James Cromwell

James Cromwell

Highest Rated: 100% Fail Safe (2000)

Lowest Rated: 7% Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987)

Birthday: Jan 27, 1940

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Long-time character actor James Cromwell has spent much of his career on stage and television, only occasionally appearing in feature films until the early '90s, when his film work began to flourish. The tall, spare actor first became known to an international audience with his role as the taciturn but kindly Farmer Hoggett, the owner of a piglet that wants to be a sheepdog, in the smash hit Babe (1995). His work in the film earned Cromwell an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, as well as numerous opportunities for steady work in Hollywood.The son of noted director John Cromwell and actress Kay Johnson, he originally aspired to become a mechanical engineer, attending both Vermont's Middlebury College and the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University). But after a summer spent on a movie set with his father, the acting bug bit, and Cromwell decided to become an actor. He started out in regional theater, acting and directing in a variety productions for ten years, and he was a regular performer at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Cromwell made his television debut in the recurring role of "Stretch" Cunningham on All in the Family in 1974, and he subsequently spent the rest of the decade and much of the 1980s on television, as a regular on such shows as Hot L Baltimore and The Last Precinct. Cromwell also appeared in such miniseries as NBC's Once an Eagle and in such made-for-television movies as A Christmas Without Snow (1980). Cromwell made his feature film debut in the comedy Murder By Death (1976). His film work was largely undistinguished until Babe; following the film's success, he began appearing in more substantial roles in a number of popular films, including The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996), in which he played Charles Keating; Star Trek: First Contact (1996), which cast him as the reluctant scientist responsible for Earth's first contact with alien life forms; and L.A. Confidential (1997), in which he gave a marvelously loathsome performance as a crooked police captain. Adept at playing nice guys and bottom-dwelling scum alike, Cromwell next earned strong notices for his portrayal of a penitentiary warden in The Green Mile (1999).The respected character actor continued strongly into the next decade with appearances in Clint Eastwood's Space Cowboys as well as the live-on-TV production of Fail Safe in 2000. He enjoyed a recurring role on E.R. in 2001. He played the president in the 2002 Jack Ryan movie The Sum of All Fears. In 2003 he took on a recurring role in the respected HBO drama Six Feet Under, and also appeared in the award-winning HBO adaptation of Angels in America. In 2006 he acted opposite Helen Mirren playing Prince Philip in The Queen, and played another head of state for Oliver Stone when he portrayed George Herbert Walker Bush in the biopic W. In 2011 he was the loyal butler to the main character in the Best Picture Oscar winner for that year, The Artist.


