James Cromwell

James Cromwell

Jan. 27th, 1940
Born in
Los Angeles, California, USA
6' 5 1/2

James Cromwell's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
American Horror Story TV Show
American Horror Story
Betrayal TV Show
Murder In The First TV Show
Murder In The First
Impact TV Show
Hot L Baltimore TV Show
Hot L Baltimore
The Nancy Walker Show TV Show
The Nancy Walker Show
Citizen Baines TV Show
Citizen Baines

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Big Hero 6
2013 - Still Mine
2012 - Soldiers of Fortune
2010 - Secretariat
2009 - A Lonely Place for Dying
2009 - Surrogates
2008 - W.
2007 - Dante's Inferno
2007 - Becoming Jane
2007 - Spider-Man 3
2006 - The Queen
2005 - The Longest Yard
2004 - I, Robot
2003 - Blackball
2002 - The Sum of All Fears
2000 - Space Cowboys
1999 - The Bachelor
1999 - The Green Mile
1999 - The General's Daughter
1999 - Snow Falling on Cedars
1998 - Babe: Pig in the City
1998 - Species II
1998 - Deep Impact
1997 - L.A. Confidential
1996 - The People vs. Larry Flynt
1996 - Eraser
1996 - Star Trek: First Contact
1995 - Babe
1992 - The Babe
1989 - Pink Cadillac
1988 - The Rescue
1987 - Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise
1986 - A Fine Mess
1985 - Explorers
1984 - Tank
1984 - Revenge of the Nerds
1984 - Oh, God! You Devil
1983 - The Man with Two Brains
1978 - The Cheap Detective
1976 - Murder by Death
1955 - Daddy Long Legs

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
George Sibley
Quentin Standard
Jacob Wheeler
Phillip Bauer
Alistair Trumbull
Bishop Stewart
Andrew W. Mellon
Gerald Kane
Roy's Doctor
[Complete List]


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).

  • 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.
  • In _The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)_ (qv), he plays 'Charles Keating (II)' (qv), a publisher. Keating has the same first and last initials (CK) as Charles Kane, the character in 'Orson Welles' (qv)' _Citizen Kane (1941)_ (qv). In that movie, Charles (Foster) Kane is a newspaper publisher based, in no small part, upon real-life newspaper magnate 'William Randolph Hearst' (qv). Cromwell portrayed Hearst in the behind-the-scenes look at "Citizen Kane", entitled _RKO 281 (1999) (TV)_ (qv).
  • (3 July 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.
  • He is the only actor to ever utter the words "Star Trek" on Star Trek itself. In the movie _Star Trek: First Contact (1996)_ (qv) his character said to the crew, "...and you're all astronauts, on some kind of....star trek?"
  • In addition to having played four United States Presidents, he appears in _The Queen (2006)_ (qv) as 'Prince Philip' (qv), the husband of 'Queen Elizabeth II' (qv).
  • Besides his own appearances in the Star Trek series, ex-wife 'Julie Cobb' (qv) played Yeoman Thompson in "By Any Other Name" and daughter 'Rosemary Morgan (I)' (qv) played Piri in "The Chute.".
  • Son of actress 'Kay Johnson (I)' (qv) and director/actor 'John Cromwell (I)' (qv).
  • He is known to be a passionate liberal who openly supports several progressive political causes. He is most outspoken about the protection of animals.

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