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Hume Cronyn

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Acting professional, screenwriter, and movie director who also starred in Cocoon and its own sequel. Like a stage acting professional, he received a Tony Honor for his part in 1964’s Hamlet. He was an effective amateur boxer, nearly producing the 1932 Canadian Olympic group. He gained an Academy Award nomination for Greatest Supporting Acting professional for his part in the 1944 film The Seventh Mix. He married celebrity and co-star Jessica Tandy, in 1942 plus they continued to be wedded until her loss of life in 1994. He analyzed under Maximum Reinhardt and acted in several Alfred Hitchcock movies, including Darkness of any doubt and Lifeboat.

Quick Facts


Full Name Hume Cronyn
Date Of Birth July 18, 1911
Died June 15, 2003, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Place Of Birth London, Canada
Height 1.67 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education Ridley College, McGill University, American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Nationality Canadian, American
Spouse Susan Cooper, Jessica Tandy, Emily Woodruff
Children Tandy Cronyn, Christopher Cronyn
Parents Frances Amelia Cronyn, Hume Cronyn
Awards Kennedy Center Honors, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, Drama Desk Special Award, Obie Award for Performance, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Anthology Drama Adapted, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble Acting
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, Tony Award for Best Play, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In A Children/Youth/Family Special
Movies Batteries Not Included, Cocoon, Shadow of a Doubt, Lifeboat, Cleopatra, The Seventh Cross, The World According to Garp, Marvin's Room, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Pelican Brief, Cocoon: The Return, Brute Force, The Parallax View, People Will Talk, Rope, There Was a Crooked Man..., Brewster's Millions, Sunrise at Campobello, Conrack, The Green Years, Age Old Friends, Phantom of the Opera, Honky Tonk Freeway, Foxfire, To Dance with the White Dog, Under Capricorn, Gaily, Gaily, The Bride Goes Wild, Christmas On Division Street, Ziegfeld Follies, The Sailor Takes a Wife, A Letter for Evie, The Beginning or the End, 12 Angry Men, Main Street After Dark, Rollover, The Dollmaker, Top o' the Morning, Santa and Pete, Sea People, Camilla, Off Season, Seasons of Love, The Arrangement, Broadway Bound, The Moon And Sixpence, Impulse, Hamlet, A Separate Peace, People: A Musical Celebration, Crowded Paradise
TV Shows Seasons of Love, The Marriage, Chrysler Festival
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1 He was nominated for a 1978 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Actor in a Play for "The Gin Game" on Broadway in New York City.
2 He was awarded the 1985 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Performance in Leading Role for the play, "Foxfire" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
3 He was awarded the 1971 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Performance for his performance in the play, "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial," at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
4 During the shooting of There Was a Crooked Man... (1970) Cronyn was diagnosed with optic cancer which required the removal of an eye. Although this news upset director Joseph L. Mankiewicz very much, Cronyn was more than willing to work longer hours to complete his scenes and make him available for the necessary surgery.
5 He met wife Jessica Tandy in 1940 and they married in 1942.
