Birthday: January 27, 1940 Birth
Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Height: 6' 7"
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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).
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 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 three times - fictional President Fowler in The Sum of All Fears (2002) fictional President Newman in "The West Wing" (1999) and Lyndon B. Johnson in the telemovie RFK (2002) (TV).
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.
Was a member of the Black Panther Party 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.
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