Highest Rated Movies



50% Never Too Late Actor 2020
77% Emperor Actor 2020
41% The Laundromat Actor 2019
47% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Benjamin Lockwood 2018
81% Marshall Judge Foster $9.5M 2017
51% The Promise Ambassador Morganthau $8.2M 2017
No Score Yet Imminent Threat Executive Producer 2015
89% Big Hero 6 Professor Robert Callaghan 2014
No Score Yet In Between Songs Narrator 2014
92% Still Mine Craig Morrison $1.2M 2013
No Score Yet The Trials of Cate McCall Justice Sumpter 2013
No Score Yet A Lonely Place for Dying Executive Producer Howard Simon 2012
14% Soldiers of Fortune Sam Haussmann $39.3K 2012
42% Hide Away (A Year in Mooring) The Veteran Mariner $30.1K 2012
No Score Yet Cowgirls n' Angels Terrance $0.2M 2012
No Score Yet Memorial Day Bud 2012
95% The Artist Clifton $44.7M 2011
63% Secretariat Ogden Phillips $59.7M 2010
37% Surrogates Older Canter $38.6M 2009
No Score Yet Starz Inside: Unforgettably Evil Actor 2009
58% W. George H.W. Bush $25.6M 2008
No Score Yet Impact (MINI-SERIES) Actor 2008
58% Becoming Jane Rev. Austen $18.7M 2007
91% Your Mommy Kills Animals Actor 2007
63% Spider-Man 3 Captain Stacy $336.6M 2007
No Score Yet Masters of Science Fiction Ludwin 2007
No Score Yet Dante's Inferno Virgil 2007
96% The Queen Prince Philip $56.3M 2006
92% King Leopold's Ghost Narrator 2006
No Score Yet Avenger Paul Devereaux 2006
No Score Yet Pope John Paul II Archbishop Sapieha 2005
31% The Longest Yard Warden Hazen $158M 2005
41% National Lampoon's Blackball Ray Speight 2005
No Score Yet Pope John Paul II Archbishop Sapieha 2005
No Score Yet Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde Actor 2004
56% I, Robot Dr. Alfred Lanning $144.8M 2004
50% Salem's Lot Father Donald Callahan 2004
86% The Snow Walker Shepherd 2003
No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection Joel Lynch 2003
No Score Yet RFK Lyndon B. Johnson 2002
No Score Yet The Nazi Actor 2002
70% Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron The Colonel $73.3M 2002
No Score Yet The Magnificent Ambersons Actor 2002
No Score Yet A Death in the Family Joel Lynch 2002
No Score Yet Gale Force Officer Roger Harris 2001
78% Space Cowboys Bob Gerson 2000
100% Fail Safe Gordon Knapp 2000
39% Snow Falling on Cedars Judge Fielding 1999
78% The Green Mile Warden 1999
93% RKO 281 William Randolph Hearst 1999
9% The Bachelor Priest 1999
No Score Yet A Slight Case of Murder Edgarson 1999
21% The General's Daughter Lt. General Joseph Campbell 1999
65% Babe: Pig in the City Farmer Hoggett 1998
45% Deep Impact Alan Rittenhouse 1998
9% Species II Senator Ross 1998
99% L.A. Confidential Dudley Smith 1997
59% The Education of Little Tree Granpa 1997
No Score Yet Owd Bob Adam MacAdam 1997
88% The People Vs. Larry Flynt Charles Keating 1996
93% Star Trek: First Contact Zefram Cochrane 1996
97% Babe Arthur Hoggett 1995
No Score Yet Indictment: The McMartin Trial Judge Pounders 1995
No Score Yet Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love Actor 1994
24% Romeo Is Bleeding Cage 1993
No Score Yet Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation Mr. Skolnick 1992
46% The Babe Brother Mathias 1992
No Score Yet The Runnin' Kind Actor 1989
21% Pink Cadillac Motel Desk Clerk 1989
No Score Yet The Rescue Adm. Rothman 1988
7% Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise Mr. Skolnick 1987
33% A Fine Mess Detective Blist 1986
77% Explorers Mr. Muller 1985
36% Oh, God! You Devil Priest 1984
70% Revenge of the Nerds Mr. Skolnick 1984
No Score Yet Tank Deputy Euclid 1984
No Score Yet Spraggue Actor 1984
76% The Man with Two Brains Realtor 1983
No Score Yet The Wall Francisek 1982
No Score Yet Nobody's Perfekt Dr. Carson 1981
No Score Yet A Christmas Without Snow Reverend Lohman 1980
47% The Cheap Detective Schnell 1978
No Score Yet The Girl in the Empty Grave Actor 1977
65% Murder by Death Marcel the chauffeur 1976


