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Hume Cronyn

Biography

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
1He 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.
2He 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.
3He 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.
4During 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.
5He met wife Jessica Tandy in 1940 and they married in 1942.
6He 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).
7Acted with the Montreal repertory Company while still a student at McGill.
8Inducted to Canada's Walk of Fame in 1999.
9Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 112-114. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
10The 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.
117/11/88: He was awarded the O.C. (Officer of the Order of Canada) for his services to drama.
12Was once a boxer who was nominated for the Canadian Olympic boxing team.
131972: Won an 1972-1973 Obie for Distinguished Performance for "Krapp's Last Tape".
14In 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.
151990: 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.
16Won 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.".
17Starred (with wife Jessica Tandy) as Ben Marriott on NBC Radio's "The Marriage" (1953-1954).
18Stepchildren: Jonathan Grant and Kate Glennon.
19Son: Christopher Cronyn, daughter: Tandy Cronyn. Granddaughter: Katherine Cronyn.
20At time of death had eight grandchildren and five great-granchildren.
21Appeared 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."
22Became a US citizen late in life.
23Attended Ridley College, St. Catharines, Ontario
24Although not widely known, he had a glass eye, having lost the real one to cancer.
25His 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.
26Won 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)).
271932: Member of the Kappa Alpha Society at the McGill University.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Separate Peace2004TV MovieProfessor Carmichael
Off Season2001TV MovieSam Clausner
Yesterday's Children2000TV MovieOld Sonny Sutton
Santa and Pete1999TV MovieSaint Nick
Sea People1999TV MovieMr. John McRae
Seasons of Love1999TV SeriesLonzo
Angel Passing1998Short
Alone1997TV MovieJohn Webb
12 Angry Men1997TV MovieJuror #9
Marvin's Room1996Marvin
People: A Musical Celebration1995TV MovieGrandpa (voice)
Camilla1994Ewald
The Pelican Brief1993Justice Rosenberg
To Dance with the White Dog1993TV MovieRobert Samuel Peek
Broadway Bound1992TV MovieBen
Christmas on Division Street1991TV MovieCleveland Meriwether
Age-Old Friends1989TV MovieJohn Cooper
Day One1989TV MovieJames F. Byrnes
Cocoon: The Return1988Joseph 'Joe' Finley
*batteries not included1987Frank Riley
Foxfire1987TV MovieHector Nations
Cocoon1985Joe Finley
Brewster's Millions1985Rupert Horn
Impulse1984Dr. Carr
The World According to Garp1982Mr. Fields
The Gin Game1981TV MovieWeller Martin
Rollover1981Maxwell Emery
Honky Tonk Freeway1981Sherm
33 Hours in the Life of God1976TV MovieDr. Jaffe
The Parallax View1974Bill Rintels
Conrack1974Mr. Skeffington (School Superintendent)
Norman Corwin Presents1972TV Series
Hawaii Five-O1970-1971TV SeriesLewis Avery Filer
There Was a Crooked Man...1970Dudley Whinner
Gaily, Gaily1969Tim Grogan
The Arrangement1969Arthur Houghton
Hamlet1964/IPolonius
Cleopatra1963Sosigenes
Naked City1961TV SeriesProfessor Henry J. Fallon
The Barbara Stanwyck Show1960TV SeriesCharles King
Sunrise at Campobello1960Louis Howe
Play of the Week1960TV SeriesJack Boyle
Juno and the Paycock1960TV Movie
A Doll's House1959TV MovieNils Krogstad
The Moon and Sixpence1959TV MovieDirk Stroeve
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1956-1958TV SeriesHenry Daw / Fitzhugh Oldham
General Electric Theater1956-1958TV SeriesBenedict Arnold Brummel / Ralph Whittemarc
The Loretta Young Show1958TV SeriesHenry Goodens / Hap Martin
Telephone Time1958TV SeriesAlfred Nobel
The DuPont Show of the Month1958TV Series
Studio 571957TV SeriesMr. Shaw
Schlitz Playhouse1957TV SeriesWilbur Meeler
Studio One in Hollywood1949-1957TV SeriesEllis Davenport / Mr. Moore / Ben Hecht
The Alcoa Hour1956-1957TV SeriesRalph Grimes / Wise Gentleman / Sam Pickens
Chrysler Festival1956TV SeriesHost
Crowded Paradise1956George Heath
Climax!1956TV SeriesReverend Mr. Muldoon
The United States Steel Hour1956TV SeriesPriam Farll
Goodyear Playhouse1955TV SeriesBen Marriott
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1950-1955TV SeriesBen Marriott
Omnibus1953-1955TV SeriesHarold 'Mitch' Mitchell / Bartender
Producers' Showcase1955TV SeriesMichael
The Marriage1954TV SeriesBen Marriott / Narrator
The Motorola Television Hour1954TV SeriesAnthony Updyke
Willys Theatre Presenting Ben Hecht's Tales of the City1953TV Series
People Will Talk1951Prof. Rodney Elwell
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse1950TV SeriesCharles Ponzi
Suspense1949-1950TV SeriesSig / Dr. Violet
The Ford Theatre Hour1949-1950TV SeriesHarry Binion / Hugo Barnstead
Top o' the Morning1949Hughie Devine
The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre1949TV Series
The Bride Goes Wild1948John McGrath
Brute Force1947Capt. Munsey
The Beginning or the End1947Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer
The Secret Heart1946Dinner Party Guest (voice, uncredited)
The Postman Always Rings Twice1946Arthur Keats
The Green Years1946Papa Leckie
A Letter for Evie1946John Phineas McPherson
The Sailor Takes a Wife1945Freddie Potts
Ziegfeld Follies1945Monty ('A Sweepstakes Ticket')
Main Street After Dark1945Keller
Blonde Fever1944Diner at Inn (uncredited)
The Seventh Cross1944Paul Roeder
Lifeboat1944Stanley Garrett
The Cross of Lorraine1943Duval
Phantom of the Opera1943Gerard
Shadow of a Doubt1943Herbie Hawkins

