James Cromwell is the son of Kay Johnson (actress) and John Cromwell (actor/director), and stepson of Ruth Nelson(actress). He started his further education at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, studying mechanical engineering, but after spending a summer on the set with his father, he dropped out and joined…more
James Cromwell returned to the big screen again in May 2007 as Captain Stacy in Spiderman 3. He plays the father of Gwen Stacy, a 'sort of' love interest for Peter Parker.
He founded Hecel Oyakapi, which is Lakota for "they do it this way". The non-profit organization's mission is to have a teaching and theater facility, so the Lakota people could tell their story and culture through the arts. It also helps Lakota students.
He's worked with the Humane Farming Association to protect farm animals from inhumane treatment.
His father, John Cromwell, refused to testify to the House Un-American Activities Commission and he was blacklisted in Hollywood.
Cromwell's mother was actress, Kay Johnson. His father was actor/director, John Cromwell.
Star Trek is a family business. Not only has he appeared, but so have his ex-wife, Julie Cobb, as Yeoman Thompson and his daughter, Rosemary Morgan, as Piri.
He is the only actor to utter the words "Star Trek" on Star Trek. He does so in the movie Star Trek: First Contact.
In July 2001 he, and four other PETA protestors were arrested during an animals right demonstration in Virginia at a Wendy's fast food chain restaurant. He was released after about five hours.
In 1996, he was nominated for a Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor for Babe.
in 2005, he was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for the Choice Movie Bad Guy for The Longest Yard.
In 2003, in the Western Heritage Awards, he won, as part of the cast, the Bronze Wrangler award for Theatrical Motion Picture for Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.
In 2000, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for RKO 281.
In 2006, he was nominated for a DVD Exclusive Award (DVDX award) for Best Supporting Actor (in a DVD Premier Movie) for Snow Walker.
In 2000, he was nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor - Suspense, for The General's Daughter.
In 1998, he was nominated, as part of the cast, for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for L.A.Confidential.
In 2005, he was nominated, as part of the cast, for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Oustanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Six Feet Under.
He was a celebrity sponsor of the Great American Meatout on March 20, 2001.
Cromwell is a spokesman for PETA, especially regarding cruelty to pigs.
He became a vegan after playing the character of Farmer Hoggett in the film Babe in 1995.
In the 1960's he was a member of the "Committee to Defend the Panthers" who formed to aid some Black Panther members who had been imprisoned in New York.
He has played a US President three times - Lyndon B. Johnson in RFK (2002), fictional President Newman in The West Wing (1999) and fictional President Fowler in The Sum of All Fears (2002).
In 2000 he was nominated, as part of the cast, for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Oustanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture for The Green Mile
In 2006 he was nominated, as a member of the cast, for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Six Feet Under.
In 2001 he was nominated for an Emmy for Oustanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for ER, for playing Bishop Stewart.
In 2003 he was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for Six Feet Under, for playing George Sibley.
In 1996 he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Babe
In 2005 James had a starring role in, The Longest Yard.
Talking about his role as Prince Philip.
Cromwell:Oh, Jesus, I worked my ass on it. My problem was that you cannot make a mistake when you are playing Philip in one sound, because if you do, the reality goes out the window.
Talking about his time filming The Queen.
Cromwell: I was very surprised that the overwhelming majority of the people on the set -- how can I put this -- loathed Diana. Diana to them is the worst kind of English person you could possibly be.
James Cromwell: (In reference to his Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Babe) Andy Warhol said everybody gets their 15 minutes of fame. And if this is mine, I couldn't imagine a better 15 minutes.