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James Cromwell

James Oliver Cromwell is an American film and television actor, probably best known for his role as Dr. Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact. He has been nominated for an Oscar, three Emmy Awards, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards during his career. Cromwell was born in Los Angeles, California and was raised in Manhattan, New York. He was adopted by actress Kay Johnson and actor, director and producer John Cromwell, who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. He was educated at The Hill School, Middlebury College and Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), where he studied engineering. Like both his parents, he was drawn to the theater, doing everything from Shakespeare to experimental plays. He has long been an advocate of leftist causes. In an October 2008 interview, he strongly attacked the Republican Party and the George W. Bush administration, saying their controversial foreign policy would "either destroy us or the entire planet." He became a vegetarian in 1974 after seeing a stockyard in Texas and experiencing the "smell, terror and anxiety." He became an ethical vegan while playing the character of Farmer Hoggett in the movie Babe in 1995. He frequently speaks out on issues regarding animal cruelty for PETA, largely the treatment of pigs. Cromwell was married to Anne Ulvestad from 1976 to 1986. They had three children. He married his second wife, Julie Cobb, on 29 May 1986.

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Jan 27, 1940 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Rebel Ridge
Latest Project:
Movie Emperor 2020-08-18
Known For
Poster of Big Hero 6
Poster of The Artist
Poster of American Horror Story
Poster of Spider-Man 3
Movie Rebel Ridge 2023
Movie Emperor John Brown 2020-08-18
Series Operation Buffalo Cranky 2020-05-31
Movie The Laundromat Joseph David Martin 2019-09-27
Series The Family Douglas Coe 2019-08-09
Movie Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Sir Benjamin Lockwood 2018-06-06
Movie Marshall The Judge 2017-10-13
Series Counterpart Yanek 2017-12-10
Movie 50 Years of Star Trek himself 2016-08-14
Series The Young Pope Cardinal Michael Spencer 2016-10-21
Movie The Promise Henry Morgenthau Sr. 2016-12-02
Movie Big Hero 6 Professor Robert Callaghan (voice) 2014-10-24
Movie The Trials of Cate McCall Justice Sumpter 2013-11-28
Movie Cowgirls n' Angels Terence Parker 2012-05-25
Movie Still Mine Craig Morrison 2012-09-10
Movie Soldiers of Fortune Haussman 2012-06-07
Movie La Classe Américaine Self 2012-10-05
Movie Memorial Day Bud Vogel 2011-06-06
Series American Horror Story Dr. Arthur Arden 2011-10-05
Movie The Artist Clifton 2011-10-12
Movie Hide Away The Ancient Mariner 2011-10-30
Movie Secretariat Ogden Phipps 2010-08-20
Movie Pope Pius XII Pope Pius XII 2010-10-31
Series Impact Lloyd 2009-02-14
Movie A Lonely Place for Dying Howard Simons 2009-01-01
Movie Starz Inside - Unforgettably Evil Himself 2009-07-26
Movie Impact Lloyd 2009-06-21
Movie Beyond All Boundaries Major General Alexander A. Vandegrift / Fleet Admiral William Halsey 2009-11-09
Movie Surrogates Dr. Lionel Canter 2009-09-24
Series The Last Days of Lehman Brothers 2009-09-09
Movie The Last Days of Lehman Brothers Hank Paulson 2009-09-09
Movie Tortured Jack 2008-09-10
Movie W. George Herbert Walker Bush 2008-10-17
Movie Dante's Inferno Virgil (voice) 2007-01-01
Movie Becoming Jane Mr. Austen 2007-03-02
Movie Spider-Man 3 Captain Stacey 2007-05-01
Series Masters of Science Fiction Unknown 2007-08-04
Movie The Queen Prince Philip 2006-09-15
Movie Avenger Paul Devereaux 2006-04-09
Movie Pope John Paul II Cardinal Adam Sapieha 2005-12-04
Movie The Longest Yard Warden Hazen 2005-05-27
Movie Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy Narrator 2005-10-04
Series Pope John Paul II Cardinal Adam Sapieha 2005-12-04
Series Salem's Lot Donald Callahan 2004-06-20
Movie I, Robot Dr. Alfred Lanning 2004-07-15
Movie Salem's Lot Father Donald Callahan 2004-06-20
Movie The Snow Walker Walter "Shep" Shepherd 2003-01-01
Movie The John Garfield Story Self 2003-02-03
Movie A Carol Christmas Ghost of Christmas Future (uncredited) 2003-12-07
Movie Blackball Ray Speight 2003-05-18
Series Angels in America Henry 2003-12-07
Movie Angels in America Henry 2003-12-07
Movie The Magnificent Ambersons Major Amberson 2002-01-12
Movie A Death in the Family Joel Lynch 2002-01-01
