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Overview (4)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameJames Oliver Cromwell
Nickname Jamie
Height 6' 7" (2.01 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Los Angeles but raised in Manhattan and educated at Middlebury College and Carnegie-Mellon University, James Cromwell is the son of film director John Cromwell and actress Kay Johnson. He studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon, and went into the theatre (like his parents) doing everything from Shakespeare to experimental plays. He started appearing on television in 1974, gaining some notice in a recurring role as Archie Bunker's friend Stretch Cunningham on 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), 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).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: M.S. Burton <suburton@u.washington.edu>

Family (3)

Spouse Anna Stuart (1 January 2014 - present)
Julie Cobb (29 May 1986 - 2006)  (divorced)
Anne Ulvestad (27 November 1976 - 1986)  (divorced)  (3 children)
Children Kate Cromwell
John Cromwell
Colin Cromwell
Parents John Cromwell
Kay Johnson

Trade Mark (3)

Deep gravelly authoritative voice
Frequently plays authority figures who are often corrupt or bluntly unethical
Towering height and slender frame

Trivia (42)

Son of actress Kay Johnson and director/actor John Cromwell.
Attended Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. Attended and graduated from the College of Fine Arts (CFA) at Carnegie-Mellon University (CMU) (1964). He would later go on to play Carnegie-Mellon's co-founder Andrew W. Mellon on Boardwalk Empire (2010).
Besides his own appearances in the Star Trek series, his ex-wife Julie Cobb played Yeoman Leslie Thompson in Star Trek: By Any Other Name (1968) and his ex-stepdaughter Rosemary Morgan played Piri in Star Trek: Voyager: The Chute (1996).
Is a believer in non-terrestrial intelligence.
Celebrity sponsor of the Great American Meatout on March 20, 2001.
On July 3, 2001, he 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 was ordered to stay out of all Wendy's restaurants in Virginia unless he intends to eat there.
Is the only actor to ever utter the words "Star Trek" on Star Trek itself. In the film Star Trek: First Contact (1996), his character Zefram Cochrane said to the crew, "...and you're all astronauts on... some kind of star trek?".
Has played a US President four times: fictional President Fowler in The Sum of All Fears (2002), fictional President Newman on The West Wing (1999), Lyndon B. Johnson in the television film RFK (2002), and George H.W. Bush in Oliver Stone's film W. (2008).
At 6' 6.5", 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.
In the late 1960s, he 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. All 13 members were eventually released.
Known to be a passionate liberal who openly supports several progressive political causes. Is most outspoken about the protection of animals.
Stepson of actress Ruth Nelson. Ex-son-in-law of actor Lee J. Cobb.
Has starred in the remake of Salem's Lot (2004), based on Stephen King's novel, and his ex-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.
Has played a fictional President in The Sum of All Fears (2002) and real-life President Lyndon B. 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.
Studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City.
His interest in drama was at first to become a stage director, and he began 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). Has also been in two movies about pioneering space travel: Explorers (1985) and Star Trek: First Contact (1996).
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. Before that, he appeared in Tom Stoppard's "The Invention of Love" at the ACT Theatre in 1999.
As of 2014, has appeared in five films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Babe (1995), L.A. Confidential (1997), The Green Mile (1999), The Queen (2006) and The Artist (2011). Of those, The Artist (2011) is the winner in the category.
He and his father John Cromwell have both made films about US Presidents. James has played Lyndon B. Johnson and George Bush, as well as two other fictional Presidents, on The West Wing (1999) and The Sum of All Fears (2002). His father, John Cromwell, directed Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940).
His Star Trek: First Contact (1996) character, Zefram Cochrane, first appeared on the original series episode "Metamorphosis" with Leonard Nimoy. Cromwell himself has never worked with Nimoy, but two of his other roles have connections to the role of Spock. Cromwell later appeared on American Horror Story with Zachary Quinto. The film L.A. Confidential (1997) features the historical character of LAPD Chief William H. Parker, a former colleague of Gene Roddenberry and the basis for the character Spock.
Grew up to be taller than both of his parents: his father was 6' 3'' and his mother was 5' 4''. His son John Cromwell is even taller than him standing at a height of 6' 8''.
He was awarded the 1979 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "Terra Nova" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
Along with Jeremy Roberts, Boris Lee Krutonog, Alice Krige and Jack Shearer, he is one of only five actors to initially play a character in a "Star Trek" film before reprising their role in a "Star Trek" television series. He played Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and later reprised his role in Star Trek: Enterprise: Broken Bow (2001).
There is a fictional museum in Monk: Mr. Monk and the Big Reward (2006) (#4.13) called The Cromwell Institute. This could be a reference to his appearances in three episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Starship Down (1995) (#4.6), and Star Trek: First Contact (1996).
In February 2013, Cromwell was arrested for interrupting a University of Wisconsin Board of Regents meeting while showing a graphic photo of a cat to protest about alleged mistreatment of animals on campus. The incident, which garnered widespread press coverage, was resolved on March 25, 2013, when an attorney representing Cromwell entered no-contest pleas to the non-criminal offense and agreed to pay $100 forfeitures and court costs of $263.50. In December 2015, he was removed from an event in New York for heckling an energy company receiving an award.
On December 18, 2015, Cromwell and five other people were arrested while protesting against the construction of a power station in Wawayanda, New York, near his home in Warwick, New York. Cromwell and fellow Star Trek actor J.G. Hertzler were among the 19 people arrested in Watkins Glen, New York on June 6, 2016, for a protest against underground gas storage in salt caverns near Seneca Lake. On June 6, 2017, he was escorted out of a Democratic Party fundraiser (which New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi attended) after disrupting the event by protesting about the power station. He and his fellow protesters, called the "Wawayanda Six" were convicted of disorderly conduct and obstruction of traffic. They were fined $375, due June 29, 2017 and sentenced to 16 hours of community service. After refusing to pay the fine, he was sentenced to a week in jail, scheduled to go on July 14.
Was sentenced to seven days of jail time after refusing to pay a $375 fine related to his arrest at a protest in Wawayanda, New York. He was initially found guilty of obstructing traffic when he and other five protesters staged a sit-in on the site of Competitive Power Ventures' prospective natural gas-fired power plant in regards to the plant's carbon emissions which would pose a threat to the local environment, and accelerate climate change. [July 2017]
Has worked with David Warner in The Man with Two Brains (1983). Both stars appeared in the very popular Star Trek series. Warner appeared in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) and Cromwell appeared in Star Trek: First Contact (1996).
Has worked with Malcolm McDowell in the comedy drama The Artist (2011). Both stars appeared in the very popular Star Trek series. McDowell appeared in Star Trek: Generations (1994) and Cromwell appeared in Star Trek: First Contact (1996).
Has worked with Ron Perlman in Romeo Is Bleeding (1993). Both stars appeared in the very popular Star Trek series. Cromwell appeared in Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and Perlman appeared in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
His son John Cromwell has played the younger version of his character on three series: Memorial Day (2012), American Horror Story (2011) and Betrayal (2013).
Has appeared in both of the similarly named 1990s movies: The Babe (1992) and Babe (1995).
Was in a relationship with actress Joan MacIntosh (2005-2009) (broke up).
Has English, German, Irish and Scottish ancestry.
Currently resides in Warwick, Orange Country, New York.

