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James Cromwell Biography

Birth Name:
James Oliver Cromwell
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession
Actor

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

  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2013Canadian Screen Awards-Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 1999Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1997Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1995Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated

Relationships