012 (Movie)

the Ancient Mariner (Actor)

Soldiers of Fortune 2012 (Movie)

Haussman (Actor)

Genesis Awards 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Artist 2011 (Movie)

Clifton (Actor)

Secretariat 2010 (Movie)

Ogden Phillips (Actor)

Impact 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Surrogates 2009 (Movie)

Older Canter (Actor)

My Own Worst Enemy 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

W. 2008 (Movie)

George H. W. Bush (Actor)

24 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Becoming Jane 2007 (Movie)

Reverend Austen (Actor)

Masters of Science Fiction 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Six Feet Under 2003 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spider-Man 3 2007 (Movie)

Captain Stacy (Actor)

Dante's Inferno 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

King Leopold's Ghost 2006 (Movie)

King Leopold (Voice)

Pope John Paul II 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Queen 2006 (Movie)

Prince Phillip (Actor)

Blackball 2005 (Movie)

Ray Speight (Actor)

The Longest Yard 2005 (Movie)

Warden Hazen (Actor)

I, Robot 2004 (Movie)

Dr Alfred Lanning (Actor)

Stephen King's Salem's Lot 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The West Wing 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Snow Walker 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

2001 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Citizen Baines 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron 2002 (Movie)

Voice of The Colonel (Actor)

The Magnificent Ambersons 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sum of All Fears 2002 (Movie)

President Robert Fowler (Actor)

ER 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Enterprise 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2001 Genesis Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

14th Annual Genesis Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

A Slight Case of Murder 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Fail Safe 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Space Cowboys 2000 (Movie)

Bob Gerson (Actor)

RKO 281 1999 (Movie)

William Randolph Hearst (Actor)

Snow Falling on Cedars 1999 (Movie)

Judge Fielding (Actor)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bachelor 1999 (Movie)

The Priest (Actor)

The General's Daughter 1999 (Movie)

General Campbell (Actor)

The Green Mile 1999 (Movie)

Warden Hal Moores (Actor)

Babe 2: Pig in the City 1998 (Movie)

Farmer Hoggett (Actor)

Deep Impact 1998 (Movie)

Alan Rittenhouse (Actor)

Owd Bob 1998 (Movie)

Mac Adam (Actor)

Species II 1998 (Movie)

Senator Ross (Actor)

The 1998 Genesis Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Confidential 1997 (Movie)

Dudley Smith (Actor)

The Education of Little Tree 1997 (Movie)

Granpa (Actor)

Eraser 1996 (Movie)

Donahue (Actor)

Family Film Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood's Amazing Animal Actors 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

John Grisham's The Client 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sea World/Busch Gardens Party For the Planet 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: First Contact 1996 (Movie)

Zefram Cochrane (Actor)

Strange Luck 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The People vs. Larry Flynt 1996 (Movie)

Charles Keating (Actor)

Totally Animals 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Babe 1995 (Movie)

Arthur Hoggett (Actor)

The Shaggy Dog 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Romeo Is Bleeding 1994 (Movie)

Cage (Actor)

The Babe 1992 (Movie)

Brother Mathias (Actor)

Pink Cadillac 1989 (Movie)

Motel Desk Clerk (Actor)

Mama's Boy 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rescue 1988 (Movie)

Admiral Rothman (Actor)

Easy Street 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Revenge of the Nerds II 1987 (Movie)

Mr Skolnick (Actor)

A Fine Mess 1986 (Movie)

Detective Blist (Actor)

The Last Precinct 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Explorers 1985 (Movie)

Mr Muller (Actor)

Revenge of the Nerds 1984 (Movie)

Mr Skolnick (Actor)

Tank 1984 (Movie)

Deputy Euclid (Actor)

The Earthlings 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man With Two Brains 1983 (Movie)

Realtor (Actor)

The Rainmaker 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Barefoot in the Park 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Born to the Wind 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wall 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Nobody's Perfekt 1981 (Movie)

Dr Carson (Actor)

Pottsville 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

All in the Family 1970 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Game 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cheap Detective 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

The House of God 1978 (Movie)

Officer Quick (Actor)

Eddie and Herbert 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nancy Walker Show 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Stranded 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Hot l Baltimore 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder By Death 1975 (Movie)

Chauffeur Marcel (Actor)

16th Annual Genesis Awards (TV Show)

Actor

A Christmas Without Snow (TV Show)

Actor

A Death in the Family (TV Show)

Actor

A Slight Case of Murder (Movie)

(Actor)

Angels in America (TV Show)

Actor

Avenger (TV Show)

Actor

Dream West (TV Show)

Actor

Impact (Movie)

(Actor)

Little House on the Prairie (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle Landing (TV Show)

Actor

Once an Eagle (TV Show)

Actor

Project Viper (TV Show)

Actor

RFK (TV Show)

Actor

Snafu (TV Show)

Actor

Spraggue (TV Show)

Actor

The Girl in the Empty Grave (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Precinct (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

A Lonely Place for Dying 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Despite spending years honing his craft on stage and building a career on television and in film, actor James Cromwell spent the better part of two decades struggling to make his name in the shadow of his famous father, director John Cromwell. Though he found steady work on sitcoms like "All in the Family" (CBS, 1970-79) and on the big screen in films like "Murder by Death" (1976), Cromwell became so disillusioned trying to make it in show business that he spent 18 months trying to find himself; even hitchhiking across the Sahara Desert on his own. Cromwell began hitting his stride as a character actor in supporting roles in the 1980s, making his way in numerous made-for-television movies and miniseries, while earning some dubious acclaim as the nerdy father of an über-geek in "Revenge of the Nerds" (1984). He finally achieved critical acclaim and Academy Award recognition for his endearing performance in "Babe" (1995), which helped propel his career. But it was his portrayal of a murderous Machiavellian police captain in "L.A. Confidential" (1997) that made audiences aware of his diverse talents, which paved the way to more prominent roles in large-scale films like "The Green Mile" (1999), "The Sum of All Fears" (2002), "The Queen" (2006) and "W" (2008). He also landed high-profile television roles, most notably on "Six Feet Under" (HBO, 2001-05), which granted the ever-busy Cromwell the recognition he richly deserved.