6 He and wife Jessica Tandy partnered on screen in 13 movies between 1944 and 1994, usually playing a couple: The Seventh Cross (1944), Blonde Fever (1944), The Green Years (1946), The Moon and Sixpence (1959), Honky Tonk Freeway (1981), The World According to Garp (1982), Cocoon (1985), *batteries not included (1987), Foxfire (1987), Cocoon: The Return (1988), The Story Lady (1991), To Dance with the White Dog (1993) and Camilla (1994).
7 Acted with the Montreal repertory Company while still a student at McGill.
8 Inducted to Canada's Walk of Fame in 1999.
9 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 112-114. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
10 The original screenplay of The Locket (1946), called "What Nancy Wanted", was written by Norma Barzman, who was married to writer Ben Barzman, who was blacklisted during the McCarthy "Red Scare" period of the 1940s and 1950s. She sold the script to Cronyn, who planned to direct the film with wife Jessica Tandy starring. Cronyn then sold the script to RKO, which assigned Sheridan Gibney to rewrite it.
11 7/11/88: He was awarded the O.C. (Officer of the Order of Canada) for his services to drama.
12 Was once a boxer who was nominated for the Canadian Olympic boxing team.
13 1972: Won an 1972-1973 Obie for Distinguished Performance for "Krapp's Last Tape".
14 In 1946 Elia Kazan, looking for an actress to play Blanche Dubois in his upcoming Broadway production of "Streetcar Named Desire", saw a Los Angeles production of Tennessee Williams' earlier play "Portrait of a Madonna" in which Cronyn directed his wife Jessica Tandy. He was so impressed by her performance that he offered her the role.
15 1990: He and wife Jessica Tandy were both honored with the American National Medal of the Arts from the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington DC.
16 Won two Tony Awards: in 1964, as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for playing Polonius in Shakespeare/s "Hamlet," and, in 1994, a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement that was shared with his wife, Jessica Tandy. And he was nominated six other times: as Best Actor (Dramatic), in 1961 for: Big Fish, Little Fish" and in 1967 for Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance;" as Best Actor (Play), in 1978 for "The Gin Game" and in 1986 for "The Petition;" as Producer (Dramatic), in 1965 as co-producer of Best Play nominee "Slow Dance on the Killing Ground;" and as co-producer in 1978 of Best Play nominee "The Gin Game.".
17 Starred (with wife Jessica Tandy) as Ben Marriott on NBC Radio's "The Marriage" (1953-1954).
18 Stepchildren: Jonathan Grant and Kate Glennon.
19 Son: Christopher Cronyn, daughter: Tandy Cronyn. Granddaughter: Katherine Cronyn.
20 At time of death had eight grandchildren and five great-granchildren.
21 Appeared as Sosigenes in Cleopatra (1963), One film critic's witty appraisal of this mammoth, megastar, megabuck, four-hour production was, "I never miss a Hume Cronyn movie."
22 Became a US citizen late in life.
23 Attended Ridley College, St. Catharines, Ontario
24 Although not widely known, he had a glass eye, having lost the real one to cancer.
25 His father Hume Blake Cronyn has an observatory dedicated to him in the University of Western Ontario. The refractor telescope was the largest ever built in the western hemisphere at the time.
26 Won a Tony Award in 1964 for his performance as Polonius in the Richard Burton Broadway production of "Hamlet", which was recorded live on stage in a process known as Electronovision, and shown in movie theaters the same year (Hamlet (1964)).
27 1932: Member of the Kappa Alpha Society at the McGill University.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Separate Peace 2004 TV Movie Professor Carmichael
Off Season 2001 TV Movie Sam Clausner
Yesterday's Children 2000 TV Movie Old Sonny Sutton
Santa and Pete 1999 TV Movie Saint Nick
Sea People 1999 TV Movie Mr. John McRae
