Cromwell, James 1940–

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Cromwell, James 1940–

(Jamie Cromwell)


Full name, James Oliver Cromwell; born January 27, 1940, in Los Angeles, CA; son of John (a director, producer, and actor) and Kay (an actress; maiden name, Johnson) Cromwell; married Ann Ulvestad (an actress), c. 1977 (divorced, 1986); married Julie Cobb (an actress; daughter of actor Lee J. Cobb), 1988 (separated); children: (first marriage) Kate, John Astrup, Colin; (second marriage) Rosemary Cobb Morgan (stepdaughter). Education: Attended Middlebury College and Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University). Avocational Interests: Restoring classic cars.

Addresses: Manager—SDB Partners, 1801 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 902, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

Career: Actor and director. Charles Playhouse, Boston, MA, director of children's theatre, 1966–67; Stage/West, West Springfield, MA, resident director, 1968–69; Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, KY, member of company, 1969–70; American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, member of company, summer, 1970; Koshari Films, cofounder, 1997. Hecel Oyakapi Foundation, operator; animal welfare activist, including work on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Awards, Honors: Academy Award nomination and Chlotrudis Award nomination, both best supporting actor, 1996, for Babe; Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, outstanding performance by a cast (with others), 1998, for L.A. Confidential; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie, 2000, for RKO 281; Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, outstanding performance by a cast in a theatrical motion picture (with others), 2000, for The Green Mile; Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination, favorite supporting actor in a suspense film, 2000, for The General's Daughter; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actor in a drama series, 2001, for "A Walk in the Woods," ER; Bronze Wrangler Award, Western Heritage Awards, outstanding theatrical motion picture (with others), 2003, for Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actor in a drama series, 2003, and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series (with others), 2005, both for Six Feet Under.


Film Appearances:

Chauffeur Marcel, Murder by Death, Columbia, 1976.

Schnell, The Cheap Detective (also known as Neil Simon's "The Cheap Detective" and Snacka om deckare, altsaa!), Columbia, 1978.

Officer Quick, The House of God, United Artists, 1979.

Realtor, The Man with Two Brains, Warner Bros., 1981.

Dr. Carson, Nobody's Perfekt, Columbia, 1981.

Mr. Skolnick, Revenge of the Nerds, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984.

Deputy Euclid Baker, Tank, Universal, 1984.

Priest, Oh, God! You Devil, Warner Bros., 1984.

Mr. Muller, Explorers, Paramount, 1985.

Detective Blist, A Fine Mess (also known as Blake Edwards' "A Fine Mess"), Columbia, 1986.

Mr. Skolnick, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987.

Admiral Rothman, The Rescue, Buena Vista, 1988.

Motel desk clerk, Pink Cadillac, Warner Bros., 1989.

The Runnin' Kind, 1989.

Brother Mathias, The Babe, Universal, 1992.

Cage, Romeo Is Bleeding, Gramercy, 1993.

Arthur Hoggett, Babe (also known as Babe: The Gallant Pig and Sheep-Pig), Universal, 1995.

William Donahue, Eraser, Warner Bros., 1996.

Dr. Zefram Cochrane, Star Trek: First Contact (also known as Star Trek 8, Star Trek: Generations 2, and Star Trek: Resurrection), Paramount, 1996.

Charles Keating, The People vs. Larry Flynt (also known as Larry Flynt), Columbia, 1996.

Adam MacAdam, Owd Bob, 1997.

Captain Dudley Liam Smith, L.A. Confidential, Warner Bros., 1997.

Granpa, The Education of Little Tree (also known as L'education de Little Tree), Allied Films/Light Motive, 1997.

Winter, 1998.

Senator Judson Ross, Species II, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1998.

Alan Rittenhouse, Deep Impact, Paramount, 1998.

Arthur Hoggett, Babe: Pig in the City, Universal, 1998.

Lieutenant General Joseph Campbell, The General's Daughter (also known as Wehrlos—die tochter des generals), Paramount, 1999.

Judge Fielding, Snow Falling on Cedars, Universal, 1999.

The priest, The Bachelor, New Line Cinema, 1999.

