Birthday: 1/27/1940, the
Age: 75 years
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California, USA
American film and television actor. During his career he was nominated for “Oscar”, three times in the “Emmy”, as well as the prize of the Screen Actors Guild.
James Oliver Cromwell was born January 27, 1940 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
He grew up in Manhattan, New York. His mother was an actress Kay Johnson and his father – an actor, director and producer John Cromwell, got into the black list during the McCarthy era. James was educated at Hill College in Middlebury, and the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), where he studied engineering. As both his parents, Cromwell was attracted to the theater, from Shakespeare’s plays to the most experimental productions.
His first television performance took place in 1974 – in an episode of “Dossier detective Rockford”, where he played Terry. A few weeks later he received periodically pop role Stretch Cunningham, in the series “All in the Family.” In 1975, he broke his first leading role on television – the role of Bill Lewis short-lived sitcom ABC «Hot L Baltimore». A year later he made his debut in the film – in the classic detective comedy “Murder by Death” screenwriter Neil Simon.
While he regularly worked in the television industry for the remainder of 1980, American actor got into the film business with its role as a deputy sheriff Baker in the film with James Garner and Shirley Jones “Tank”. Not less important was the role and Mr. Skolnik, the father of the main character, Lewis, in the comedy film Roland Mesa “Revenge of the Nerds.” He repeated this role three times – in each of the sequels “Revenge of the Nerds.”
Among his well-known role of the 1990s is the one that earned him a nomination for the coveted “Oscar”. It’s about a family adventure comedy “Babe: Pig in the City” (1995), and played the role of a farmer named Arthur Hoggetta. He also was highlighted by playing Captain Dudley Liam Smith oskoronosnom Curtis Hanson thriller “LA Confidential” (a novel by James Ellroy). Dudley Liam was a breakthrough in his career, pushing him to Hollywood standards. Cromwell played Dr. Cochrane in fantastic action “Star Trek: First Contact” (1996) and in the TV series “Star Trek: Enterprise,” appeared in the pilot show «Broken Bow». Cromwell continued his “Star Trek”, this time in the television series “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Star Trek: Deep Space 9”, but not the role of Cochrane. As a guest star, he worked in various scenes, among them «The Hunted», «Birthright, Part I and II» and «Starship Down».
Cromwell increased momentum of his success in television, playing a well-known media tycoon William Randolph Hearst in the dramatic biopik “Project 281” and for the first time received a nomination for the “Emmy” in 2000. He was nominated for the “Emmy” again in the next year, in the category of “Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series”, performing the role of Bishop Lionel Stewart in the TV series “ER.” Cromwell took part in an episode of “The West Wing” in 2004 as president of the Wyre D. Newman. He got into acting star of the past three seasons drama series HBO «Six Feet Under”, where it can be found in the face of the character of George Sibley, geologist husband of Ruth Fisher (for which he received a third nomination for the “Emmy”).
In addition to the “Oscar” and “Emmy” Cromwell for two consecutive years she was awarded the Screen Actors Guild, becoming a nominee in 2005 and 2006 in the category “Best Ensemble in a Drama Series.” Then the actor together with Helen Mirren starring Queen Elizabeth II, starred in Stephen Frears’ The Queen “(2006), where he became the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He was the guest star of the sixth season of “24”, Phillip Bauer, Jack’s father of the main character (played by Kiefer Sutherland).
In early October 2007, he played the lead role of James Tyrone Sr. in setting the Druid Theatre Company – a play by Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” at the Theater Geyeti (as part of the theater festival passes Behnke Ulster Dublin, the 50th anniversary) .
Cromwell took over responsibilities to play the 41st President George Herbert Walker Bush in Oliver Stone’s comedy biopik “Bush”, whose premiere took place October 17, 2008 th. The film chronicle the dubious coming to power of his son George W. Bush (played by Josh Brolin), who became the 43rd president. In an interview with Cromwell he said Stone initially proposed to play a major role Warren Beatty and Harrison Ford.
At Cromwell has three children, and he has been married twice. Actress Julie Cobb (29 May 1986, currently filed for divorce). Anne Alvested (November 27, 1976, and 1986-s) (divorce) three children.
Cromwell filled the audience in addition to its extremely high growth; he grew up to 2.01 m, thus becoming the highest nominated Academy.
Cromwell was a long time supporter of the Left. During an interview in October 2008, he repeatedly made sharp criticism of the Republican Party and the Bush administration, saying that their pursuit of the American empire “or destroy us or the planet.” In the late 1960s he was a member of the “Committee for the Protection of the Panthers’ organization group, defended the 13 members of the Black Panther Party, who are in the New York prison on charges of conspiracy. In the end, all 13 prisoners were released. In an interview for the 2004 CNN.com Cromwell praised the actions of the Panthers Party. Actor in 1974, became a vegetarian, after observing the cattle yard in Texas, received an unforgettable experience from the “smell of terror and fear” prevailing there. He became an ethical vegan, playing farmer Hoggetta in the movie “Babe” in 1995. Cromwell often speaks on the topic of animal cruelty for the organization PETA, for the most part, with regard to pigs.
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