Seasons of Love 1999 TV Series Lonzo
Angel Passing 1998 Short
Alone 1997 TV Movie John Webb
12 Angry Men 1997 TV Movie Juror #9
Marvin's Room 1996 Marvin
People: A Musical Celebration 1995 TV Movie Grandpa (voice)
Camilla 1994 Ewald
The Pelican Brief 1993 Justice Rosenberg
To Dance with the White Dog 1993 TV Movie Robert Samuel Peek
Broadway Bound 1992 TV Movie Ben
Christmas on Division Street 1991 TV Movie Cleveland Meriwether
Age-Old Friends 1989 TV Movie John Cooper
Day One 1989 TV Movie James F. Byrnes
Cocoon: The Return 1988 Joseph 'Joe' Finley
*batteries not included 1987 Frank Riley
Foxfire 1987 TV Movie Hector Nations
Cocoon 1985 Joe Finley
Brewster's Millions 1985 Rupert Horn
Impulse 1984 Dr. Carr
The World According to Garp 1982 Mr. Fields
The Gin Game 1981 TV Movie Weller Martin
Rollover 1981 Maxwell Emery
Honky Tonk Freeway 1981 Sherm
33 Hours in the Life of God 1976 TV Movie Dr. Jaffe
The Parallax View 1974 Bill Rintels
Conrack 1974 Mr. Skeffington (School Superintendent)
Norman Corwin Presents 1972 TV Series
Hawaii Five-O 1970-1971 TV Series Lewis Avery Filer
There Was a Crooked Man... 1970 Dudley Whinner
Gaily, Gaily 1969 Tim Grogan
The Arrangement 1969 Arthur Houghton
Hamlet 1964/I Polonius
Cleopatra 1963 Sosigenes
Naked City 1961 TV Series Professor Henry J. Fallon
The Barbara Stanwyck Show 1960 TV Series Charles King
Sunrise at Campobello 1960 Louis Howe
Play of the Week 1960 TV Series Jack Boyle
Juno and the Paycock 1960 TV Movie
A Doll's House 1959 TV Movie Nils Krogstad
The Moon and Sixpence 1959 TV Movie Dirk Stroeve
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1956-1958 TV Series Henry Daw / Fitzhugh Oldham
General Electric Theater 1956-1958 TV Series Benedict Arnold Brummel / Ralph Whittemarc
The Loretta Young Show 1958 TV Series Henry Goodens / Hap Martin
Telephone Time 1958 TV Series Alfred Nobel
The DuPont Show of the Month 1958 TV Series
Studio 57 1957 TV Series Mr. Shaw
Schlitz Playhouse 1957 TV Series Wilbur Meeler
Studio One in Hollywood 1949-1957 TV Series Ellis Davenport / Mr. Moore / Ben Hecht
The Alcoa Hour 1956-1957 TV Series Ralph Grimes / Wise Gentleman / Sam Pickens
Chrysler Festival 1956 TV Series Host
Crowded Paradise 1956 George Heath
Climax! 1956 TV Series Reverend Mr. Muldoon
The United States Steel Hour 1956 TV Series Priam Farll
Goodyear Playhouse 1955 TV Series Ben Marriott
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse 1950-1955 TV Series Ben Marriott
Omnibus 1953-1955 TV Series Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell / Bartender
Producers' Showcase 1955 TV Series Michael
The Marriage 1954 TV Series Ben Marriott / Narrator
The Motorola Television Hour 1954 TV Series Anthony Updyke
Willys Theatre Presenting Ben Hecht's Tales of the City 1953 TV Series
People Will Talk 1951 Prof. Rodney Elwell
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse 1950 TV Series Charles Ponzi
Suspense 1949-1950 TV Series Sig / Dr. Violet
The Ford Theatre Hour 1949-1950 TV Series Harry Binion / Hugo Barnstead
Top o' the Morning 1949 Hughie Devine
The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre 1949 TV Series
The Bride Goes Wild 1948 John McGrath
Brute Force 1947 Capt. Munsey
The Beginning or the End 1947 Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer
The Secret Heart 1946 Dinner Party Guest (voice, uncredited)
The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946 Arthur Keats
The Green Years 1946 Papa Leckie
A Letter for Evie 1946 John Phineas McPherson
The Sailor Takes a Wife 1945 Freddie Potts
Ziegfeld Follies 1945 Monty ('A Sweepstakes Ticket')
Main Street After Dark 1945 Keller
Blonde Fever 1944 Diner at Inn (uncredited)
The Seventh Cross 1944 Paul Roeder
Lifeboat 1944 Stanley Garrett
The Cross of Lorraine 1943 Duval
Phantom of the Opera 1943 Gerard
Shadow of a Doubt 1943 Herbie Hawkins