Warden Hal Moores, The Green Mile (also known as Stephen King's "The Green Mile"), Warner Bros., 1999.

Bob Gerson, Space Cowboys, Warner Bros., 2000.

The judge and St. Francis, Twist of Fate, 2002.

Voice of the colonel, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (animated), DreamWorks, 2002.

President Robert "Bob" Fowler, The Sum of All Fears (also known as Der anschlag), Paramount, 2002.

Franz, The Nazi (short film), 2002.

Ray Speight, Blackball, First Look Home Entertainment, 2003.

Shepherd, The Snow Walker, First Look Media, 2003.

Himself, Earthlings (documentary), 2003.

Dr. Alfred Lanning, I, Robot, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2004.

Warden Hazen, The Longest Yard, Paramount, 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

Bill Lewis, Hot L Baltimore, ABC, 1975.

Glen, The Nancy Walker Show, ABC, 1976.

Fish Belly, Born to the Wind (also known as Indians), BBC (England), 1978, then NBC, 1982.

Quentin Standard, Easy Street, NBC, 1986–87.

Police Chief Arnold Bludhorn, The Last Precinct, NBC, 1986.

Lucky, Mama's Boy, NBC, 1988–89.

Elliott Baines, Citizen Baines, CBS, 2001.

George Sibley, a recurring role, Six Feet Under, HBO, 2003, 2004–2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Lieutenant J. L. Cleghorne, Once an Eagle, NBC, 1976.

Major General Hunter, Dream West, CBS, 1986.

Henry, Angels in America, HBO, 2003.

Father Donald Callahan, Salem's Lot (also known as Stephen King's "Salem's Lot"), TNT, 2004.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Reverend Lohman, A Christmas without Snow, CBS, 1980.

Francisek, The Wall, CBS, 1982.

Humboldt Hobson, Alison's Demise, 1987.

Arthur Garretson, "Christine Cromwell: Things That Go Bump in the Night," (also known as "Amanda Vanderbilt"), The ABC Saturday Mystery), ABC, 1989.

B. J. Cocker, Miracle Landing, CBS, 1990.

Judge Raymond Price, Matlock: Nowhere to Turn, 1990.

In a Child's Name, 1991.

(As Jamie Cromwell) Mr. Skolnick, Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation, 1992.

(As Jamie Cromwell) Mr. Skolnick, Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love, 1994.

Charlie Mulvihill, "The Shaggy Dog," The ABC Family Movie (also known as The Disney Family Movie), ABC, 1994.

Senator Judson Ross, Species II, 1998.

John Edgerson, A Slight Case of Murder (also known as A Travesty), TNT, 1999.

William Randolph Hearst, RKO 281 (also known as RKO 281: The Battle over Citizen Kane), HBO, 1999.

Gordon Knapp, Fail Safe, CBS, 2000.

Joel Lynch, A Death in the Family, PBS, 2002.

Major Amberson, The Magnificent Ambersons, Arts and Entertainment, 2002.

President Lyndon Baines Johnson, RFK, FX Channel, 2002.

First member of Parliament, Project V.I.P.E.R., Sci-Fi Channel, 2002.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Captain Bill Kaminski, Snafu, NBC, 1976.

Jerry Holmes, Stranded, CBS, 1976.

Deputy Malcolm Rossiter, Jr., The Deadly Game, NBC, 1977.

Herbert Draper, Eddie and Herbert, CBS, 1977.

Deputy Malcolm Rossiter, Jr., The Girl in the Empty Grave (also known as Abel), NBC, 1977.

Frank, Pottsville, CBS, 1980.

Lieutenant George Hurley, Spraggue (also known as Spraggue: Murder for Two), ABC, 1984.

Simon Ganes, The Earthlings, ABC, 1984.

Deputy Chief Arnold Bludhorn, The Last Precinct, NBC, 1986.

Ambassador Lars (some sources cite Roland) Weymouth, China Beach, ABC, 1988.

(Uncredited) Dr. Zefram Cochrane, Enterprise: Broken Bow (also known as Star Trek Enterprise: Broken Bow), UPN, 2001.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Harry Pepper, Barefoot in the Park, HBO, 1982.

