Birth Name: James Oliver Cromwell
Age: 73, born 27 January 1940
Country of origin: United States
Height: 6' 7"
Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Relationship Status: Single
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About: Born in Los Angeles but raised in Manhattan and educated at Middlebury College and Carnegie Tech, James Cromwell - the son of noted film director John Cromwell - studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon. He went into the theater (like both his parents) doing everything from Shakespeare to experimental plays. He started doing television in 1974, gaining some notice in a recurring role as Archie Bunker's buddy Stretch Cunningham in "All in the Family" (1968), made his film debut in 1976, and go Born in Los Angeles but raised in Manhattan and educated at Middlebury College and Carnegie Tech, James Cromwell - the son of noted film director John Cromwell - studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon. He went into the theater (like both his parents) doing everything from Shakespeare to experimental plays. He started doing television in 1974, gaining some notice in a recurring role as Archie Bunker's buddy Stretch Cunningham in "All in the Family" (1968), made his film debut in 1976, and goes back to the stage periodically. Some of his more noted film roles have been in Revenge of the Nerds (1984), Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and the surprise classic about a charming pig, Babe (1995). He garnered some of the best reviews of his career - many of which said he should have received an Oscar - for his role as a corrupt, conniving police captain in L.A. Confidential (1997).
Frequently plays men with positions of authority
Towering height and slender frame
Deep gravelly voice
Son of actress Kay Johnson and director/actor John Cromwell.
Step-son of actress Ruth Nelson.
Educated at Carnegie Institute of Technology.
Besides his own appearances in the Star Trek series, his ex-wife Julie Cobb played "Yeoman Thompson" in "Star Trek: By Any Other Name (#2.22)" (1968) and his ex-stepdaughter Rosemary Morgan played "Piri" in "Star Trek: Voyager: The Chute (#3.3)" (1996).
A believer in non-terrestrial intelligence.
Celebrity sponsor of the Great American Meatout, March 20, 2001.
Was arrested for trespassing during an animal rights demonstration in Virginia, targeting the Wendy's fast food chain. He and four other PETA protesters refused to leave after urging patrons to boycott the restaurant. Cromwell was released on his own recognizance after about five hours. [3 July 2001]
He is the only actor to ever utter the words "Star Trek" on Star Trek itself. In the movie Star Trek: First Contact (1996), his character Zefram Cochrane said to the crew, "...and you're all astronauts, on some kind of...star trek?".
Played a US President four times - fictional President Fowler in The Sum of All Fears (2002) fictional President Newman in "The West Wing" (1999), Lyndon Johnson in the telemovie RFK (2002) (TV), and George H.W. Bush in Oliver Stone's film W. (2008/I).
In The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), he plays Charles Keating, a publisher. Keating has the same first and last initials (CK) as Charles Kane, the character in Orson Welles' Citizen Kane (1941). In that movie, Charles (Foster) Kane is a newspaper publisher based, in no small part, upon real-life newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Cromwell portrayed Hearst in the behind-the-scenes look at "Citizen Kane", entitled RKO 281 (1999) (TV).
At 6' 7", he is the tallest Oscar-nominated actor of all time (he was nominated for his Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Babe (1995)).
Was given the role of the Prison Warden in The Longest Yard (2005) after negotiations with Gary Oldman fell through.
He struggled somewhat early in his career due to his height and the fact that few producers wanted someone towering over their leading men. Many of his early roles show him seated or leaning on something.
Worked with the Black Panthers in the 1960s.
He is known to be a passionate liberal who openly supports several progressive political causes. He is most outspoken about the protection of animals.
Former son-in-law of actor Lee J. Cobb.
Stars in the remake of 'Salem's Lot (2004) (TV), based on Stephen King 's novel, and his wife, Julie Cobb, starred in the original 1979 version.
Attended the prestigious Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, the alma mater of Harry Hamlin and Oliver Stone.
In addition to having played four United States Presidents, he appears in The Queen (2006) as Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II.
Played a fictional President in The Sum of All Fears (2002) and real-life President Lyndon Johnson. Donald Moffat, who has also played Johnson, played the fictional President in Clear and Present Danger (1994).
Was an outspoken opponent of US President George W. Bush's administration. Ironically, he has portrayed Bush's father, George Bush, on film.
Is a vegetarian.
He studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
His interest in drama was at first to become a stage director, and he started acting as a way of making ends meet.
Has twice played a prison warden, both with units of measure in the title: The Green Mile (1999) and The Longest Yard (2005).
Was ranked 56 of Total Film's Top 100 Greatest Movie Villains for his role as Captain Dudley Smith in L.A. Confidential (1997).
After focusing for decades on film and television, Cromwell returned to the stage in March 2012, after an absence of 13 years, in the role of Pozzo in Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" at the Los Angeles Mark Taper Forum. Prior to that, he appeared in the Tom Stoppard play "The Invention of Love" at ACT in 1999. ... (more) (less)