Becoming Jane (2007)
Your Mommy Kills Animals (2007)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
The Queen (2006)
The Longest Yard (2005)
National Lampoon's Blackball (2005)
Date of Birth
27 January 1940, Los Angeles, California, USA
James Oliver Cromwell
6' 7" (2.01 m)
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 TV in 1974, gaining some notice in a recurring role as Archie Bunker's buddy Stretch Cunningham in "All in the Family" (1971), 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) and the surprise hit 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).
|Julie Cobb||(29 May 1986 - present) (filed for divorce)|
|Anne Ulvestad||(27 November 1976 - 1986) (divorced) 3 children|
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, ex-wife Julie Cobb played Yeoman Thompson in "By Any Other Name" and daughter Rosemary Morgan played Piri in "The Chute.".
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 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 B. 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 Support 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.
Shares a birthday with actress Mimi Rogers, actress Rosamund Pike, Harrods owner Mohamed Al-Fayed, actor Alan Cumming and actress Bridget Fonda.
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 the Bush Administration. Ironically, he has portrayed Bush's father on film.
Former son-in-law of Harry Morgan, who is most famous for his role as Colonel Potter on M*A*S*H.
"Andy Warhol said everybody gets their 15 minutes of fame. And if this is mine, I couldn't imagine a better 15 minutes." [in reference to his Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Babe (1995)).
"The goal of the government was to get all the leaders of the Black Panther Party in jail so that they could be killed systematically through prison violence, and that way they could stop what was a very powerful and evolving movement. I don't think we would have the kind of prison population now and what happens in this country with the gangs if the Panthers had been allowed to continue what they decided to do, which was basically empower black communities to take back their self control and reestablish the dignity of being a black person in this country" - on the Black Panthers movement of the 1960s
"I was embarrassed by the director, Blake Edwards, who looked at me and said, 'what am I supposed to do with THAT?'. I was a little hurt to be referred to as an inanimate object at an audition. I was told by my agent that a number of big stars won't work with anyone two inches taller than them and most of them are under six feet, so you have to be prepared to have trouble."
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