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Hume Cronyn

Highest Rated:   100% There Was a Crooked Man (1970)
Lowest Rated:   14% The Arrangement (1969)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
92% 12 Angry Men
  • Juror #9
1997
No Score Yet Horton Foote's Alone
  • Actor
1997
80% 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
36% Cocoon: The Return
  • Joe Finley
1988
64% *batteries not included
  • Frank Riley
1987
No Score Yet Foxfire
  • Hector Nations
1987
80% Cocoon
  • Joe Finley
1985
36% Brewster's Millions
  • Rupert Horn
1985
20% Impulse
  • Dr. Carr
1984
No Score Yet The Dollmaker
  • Screenwriter
1984
No Score Yet The Gin Game
  • Actor
1984
79% The World According to Garp
  • Mr. Fields
1982
No Score Yet Rollover
  • Maxwell Emery
1981
No Score Yet Honky Tonk Freeway
  • Sherm
1981
92% The Parallax View
  • Editor Edgar Rintels
1974
73% Conrack
  • Skeffington
1974
100% There Was a Crooked Man
  • Dudley Whinner
1970
14% The Arrangement
  • Arthur
1969
60% Gaily, Gaily
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet Hamlet
  • Polonius
1964
55% Cleopatra
  • Sosigenes
1963
100% Sunrise at Campobello
  • Louis Howe
1960
No Score Yet People Will Talk
  • Professor Rodney Elwell
1951
58% Under Capricorn
  • Screenwriter
1949
97% 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
95% The Postman Always Rings Twice
  • Arthur Keats
1946
75% Ziegfeld Follies
  • Monty
1946
91% 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
75% Phantom of the Opera
  • Gerard
1943
100% Shadow of a Doubt
  • Herbie Hawkins
1943

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Narrator
  • 1989

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