80% The Family
No Score Yet Berlin Station
Gilbert Dorn 2019
92% Succession
Ewan 2019
100% Counterpart
Yanek 2019
98% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Appearing 2017
79% The Young Pope
Cardinal Michael Spencer 2017
No Score Yet Murder in the First
Warren Daniels 2016
8% Betrayal
Thatcher Karsten 2014
76% American Horror Story
Dr. Arthur Arden Cromwell 2014
92% Boardwalk Empire
Andrew Mellon 2013
73% My Own Worst Enemy
Alistair Trumbull 2008
87% 24
Phillip Bauer Philip Bauer 2007
81% Six Feet Under
George Sibley 2005
75% The West Wing
D. Wire Newman 2004
90% Angels in America
Henry 2003
No Score Yet Citizen Baines
Elliott Baines 2001
No Score Yet ER
Bishop Stewart 2001
82% Picket Fences
Bishop 1995
90% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Hanok 1995
No Score Yet Home Improvement
Fred 1994
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
Shrek Prime Minister Nayrok 1993
No Score Yet Matlock
No Score Yet Hunter
Seymour Robbins 1985
No Score Yet Night Court
Alan 1985
No Score Yet Dallas
Gerald Kane 1985
No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes
Father O'Brien 1983
No Score Yet Barney Miller
Danworth 1981
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
Harve Miller 1980
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
Leo Bardinaro 1977
No Score Yet Three's Company
Lannigan 1977
No Score Yet All in the Family
Stretch Stretch Cunningham 1974
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
Terry 1974
No Score Yet Maude
Alfie 1974
No Score Yet Hot L Baltimore
Bill Lewis
No Score Yet Operation Buffalo


George H.W. Bush says: So what do you do, Laura?

Laura Bush says: I read. I smoke.

George H.W. Bush says: So what do you do, Laura?

Laura Bush says: I read. I smoke.

George W. Bush says: I use a condom. I'm not dumb.

George Herbert Walker Bush says: What are you cut out for? Partying, chasing tail, getting drunk? Who do you think you are? A Kennedy?

Warden Hal Moores says: What in the blue fuck was that? There's puke all over the floor. God, that smell. That smell won't come out for another 5 years that what I'm betting. And that asshole, Wharton is singing about it.

Paul Edgecomb says: Did he carry a tune, Hal?

Warden Hal Moores says: Ok, boys. But, what the hell happened?

Paul Edgecomb says: An execution sir. A successful one.

Warden Hal Moores says: How in the name of Christ can you call that a success?

Paul Edgecomb says: Eduard Delacroix is dead. (turns to Percy) Isn't he?

Paul Edgecomb says: Eduard Delacroix is dead. Isn't he?

Warden Hal Moores says: Something to say, Percy?

Percy Wetmore says: I didn't know the sponge was supposed to wet.

Warden Hal Moores says: How many years Percy have you been pissing on the toilet seat before someone told you to put it up?

Arthur Hoggett says: Come, pig.

Dr. Alfred Lansing says: That, Detective, is the right question.

Dr. Alfred Lansing says: One day they'll have secrets. One day they'll have dreams.

Dr. Alfred Lansing says: The 3 laws can only lead to one possible revolution.

Del Spooner says: Whose revolution?

Dr. Alfred Lansing says: That detective, is the right question. Program terminated.

Terence Parker says: Whose fault is it Ida, the Horse?

Terence Parker says: Whose fault is it Ida, the horse?

Dudley Smith says: It's best to stay away from a man when his blood's up.

Ed Exley says: His blood's always up!

Clifton says: [title card] Beware of your pride, if I may say so sir. Miss Miller is a good person, believe me.

Prince Philip says: (to the Queen) : Come on!! Move over cabbage!!

Prince Philip says: [to the Queen] Come on! Move over cabbage!

Clifton says: "If you want to be an Actress, you need to have something others don't."

Clifton says: If you want to be an actress, you need to have something others don't.

Clifton says: Utter rubbish !!!!!

Clifton says: Utter rubbish!

Donahue says: Who do you think we are? We're not the Red Cross. We make weapons, things that kill people.

Donahue says: Who do you think we are? We're not the Red Cross. We make weapons, things that kill people.

Captain Stacy says: I mean who gets kissed by Spider-Man, right?

Mary Jane Watson says: I can't imagine.

Arthur Hoggett says: That'll do, pig. That'll do.