Movie RFK President Lyndon Baines Johnson 2002-01-01
Movie Project Viper MP 1 2002-05-15
Movie The Sum of All Fears President Fowler 2002-05-31
Movie Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron The Colonel (voice) 2002-05-24
Series Six Feet Under George Sibley 2001-06-03
Movie Raptor Benny 2001-11-06
Series Citizen Baines 2001-09-29
Series 24 Phillip Bauer 2001-11-06
Movie RKO 281 William Randolph Hearst 2000-04-07
Movie Fail Safe Gordon Knapp 2000-04-09
Movie Walking the Mile: The Making of The Green Mile Himself / Warden Hal Moores 2000-06-13
Movie Space Cowboys Bob Gerson 2000-08-04
Movie The General's Daughter Lt. Gen. Joseph Campbell 1999-06-18
Series The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn Unknown 1999-03-30
Movie A Slight Case of Murder John Edgarson 1999-09-19
Movie Snow Falling on Cedars Judge Fielding 1999-12-22
Movie The Green Mile Warden Hal Moores 1999-12-10
Movie The Bachelor The Priest 1999-11-05
Movie Owd Bob Adam MacAdam 1998-01-01
Movie Species II Senator Ross 1998-04-10
Movie Deep Impact Alan Rittenhouse 1998-05-08
Movie Babe: Pig in the City Farmer Arthur Hoggett 1998-11-25
Movie L.A. Confidential Dudley Smith 1997-09-19
Movie The Education of Little Tree Nonno 1997-12-25
Movie Eraser William Donohue 1996-06-21
Movie The People vs. Larry Flynt Charles Keating 1996-12-25
Movie Star Trek: First Contact Dr. Zefram Cochrane 1996-11-22
Movie Indictment: The McMartin Trial Judge Pounders 1995-05-20
Series Partners Unknown 1995-09-11
Movie Babe Farmer Arthur Hoggett 1995-07-18
Movie Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds In Love Mr. Skolnick 1994-09-10
Series ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Movie The Shaggy Dog Charlie Mulvihill 1994-11-12
Movie Romeo Is Bleeding Cage 1993-09-13
Movie The Babe Brother Mathias 1992-04-17
Series Home Improvement Unknown 1991-09-17
Series American Dreamer Unknown 1990-09-20
Movie Miracle Landing B.J Cocker 1990-02-11
Movie The Runnin' Kind Uncle Phil 1989-09-08
Movie Pink Cadillac 1989-05-26
Movie The Rescue Adm. Rothman 1988-08-05
Series China Beach Unknown 1988-04-26
Movie Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise Mr. Skolnick 1987-07-10
Series Jake and the Fatman Unknown 1987-09-26
Series Star Trek: The Next Generation Unknown 1987-09-28
Series Matlock Unknown 1986-03-03
Series The Last Precinct 1986-04-11
Movie A Fine Mess Detective Blist 1986-08-08
Series Easy Street 1986-09-13
Series Wildside Unknown 1985-03-21
Movie Explorers Mr. Müller 1985-07-12
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1985-09-27
Series Amazing Stories 1985-09-29
Series Night Court Unknown 1984-01-04
Movie The House of God Officer Quick 1984-01-01
Movie Tank Deputy Euclid 1984-03-16
Movie Oh, God! You Devil Priest 1984-11-07
Series Hunter Unknown 1984-09-18
Movie Revenge of the Nerds Mr. Skolnick 1984-07-20
Movie Spraggue Lt. George Hurley 1984-06-29
Series Scarecrow and Mrs. King Unknown 1983-10-03
Movie The Man with Two Brains Realtor 1983-06-10
Movie Barefoot In the Park Harry Pepper 1982-03-20
Series Family Ties Unknown 1982-09-22
Movie The Rainmaker Noah Curry 1982-10-23
Series Knight Rider Unknown 1982-09-26
Series Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Movie Nobody's Perfekt Dr. Carson 1981-08-07
Series Foul Play Unknown 1981-01-26
Series Flo Unknown 1980-03-24
Movie A Christmas Without Snow Reverend Lohman 1980-12-09
Movie The Cheap Detective Schnell 1978-06-23
Movie Peeping Times Bernard Mantee 1978-01-25
Series The White Shadow Unknown 1978-11-27
Series Apple Pie 1978-09-23
Series Diff'rent Strokes Unknown 1978-11-03
Series Eight Is Enough Unknown 1977-03-15
Movie The Girl in the Empty Grave Deputy Malcolm Rossiter Jr. 1977-09-20
Series Three's Company Unknown 1977-03-15
Movie Deadly Game Deputy Malcom Rossiter Jr. 1977-12-01
Series Alice Unknown 1976-08-31
Movie Murder by Death Marcel Cassette 1976-06-23
Series All's Fair Unknown 1976-09-20
Series Once an Eagle J.L. Cleghorne 1976-12-02
Series The Nancy Walker Show 1976-09-30
Series Barney Miller Unknown 1975-01-23
Series Barbary Coast Unknown 1975-09-08
Series Hot l Baltimore 1975-01-24
Series Little House on the Prairie Unknown 1974-09-11
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Series M*A*S*H Unknown 1972-09-17
Series All in the Family Unknown 1971-01-12
Series The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
Movie Daddy Long Legs Extra (uncredited) 1955-05-05