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James Cromwell

Highest Rated:   100% Fail Safe (2000)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Marshall
  • Actor
2017
50% 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
93% 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
No Score Yet Cowgirls n' Angels
  • Terrance
$0.2M 2012
42% Hide Away (A Year in Mooring)
  • The Veteran Mariner
$30.1k 2012
No Score Yet Memorial Day
  • Bud
2012
96% The Artist
  • Clifton
$44.7M 2011
63% Secretariat
  • Ogden Phillips
$59.7M 2010
39% Surrogates
  • Older Canter
$38.6M 2009
No Score Yet Starz Inside: Unforgettably Evil
  • Actor
2009
59% W.
  • George H.W. Bush
$25.6M 2008
No Score Yet Impact (MINI-SERIES)
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Tortured
  • Jack
2008
57% 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 Dante's Inferno
  • Virgil
2007
No Score Yet Masters of Science Fiction
  • Ludwin
2007
97% The Queen
  • Prince Philip
$56.3M 2006
91% 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
$157.9M 2005
43% 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
58% I, Robot
  • Dr. Alfred Lanning
$144.8M 2004
No Score Yet 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
59% The Sum of All Fears
  • President Robert Fowler
$118.5M 2002
69% Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron
  • The Colonel
$73.3M 2002
No Score Yet The Magnificent Ambersons
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Gale Force
  • Officer Roger Harris
2001
78% Space Cowboys
  • Bob Gerson
2000
100% Fail Safe
  • Gordon Knapp
2000
40% Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Judge Fielding
1999
80% The Green Mile
  • Warden
1999
92% RKO 281
  • William Randolph Hearst
1999
9% The Bachelor
  • Priest
1999
No Score Yet A Slight Case of Murder
  • Edgarson
1999
22% The General's Daughter
  • Lt. General Joseph Campbell
1999
62% Babe: Pig in the City
  • Farmer Hoggett
1998
48% 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
87% The People Vs. Larry Flynt
  • Charles Keating
1996
93% Star Trek: First Contact
  • Zefram Cochrane
1996
36% Eraser
  • William Donahue
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
22% 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
No Score Yet A Fine Mess
  • Detective Blist
1986
77% Explorers
  • Mr. Muller
1985
40% 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 - "Murder for Two"
  • 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
46% The Cheap Detective
  • Schnell
1978
No Score Yet The Girl in the Empty Grave
  • Actor
1977
65% Murder by Death
  • Marcel the chauffeur
1976
No Score Yet Once an Eagle
  • Actor
1976

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
2014
  • Appearing
  • 2017
77% The Young Pope
2017
  • Cardinal Michael Spencer
  • 2017
No Score Yet Murder in the First
2014-2016
  • Warren Daniels
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
8% Betrayal
2013-2014
  • Thatcher Karsten
  • 2014
  • 2013
91% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
  • Andrew Mellon
  • 2013
  • 2012
77% American Horror Story
2013
  • Dr. Arthur Arden Cromwell
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
87% 24
2001-2014
  • Phillip Bauer Philip Bauer
  • 2007
No Score Yet Six Feet Under
2001-2005
  • George Sibley
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • D. Wire Newman
  • 2004
89% Angels in America
2003
  • Henry
  • 2003
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Bishop Stewart
  • 2001
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Hanok
  • 1995
No Score Yet Home Improvement
1991-1999
  • Fred
  • 1994
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Shrek Prime Minister Nayrok
  • 1993
  • 1990
No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes
1978-1986
  • Father O'Brien
  • 1983
  • 1979
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Harve Miller
  • 1980

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