Relationships

Julie Cobb Actor

Wife
Met in an acting class Married May 29, 1986 Divorced 2006

John Cromwell Actor

Son
Born Dec. 23, 1887; blacklisted during McCarthy era Died Sept. 26, 1979

Kate Cromwell

Daughter
Born June 5, 1977; mother, Anne Ulvestad

Colin Cromwell

Son
Born April 16, 1981; mother, Anne Ulvestad

John Cromwell

Son
Born Aug. 29, 1979; mother, Anne Ulvestad

Kay Johnson Actor

Mother
Born Nov. 29, 1904 Died Nov. 17, 1975

Anne Ulvestad

Wife
Married Nov. 27, 1976 Divorced 1986

EDUCATION

Carnegie Institute of Technology

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
School name changed to Carnegie Mellon University

Middlebury College

Middlebury , Vermont

The Hill School

Pottstown , Pennsylvania

Milestones

2012

Played former Nazi and surgeon Arthur Arden in FX miniseries "American Horror Story: Asylum"

2011

Cast in critically acclaimed black-and-white, nearly silent film "The Artist"

2010

Played supporting role in family feature "Secretariat"

2009

Acted alongside Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, and Ving Rhames in "Surrogates"

2009

First executive produced feature, "A Lonely Place for Dying"

2008

Co-starred in Oliver Stone's biopic "W." as former President George H. W. Bush

2007

Guest starred on sixth season of "24" (Fox) playing Phillip Bauer, the estranged father of Jack (Kiefer Sutherland)

2007

Cast as Captain Stacy, father of Bryce Dallas Howard's character in Sam Raimi directed "Spider-Man 3"

2006

Portrayed Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh opposite Helen Mirren in title role of "The Queen"

2005

Cast as the Warden in remake of "The Longest Yard," starring Adam Sandler and Burt Reynolds

2004

Played Father Donald Callahan in TNT miniseries "Salem's Lot," based on novel by Stephen King

2003

Landed recurring role as Ruth's second husband on HBO drama "Six Feet Under"; received third Emmy nomination

2003

Starred in award-winning HBO miniseries "Angels in America," adapted by Mike Nichols from Tony Kushner's play

2002

Co-starred in A&E miniseries "The Magnificent Ambersons"

2001

Played title role on CBS drama series "Citizen Baines" as a former U.S. Senator

2001

Garnered an Emmy nomination for his role as a dying Catholic bishop on several episodes of "ER" (NBC)

2000

Appeared in live CBS version of Cold War thriller "Fail Safe"

2000

Performed on stage as British poet A.E. Housman in Tom Stoppard's "The Invention of Love"

1999

Cast opposite Tom Hanks, as the warden in supernatural prison drama "The Green Mile"

1999

Appeared as the judge presiding over a murder trial in "Snow Falling on Cedars"

1999

Portrayed newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst in HBO movie "RKO 281"; received first Emmy nomination

1998

Reprised Oscar nominated role for sequel "Babe: Pig in the City"

1997

Formed Koshari Films with then-wife Julie Cobb

1997

Co-starred as the venal police chief in film adaptation of James Ellroy's "L.A. Confidential"

1996

Played Dr. Zefram Cochrane in "Star Trek: First Contact"

1995

Played Farmer Hoggett in Chris Noonan's "Babe"; earned Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor

1992

Landed featured role in biopic "The Babe"

1990

Guest starred on syndicated series "Star Trek: The Next Generation"

1987

Reprised role of Mr. Skolnick for "Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise"

1986

Cast as Dana Ivey's husband on NBC sitcom "Easy Street"

1985

Played River Phoenix's dad in fantasy film "Explorers"

1984

First appearance as Mr. Skolnick, father of main character Lewis in comedy film "Revenge of the Nerds"

1984

Played a corrupt deputy sheriff in James Garner-Shirley Jones film "Tank"

1978

Again collaborated with writer Neil Simon for "The Cheap Detective"

1977

Appeared in various roles on several episodes of "Barney Miller" (ABC)

1976

Played featured role on ABC series "The Nancy Walker Show"

1976

Made film debut in Neil Simon's "Murder By Death"

1976

Made TV miniseries debut in "Once an Eagle" (NBC)

1975

First lead role on TV, as Bill Lewis on short-lived "Hot L Baltimore" (ABC)

1974

Played recurring role of Jerome 'Stretch' Cunningham on CBS sitcom "All in the Family"

1974

First TV performance, an episode of "The Rockford Files" (NBC)

After college graduation, spent ten years working in resident theaters

Bonus Trivia

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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.

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He once considered giving up theater and film early on in his career to become a probation officer.

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"Institutions and I get on each others' nerves something fierce." – Cromwell to People magazine, March 25, 1996

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"You grow with experience and the older one gets the more willing you are to be right in the moment. It is about coming to terms with the knowledge of who you are. I'm in the process of learning who I am." – Cromwell to Playbill, Feb. 8, 2000

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In July 2001, Cromwell was one of six animal rights activists arrested for protesting at a Wendy's restaurant in Virginia.

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Cromwell was arrested on Feb. 7, 2013, along with PETA spokesman Jeremy Beckham, after protesting against alleged cat torture during a System Board of Regents meeting at the University of Wisconsin. Cromwell was charged with disorderly conduct and fined $100.

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