Born on January 27, 1940, James Cromwell is an American film and television actor. He was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in New York to an actress mother Kay Johnson, and an actor, director, producer John Cromwell. Like his parents, James Cromwell was drawn to the theater, and has performed Shakespearean and experimental plays.
James Cromwell first appeared on television in a 1974 episode of The Rockford Files. He was also given a brief recurring role on All in the Family that same year. He then starred in his first lead role on television in Hot L Baltimore, and made his film debut the next year in Neil Simon’s Murder by Death. He was also cast in the film Tank as Deputy Euclid Baker and in the comedy Revenge of the Nerds. He reprised his role as Mr. Skolnick in the Nerds sequels three times.
He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance as Farmer Arthur Hoggett in 1995’s Babe, as well as in Curtis Hanson’s film adaptation of James Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential. This breakout role was followed by his role as Dr. Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact and the Star Trek: Enterprise pilot episode “Broken Bow.” He has also appeared in other Star Trek series, like The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. During the 2000s, he was cast as George Sibley in the last two seasons of HBO’s drama series Six Feet Under. For his performance, James Cromwell was nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, both in 2005 and 2006. Afterwards, he co-starred with Helen Mirren in Queen Elizabeth II. In 2006, he played Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in Stephen Fear’s The Queen. Cromwell was also a guest star in the sixth season of 24, playing Phillip Bauer.