John Cromwell

Director, Actor, Producer
Theater success (as actor, director, producer) who went to Hollywood in the late 1920s at the age of 40, and subsequently proved a capable craftsman of polished, occasionally exceptional studio fare, with a gift for ... Read more »
Born: 12/23/1888 in Toledo, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Director (30)

The Goddess 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Company She Keeps 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

The Racket 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

Caged 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

Dead Reckoning 1947 (Movie)

(Director)

Night Song 1947 (Movie)

(Director)

Anna and the King of Siam 1946 (Movie)

(Director)

So Ends Our Night 1940 (Movie)

(Director)

Algiers 1937 (Movie)

(Director)

The Prisoner of Zenda 1936 (Movie)

(Director)

Banjo on My Knee 1935 (Movie)

(Director)

Little Lord Fauntleroy 1935 (Movie)

(Director)

I Dream Too Much 1934 (Movie)

(Director)

Spitfire 1933 (Movie)

(Director)

Abe Lincoln in Illinois (Movie)

(Director)

Ann Vickers (Movie)

(Director)

Close Harmony (Movie)

(Director)

Double Harness (Movie)

(Director)

For the Defense (Movie)

(Director)

In Name Only (Movie)

(Director)

Made for Each Other (Movie)

(Director)

Rich Man's Folly (Movie)

(Director)

Scandal Sheet (Movie)

(Director)

Since You Went Away (Movie)

(Director)

Son of Fury (Movie)

(Director)

Street of Chance (Movie)

(Director)

The Dance of Life (Movie)

(Director)

The Enchanted Cottage (Movie)

(Director)

The World and the Flesh (Movie)

(Director)

This Man Is Mine (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (6)

A Wedding 1977 (Movie)

Bishop Martin (Actor)

Three Women 1976 (Movie)

Mr. Rose (Actor)

Top Secret Affair 1957 (Movie)

General Grimshaw (Actor)

Abe Lincoln in Illinois (Movie)

John Brown (Actor)

Street of Chance (Movie)

Imbrie (Actor)

The Dance of Life (Movie)

Doorkeeper (Actor)
Other (1)

Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

film extract("Since You West Away" (1944)) (Other)

Biography

Theater success (as actor, director, producer) who went to Hollywood in the late 1920s at the age of 40, and subsequently proved a capable craftsman of polished, occasionally exceptional studio fare, with a gift for eliciting surprisingly solid performances from even mediocre actors.

Relationships

James Cromwell Actor

Father
Born Jan. 27, 1940; mother, Kay Johnson

James Cromwell

Son

Marie Goff

Wife
Married Divorced

Kay Johnson

Wife
Directed by Cromwell in several films, including "Of Human Bondage" (1934) and "A Village Tale" (1935) Divorced

Alice Lindahl

Wife
Died of influenza 1918

Ruth Nelson

Wife
Married for 33 years until his death 1979 died on September 12, 1992 at age 87

EDUCATION

Howe School

Indiana 1901 - 1905

Milestones

1951

Accused of being a Communist and blacklisted in Hollywood; returned again to stage (and won a Tony Award) as Henry Fonda's father in "Point of No Return"

1941

Returned to stage as actor in "Yankee Point"

1936

Left RKO and joined Selznick's independent production company

1933

Began association with David O. Selznick

1929

Co-directing debut (with Edward Sutherland), "Close Harmony"

1929

Solo directing debut (also actor), "The Mighty"

1929

Film acting debut in "The Dummy"

1928

While appearing in the Los Angeles stage production of "The Racket" (with Edward G. Robinson), signed to featured players contract as actor by Paramount

1923

Produced and directed "Tarnished", first of many plays backed as independent theatrical producer

1912

Appeared on Broadway in "Little Women"; changed name to John Cromwell

1911

Directed first stage play for Brady's company

1910

Broadway acting debut in Brady's "Baby Mine"

1908

Moved to NYC; toured with small theater companies; became actor and stage manager for 12 years with William A. Brady's theatrical company

1907

Joined Cleveland Stock Company

1906

Acting debut in "Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall"

Joined Tyrone Guthrie's repertory company with wife Ruth Nelson in early 1960s

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