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Producers' Showcase 1955 TV Series producer - 1 episode
The Marriage 1954 TV Series producer - 8 episodes
Actor's Studio 1948 TV Series producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Foxfire 1987 TV Movie play
The Dollmaker 1984 TV Movie teleplay
Under Capricorn 1949 adaptation
Rope 1948 adapted by

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Goodyear Playhouse 1955 TV Series assistant director - 1 episode
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse 1955 TV Series assistant director - 1 episode
Actor's Studio 1948 TV Series first assistant director - 1 episode

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
*batteries not included 1987 performer: "LET'S HAVE ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE"
Foxfire 1987 TV Movie lyrics: "Dear Lord", "My Feet Took T'walkin'", "Sweet Talker"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To Dance with the White Dog 1993 TV Movie program consultant
Actor's Studio 1948 TV Series stage manager - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood 2001 TV Movie documentary acknowledgment: still photographs provided by / very special thanks
'Fried Green Tomatoes': The Moments of Discovery 1998 Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There 2003 Documentary Himself
The John Garfield Story 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Intimate Portrait 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Broadway Legends 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
'Rope' Unleashed 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Beyond Doubt: The Making of Hitchcock's Favorite Film 2000 Video documentary short Himself
Reputations 1999 TV Series documentary Himself - Actor and Friend
An African Love Story 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Revival of a Play
The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1994 TV Special Himself - Winner: Lifetime Achievement Award
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1992 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special & Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1992 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
The Chuck Woolery Show 1991 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 15th Annual Women in Film Crystal Awards 1991 TV Special Himself
Reflections on the Silver Screen 1990 TV Series Himself
Night of 100 Stars III 1990 TV Movie Himself
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1990 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1987 TV Special documentary Himself
Today 1967-1987 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1987 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Leading Actress in a Play
The American Academy of Dramatic Arts Annual Tribute: A Salute to Kirk Douglas 1987 TV Movie Himself - Speaker
The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1986 TV Special Himself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actor in a Play
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself - Honoree
The 37th Annual Tony Awards 1983 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
The 35th Annual Tony Awards 1981 TV Special Himself
Over Easy 1979 TV Series Himself
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards 1978 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Play & Best Actor in a Play
Dinah! 1975 TV Series Himself - Guest
Dateline: Hollywood 1967 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967 TV Series Himself
Here's Hollywood 1960 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1951-1959 TV Series Himself / Jerry in a scene from 'A Pound on Demand' / Himself - Actor
Person to Person 1958 TV Series documentary Himself
To Tell the Truth 1957 TV Series Himself - Panelist
The Fred Waring Show 1951 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Spisok korabley 2008 Documentary
James Dean: Forever Young 2005 Documentary Himself
The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2004 TV Special Himself (Memorial Tribute)
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 TV Special Himself (Memorial Tribute)
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years 2000 TV Movie documentary Joseph Finley
Biography 1999 TV Series documentary Joe Finley

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1994 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special To Dance with the White Dog (1993)
1992 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Broadway Bound (1992)
1991 ACE CableACE Awards Actor in a Movie or Miniseries Age-Old Friends (1989)
1990 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Age-Old Friends (1989)
1985 Humanitas Prize Humanitas Prize 90 Minute Category The Dollmaker (1984) · Susan Cooper
1985 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA Adapted Drama Anthology The Dollmaker (1984) · Susan Cooper

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in a Children/Youth/Family Special A Separate Peace (2004)
2002 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special Off Season (2001)
2000 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special Sea People (1999)
1998 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie 12 Angry Men (1997)
1998 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries 12 Angry Men (1997)
1997 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast Marvin's Room (1996) · Meryl Streep
· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Diane Keaton
· Robert De Niro
· Gwen Verdon
· Hal Scardino
· Dan Hedaya
1993 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Broadway Bound (1992)
1992 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Christmas on Division Street (1991)
1990 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actor Cocoon: The Return (1988)
1988 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Foxfire (1987)
1986 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actor Cocoon (1985)
1984 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a Special The Dollmaker (1984) · Susan Cooper (writer)
1965 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Spoken Word Album · Richard Burton
· John Gielgud
1945 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Seventh Cross (1944)


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#Quote
1 [on working with Hitchcock] It was all cut in his head. You shot from the angle he wanted shot, with the result that very little film ended up on the floor. You really felt that you were in the presence of someone who was a real master of the craft.
2 [on why he asked to be released from his MGM contract] I remember beginning to realize that I was never going to do anything in California, but be another useful character actor, and that could continue that career indefinitely if I were prepared to.
3 [he one rule he follows as an actor] If you're doing the devil, look for the angel in him. If you're doing the angel, look for the devil in him.
4 To act you must have a sense of truth and some degree of dedication.
5 The whole business of marshaling one's energies becomes more and more important as one grows older.


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