Personal Quotes (10)

[on his Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Babe (1995)] Andy Warhol said everybody gets their 15 minutes of fame. And if this is mine, I couldn't imagine a better 15 minutes.
[on the Black Panthers movement of the 1960s] 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.
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.
Making the movie Babe (1995) opened my eyes to the intelligence and the inquisitive personalities of pigs. These highly social animals possess an amazing capacity for love, joy and sorrow that makes them remarkably similar to our beloved canine and feline friends.
[on the story of The Promise (2016)] The love story is a way of getting people to begin the process, to feel for the characters, and then understand... can we not have compassion for people who are suffering around the world today? If we can have compassion for them, we can have compassion for the Armenians. If we can have compassion for the Armenians, then we have compassion for the Native Americans, and it goes on... it's to open the heart. [2017]
[on his Oscar campaign for Babe (1995)] That year they had huge films and I said to the studio, 'I want to go for supporting actor,' and they said, 'No, your name comes first.' I said, 'Yeah, it comes first because you can't say, "Babe, starring the pig and James Cromwell." Of course you had to put me first.' You know, they didn't help me at all. No campaign, no advertising, no nothing. It cost me $60,000 to get that nomination, but it changed my life. So it was probably the best $60,000 I ever spent.
In talking about the 2018 midterm elections, he said "If we don't stop [President Trump] now, then we will have a revolution for real. Then there will be blood in the streets."
Until men learn to celebrate and operate on the feminine aspect of themselves and stop the oppression of women, children, the environment, other species, we don't have a world to live in.
If men don't acknowledge their fear and suppress it, they put anger on top. They project their fear onto someone else and see an enemy and then act with anger and violence.
What is magnificent about humans is when they decide to turn and stand. If they respond with non-violence on principle and hold their ground, they are really magnificent.

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