Fast Facts

  • Came from a family of entertainers: His father was noted film director John Cromwell (Since You Went Away, Abe Lincoln in Illinois) and his  mother, Kay Johnson, was an actor.
  • First major TV role came in 1974, when he won the part of Archie Bunker's pal Jerome "Stretch" Cunningham on the sitcom All in the Family.
  • Made his big-screen debut in the 1976 mystery spoof Murder by Death.
  • Had difficulty getting roles early in his career because of his height (nearly 6' 7"); however, in 1995, he became the tallest actor ever nominated for an Academy Award.
  • Has been arrested several times for his political activism: at a 1971 anti-Vietnam War demonstration where he grabbed a police officer who allegedly assaulted a woman; and in 2001, for trespassing during an animal-rights demonstration against Wendy's restaurants in Virginia.
  • Is an outspoken advocate for animal rights.

Awards

  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Canadian Screen Awards — Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1995, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • John — Son
  • Rosemary Morgan — Stepdaughter
  • Kate Cromwell — Daughter
  • Colin Cromwell — Son
  • John Cromwell — Father
  • Ruth Nelson — Stepmother
  • Kay Johnson — Mother
  • Anne Ulvestad — Ex-wife
  • Julie Cobb — Ex-wife

College

  • Attended Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT; attended Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, PA

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Details

  • Birth Name: James Oliver Cromwell
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
  • Profession: Actor

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