Hume Cronyn

Hume Cronyn

Highest Rated: 100% People Will Talk (1951)

Lowest Rated: 9% The Arrangement (1969)

Birthday: Jul 18, 1911

Birthplace: Not Available

Canadian-born actor Hume Cronyn was the son of a well-known Ontario politician. At his father's insistence, young Cronyn studied law at McGill University, but had by then already decided he wanted to be an actor; he made his stage bow with the Montreal Repertory Company at 19, while still a student. After taking classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and working with regional companies in Washington, DC and Virginia, Cronyn made it to Broadway in 1934. His first important role was as the imbibing, jingle-writing hero of Three Men on a Horse, directed and co-written by George Abbott. He remained with Abbott to work in Room Service and Boy Meets Girl - not only establishing himself as a versatile stage actor but also gleaning a lifelong appreciation of strict artistic discipline from the authoritarian Mr. Abbott. Cronyn went from one taskmaster to another when he made his film debut in Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. The 32-year-old Cronyn quietly stole several scenes in the film as a fiftyish mystery-novel fanatic. Cronyn would remain beholden to Hitchcock for the rest of his career: He acted in Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944) and worked several times thereafter on the director's TV series; he adapted the stage play Rope and the novel Under Capricorn for Hitchcock's filmizations; and he sprang to the late director's defense when a dubious biography of Hitchcock was published in the mid-1980s. Though well-versed in Shakespeare and Moliere on stage, Cronyn was often limited to unpleasant, weasely and sometimes sadistic characters in films; one of his nastiest portrayals was as the Hitleresque prison guard Munsey in Brute Force (1947). A somewhat less hissable Cronyn appeared in The Green Years (1946), wherein he portrayed the father of his real-life wife Jessica Tandy, who was in fact two years older than he. Cronyn had married Tandy in 1942, a union that was to last until the actress' death in 1994. They worked together often on stage (The Fourposter, The Gin Game) and in films (Batteries Not Included), and delighted in giving joint interviews where they'd confound and misdirect the interviewer. Their daughter, Tandy Cronyn, matured into a fine actress in her own right. Seemingly indefatigable despite health problems and the loss of one eye, Cronyn remained gloriously active in films, television and stage into the 1990s, encapsulating many of his experiences in his breezy autobiography A Terrible Liar.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet A Separate Peace Prof. Carmichael 2004
83% Broadway: The Golden Age Actor 2004
No Score Yet Sea People John McRae 2001
No Score Yet Yesterday's Children Sonny Sutton 2000
No Score Yet Santa and Pete Saint Nicholas 1999
No Score Yet Seasons of Love Lonzo Brewster 1999
No Score Yet Alone John Webb 1998
No Score Yet Horton Foote's Alone Actor 1997
92% 12 Angry Men Juror #9 1997
84% Marvin's Room Marvin 1996
No Score Yet People Actor 1995
40% Camilla Ewald 1994
53% The Pelican Brief Justice Rosenberg 1993
No Score Yet To Dance with the White Dog Sam Peek 1993
No Score Yet Broadway Bound Ben 1992
No Score Yet Christmas on Division Street Cleveland Meriwether 1991
No Score Yet Age-Old Friends John Cooper 1989
No Score Yet Day One James F. Byrnes 1989
33% Cocoon: The Return Joe Finley 1988
63% *batteries not included Frank Riley 1987
No Score Yet Foxfire Hector Nations 1987
79% Cocoon Joe Finley 1985
35% Brewster's Millions Rupert Horn 1985
33% Impulse Dr. Carr 1984
No Score Yet The Dollmaker Screenwriter 1984
No Score Yet The Gin Game Actor 1984
78% The World According to Garp Mr. Fields 1982
78% Rollover Maxwell Emery 1981
No Score Yet Honky Tonk Freeway Sherm 1981
90% The Parallax View Editor Edgar Rintels 1974
67% Conrack Skeffington 1974
80% There Was a Crooked Man Dudley Whinner 1970
9% The Arrangement Arthur 1969
50% Gaily, Gaily Actor 1969
No Score Yet Hamlet Polonius 1964
62% Cleopatra Sosigenes 1963
88% Sunrise at Campobello Louis Howe 1960
100% People Will Talk Professor Rodney Elwell 1951
60% Under Capricorn Screenwriter 1949
94% Rope Screenwriter 1948
No Score Yet The Bride Goes Wild Actor 1948
91% Brute Force Capt. Munsey 1947
No Score Yet The Secret Heart Man 1946
No Score Yet The Green Years Papa Leckie 1946
No Score Yet A Letter for Evie John Phineas McPherson 1946
92% The Postman Always Rings Twice Arthur Keats 1946
67% Ziegfeld Follies Monty 1946
No Score Yet The Sailor Takes a Wife Freddie 1945
92% Lifeboat Stanley 1944
100% The Seventh Cross Paul Roeder 1944
No Score Yet Main Street After Dark Keller 1944
No Score Yet The Cross of Lorraine Duval 1943
76% Phantom of the Opera Gerard 1943
100% Shadow of a Doubt Herbie Hawkins 1943


No Score Yet American Experience
Narrator 1989
No Score Yet American Playhouse
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Henry Dow Fitzhugh Oldham 1958


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