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Producers' Showcase1955TV Series producer - 1 episode
The Marriage1954TV Series producer - 8 episodes
Actor's Studio1948TV Series producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Foxfire1987TV Movie play
The Dollmaker1984TV Movie teleplay
Under Capricorn1949adaptation
Rope1948adapted by

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Goodyear Playhouse1955TV Series assistant director - 1 episode
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1955TV Series assistant director - 1 episode
Actor's Studio1948TV Series first assistant director - 1 episode

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
*batteries not included1987performer: "LET'S HAVE ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE"
Foxfire1987TV Movie lyrics: "Dear Lord", "My Feet Took T'walkin'", "Sweet Talker"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To Dance with the White Dog1993TV Movie program consultant
Actor's Studio1948TV Series stage manager - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood2001TV Movie documentary acknowledgment: still photographs provided by / very special thanks
'Fried Green Tomatoes': The Moments of Discovery1998Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There2003DocumentaryHimself
The John Garfield Story2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Intimate Portrait2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Broadway Legends2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
'Rope' Unleashed2001Video documentary shortHimself
Beyond Doubt: The Making of Hitchcock's Favorite Film2000Video documentary shortHimself
Reputations1999TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor and Friend
An African Love Story1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 50th Annual Tony Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Revival of a Play
The 48th Annual Tony Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Lifetime Achievement Award
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special & Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
The 64th Annual Academy Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 15th Annual Women in Film Crystal Awards1991TV SpecialHimself
Reflections on the Silver Screen1990TV SeriesHimself
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHimself
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1987TV Special documentaryHimself
Today1967-1987TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 41st Annual Tony Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Leading Actress in a Play
The American Academy of Dramatic Arts Annual Tribute: A Salute to Kirk Douglas1987TV MovieHimself - Speaker
The 40th Annual Tony Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actor in a Play
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1986TV Movie documentaryHimself - Honoree
The 37th Annual Tony Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The 35th Annual Tony Awards1981TV SpecialHimself
Over Easy1979TV SeriesHimself
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Play & Best Actor in a Play
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Dateline: Hollywood1967TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1967TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1960TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1951-1959TV SeriesHimself / Jerry in a scene from 'A Pound on Demand' / Himself - Actor
Person to Person1958TV Series documentaryHimself
To Tell the Truth1957TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Fred Waring Show1951TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Spisok korabley2008Documentary
James Dean: Forever Young2005DocumentaryHimself
The 76th Annual Academy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2004TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years2000TV Movie documentaryJoseph Finley
Biography1999TV Series documentaryJoe Finley

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1994Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialTo Dance with the White Dog (1993)
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialBroadway Bound (1992)
1991ACECableACE AwardsActor in a Movie or MiniseriesAge-Old Friends (1989)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialAge-Old Friends (1989)
1985Humanitas PrizeHumanitas Prize90 Minute CategoryThe Dollmaker (1984)· Susan Cooper
1985WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAAdapted Drama AnthologyThe Dollmaker (1984)· Susan Cooper

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children/Youth/Family SpecialA Separate Peace (2004)
2002Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SpecialOff Season (2001)
2000Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SpecialSea People (1999)
1998Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie12 Angry Men (1997)
1998OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries12 Angry Men (1997)
1997ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a CastMarvin's Room (1996)· Meryl Streep
· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Diane Keaton
· Robert De Niro
· Gwen Verdon
· Hal Scardino
· Dan Hedaya
1993Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionBroadway Bound (1992)
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialChristmas on Division Street (1991)
1990Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorCocoon: The Return (1988)
1988Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialFoxfire (1987)
1986Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorCocoon (1985)
1984Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a SpecialThe Dollmaker (1984)· Susan Cooper (writer)
1965GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Spoken Word Album· Richard Burton
· John Gielgud
1945OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleThe 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.
4To act you must have a sense of truth and some degree of dedication.
5The whole business of marshaling one's energies becomes more and more important as one grows older.


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