Noah Curry, The Rainmaker, HBO, 1982.

Interviewee, Hollywood's Amazing Animal Actors, TBS, 1996.

Sea World/Busch Gardens Party for the Planet, CBS, 1996.

Totally Animals, CBS, 1996.

The Miracle of "The Green Mile," 1999.

Interviewee, Spotlight on Location: Snow Falling on Cedars, 2000.

Host, Great Bear Rainforest, 2001.

Joel Lynch, A Death in the Family, PBS, 2002.

Interviewee, The John Garfield Story, TCM, 2003.

Make the Movie Live the Movie, 2004.

Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde, BBC (England), 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Terry, "The Countess," The Rockford Files, 1974.

Jerome "Stretch" Cunningham, "Archie's Raise" (also known as "The Bunkers and Inflation"), All in the Family (also known as Those Were the Days), CBS, 1974.

Jerome "Stretch" Cunningham, "Archie Is Missing!" (also known as "Where's Archie"), All in the Family (also known as Those Were the Days), CBS, 1974.

Jerome "Stretch" Cunningham, "Archie and the Miracle," All in the Family (also known as Those Were the Days), CBS, 1974.

Alfie, "Last Tango in Tuckahoe," Maude, 1974.

Harve Miller, Little House on the Prairie, NBC, 1975.

Roy, "The Ballad of Redwing Jail," Barbary Coast, 1975.

Leo Bardonaro, "Last Laugh," M∗A∗S∗H, 1977.

Detective Lannigan, "Chrissy's Night Out," Three's Company, 1977.

Lutz, "Ice Time," Police Story, 1977.

Sergeant Wilkinson, "Group Home," Barney Miller, 1977.

Detective Ralph Hilton, "Who Ordered the Hot Turkey?" Alice, 1978.

Dr. Farrington, "The Obscene Phone Call," Maude, 1978.

Father O'Brien, "The Hero" (also known as "Arnold's Hero"), Diff'rent Strokes, 1979.

Neil Spencer, "Strip Joint," Barney Miller, 1979.

Coach Pollard, "The Better Part of Valour", Eight Is Enough, 1979.

Mr. Hamilton, "Mainstream", The White Shadow, 1979.

"The Death of Me Yet," The White Shadow, 1980.

Harve Miller, "Laura Ingalls Wilder: Parts 1 & 2," Little House on the Prairie, NBC, 1980.

"Homecoming," Flo, 1980.

Bartender, "Singles Bar," I'm a Big Girl Now, 1980.

Jason Parrish, "Liquidation," Barney Miller, 1981.

Dr. Edmund Danworth, "Stress Analyzer," Barney Miller, 1981.

Delivery man, "Stress? What Stress?," Diff'rent Strokes, 1982.

"The Reluctant Runaway: Parts 1 & 2," Father Murphy, 1982.

"Jerry Lewis Week," Buffalo Bill, 1984.

"Class of '84," Gimme a Break, 1984.

Gerald Kane, "Deja Vu," Dallas, 1984.

Gerald Kane, "Lockup in Laredo," Dallas, 1985.

Gerald Kane, "Bail Out," Dallas, 1985.

Joey Dietz, "Girls Night Out," Riptide, 1985.

Jake Fellows, "Undercover McCormick," Hardcastle and McCormick, 1985.

Seymour Robbins, "Sniper," Hunter, 1985.

Alan, "Nuts about Harry," Night Court, NBC, 1985.

(As Jamie Cromwell) Curtis, "Ten Wheel Trouble," Knight Rider, 1985.

Fake Buffalo Bill, "Buffalo Who?" Wildside, 1985.

Lowenhandler, "Grin and Bear It," Hill Street Blues, 1985.

Gregory, "Tale of the Dancing Weasel," Scarecrow and Mrs. King, 1985.

Obediah Payne, "A Message from Charity," The Twilight Zone, 1985.

John Hancock, "Philadelphia Story," Family Ties, 1985.

Francis, "One for the Road," Amazing Stories, 1986.

(As Jamie Cromwell) Gregory, "Wrong Number," Scarecrow and Mrs. King, 1986.

Roy Gallagher, "Fat Cats," Mr. Belvedere, 1988.

Bill Henderson, Life Goes On, 1989.

Nayrok, "The Hunted," Star Trek: The Next Generation, 1990.

Bill Henderson, "Thatcher and Henderson," Life Goes On, 1990.

Jacob, "The Peacemakers," The Young Riders, 1991.

"It Never Entered My Mind," Jake and the Fatman, 1991.

Jaglom Shrek, "Birthright: Parts 1 & 2," Star Trek: The Next Generation, 1993.

"Brackman, MacKenzie, Barnum & Bailey," L.A. Law, 1994.

Fred, "My Dinner with Wilson" (also known as "My Dinner at Wilson's"), Home Improvement, ABC, 1994.

Jeremy Sullivan, "Stalker's Moon," Renegade, 1995.

"The Visit," Hawkeye, 1995.

Bishop Joseph Milletts, "Saint Zach," Picket Fences, 1995.

Minister Hanok, "Starship Down," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, 1995.

Mr. Saxonhouse, "Do We Have to Write You a Check?" Partners, 1995.

Mr. Saxonhouse, "Can We Keep Her, Dad?" Partners, 1996.

Officer Joe Denton, "The High Ground," The Client (also known as John Grisham's "The Client"), CBS, 1996.

Minister, "Healing Hands," Strange Luck, 1996.

"Animal Rights," Dennis Miller Live, HBO, 1996.

Himself, "The Films of Frank Darabont," The Directors, Encore, c. 2000.

Bishop Lionel Stewart, "Rock, Paper, Scissors," ER, NBC, 2001.

Bishop Lionel Stewart, "Thy Will Be Done," ER, NBC, 2001.

Bishop Lionel Stewart, "A Walk in the Woods," ER, NBC, 2001.

Bishop Lionel Stewart, "The Crossing" (also known as "Golden Hour"), ER, NBC, 2001.

Guest, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2001.

President D. Wire Newman, "The Stormy Present," The West Wing, NBC, 2004.

(Uncredited) Zephram Cochrane (in archive footage), "In a Mirror, Darkly: Part 1," Enterprise, UPN, 2005.

Also appeared in an episode of Walking after Midnight.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, Family Film Awards, CBS, 1996.

Presenter, The 1998 Genesis Awards, Animal Planet, 1998.

Presenter, The Walt Disney Company Presents the 8th American Teacher Awards, The Disney Channel, 1998.

Presenter, The 14th Annual Genesis Awards, Animal Planet, 2000.

Presenter, The 2001 Genesis Awards, Animal Planet, 2001.

Presenter, The 2001 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

The 16th Annual Genesis Awards, Animal Planet, 2002.

Television Appearances; Other:

Judge Pounders, Indictment: The McMartin Trial, 1995.

Stage Appearances:

Port Royal, off-Broadway production, 1960.

Montano, Othello, American Shakespeare Festival, American National Theatre and Academy, New York City, 1970–71.

Gary, AC/DC, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY, 1971.

Hamlet, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1973–74.

Terra Nova, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, 1978–79.

Felix, Three Acts of Recognition, Anspacher Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Horatio, Hamlet, New York Shakespeare Festival, Anspacher Theatre, Public Theatre, 1982–83.

Larry Slade, The Iceman Cometh, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1990–91.

Polonius, Hamlet, Roundabout Theatre Company, Criterion Center Stage Right Theatre, New York City, 1992.

The King, All's Well that Ends Well, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1993–94.

A. E. Housman, The Invention of Love, American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 2000.

Appeared in a production of Beckett, Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland, OH; also performed at Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT.



Walking the Mile (also known as Walking the Mile: The Making of "The Green Mile"), Warner Home Video, 2000.


Contributor of cartoons to Lancaster New Era, Lancaster, PA.



People Weekly, March 25, 1996, pp. 105-106.

Starlog, January, 1997.

Star Trek Communicator, March, 1997, pp. 68-71.

TV Guide, August 15, 2004, pp. 60-63.